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How to Create a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog With a Custom Domian And Web Hosting

Build a website blog using WordPress: 

Do you want to create a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog, How? You can Build a website. Everyone in today’s world is using online platforms. So if you have a social presence. You must try to build a website and can earn some bucks from it. So if you planning to build a website blog I will guide you step by step. So, first of all, you have to purchase a domain name and web hosting. Here is a full guide to Purchase cheap domain name and web hosting. So you can get an idea to purchase it. Many peoples were earning money from their blogs. You also can make money. Therefore it was a nice idea to publish your work on your own website. Today I will tell you how you can build a website blog. So after purchasing a domain name and hosting you have to link your domain name to web hosting.

Build your own website blog using WordPress:

Build a website After linking your domain name to your web hosting. You have to install WordPress.After installing WordPress you have to select a theme for your site.You can check that your website will be now online. You can select the different plugin. Hence plugin is always useful. First of all, customize your theme by going to appearance settings. You can upload your logo. After making all the basic settings you need to install following some basic plugins.

  1. Yoast SEO: Yoast SEO is the best all in one SEO plugin you need for on page SEO of your website. You can purchase it or use it for free. By using Yoast SEO you can easily generate your website sitemap and submit it to the Google , Bing, and handed webmaster tools. Therefore your site will be added to search engines. It helps search engine to easily index your site. Yoast SEO helps you to write good SEO posts.
  2.  Akismet plugin: The Akismet plugin is another best plugin which filters the spam comments on your site. It is a very useful plugin. You just have to install it and activate. After activation, you have to verify through API key. After activating you can select your basic settings and it filter out the spam comments.
  3. Google analytics: Google analytics is Google’s own product and free as well. You can easily track the traffic using it. It is very useful to give you an idea how to improve your website traffic. You can see your bounce rate. Page views as well as new and returning visitors. Just install it and activate and link it to your Google analytic account.
  4. Cache plugins: Cache plugins are very useful for your website. By using these visitors can easily access your website and increase your website speed.So make sure to install it. And tell about it to your users in your privacy policy.

Web design: How to design your website:

There are much paid web designing available online.But if you are a newbie and don’t want to purchase. You can easily design your website in WordPress there are many themes available in WordPress for free. You can use them and can customize them.Hence it is not a big deal.But make sure that you are using a clean and neat theme because it is easy to load and can improve your rankings.


Things to keep in mind before designing a website with WordPress.


  1. Make sure your theme is neat and clean: First of all, you have to select a theme for your website. Make sure your theme is not that heavy. The theme should be neat and clean. There should be a limited image in it. Because Google just hates images in blogs. Hence Google news also don’t include media files to it.
  2. Make sure to make categories for your post: If you are writing about a particular niche. Then you don’t have to care about it. But if you are writing about technology and on another thing. You have to create categories section so that viewers can easily locate their interests.
  3. Make this pages for sure: You have to make pages for your website. The must have pages are About us Privacy policy, contact us, disclaimer pages you can make them in pages section easily in WordPress.
  4. Customize your layout: layout customization is good for the website. Add a useful widget to your layout you can easily custom your layout.By going to customize layout section in WordPress.

Tips to improve your Website rank:


  1. Post regular: Always try to post your work regularly.If you post regularly then chances of your growing are increased. Always try to update your post it can help your audience as well as your traffic rank.
  2. Don’t steal anyone content: Don’t ever try to be smart. Copying and pasting others work is prohibited and illegal. If you want to use Adsense on your site make sure that all the content on your site belongs to you.
  3. Do proper on page SEO: on page SEO is the best thing you can do with your post.It was increased the chance to get rank.Using Yoast plugin is best ways to do on page SEO.
  4. Off page SEO: off page SEO is very important for your site and post to rank. Make some good quality back links.
  5. Be active on social media: Always try to get active on social media. Share your post on social media. It can drive traffic to your website.

If you have any questions or queries feel free to comment below I will try to answer it as soon as possible.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com
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Hostgator- How To Start a Blog And Make Money

Hello Everyone- Blogging can be a great way to earn a nice side income from sharing your passions online. And it isn’t as difficult as one may think. If you have the willingness to learn and the follow-through to make it happen, then you must need to read this article carefully. This is a post for people who are looking to build a tech blog and don’t know where to start. Whether as a hobby or profession, tech blogging requires some technical skill. Not a lot but a little. When I started my blog, I knew nothing about making a website. I wanted to start my own blog. My friends Yash and Ravi agreed to help me set up my blog using WordPress. Web sites and blogs have gotten a lot easier and simpler thanks to WordPress. WordPress is a simple out of the box platform designed to make websites easier for those not technically savvy (like myself). It powers over 25% of the Internet and is the best platform for blogging.

