31 Days To Start A Blog
CHOOSE WHICH PLATFORM YOU'LL BLOG FROM
1. Choose a platform to blog from
2. Purchase your plan and set up your domain name (blog name)
Maybe you already blog from a platform and have your domain name set up but read on anyway because it's always good to familiarize yourself with your web hosts competition.
Now I'm assuming you've wanted to start a blog for a while now and you've already looked at all of the blog platform possibilities but if you haven't, at the end of this email, come back and click on each one to research what they offer, how much it costs, if customer service is available, user friendly, etc.
*It's important to do a little digging before you commit because it's not easy to switch platforms.
>> Some platforms offer a free trial or free until you upgrade to a paid plan so that Google will index your site. You won't be found by Google until you have a premium hosting plan through any of these platforms.
Free is good while you play around and design your blog to see if the platform is where you are comfortable blogging.
Let's Dive In...
Squarespace - Drag & Drop Style editor makes it easy to design a blog or website even for the non-techy type.
You can try Squarespace for free for 14-days and then you'll the chance to extend your trial another 7 days. After the extension period, you'll have to upgrade in order to see your blog and continue customizing your site.
FREE domain name for the first year. $20.00/yr. after that.
Wix - Wix offers a free plan which is perfect for the person who wants to take their time designing their website or blog and upgrading to a plaid plan when they are ready to publish and take their site, live.
Drag & Drop design editor is what makes Wix so appealing. Just like any platform though, there is a learning curve.
Wix is where I currently blog from :-) I can't express how advanced they are in comparison to all the other platforms.
Wix allows complete design freedom, Artificial Design Intelligence if you don't know where to start, and Code. No other platform offers a mixture of features.
Say, whaaa?? Yes, choose the ADI option at sign up, answer a couple of questions and Wix will design a site for you. You just need to edit in your own content.
If you want a beautifully designed blog up and running asap, choose ADI at sign up. You'll be directed through learning prompts to help you get a feel for the editor and platform, then, when you are ready to make your own edits, you can switch over to the Wix Editor and further customize or you can stay in the ADI mode.
Tip: If you switch from ADI to Editor, then back to ADI, all edits you've made will be deleted.
FREE domain name for the first year $14.95/yr. after that. (Domain name credit is applied when you upgrade to a paid plan. If you aren't ready to purchase your plan yet, at least buy your domain name in case it's taken by the time you are ready.
WordPress - This is the platform that the majority of bloggers seem to settle on. I think it's because it's the most widely used but that doesn't mean you should jump the gun and choose WordPress without researching the other platforms for yourself.
There are two versions of WordPress:
1. Wordpress.org and
Wordpress.org is open source/self hosting software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.
Wordpress.com is free for life and offers a sub domain until you upgrade to a paid plan.
If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger and make money from it, you'll need a paid plan.
My friend Elle over at Boss Girl Bloggers recommends Site Ground for self-hosting with wordpress.org.
She's been blogging for over a year and has great success with Siteground's hosting.
>> If you choose to use Wordpress.org, here is a tutorial from Site Ground.
There are many more options to choose from but I don't feel confident recommending them for you to use to start your blog.
ONE LAST THING!
I don't want you to feel pressure to choose a platform and purchase a premium plan TODAY but just keep in mind that the coming days are about planning and designing the pages for your blog so it will help if you signed up for a platform so you can implement the steps.
Grab your notebook or workbook to jot down any notes
Purchase a plan with a blogging platform
Double check your domain name and social handles are available
If you haven't yet, create social media accounts using your blog name as your username/URL
Have fun EXPLORING your new blogging platform!!
I'll see you tomorrow for Day 4!
You'll sign up and create a FREE domain email address with *Migadu or pay to use Gsuite.
Remember to hop over to the Facebook Group and ask any questions you may have.
Rome wasn't built in a day and your blog won't be either :-)