How to start your own Travel Blog or Website:
Are you thinking about starting a travel blog, but do not know where to start and it all seems rather daunting?
Whether it is to keep family and friends up to date when you are travelling (many blogs start this way) or you aspire to become a digital nomad, travelling the world and working wherever you desire – starting a blog is not too difficult at all.
Prefer to have it started for you? We can start your blog for you, read the information below first, then decide if you want to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and establish your new blog or website on your own.
Siteground is our web host of choice, all our sites are hosted with them and they have been the best hosting company ever. Over the past decade, we have used a number of hosts who failed to perform when needed most. Siteground however, has excelled in their consistently fantastic hosting, customer service and professional responses to any questions or problems.
- Superb Hosting & Unrivalled Customer Support
- Free Domain Name with new hosting plans
- Free WordPress Installation
- Free Website Transfer if coming from another WebHost
What is a Domain Name? A domain name is the URL of your website. Eg: www.yoursite.com
What is WordPress? WordPress is a free, open-source website creation programme. It’s one of the easiest, most popular, and powerful content management systems (CMS) to use.
Step 1. Choose your plan.
The Startup Plan is more than adequate if you are just starting out on your blogging journey. Siteground offers big discounts for the first year of hosting on all their plans. It is easy to upgrade your hosting at a later time if you need more space or decide to add another blog/website to your hosting.
Choosing a FREE Domain Name
During the signup process for your hosting, you will be asked to choose a domain name to use. You will not be able to register for a free domain name after the signup process, so choose one carefully and add it at the time.
Which Extension to choose? Siteground offers new customers a choice of extensions (image below) Which one is best? If you are starting a blog, we recommend the .com extension as it keeps it simple. If you are Australian or U.S. based and feel your site is relevant to that market mainly, choose the .au or .us extension.
HTTPS – There will be an option to select http or https in front of your domain name. Https is a more secure option and preferred.
Read this article by Siteground Hosting about choosing a good Domain name.
Siteground will install WordPress for you with your new hosting plan. Simply follow the prompts when you signup.
Siteground provides a number of helpful video tutorials on how to install Wordpress on your site and the basics of using it if you prefer to install it yourself.
Are you ready to Start your Own Travel Blog or Website? Follow the steps outlined to Signup with Site Ground Hosting and they will take care of the WordPress Installation for you, plus provide you with a Free Domain Name (free forever as long as you stay hosted with them).
Do you already have a Domain name registered, but no blog or website set up as yet? – it is simple to ‘Point’ your existing Domain name to Siteground Hosting, they will provide the exact settings you need once your have a hosting plan.
Would you prefer to have a blog/website set up for you instead?
If you would like a blog set up for you, including the first year of hosting, please contact us.
- Hosting Set Up & WordPress Installation
- Initial Theme Installation & Configuration – Another theme can be selected and installed by the user once the site is running if desired.
- Up to 5 plugins installed and activated. These can include Social Share Icons, Analytics, All-In-One SEO, Caching, Contact Forms…
- Example posts with dummy content added
- Usually setup within 7 Days & Ready to Go
- $350 including 1-year website hosting
Do you already have a Blog or Website and are looking to Transfer it to new Hosting?
New hosting plans with Siteground include free website/blog transfer to them. They take the hassle and worry of migrating your site. After all the work involved in establishing a blog, it is a relief to know they will take care of your baby for you and make sure it is all intact when moved across.
Siteground provides tutorials on migrating your site if you prefer to do it yourself after signing up for a new hosting plan with them. Personally, I’d trust their experts to do it unless you have experience.
WordPress Tutorials & Help
A quick search for ‘how to use WordPress’ will bring up many results. We have narrowed them down to a couple of the best places to find help with your blog or website.
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