Lets take a look at how to start a blog in 2018 using free and paid options. When I started blogging I used the free options available. Now after many years I have many regrets. I should have started a blog using paid options. My free blogging has helped me learn a lot of things and I will be grateful for all that I have learnt and hence I guess I am glad I did it ( in one way).
Is it easy to start a blog?
It is so easy it actually hurts. To start a blog you simply have to make a free account on various blogging platforms and you can get started this very instant. The easiest platform to use for Blogging was blogger. This was because I just have to use the same gmail account I have to create an account on Blogger and one gmail helps me to keep track of everything. The same email can be used to create a Youtube channel later if you wnt to start vlogging so that’s a great help.
How much does it cost to start a blog?
If you are taking the free route then it’s free ( no cost) but if you are going the paid route you need to pay for domain and hosting. For me a domain costs approximately Rs. 700 per year and hosting around Rs. 500 per month.
There are many free and paid blogging platforms available. I have used all and I like the paid one as itgives me ore control. A free platform can be used to promote your website.
How to setup a self hosted blog?
A self hosted blog means that you are purchasing hosting for your blog. This is helpful when you have dabbled around with a free blog and suddenly realize you might need more flexibility.
A self hosted blog allows you to customize your blog look and features. For this you need to buy a domain and hosting.
Here are the steps involved if you wish to go the self hosted route ( which I recommend)
- Pick a domain name ( choose a .com versus .info , .in and .us )
- Pick a host who provides 24 * 7 service
- Install WordPress
- Pick a theme
- Start blogging
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