How to Start a Blog: Step by Step

The process to start a blog can seem really overwhelming, but you really only need a few simple steps to get started! Here is a step by step guide for beginners on how to start a blog with SiteGround and WordPress. It’s not as complicated as you may think.

Even though Blog Like a Gem is a new website as a space for me to share my blogging knowledge, I run an established, profitable lifestyle blog called The Gem.

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A step by step guide for beginners on how to start a blog with SiteGround and WordPress. It's not as complicated as you may think!

1.) A name

This is the toughest part of the process because it’s how people will identify your brand. I definitely recommend asking for feedback and ideas from friends and family on this step before making your final decision.

2.) A focus for your content

What’s going to be on your site? Is it a blog about your life? Maybe your niche is making money from home. Or blogging about the latest beauty products. Or a lifestyle website the covers a few different topics. Narrowing down what you will talk about will also help you decide on an appropriate name!

3.) Website Hosting

Web Hosting

Website hosting is the service needed for your blog to be viewed on the internet. It’s essential where you blog will be stored. This is an important decision because the host you go with will impact the speed and security of your website – which is especially important as you grow. Selecting a host that has excellent support will also save you tons of tech headaches down the road (because blogs get complicated as they get bigger). I highly recommend that you host your website through SiteGround. SiteGroud is faster, safer, and has better support than the other options out there. And, for a limited time, you can get hosting for as little as $3.95 per month! Literally for what a cup of coffee costs, your blog can live on the internet! What’s even better about SiteGround is that they have a one month trial. So, if you don’t want to commit to a year, sign up for the trial, test them out, and then make your decision.

SiteGround has lots of hosting options depending on your needs!

I strongly do not recommend Media Temple, StartLogic, HostGator, or GoDaddy for website hosting as I’ve used them for myself and my clients in the past and did not have good experiences.

4.) A domain name

This is your URL for your website that you can purchase along with your hosting at SiteGround for less than $20.

If the domain you’re thinking isn’t available, you can try .co or .net options. Also, your URL does not necessarily have to be your blog name. My lifestyle blog is called The Gem, but my URL is hitthegem.com. So, come in to it with an open mind!

If you’re still deciding on a name and direction for your content, then a domain that’s your firstnamelastname.com might serve you here. Before deciding on hitthegem.com, my blog was just allynlewis.com while I took the time to really figure out what I wanted to do with my corner of the internet!

5.) A content management system

A content management system is what manages the creation of digital content. While there are my options out there, I recommend going with WordPress as it gives you the most flexibility and freedom. Once you get your domain and hosting squared away with SiteGround, you’ll get an email about setting up your hosting. Click the link in that email and when you get to the place that you see in the screenshot below, select WordPress and then select the rest of the options that are best for you. Another perk of SiteGround is that they make it SO easy to install WordPress so that you can get started blogging right away!

Setting up WordPress with SiteGround

From there, you get to select your theme (SiteGround will present you with free options that are great for starting out as you go through the setup process). Then you can customize your settings and write away!

I left this guide pretty simple, but if you have questions, just ask below!

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