START A BLOG

in 4 Easy Steps

Would you like to start a Party or Craft Blog?   Even if you’re a busy mom or a student in college, you can do this!  Do you want a creative space to show off your work and want to make money from home or something to make a little money as a side hustle business?  With a blog you can build an audience / client base and sell printables, crafts or even ebooks and courses.

Don’t wait. Today is your day to start a Craft / Party Blog!

Put things on hold for the next 15 minutes and follow the three steps below. You’ll be up and running with your own party / craft blog before you know it.

HOW TO START A CRAFT PARTY BLOG (1)

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Why Start a Blog?

It’s a lot easier than you think and most importantly when in history has it been possible for anyone to start a business making money from home or college that costs only $4US a month to start?

If you know how to post a picture or comment on Facebook, repin on Pinterest and can type an email – you can start a blog.

You already have a fan base if you have friends on Facebook or followers on Instagram or Pinterest. You already use these social media sites daily – why not make money while you do it?

The Four Steps to Start your Blog:

  1. Domain Name
  2. Hosting
  3. Installing WordPress
  4. Making your blog stand out and looking pretty

1. DOMAIN NAME

This is the fun part but don’t think too much about it.   Often you will have the perfect domain name in your head, and yet it will be taken by some other blogger.

Here’s the main points new bloggers miss:

  • Your content is 100 times more important than your name!
  • The domain name won’t matter in comparison to what content you are producing on your blog
  • Your domain name will not what makes your blog.  Your content IS

So what shell my domain name be then, you ask?

Brainstorm as many different ideas as possible.  Gather a list of random words related to your niche.  (i.e party planning, craft etc)

Once you have thought of some possible names, head to Bluehost.  Search your domain name here to see if it’s available.

If it is available and you are happy to proceed, click the next button.  You will be brought to a screen about picking your hosting plan.

2.HOSTING

Hosting is like renting space over the internet to “home” your blog and domain name.  Bluehost has some great rates and you get your domain name free (if you use their hosting platform).  I personally use them and the the reason I do is because when I first started I heard nothing but great things about them from other bloggers.  And so far I have had a speedy up and running site with them!
When you are brought to the hosting plan section, I would suggest going with the Starter Plan.  This payment plan is in one lump sum and not a monthly membership, but you will save alot more money this way.

Below is an example of what I use for my package information settings.  The Domain Privacy Protection hinds your personal information from being made public.  For example your phone number and personal address

3.  INSTALLING WORDPRESS

Once you have finished the registering with Bluehost you will need to go through the process of installing WordPress.
WordPress is a blogging software that you will use to start your blogging journey.  WordPress is really easy to use and even easier to install.
Login in to your Bluehost account. This done through your cpanel / dashboard.  This is where you can change all your settings etc.  Scroll down and look for INSTALL WORDPRESS and click on it.

Once you have clicked on it,  the next page you would click on “Install” button in the “Do it yourself Free” section.

Click the “Check Domain ” button
Check the the terms and conditions and then click the “Install Now” button
Once you get the message “Your Install is Complete!” you will want to click on your “view Credentials” button.

If you scroll down the page you will see all the information you will need to log in for the future.  Write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password.  These are all be changed later if you want.

Type your Admin URL (as seen above) into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one in the picture below. Enter your Username and Password you wrote down from the previous step.

Now you’re in your WordPress dashboard, which is the back end of your blog. You can find this again later at any time by typing /wp-admin AFTER your domain name in your browser. For example ‘mysiteurl.com/wp-admin’.
Remember your login information and login.
This my friend is your first steps into your blogging journey.. Congrates, I am so excited for you! YAYYYyyyy

4. INSTALL YOUR THEME

Before you start telling everyone about your blog, there are a few thing you can do to make it look pretty and make it your own brand.  It’s time to pick your theme.
“In WordPress, a theme is a collection of templates and stylesheets used to define the appearance and display of a WordPress powered website” -copied from wpbeginning.
There are so many free themes WordPress has available to download (You can scan through the options here).  I started using a free theme called Astra (which I still do) but decided to upgrade to their pro theme Astra Pro as they had alot more awesome features for me to use.  Of course, if you see one you like, then feel free to get it, but you can get much better value from paid premium themes like Astra Pro.
In the dashboard – Go to Appearance – then Themes – then Add New.

From here you can either upload your theme or download from the tabs below.  I would recommend looking through the Popular tab.
Here are some free options for you:

  1. Astra
  2. OceanWP
  3. Hello Theme

You want to go for a theme that’s mobile responsive, meaning it will shrink to the right size if someone’s using a mobile.  I would say about 60% of my viewers are on mobile devices.  So with that been said I wanted to make sure my theme is 100% mobile responsive.

Now that you are set up with your them, it’s time to publish that first blog post.  Got to Posts and click ‘add new’.  That my friend is your Start to your blogging journey in 4 simple steps.  xx

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