5 EASY STEPS TO SET UP A BLOG
First let me say that blogging is not my full time job. I started on this journey as a way of sharing my love of all things vintage to those with similar interests. I love my vintage finds and sell them in my Etsy store. Feel free to head over there for a wee look.
And with that said, I continued to expand my blog, I realised that I loved to write about lifestyle and parenting all with a vintage twist!
So you want to start blogging?
Spoiler alert here – you really don’t need to be tech savvy at all to start blogging. After all blogging has allowed many people to share their ideas, thoughts and views with the world. With it a whole new world has opened up of possible ways to share tips, ideas and for some ways of making money.
Step 1: Sign up for TSO
This is the most important part of the steps – which is why I have it as the first step. At first I was of the opinion that I didn’t want to pay any money for setting the blog up since there are ways of having a blog for free. However, when I researched it, the best and only option to be fully in control of my content and be able to monitise my blog at a later date was to go the paid route or self hosted as it is referred to.
Having a self hosted blog also allows you to have your own name (e.g.), it does look more professional than others and you can also use an array of designs which are free or you can buy a more unique theme.
Again it took me ages to find a host which I had confidence in. I read a lot of reviews, gave up a few times as the reviews were conflicting, then settled on TSO Host. I can highly recommend them for several reasons.
Firstly, I was able to purchase my domain name with them for £7.19 for the entire year, secondly their basic hosting package costs me £2.99 per month and their customer service is excellent.
Did I mention before how rubbish I am at technical stuff? Well, when I purchased my domain name and hosting package with TSO Host I sent them an email saying I wanted my website to be WordPress and could they just do that and send me the login details. Honestly this is just how rubbish I am at the technical stuff but TSO Host were excellent, within an hour they emailed me back my details, I logged in and was able to start customising the WordPress theme!
Step 2: Decide on your Domain Name
Once you sign up with TSO Host here. You will want to purchase your domain name. TSO will let you know if the name you have in mind is available or not. It can be difficult at first so I suggest you have a few names you are happy with in case one is taken.
Step 3: Connect your Domain Name & Hosting
I have already mentioned I am not very tech savvy. This step is very simple, just email TSO Host customer service and they will do all of it for you and send you the login details. It really is that simple. The customer service for TSO Host is second to none.
Step 4: Choose your WordPress Theme
There are plenty of WordPress Themes to choose from. Starting out I would suggest looking at the many free options. However, once you get the hang of things you can opt for a paid theme which will have more features. You can even get beautiful options on Etsy – have a look at Etsy here.
Step 5: Start writing
Now the fun begins. Remember to write about what you know and what you enjoy. Your readers will will respond to you. Let me know how it goes. Enjoy 🙂
Want to know how to get sponsored posts for your blog? Head over to my post here.
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