I’m coming up on my 1 year blogiversary. YES, that is a real thing in the blogging world and YES, I will be doing a giveaway. Why you ask? Well Because I want to give back to all of the people that have supported me and have encouraged me, and well to anyone that has helped me in anyway in the past year. This won’t be taking place until next week but just be prepared..It’s going to be a good one!!
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So with that, I just renewed my domain name with Namecheap. I can’t believe it’s been a year already (I know I’ve said that but I’m genuinely shocked!) I get asked more often then not about how I got started and what I did and I wanted to share with all of you.
Before I started anything I really did some research on what I was looking for in a blog. I came to realize for me that this was something I wanted to do for fun and have a creative outlet and to share my experiences with anyone that was interested but eventually if the moment was right I was hoping to turn this into a little side hustle for myself and my family. With that in mind, to save the hassle later on down the road if or when I decided I wanted to monetize my blog I just went for the gusto of getting a self hosted domain.
Why choose a self hosted website you ask?
Having a self hosted website means you own your website. Nobody can shut it down or cancel anything, it is owned by you and you only. When you are ready to monetize your blog you can with no restrictions. This basically mean that when you want to post ads or work with companies nobody can shut you down. If you go through Blogger or Tumblr they own your content.
Pick a niche or theme
Before you start anything decide what it is that you want to blog about. Are you passionate about cats? Do you love to knit? Are you a mom that has lots of hacks on taking care of kids? What ever it is that you love and write about should be your niche.
If you’ve followed along with me then you know my blog is mainly a motherhood blog. I do like to throw in the occasional beauty/fashion, food recipes, and DIY posts in the mix too.
Pick A Domain Name
Now that you have your niche you can decide what you’d like your blog name to be. Because my blog is about me and what I love I decided to name it after myself. (Easy, right!?) Deciding what your domain name is going to be can be overwhelming sometimes. Once you pick a name it might not be available so you’ll have to search and check availability on the Namecheap website. Here I searched startablogasap. They have startablogaspa.xyz .life .world and .com. I like my websites to be .com because I think it looks a little more professional but if you’re on a budget and want to save some money or don’t mind the other ones you can pick .xyz.
After I added startablogasap.com to my cart click on view cart. It should take you to a screen like this.
You’ll want to scroll down and add The Award Winning Hosting Plan to your order.
After everything is added your check out screen should look like this.
And after confirming everything and paying for it you are all set to get started on your very own blog for less than $20 or even less if you picked .xyz!
Namecheap has been so awesome to work with. I have never had any problems with my site going down and any questions I’ve had they are so quick to answer and help me out.
If you already know how to set up your site you won’t need to read any further. If you need help getting your site up and running then keep reading.
How to install WordPress on Namecheap.com
This part is probably the most confusing part of getting everything setup.
You’re going to log on to your control panel AKA CPanel.
This is how you’re going to start
1 click the little drop down arrow to open up these options
2 Click on the Manage option.
Scroll down to software
3 Click on Login To CPanel
Once you’ve logged on to your control panel go to the Exclusive for Namecheap Customers
4 Click on Softaculous Apps Installer
5 Then you’re going to click on WordPress to install.
6 Install WordPress onto your computer.
After installing WordPress you’re going to fill out all of your domain information.
Once your admin account is all setup you are ready to log onto WordPress and get started.
You’ll want to load a theme of how you want the layout of your blog to look. I got mine from etsy. WordPress does offer some but I was looking for more of a certain look and found what I wanted and it was only $5.
I hope this helped you want to get started on your very own blog! The hardest part of starting a blog is actually starting it. I know because I waited too long to get started on mine. Mainly because I was scared to put my thoughts out into the world but also because I didn’t really know where to start. I finally decided one day I wanted to do it before it was too late and I found Namecheap to be the most affordable and easy to work with. They are a one stop shop, I purchased my domain and my hosting package all in one site. If you have any questions or need help getting started feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can walk you though it.