When I first decided to start my own travel blog, I already had experience with how to start up a blog. So when I decided to start Travel Junkie, it took me a few minutes to figure out what I needed to do. However, in the beginning before I had any real blogging knowledge, I thought it was a complicating process. I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do first and spent a few hours reading articles. Finally, I was able to understand the process and since then have explored my different options with hosting sites, web creators and everything else that goes into a blog.
So as someone who has been a newbie in the blogging world, here is my simple instructions on how to start a travel blog (or any blog you’d like).
Step 1: Figure out what kind of blog you would like to start
When I started Travel Junkie, I was traveling every month. The more I would travel, the more I was learning about different countries. There was so much to share and so many useful tips, that I couldn’t just share all of them on Facebook. I wanted to start a blog to share all of my tips and adventures with the world! I wanted more people to read about everything I had to share aside from my friends. So, I ended up creating Travel Junkie.
Before you can begin with a blog, you may want to figure out what you want to write. Do you want to write about lifestyle, makeup, football? If you still have no idea what you would like to write about, I suggest using a free blogging platform before you buy your own domain. You can have a free site with wordpress.com, wix.com, blogspot.com etc…
Step 2: Choose your hosting plan
There are plenty of hosting sites to choose from, but the one that I recommend the most is Bluehost. I have been with Bluehost for a while now and have had no problems with them. The best part is that it is easy to get a blog setup with Bluehost. To get started, go to Bluehost and choose the plan that will be right for you.
Step 3: Get your Domain
Some people like to do this first, but I always recommend looking into the hosting site first because they may just offer the domain for free with the plan. I once made the mistake of paying for my domain and then realizing that I could get it for free through Bluehost. If you get to a point where you feel confused with the purchasing process, Bluehost offers a live chat and they can walk you through the process step by step.
Step 4: Building your site
When you first log in to the C-panel on Bluehost. You will notice that there is a section called helpful resources. If you are getting started and are trying to build your site, this is a good resource to go to.
When you click on ‘getting started’, you will find a whole page full of tips and things you need to do to get your site up and running. There is a section specifically for building your site and Bluehost gives you options as to what sites you can use with Bluehost.
I tried a few of the sites they have available for my blog, but none of them met my needs as much as WordPress does. So I ended up with WordPress.
Step 5: Installing WordPress
If you decided to go with WordPress, then all you really need to do is click on the install WordPress link. You can also do the following:
- Login to your Bluehost C-panel
- Find the website section and select Install WordPress.
- Click the install button
- Choose the domain name to install it to
- Edit the username and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.
- Click the install now button
That’s it! You should now be able to use your username and password on a link that looks like this http://www.yournewdomain.com/wp-admin. This is your access to your new blog.
If you did decide to go with another website other than WordPress and you are feeling slightly confused, don’t forget that Bluehost has a live chat that is available 24/7. So if you are up at 2am trying to set this up, you have nothing to worry about! The support team is there to help.