Blogging 101- Starting a WordPress Blog

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Welcome back to the Blogging 101 Series. I took quite a long break since my last post in this series! My apologies and thanks for sticking with me!

 

So you have decided to go with a WordPress blog. Good choice!

There are many benefits to using WordPress’s Self- Hosted service, all circling around the fact YOU own your content and YOU control every aspect!   This is the way to go if you are serious about blogging and especially if you plan to turn Blogging into a way to make money from home, online.

 

First let’s talk about Hosting Services.

So you need to understand what a hosting company is. You will need to choose a company to hold all of your files. They are the ones who make everything happen. It is difficult to explain and difficult to understand so I won’t bother. Just know it is important to find a good company with a good reputation. One that will be there if you have any problems and will be quick to respond. You want a company that can provide you with security from hackers and who can give you enough server space that your blog loads quickly.

As a newbie blogger it can be hard to know what to look for.

I can only tell you my experience and that has been with Hostgator.

My experience with them has mostly been positive. I have always been able to contact them via Online Chat, email and even over the phone. They have been very helpful and very technically savvy. However, my blogging friends have not all been as lucky and have had bumps in the road. However, you can find pros and cons about every hosting company!

Based on my research, I would still recommend Hostgator with Blue Host coming in second place. I DO NOT recomment Go Daddy’s Hosting Service…I have never heard of a good experience!

If you choose Hostgator as your hosting service you can expect to pay $10-$15 a month or you can pay a full year at once and save some money.

 

When making a choice as to what plan to go with there are two main options at Hostgator and let me explain the main difference:

Hatchling Plan Versus Baby Plan

Hatchling Plan is good if you choose to have one blog.

Baby Plan is good if you become like me and end up with a dozen different blogs. This plan allows you to add UNLIMITED blog domains!

 

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If you are just beginning, then the Hatchling plan will work just fine for you. Later, if you choose to expand and branch out with multiple blogs (AKA earning potentials) then you can upgrade to the Baby Plan.

Check out Hostgator’s Services and compare with other companies like Blue Host.

Who will you choose?

Join me when I return *tomorrow* with how to set up your Hosting Account and install WordPress!

 


*June 7- ALERT!*

Currently Hostgator has a promotion going on where you can receive your first month’s hosting for only 1 penny!


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Anna

June 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I have been very happy with Hostgator so far, and also happy with my decision to move from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress. It’s a great feeling to know you officially “own” your blog. Although I have to say Blogger is set up very well for people who are just learning (like I was at one time). But for people who really want to make money blogging, I would definitely agree with you that self-hosting is the way to go!

Bev

July 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Hi,

What are some of the best free hosting sites? Unemployed and can’t afford Hostgator, etc…

Thx!

Miranda Grimm

July 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I would suggest Blogger if you need free hosting.

melissa

December 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hi there. I started my own blogs with WordPress ( I actually have 4 of them). It’s hard at first especially if it’s all new to you. I’ve watched several tutorials that helped me along. Also, I’m with a company called Wealthy Affiliate University where just recently they are letting newcomers enjoy a free starter membership where they can create 2 wordpress blogs with free hosting. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to learn about blogging and making money online.