Step 1 – Get Started

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Three Decisions to Make Before Starting Your Blog + Some Things You Need to Know

What You Will Learn (And Decide On) in Step One:

  • What is a Domain?
  • Which Platform is The Best?
  • What is Hosting?
  1. What is a Domain? (And How to Choose Yours!)

Your domain is the web address of your blog (i.e. www.yourblog.com).

domain names

Choose a domain name that is:

  • Simple and easy to recall. Short and sweet!
  • Describes you and your blog. Make it unique like you!
  • Choose a trusted extension. “.com, .net, .org”

 

Normally these cost around $10/year, but I’ll show you how to get one for free!

  1. Which Platform is The Best?

Your platform is the program that runs your blog.

WordPress is the best choice. After all, it is used by 19.1% of the entire internet!

WordPress Logo

Some other WordPress facts:

  • A simple design (Very similar to Word Processors like Microsoft Word in terms of layout).
  • Thousands of free themes to make your blog look professional!
  • Over 30,000 plugins and counting that add numerous useful features.
  • A massive community of people willing to help (especially me!)

 

  1. What is Hosting (And Which is the Best?)

Your hosting is the service that puts your blog online for everyone to see.

There are tons of hosting services out there, but Web Hosting Hub (click to open in a new tab) is by far the absolute best bang for your buck. It’s the one I’ve always used and recommended to the 5,500 blogs I’ve created before.

Web Hosting Hub Homepage

Here’s Why:

  • Free Domain when you sign up!
  • 1-click WordPress installation.
  • 24/7 U.S. Based Support
  • Unlimited storage space and bandwidth
  • 90 money back guarantee.
  • Green hosting (Web Hosting Hub recently opened the first green data center in Los Angeles).
  • Personalized On-boarding processes.


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