 

ISN’T STARTING A BLOG HARD?

Nope, not at all! You don’t even need to know how to code, all you need to know is how to work a computer! I promise, I am going to walk you through the process step by step and if you have any questions at all, no matter how small, you can email me. I will do my very best to get back to you within 24 hours!

If you have an extra half hour then you can set up a blog today. I am going to try to make the process as easy as possible for you all. Before I do that, I am going to explain a few things regarding why I chose (and why I think you should) a self-hosted blog as opposed to a .wordpress or .blogspot!

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to start your own blog.

BEFORE WE BEGIN: WHY START A TECH BLOG?

There are so many great reasons to start a blog today! Let’s talk about the obvious one first – money. Yes, you can earn money blogging. I just had my first $50 month on my blog and it’s only looking better and better!

I’ve been able to live a life I only dreamt about when I was waiting tables at a restaurant 2 years ago.

The best part is that now, I am able to wake up every day and do exactly what I want to do!

The nice thing about blogging is that you don’t have to make money to love it. The connections and sense of community that the blogging world offers are amazing. As a matter of fact, I blogged for many months before making any money at all.

My recommendation is to get into it because it’s something you enjoy doing. Making money is totally fine and is something you should think about from day one, but that shouldn’t be your #1 motivation.

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR BLOG TOPIC

What are you interested in?
Blogging about what interests you is very important. If you like the topic and are interested in what you’re writing about, your readers will pick up on that. You’ll also enjoy doing it more and that is especially important if you’re going to stick with it.

Even if you’re blogging as a business, it should still be fun and something that you enjoy.

What are you good at?
If you have a particular skill (like me my particular skill is working on WordPress platform) that you think should be shared with the world, a blog is a perfect place to do it! If you can offer tips and generally help people out, they will flock to your blog.

STEP 2: CHOOSE THE PROPER PLATFORM

WordPress all the way
I won’t even discuss other options because I am so passionate about WordPress as a blogging platform. Here are a few reasons why WordPress is the best platform for blogging:

  • Great for beginners
  • Tons of free themes available
  • Easily customizable, even if you have no coding knowledge
  • There are tons of free plugins that make just about everything easier
  • WordPress is the most commonly used platform, and therefore there are tons of resources out there providing help, should you get stuck

Why not a free platform?
There are many reasons why you should avoid using a free platform for your blog. Among them are:

  • Some free platforms put their own ads on your site
  • Most free platforms restrict your ability to put ads on your site or make any money at all
  • There is virtually no support available and even something as simple as a design change warrants a cost (thus becoming not free)
  • You will have an ugly URL, such as www.yourblog.blogspot.com
  • Most importantly, you don’t own your blog when it’s on a free platform – it’s literally like building your house on land that you don’t own

Let me address that last point again. If your blog is a free platform, you do not own the blog or the URL. This means (and it has happened before) that your blog could be shut down at the drop of a hat, for any reason they see fit. Some blogs have been shut down because the blogger was working with a company that the platform owners don’t like. You don’t want to put your blog in someone else’s hands just to save five bucks a month.

STEP 3: PICK A NAME

The first thing you need to do is pick a domain name (i.e your website name). When picking your domain name, there are no hard and fast rules on what to pick. There’s no such thing as a “wrong domain” but there are a couple of things you should know to help you pick the best domain:

Make a name that can last. If you pick “JohnsAsiaAdeventure.com” and then you leave Asia, the domain won’t make sense anymore. Make sure you pick a name that isn’t so focused that if you decide to shift gears or change your focus, you can keep the same domain name.

Try to avoid words like “nomad,” “vagabond,” “wanderlust,” and “adventure.” They have been done to death.

Pick a name that describes what you do as much as possible. I was a nomad so “Nomadic Matt” was the best pick for me. If you’re into luxury, put words in your domain that convey that. You want people to see the name and go “I get what that website is about.”

Keep it short. Use 3-4 words maximum. You want the name that rolls off the tongue. Even Ramit Sethi from “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” often abbreviates his site to “I Will Teach” or “IWT”. The shorter the better.

Keep it simple. I’m not a fan of using jargon or slang in your domain name as I think that makes things confusing for people who don’t know it. The last thing you want is something going “What does that mean?” or being confused. If someone has to think of the meaning, then you’ve already lost them. So don’t try to be clever either!

STEP 4: SIGN UP FOR HOSTGATOR

To get started, go to HostGator’s home page.

After you’ve picked out your domain name, you’ll need to register it and buy hosting (the little computer that’s going to power your website). There are a lot of basic hosting companies out there – Hostgator and Bluehost being to two biggest.

