- Posted by Amy
- On June 27, 2017
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Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely week. I had a comment on the blog today (at the time of writing this) asking for some advice about how to start a blog and what platform I would recommend. So today I’m sharing my 4 steps for how to start a mum blog of your very own.
Hosted or self hosted?
I used to write a blog on blogger and at the time it was perfect for my needs and best of all it was free. I didn’t realise until I wanted to take blogging more seriously quite how limiting it was. When I decided to set up this blog I did a lot of research before getting started.
I decided to go with a self hosted (meaning I pay for my own hosting) WordPress site. It means you have total control of your blog and that if later on down the line you want to make your blog into a business you have lots of opportunities with WordPress plugins to do that.
I chose my hosting provider because it was recommended to me. I am in a group of female entrepreneurs and time and time again the name Bluehost came up. It is a big company and it is geared up for people who are just getting started. You can also call up if you have any issues to get them fixed asap.
1>> Choose your blog name and domain name
You need a name for your blog and ideally a domain name that matches. You can search for this on most hosting sites. I searched on Bluehost (the hosting site that I use and recommend) before I did anything else to make sure that the domain name I wanted was available.
Now you have decided on your domain name you can register it. Follow this link to get started: www.bluehost.com/track/theprintablesclub
Simply type in your desired domain name, click on the “next” button, and the system will verify whether your choice is available. You can also choose an alternative top-level domain from the drop-down menu. For example, you may want .co.uk or .us instead of .com.
2>> Set up hosting
Now that you have your domain name, you can set up your hosting account. Simply fill in all of your details and choose the package that suits your budget and your requirements. I went for the most basic package and can always upgrade as and when I need more features.
I would recommend adding on a few extras like domain privacy. Once you have selected the add ons that you would like, continue on and enter your billing details. Read the terms and conditions and then create your password.
3>> Install WordPress on your Site
Once you sign up to bluehost, you will find yourself on the blue host control panel. Under the Website section, you will see a wordpress option, click on it. Click ‘no thanks’ when you are asked if you would like to purchase installation help.
Fill in your domain name, username and password and then click ‘install now’. Make sure you know what your username and password are. On that same page click on the URL link to access your WordPress login. You can also copy and paste the URL into a new tab.
Enter your login details from installation and you will find yourself on the WordPress dashboard. This is where you will control all aspects of what visitors will see on your blog.
4>> Customise your site
Now you can make your site look pretty. You can choose one of the free themes (code to make your site look a certain way) or pay for one. I have had many recommendations from other women in my business group for themes by Angie Makes (full disclosure, my site is not an Angie Makes theme) if I ever have the guts to change my theme, I would use one of her themes. If you would like to browse Angie Makes Themes (she also has a free theme with less features), click here: http://angiemakes.com?aff=theprintablesclub
My top tip – before you make any changes your theme
Once you have a theme – make sure you create a child theme and use that as your active theme. This means that when you receive theme updates, you won’t lose all of the changes you have made to font colours etc.
Free Printable Checklist to Start a Mum Blog
As I’m all about the printables I thought I would share a free printable checklist with you all so that you can keep track of what you need to do and tick it off as you go. Simply fill in your details below and I’ll e-mail it to you.
Share Your Blog Link
If you start a blog, once you launch it – make sure you share details in the comments below. I’d love to have a look.