Get Your Own Domain Name and Host for Blogging

Blogger Baby Bib
Are you just starting out with your blog and wondering if you should get your own domain name or use a subdomain of free blog providers like blogspot.com, wordpress.com, or typepad?

Stop wondering! Get your own domain name. Why? If you decide to move to a different blog platform (it happens) you can lose your traffic, search engine rankings, and Oh my!, all those links you worked so hard to get.

These “subdomain” blog addresses are not portable. In other words, you can’t take it with you so don’t start out with one! Instead:

1. Get a real domain address.
2. Get some Web server space from a reliable host.
3. Install WordPress on your Web server.
4. Start blogging.

Get a real domain address:

I highly recommend the following:

1) Register a new domain name with GoDaddy . They are inexpensive and easy to work with. If you do not want your personal information to be listed in the WHOIS directory, then choose private registration (cost extra). Later, when you get your Web server space, you will have to change the Domain Name Server (DNS) to that of your web hosting provider.

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2) Register a domain name with 1and1Internet. You can get private domain registration for FREE at 1and1Internet.

Get some Web server space from a reliable host: 

Once you complete your domain registration, get some Web server space to host your blog. According to WordPress.org, BLUEHOST.COM provides a rich hosting environment for your blog. They also provide WordPress auto-install! You can host 6 + domains for as little $6.95 per month total! AND, if you sign up with BlueHost for your Web hosting services, you can register your domain name for FREE!

I am hosting with Bluehost. Another feature you might like about BLUEHOST is their customer service. I called on a Saturday night (I know, I need to get a life!) and someone answered on the first ring. He answered all my questions and was extremely nice.

Install WordPress:

Once you have a domain name and Web host, install WordPress, the very best blogging software. a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.  WordPress will be available in your control panel when you log into your web hosting account.

You can choose from hundreds of WordPress themes for the look and feel of your blog. Visit the WordPress Theme Viewer for a real blog theme treat!

Start blogging:

OK. Once you set up everything – well, start blabbing, I mean blogging! If you are not sure what to blog about or what your next steps should be, I suggest you read the Blog Profits Blueprint - its FREE! Find a quiet place to read it. It is packed with great information about blogging.

Stop back and let me know your blog address and how you are doing!