Though owned by the same parent company, I lean towards Hostgator as I find their call center customer service quicker and friendlier and they are prone to fewer outages (no one wants their website to go down). I’ve been using them for years and still have a few domains and email through them.

Here’s a walk-through of how to register your name with Hostgator:

First, choose the hatchling plan. This is the most basic plan but it’s perfect for new blogs and I wouldn’t recommend spending more money until you get a lot of traffic and decide you’re going to do this long term!

After you pick that plan, you’ll be sent to the order form. Enter your domain name and select the hosting package you want. Be sure to add “domain privacy protection” as this keeps your registration information from being public record. After this, it will have you include your billing address and payment information. It will also ask you if you want to by additional add-on services. DO NOT PICK ANY. You won’t need them. From there, it will run your credit card and presto! You have a domain name!

Add your account information:

Then you will see your order is in process wait few seconds

After you’ve paid, you’ll get to this screen where you can see your domain name and account information:

After this process you can see your Cpanel login details in your Email:-

Now you can log in to your Cpanel account

STEP 5: INSTALL WORDPRESS

After you’ve registered your domain name and got your hosting package, the next thing you want to do is install WordPress. WordPress is what will actually run the website.  The host is simply the computer your site sits on. To set WordPress up:

In the same screen as above, click “hosting” and, in the next screen, “Get Started with WordPress Today”:

You’ll be taken to this screen. Click WordPress:

In the drop-down menu, select your domain name and hit next. Enter your user information. Under blog title, enter the name of your blog. Create a strong username and then hit install.

The Base Domain for your installation.

The subdirectory you would like the site to load from if desired. You can leave this blank. Example: Should you wish your WordPress URL to be mydomain.com/site instead of just mydomain.com. Your site will always display this extension if you enter one.

For Admin Email, enter an email address where you want the admin password emailed to. Make sure this is a working email address.

For Blog Title, enter the name of the website. This is what will appear in the header as the name of your site.

For Admin Username, enter your preferred username.

Your first name.

Your last name.

Click Install WordPress when you’re ready to proceed.

After clicking on Install WordPress button you will see WordPress installation in the process:- 

And after few minutes you will see WordPress installation complete.

 

After you’ve installed WordPress onto Hostgator, go to domainname.com/wp-admin and use the username and password you created to login.

You’ll see a screen like this after you login:

If you’d like to create a different password (something stronger or more memorable), then go to your wp-login screen at domainname.com/wp-admin, click on “reset the password,” and you’ll be sent instructions on how to reset it.

That’s it! Now your website is up and running and you’re ready to start blogging!

STEP 6: INSTALL YOUR THEME

Next, you need to make your website look pretty. One of the most important things a blog needs besides good content is a good design. People decide in seconds whether or not they trust your website and choose to stay. A visually unappealing website will turn off readers and reduce the number of return visits you get. So to accomplish a good design, you will need an amazing WordPress theme (i.e., design templates and files). You have 3 options:

Free Themes – Free themes are plentiful and for budding new bloggers looking to make their mark online, they seem like a great option as it allows you to keep costs low. There are many great free themes available online but most of them are not amazing.

If you plan on blogging for a long time, this might become a problem as your website grows. However, if you just need a simple design to blog for your friends and family, then go the free route. You can find some good free themes at wordpress.org.

Premium Themes – The next step up from a free theme is a premium theme. Premium themes are paid themes that offer a bit more uniqueness, flexibility, and functionality. These cost from $25 USD and up, depending on the developer and features.

With a premium theme, you almost always have a support forum that can help you begin to learn how to customize your site yourself. This can be a great way to introduce yourself to PHP and HTML code (which is what your theme and WordPress is created with) without having to worry about breaking your site and not having anybody to help you fix it.

The two best companies to buy premium themes from are WooThemes and StudioPress. My personal favorite is StudioPress as it is more SEO-friendly, a bit sleeker, and cooler. WooThemes are great for photographers and more “fun” personal blogs.

Custom Themes – If you have the money and want a completely unique website, a custom theme is the only way to go. Hiring a website designer/developer will allow you to build the site you dream of and get everything you want. A good WordPress theme from a good designer and developer starts at about $1,500 USD, though the typical average is $3,000-5,000 USD. In my experience, you get the coding you pay for, and cheap can lead to many problems later, so you’ll want a reputable and experienced person.

The best thing to do is ask around for someone, but if you don’t know anyone, two sites you can use to find freelancers are UpWork and 99 Designs.

