Starting a blog might be very frustrating for beginners especially if you choose one of the independent platforms like WordPress. Taking care of all small things as for example a domain name and hosting plan as well as learning WordPress itself (or another CMS) already seems like too much for people who do it for the first time (been there, done that). Whatever you do just don’t complicate that process which in fact is pretty simple.
First thing’s first. Pick a domain name
There is a huge amount of information on how to choose a domain name for a blog. The main idea is to take a name that isn’t too long, easy to remember and in one or two words represents what your blog is all about. Just don’t overthink that because there’s plenty of extremely popular websites with relatively long 2 or 3 words names or those that have names which aren’t even associated with the topics discussed in the articles on the blog. At the end of the day it’s just a name, what’s important is your contribution to the world through the blog and not the coolness or shortness of the words you type in the URL field. So, pick the name and go on.
Deciding on hosting plan
There are several options you have – from free up to very expensive. In my experience there’s no need to get an expensive one right away. Your blog wouldn’t usually need it right away. Pick one of the share hosting plans and try it out for a month or two. Although if money is not an issue, you can find all kinds of more secure, independent but also a bit (or significantly) expensive places where to put your new blog data.
Setting up CMS
A lot of first time bloggers spend way too much time deciding which design to choose, what plugins they need or how to setup social media share buttons. Although these are all important things, they’re pretty much useless at the beginning.
Your blog isn’t all about the visual appearance (unless you write about that stuff) but the information visitors can find on it. I know it looks empty and maybe even ugly at the beginning but they all do if there’s nothing written yet. It’s easy to change – get to work and write as much as you can. There aren’t many things you have to know for now. You just log in, write, edit and publish the post. All the rest will come with experience.
There’s plenty of things to learn but sometimes being busy fixing, installing and choosing bloggers may easily forget about writing. Believe me once you write a fair amount of articles it would be much easier and much more pleasant adding features your blog lacks.