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Writing a blog

The term blog comes from the word weblog. This is, basically, an online journal. Here you can record videos, photos, opinions, stories and other types of writing. It can be quite an enjoyable experience. You can even make money from it.

A blog is similar to a website. The main difference is that websites tend to be static, whereas blogs are updated by their owners on a regular basis. A website will remain the same from visit to visit. The blog can change fairly frequently from visit to visit.

Starting a blog is quite easy and can be done in less than an hour. It won’t take much of your time to set it up and you can update it as frequently as you want to. Here are the steps to get your blog started.

Choose a domain name

Do a search online to make sure the name you’ve chosen is available. The name should be short and to the point. It should also represent your brand or business. It can also represent your name if you already a business or brand name.

.coms are the most popular domains, but if that has already been taken, try an alternate domain, such as .net, .org or .biz. This site is .website, which is also an option. I purchased two domains for my hosting package and got .website free.

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Purchase a hosting package

Web hosting will allow your blog to be viewed by internet users. You can pay per month or per year. I use Namecheap for my hosting. I’m currently using the Stellar plan, which hosts up to 3 websites. I will eventually go up to the Stellar Plus, which hosts unlimited websites. There’s also the Stellar Business which suits those doing e-commerce.

I was able to take advantage of the last Black Friday, and my cost per domain and hosting was heavily discounted. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get started.

After you purchase the hosting package, the domain name will be automatically connected. This will be your main domain. If the domain was registered before, as in this case, you’ll need to connect it to your new package by updating the DNS (Domain name servers).

Set up your blog

After you pay for your hosting, you’ll get an email with the details of the package. You’ll also get details of your access to your Cpanel. Cpanel is the control center of your web hosting account. Here you can upload files, edit email settings, and access other features.

From Cpanel, you’ll be able to install WordPress. This is a content management tool that you’ll use to create your blog. It has plugins, themes and other methods to customize your blog.

WordPress has many themes you can choose from to spice up the appearance of your blog. There are also paid themes available both from WordPress.org as well as other external sites. You’ll probably want to start with a free theme in the beginning. After a while, especially if you’ve monetized your blog, you can pay for a premium theme.h

Once the blog is set up, you can start adding entries to it as it suits you. It can prove to be a very rewarding experience.