As a new blogger, I would go with option #1 or 2 as it will be the easiest. To install your theme, simply go to the left-hand column, click Appearance –> Themes –> upload. Whatever theme you picked will come as a .ZIP file for you to easily upload. From, there you just activate it and it’s turned on. All themes come with a manual and help file so you can customize your design to your specific needs.

STEP 7: INSTALL YOUR PLUGINS

From there, the second thing you want to do is install plugins. Plugins are a great way to add additional functionality to a WordPress-powered site. And with over 41,000 (at last check) listed in the WordPress Repository and many more premium options available from developers, there are endless possibilities as to what you can do with your site. From the main screen, click Plugins –> Add New on the left-hand column:

If you can think of a feature you’d like to have on your site, I can almost guarantee there is a plugin for it but here are my favorites:

Akismet – Just like getting junk mail in your mailbox, your website will get spammers looking to leave junk comments on your site. Akismet seeks to reduce the amount of this by automatically filtering it for you. This plugin comes installed with WordPress, and all you need do is activate it and sign up for an account at akismet.com.

Yoast SEO – The best SEO plugin out there. This combines the ability to create meta tags and descriptions for your posts, optimize your titles, create a sitemap for search engines to read, customize how your posts appear across social media and do a whole lot more. It’s simple, easy to use, and comes with foolproof instructions.

Relevanssi – While WordPress does a lot of things well, what it fails at is adding search functionality to your site. Relevanssi seeks to fix this and give your readers the most accurate results when searching on your site.

BackWPup – You can never backup your site too much. The WordPress database holds every word you’ve ever written, and if your blog has started to make you a few dollars, you would be nuts not to keep regular backups. BackWPup does it perfectly. With the ability to schedule backups, you needn’t worry about doing it manually (especially useful to the more forgetful among us). There’s also the option to upload backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud storage services, ensuring that if the worst does happen, your data will be safe.

Google Analytics For WordPress – Adding analytic tracking to your website is an important move in finding out who your readers are, where they are coming from, and what your most popular content is. When you sign up for Google Analytics, the site asks you to place a snippet of code into your website. For most people, that can be difficult, which is why there’s Google Analytics for WordPress. This adds a lovely graphical interface to your site where you can click a couple of buttons and set up your tracking without any hassle.

SumoMe – This is the best social sharing plugin on the web. Use this. It comes with great analytics and testing features.

Jetpack – Jetpack is aimed at supercharging your website with a host of features from WordPress’s free hosting platform, giving you the best of both worlds. With this plugin, you can add a spell-checker, contact forms, extra widgets, and a whole slew of more features, all with just one plugin.

W3 Total Cache – This plugin works by creating saved copies of your site, saving WordPress from having to generate them for every new visitor. This, in turn, cuts down on the amount of work your hosting server has to do and makes loading your web pages much much faster.

STEP 8: CREATE YOUR MAIN PAGES

After you’ve uploaded your theme, you’re going to want to make a few basic pages on your website in addition to the blog posts. To create these pages (or posts), go again to your left sidebar and click Pages —> Add New. (Or, for blog posts, Posts –> Add New.) The difference between a page and a post is that a page is a static piece of content that lives separate from the blog. A post is a blog post that gets “buried” as you write more and more. For example, this post is a blog. When I update again, another post will get put on top of it and it will be pushed down in the archives, making it harder to find. But a page like my about page lives on the top of the website, right off the main URL, and does NOT get buried. It’s a lot easier to find.

I recommend creating 4 basic pages to start:

About Page – This where you tell people about yourself, your history, what your blog is about, and why it will help them. This is one of the most important pages on your website so make it personable!

Contact Page – People need a way to reach you! Be sure to be very clear on what emails you will and won’t respond to so people don’t send you spam.

Privacy Page – This is a standard user agreement page letting people know what the applicable laws on your site are, that you use cookies, etc etc. You can find out of the box examples throughout the Internet.

Copyright Page – This is a standard page letting people know you own this work and not to steal it. You can find out of the box examples throughout the Internet.

That’s it! You’ve set up your basic website. Sure, there’s social media buttons to add, blogs to write, and images to upload but these 8 steps will create the basic framework of your blog! The hard comes after when you decide you want to turn it into a profession and start thinking about marketing, product creation, and everything in between but that stuff comes later. By following these steps, you’ll get your blog up and be running so you can start sharing your stories and tips!

And remember, if you have any questions at all feel free to reach out to me! I would be more than happy to help you with anything – be it setting it up, brainstorming post ideas, or networking!

I hope this post helped you friends, and if it did I would be so happy if you could take a moment to share it using one of the social media buttons at the top!

Once you’ve got your blog set up, leave a comment down below so I can check it out! I am so excited to see what you all come up with!

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com