Tips on how to start a blog for yourself!
Below you will find a step by step tutorial on how to start up your own self-hosted blog. Pictures included!
Every so often, I get an email from a reader asking for details on the process of creating a self-hosted blog. When I switched to my new blog, I had the most difficult time doing everything, as it is ridiculously confusing. There are some articles already online, but as I am technologically illiterate, I still found the process to be strenuous and confusing. I wanted to detail it all out to those of you who are interested in starting a blog for yourself!
There are already a plethora of articles focused on this topic, but not a lot of them take the time to put it into terms that I understood. I wanted to be a resource to those of you who are like me and don’t have much experience in the blogging industry. It is all daunting at first, however it IS possible to start your own blog.
First- why self-hosting? For me, it was because I wanted to have more freedom. With self-hosting, I now have the ability to customize my themes, implement plug-ins, use affiliate links and set up ads. Coming from using both sides of the blogging world, I can attest to the fact that self-hosting is better!
Now, I did not start as a self-hosted blog, but was originally working on a free domain. If you have not yet began your blog at all, I recommend just starting on self-hosting rather than trying to transfer all of your information over. Unfortunately, I was not able to automatically transfer my old posts my new post. For some reason, I could not export the files. However, if you already have a head start on your blog, this article describes how to transfer files over. It may work better for you!
The first thing I would suggest is picking out a theme you enjoy. WordPress has thousands of themes- some free and some are premium. I wanted to have a bit more freedom, so I opted to purchase mine. Etsy sellers have some adorable themes, and I would definitely suggest heading over there if you are in the market for something. About 95% of the time they come with a very easy set up as well, so that should not be too difficult. After you transfer all of your old information, it really is as simple as it was to set up your current blog.
- Do you blog or are you interested in starting a blog?
- I typed the word “blue” ten thousands times in this post, so I have to know. What’s your favorite color?