The first thing you need to have to start your own blog or website is hosting. If you think you can’t pay for hosting initially, there are free blog hosting sites you can use. The following are some of them.
The above are some of the free blog hosting sites. But the above gives you limited functionality or theme. The best way is to an external hosting which gives full functionality and power to control your site. There are many different web hosting companies that offer different hosting services.
- Shared Hosting
- VPS Hosting (Virtual Private Server)
- Dedicated Hosting
Shared hosting is hosting your blog or site with other sites on the same server. Since your site is hosted with many other sites, the price is normally small for this kind of hosting. If you are starting with blogging, then this is the best option for you. Once your blog grew up and getting a lot of traffic, you can go for other options.
This is having a virtualized operating system on the same machine. These will cost more than shared hosting.
Dedicated hosting has a dedicated server for your blog. This will cost much more than the above two options as you will be getting a separate server for your blog. Since it’s a separate server, your site will be much faster and handle much load.
Earlier shared hosting by many hosting companies was not offering much space or much bandwidth. But now it’s changed. Most of the hosting companies are offering unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth and many other services. The following are some of the services you have to look for when you are going with any hosting company.
- Unlimited Space
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Domain Hosting
- Unlimited Email Accounts and Storage
There are a lot of different hosting companies out there and the following are some of them.
I have been using bluehost.com for a long time so I recommend this for anyone. Even this site bloggingmypassion.com is hosted on blue host. I haven’t tried other hosting companies but they also offer good service as I know.
The price for the hosting plan from Bluehost is as follows.
- $6.95/Month – 12 Months Plan – Costs you $83.4 for 12 Months (1 Year)
- $5.95/Month – 24 Months Plan – Costs you $142.8 for 24 Months (2 Years)
- $4.95/Month – 36 Months Plan – Costs you $178.2 for 36 Months (3 Years)
Sometimes bluehost also gives you some offers and you can get the hosting for much cheaper rates. Bluehost normally offers a free domain name also with the above plans. So choose a domain name and make sure that it is available before you go with the above plans.
Once you are ready, go ahead and register for a hosting plan with bluehost or any other hosting company you like and are ready to start your new blog.
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If you register your hosting with bluehost, you can log in to your CPanel from the bluehost homepage. On the top right-hand side you will see a login link and once you log in, click on Hosting and then CPanel.
One of the main things that search engines look for when trying to index or rank any page or post is for title, Meta description and Meta keywords. If you check the website or page source code (You can do it by right-clicking on the webpage click on “view page source”), you will see the title, meta description and meta keyword tags. The following is from the site gymworkoutsroutinesforwomen.com.
<title>Gym Workouts Routines For Women</title>
<meta name=”description” content=”Workout routines for women at gym” />
<meta name=” keywords” content=” workout routines, women workouts routines, gym workouts routines, workouts routines for women” />
But how do you set up these on your posts? You can do it with the All In One SEP Pack plugin. To install the plugin, go to your plugins page and search with the words “All In One SEO Pack.”
All in One SEO Pack
Once the plugin is installed you will see it in the list of your installed plugins and you will also see a message at the top saying the plugin must be configured. To configure the plugin in settings and click on the “All In One SEO” link under settings.
Home Page Settings
Without this even if you make any changes, it won’t be enabled and you won’t see any change. Enter the home title, home description and home keywords. These options are your home page. Once you do this, save the options. After you enable All in One SEO Pack, go to posts on the left-hand side and click on “Add New.”
Meta Settings for Posts using All In One SEO Pack
Scroll a little and you will see new options here to add a title, description and keywords. Now you can enter all these whenever you post a new article on your website and there is a very good chance that search engines index and rank your posts quickly.