Ok! You are ready to make the first step and start your new blog. That is great and I would like to thank you for choosing my site to read this information!

There are Two Ways to Start Your New Blog:

1. Create a Free Sub-domain

For the first; a sub-domain looks like yoursite.something.com. I have not used a subdomain myself for years now only because I like to have my own domain.

The plus side to this style of website creation is that is almost always free. If you are short on cash and need a free site to get the swing of things this may be what you choose. We will not walk through the steps on how to set up a free subdomain in the next 10 lessons because it will not give you the ability to expand.

If you need to use a free sub-domain I suggest using Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix. Sign up for a free account and you will gain access to their free online courses as well as their free sub-domains.

Check out this video to see how easy it is to get a website up and running with SiteRubix: Create a Website in 30 Seconds with SiteRubix. This will only get you a site set up for you to start blogging and making changed to the theme. Basically all the technical know how so you can begin to be creative.

What SiteRubix Offers:SiteRubix

  • WordPress optimized servers
  • Secure hosting
  • Full redundancy
  • Daily backups
  • 24/7 website monitoring
  • Fully managed
  • Email & forwards
  • Site Health analyzing
  • Website auto login

I will always recommend the following step but if you need the time to get the ball rolling I will only ever recommend SiteRubix from Wealthy Affiliate. You get so much for free, making every other free option a waste of time.

2. Create a Self-Hosted Domain

This is the route I have always choose for the past eight years now (ever since I started working and having the cash to pay for it).

It is not that expensive and is worth every penny. We will get into purchasing domains and where to go in order to find a good deal in a later post. If you are choosing to use your own domain you will also have to pay for web hosting.

The hosting part of this process is the more expensive part, around $40 to $60 a year; while a domain will only cost you between $6 and $10 a year.

The price for hosting and the domain are worth the money. You don’t have to play by anyone’s rules but your own. There is no third party telling you what you can or can not post on the site. You own it, you control it, it’s your blog so make sure you can do what you want.

Be sure to weigh your options and check out some hosts before making any commitment. Some hosts have slow load time, some have high prices, and some have lousy support. I have a review of a couple on this site and recomend NameCheap for hosting and domain services.

After domain and hosting:

Once you have your domain and hosting or a sub-domain the next step is finding a good Build a Website‘Content Management System’ also known as CMS.

My favorite is WordPress but there are many others; for my lessons and tutorials we will be using WordPress, don’t worry, it’s free!

We are using WordPress for a few reasons. First is the large community of users. This allows WordPress to catch issues in their coding quickly and push out a fix.

Second is the ease of use. Many others are easy to use as well but WordPress is a notch above by far.

The final reason is the ability to use plugins. This will only work on a self hosted WordPress blog so don’t sign up for the wordpress.com free sub-domain or port your domain to them. Plugins have the ability to make your site faster, help with SEO, and give you all the juice stats. You don’t want to be without them.

What’s next to Start Your New Blog?

If you have chosen to go with Wealthy Affiliate and using a subdomain via siterubix, that’s great! Make sure you follow the courses at Wealthy Affiliate closely.

For the rest of you, I will continue to show you how to set it all up using the systems I have found work best for me over the years.

Please follow along with my lessons to get the most out of your self-hosted website.

If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below and I will respond as soon as possible; I am here to help get you started in the right direction.

Continue to step one, Finding a Niche ➫