Hello Guys, this is going to be the second blog post on this personal site. I wrote my story as how I came to blogging as the very first article here. There I got a comment from a guy named as “Sunny” asking me to write a guide to start blogging step by step. And My little sis Sugandha also asked for the same. Hence I decided to try writing a guide that can help him as well as other newbies.
[Note: This post is strictly for newbies who have no knowledge about domain, hosting, blogging CMS etc. If you are already blogging and aware of these stuff, don’t waste your time here, please. :-)]
First of all I want to let you know that I am not very good at writing guides or tutorials but being a blogger it’s my duty to fulfil my readers’ choice. Hence I am writing this post – How to start a blog: step by step guide.
When I write “blog”, the very first question arise here – What actually a blog is?
Different people defines it in a different way but the meaning is same in all cases which says that blog is a type of website where a person writes personal thought, include links of other sites on regular basis. The information which is being shared on a blog is always in chronological order.
In the early days blog used to be a place for individuals to share his/her opinion on the web but now days blog is much more than just sharing the personal thoughts.
I notice the Search engine results are full of blogs. Nearly about 65-70% result pages are from blogs. Creating a blog, posting latest news, how to guides, tips-tricks and then monetizing it with banner ads, Adsense, affiliate marketing etc collectively forms a business called as “Blogging business”.
Oh wait, I haven’t discussed about blogging? Creating a blog and updating it with regular postings is called blogging. In fact blogging covers a lot of different things but posting articles is the most basic and important thing.
So Lets move on to discuss how to start a blog?
To start a blog you need to have either your own domain or you can use free blogging platform such as blogger, tumblr, wordpress.com etc.
In this post I will not discuss about creating blog on free platform. I will cover the same later in other article. In this article we will talk about self hosted blog.
To start blogging you need a fully set up blog. Hence we need to find out things which are needed to start a blog.
Three most basic things you will need in order to start a blog:-
- Domain Name
- Website design
What is a Domain Name all about?
As every building has its own address, a website has also an address on WWW. Yes when you make a website you should have a name with which people can find your it and that address is called the domain name.
Domain names are subject to availability which means you can only take those domain names which are not yet taken by anyone else.
Domain names can have different TLDs such as .com, .in, .org, .net. These TLDs are at the end of the name. In short, they act as suffix.
So if I chose a domain name techtricksworld and book it from a domain registrar with .com TLD then its address would be techtricksworld.com (or www.techtricksworld.com)
The shorter domain names are good as people can easily remember. Stoogles.com domain is much better than techtricksworld.com as it’s simple, short and hence easy to remember.
To get your domain names, you have to purchase the same from any domain registrar such as Godaddy, Hostgator, One.com and so on. There are countless domain registrars available on the Internet.
What is Hosting and why it is important?
After buying a domain you need some space over internet to upload your website’s file. As you save files and folders on PC’s hard drive which you can access anytime, in the way you need web space where you can upload your website’s files and folders which can be accessible to you and public.
Almost every webhost sells domain too so you can buy domain and hosting from the same such provider. Or you can buy a domain from Godaddy and get hosting from hostgator. Both ways are fine. It depends on your requirement.
Even there are free hosting available like blogger.com where you can host blog which look like either yourdomain.blogspot.com [free blog]or yourdomain.com(you need to buy domain only)] but when you choose blogger.com as your host, you don’t have any control over all the files and database. You can only change the front end design through the HTML editor in the blogger.com dashboard.
Unlike free ones, on the paid hosting package you have all the access to our files, folders and database.
But I always recommend to go with self hosted domain and hosting for professional blogging. Free stuffs are good if you blog just for passion not for business purpose.
Now you have your domain name and hosting where you can upload your files and create your database. So you need a website which either you get developed from developers or use any CMS. Mostly people use wordpress as the CMS for blogging because it saves you from the cost of website development and the most important thing it is built specially for blogging. You can download it absolutely free from wordpress.org.
These are the basic requirements to start a blog. After you done with these all you need to upload full wordpress CMS files to your web space and then few settings to make it work.
I am putting a full stop to this post and will write next post about installing wordpress on your web space.
Read a detailed article about setting up a blog on WordPress step by step on my other blog www.techtriclsworld.com.
Hope you like this post!