Start a Blog

The FIRST Step You Need to Take to Start a Blog

Historically speaking, technology and I don’t mix well. I was the last person in the US to start texting, I still don’t know how to use most of the extra features on my camera and phone, and I’m just BARELY learning to use the Mac computer that we got 7 years ago. The fact that I’ve created a blog is nothing short of a miracle and was really only possible because the host and platform I chose made every step so simple. Plus, everything is so very googleable now that you can find instructions on how to do anything.

If I can do it, you can do it. Seriously.

 

Why I Chose Bluehost

When I started this blog I had NO CLUE about hosts, servers, or anything related to it. After lots of reading and research I found that Bluehost seemed to have the most positive reviews so I took a chance and went with it. Here are the reasons that persuaded me to go with Bluehost.

1. Ownership

This decision was hard for me because I’m a big fan of finding ways to do things for free. To date, the ONLY thing I’ve spent money on for my blog is the monthly Bluehost fee. I don’t pay anything for courses, making Pinterest pins, Tailwind, CommunIt for Twitter, etc. Anything that people say you need to spend money on for a blog, I find a workaround for so I don’t have to pay anything. I even manage my own email list.

FYI: They’ll give you a discount if you sign up for 3 years instead of 1. Totally worth it. I know I’m going to have my website for at least that long, and I’d rather not deal with renewing every year.

So why did I end up paying money for Bluehost? It was the ONE thing I felt was completely worth it for my blog. I knew I’d be putting hours into it every day and wanted to have full control over it. I own my own website. With a blogspot.com you don’t actually own the site and they can either shutdown or decide to remove your website.

Other issues with free or cheap websites: low bandwidth, less security, lack of customer support. All big deals.

Plus, if you want your kids to think you’re really cool, show them your website. “You have your own website!” Yes, kid, yes I do.

When you do sign up, they’ll give you the option of extra add-ons, which cost more. I didn’t use any of these. If you do choose any of them, the backup protection is the highest priority. I do my own backup so I didn’t add this.

 

2. 30-day Money Back Guarantee

Just in case you’re all hyped about starting a blog, then try it and decide it’s actually not for you. I can’t imagine this happening, but if it does…you’re covered!

3. Free Domain Name

When you register through Bluehost, you get your domain name for free. I was able to choose www.finditfixitorbuildit.com and now I own that domain name without any additional cost to me.

 

4. Customer Service/Reliability

For the “fix it yourself” types, they have a section where you can click “help” and try to troubleshoot the issue yourself by entering keywords.  They also have a 24-hr live chat if you’d rather have help from an expert.

 

5. Unlimited Domain Space/Bandwidth

When you register with Bluehost, you can register as many domain names as you want. Bluehost won’t limit your bandwidth and you won’t have problems with your website slowing down. If you ever decide to start another blog, you already have your host in place.

 

6. They Make It Easy

Bluehost takes you step by step through the process of signing up and getting your website started. I use the WordPress platform; it has a 1-click install, which I’m pretty sure was designed just for me. Between Bluehost and WordPress, you really can’t mess up.

There were some things I had to Google at first. I’d never heard of a Plugin before, I had no idea what the difference between and post and a page was, and it took me forever to choose the theme I wanted. Big surprise….I ended up choosing a free theme instead of paying for one:)

Like I said before, if I can figure it out, anyone can. You may have to use the Google a bit, but you can do it! I can’t imagine an easier process than what I experienced using Bluehost with WordPress.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you’re still not sure or can’t afford it right now, then wait! Don’t let anyone talk you into something you can’t afford. You can look at it as an investment if you’re planning on making money with your blog, but becoming profitable does take time, so make sure the timing works for you.

 

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

When you are ready, you should know that some bloggers have deals that will get you a lower price of about $2.75/month, so you can search around to try and find the lowest price.

 

 

The “get started now” button will take you to the next page where you can pick which plan you want. I went for the basic. If your blog ends up getting huge you’ll want to make some upgrades, but to start I’ve been totally happy with the basic plan.

 

 

Setting up your domain name is insanely simple, too. They’ll show you two boxes where you can either enter the new domain name you want or transfer an existing domain if you’re switching hosts.

 

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