So you want to start a website? A website or blog is a great outlet to put your energy into. And if you work hard enough you can build it into something special.
The following is an account of what I learned from running a website so far. I also give a high-level overview of how to create a blog using SiteGround.
I bought the domain for my blog Taupe-Shoes in June 2017. If there was one thing I learned from the experience it’s try not to get a domain name with a hyphen in it…
But at that time I didn’t know what a domain or a hosting site (despise that word) was. I barely knew what a URL was. Well, the technical term for it that is.
What I did know was that I wanted to start a blog for women and eventually turn it into a business so that I could leave my day job.
I followed someone that I had found through a Google Search on Freelance writing. At that time I thought it would be fun and lucrative to write for the web. Little did I know what a difficult journey that would be.
Anyway, this person suggested a tool called Siteground to run my site.
Like I said I didn’t know what Siteground really did, but after a while through research, I learned that it houses your domain. I literally can’t stand the word “host” and “self-hosted. I consider myself a smart person, but these words just confuse me.
What I like about SiteGround:
Honestly, sometimes I forget all about SiteGround!
Hear me out: there are never any issues that would make me think about them. And that is such a great compliment to their service.
My site always works, it’s never down, and the speed is quick.
In my experience, whether I have technical questions or account questions the service has always been prompt. My questions are resolved timely and the experts are always willing to help. They are very smart and very kind. For this reason, alone I would stay with Siteground. It’s just too hard to find great customer service nowadays.
What is Siteground?
Point blank, SiteGround is a “web-hosting company.” Because a lot of computers science-related matters work in layers, a web host serves as a foundation for your website. It is what your blog is built on top of.
The start-up package (which is what I have) is $11.95 per month, it’s best for websites that get 10,000 visitors per month. Then, once you outgrow that there is the GrowBig Package for $19.95 per month which can hold up to 25,000 visitors monthly you might consider upsizing to the GrowBig package if you want to put Ads on your site to reinvest in your business. For Mediavine, an Ad Network, you need a minimum of 25,000 sessions to become eligible to their program.
The last package is called GoGeek. You will shell out $34.95 per month but it has the most bandwidth and capacity for new users.
SiteGround vs. BlueHost Pricing
While SiteGround’s rival BlueHost is cheaper at $8.99 for the basic monthly, their customer service is not as good as SiteGround. In general, they don’t seem to be as quality as SiteGround.
Additionally, if you are serious about making money as a blogger then you need to use the right tools. Which is why SiteGround is the number 1 choice for me. And I was never really drawn to BlueHost. Don’t know what it is but I think SiteGround is more professional.
Uptime is the time your website is up and running. Website errors like bad gateways and 404 redirects are detrimental to your business.
How to start a blog:
Log on to SiteGround and “Learn More” under Web Hosting:
Then select the package that you want to use. I recommend the StartUp package because it’s simple!
Now, it’s time for the fun part, register your domain name. This is a time to express your creativity. The best kind of domain names is memorable and short. A great URL is very similar to a great piece of real estate. Choose wisely!
I caution you against using a hyphen in the URL name.
Also, it’s important that your domain ends in a .com. Users like what is familiar to them and anything else can seem cheap. An additional $15.95 charge is required for domain registry. But, it’s so simple to purchase a domain. You will wonder why you thought the process was so mysterious.
Side note: Speaking of a prime real estate, have you ever noticed the creator of Twitter’s handle @Jack. How cool is that?
Now, enter your account information and you are almost ready to start your journey as a blogger.
You will be charged for the whole year up front.
It is a small investment in the beginning on your part. However, the nice thing is that you won’t have to worry each month about a payment coming out. And, if you want to monetize your blog or are serious about starting your business then I would suggest investing funds in it so it can take off.
Should you buy a paid theme?
This is one of the age-old questions in blogging. A paid theme has a more advanced code and looks sleek and professional.
In a sense sometimes appearance can make all the difference. And I would recommend using a paid theme to elevate your business. I’m using Milan on Genesis Pro by Studio Press.
I used a free theme for the longest time because people told me it didn’t matter what your website looks like as long as your content is good. Well, the content is good but I noticed an immediate improvement in traffic and overall satisfaction when I bought the paid theme for a one time fee of $99.
Why do you want to start a website?