The idea behind the Fundamentals of Blogging Series is to help you set up a blog and get started blogging – from purchasing your domain name to publishing content on your site.
Today we are going to begin to discuss the first steps to starting your blog – setting it up. This will be an overview of the set up process, we’ll go into more details in a future post.
Setting Up a Blog at WordPress.com
First, we will look at setting up a blog at WordPress.com, which is easier to manage but has limited functionality in some areas. However, you can’t beat the price; it is free. WordPress.com will provide you with a subdomain for free (i.e. yoursite.wordpress.com). Simply go to WordPress.com and click the “Sign up now” button.
If you have a certain URL / domain name that you want to use, you can also map the domain of your choosing (i.e. yoursite.com) for a $10 dollar fee. However, if you want to use your own domain you will have to pay GoDaddy or another domain registry for the actual domain name and then an additional $10 dollars for WordPress to map it. Don’t worry, we’ll explain more about this later!
Every web address has to have a hosting account. This is the service where your web data is housed so that it is available to the Internet user. If you are planning on hosting your WordPress blog yourself, rather than using the WordPress.com hosting service, you will need to own a domain so that people (including you) have a way to access the blog.
Purchasing the Domain
Purchasing a domain is simple enough. Simply choose a domain registry, create an account, and then pick your domain. For more information on where to get your domain, check out this article at CNET. My recommendation would be to use GoDaddy as they have low prices, renewal reminders, and good customer service. You can also register at our domain registry, but at the end of the day just pick the registry that works for you.
Stay tuned as we discuss more in detail the process of setting up your personal blog and linking your domain and WordPress login.