Maybe you were thinking about starting a blog. And maybe you stopped because there are so many technical details you don’t know about like WordPress, Content-Management-System or Website Hosting. As a beginner, you can be confused very fast and your motivation can suffer.
But the technical details shouldn’t hinder you to build your first online business. So I want to help you so you can focus your energy on working on the content on your blog and not searching for all the technical details.
Here are all things you need to know to start your first blog.
Content Management System (CMS)
A complicated word for a really simple thing. A CMS takes care of your content so you can easily add, remove or edit posts or pages. The most used and most popular CMS is WordPress. Maybe you have already heard from it.
I saw a statistic that over 30% of all websites are based on WordPress. And this has a reason. WordPress has a really intuitive interface and it is very easy to use. In addition, there are endless plugins you can use, many of them are free. And the best part is that WordPress is free.
So my recommendation is that you use WordPress as a Content Management System.
Now that we have a content management system we need a web hoster. A web hoster will install your website on a server so everyone will have access to it. There are many different web hosters and I can recommend the following two:
SiteRubix is one of the easiest web hoster you can get. You can install a WordPress website in less than 30 seconds. (See here how) SiteRubix comes also with a number of great features like spam protection or site security. Also what I think is really great is, that you can get started for free.
So you can try it out and if you don’t like it you didn’t pay anything. The only downside of the free package is that you can’t use your own domain. You can only use a domain with a “.siterubix.com” suffix. This is great for trying but later on, you should use your own domain.
To use your own domain you have to upgrade to premium which costs about $49 per month or $350 per year. That sounds like a lot but you can manage up to 25 different websites and you get access to all the classrooms of Wealthy Affiliate. (See here my review)
The other web hoster I can recommend is Bluehost. Bluehost is cheaper than SiteRubix but can be a little bit more complicated installing a website. The big advantage of Bluehost is the price.
Bluehost comes with a price as low as $2.95 per month. In addition, there is one domain included. What a domain is and how you can buy one I will explain to you later but it usually costs around $10-15. So this can be a great offer for everybody who doesn’t want to pay that much and has a little technical knowledge.
Now that we have a content management system and a web hoster the next thing we need is a domain. The domain is the address of your website. If you type in your browser “google.com” you will be addressed to one of Googles server.
There are different domain seller and I can recommend Namecheap.com. As I already mentioned, in Bluehost you have one domain included so you don’t need to buy one. If you want your own domain at SiteRubix you can buy one at SiteRubix or Namecheap.
I don’t know if there are price differences but sometimes SiteRubix doesn’t have the wished domain and Namecheap has so maybe you need to check both of them.
A domain costs around $10-15 per year, what is really cheap in my opinion. Don’t think too much about your domain name. Think about 2-3 words which describe your topic or your name and mix them until you found a free domain you can buy.
In my opinion, these are the most important technical issues you need to know about. Once you have set up your website and it is running you don’t need to worry about the technical details. And from there it is really easy. The next step is to create pages and content.
As you can see it is really easy once you know what you need to take care of. Sometimes all you need it the right help at the right moment. I hope I was able to help you and there are no questions left! If there are questions left please leave me a comment below 🙂