What you need to start a blog

After deciding on what to blog, you will have to jump into starting your blog.

There are three things you need to start a WordPress blog:

  1. Dedication and time
  2. A domain name idea (this will be the name of your blog i.e mfidie.com)
  3. A web hosting account (this is where your website lives on the internet)

The last two need to be purchased.

Choosing a domain name

Choosing a domain name is very critical for the success or failure of your blog. Your domain name is how most people are going to know your blog by. Before starting Mfidie.com, I spent close to 3 days deciding on what to use for a domain name. Most of the domains I wanted to use were already taken.

When choosing a domain name, you need to be smart and careful. You should choose a name that is “generic” enough, yet captures in entirety, or to a full extent your blogging niche. Here, I would like to state that avoid names that end with “gh”; they are not smart. My friends at 247filla.com, formerly kokonsagh.com and afrowired.com have testified as to why adding “gh” to your domain name is a bad thing.

For example, I could have gone for “techideasgh.com”. It was available all right but it wasn’t smart. I chose Mfidie.com because it was original and authentic. “Mfidie” in the Akan language means gadgets, and gadgets are a huge part of the technology bit.

A domain name should be something people will be familiar with. For example, you cannot register modernsecurity.com and say it is for a blog about shoes. It won’t work. For a fashion blog, you could go for a meaningful name like classywardrobe.com.

You can always check which domain names are available and which ones are not on whois.net. If you want to purchase a domain name for a cheap price, check out namecheap.com

Your Web Hosting

Web hosting confuses a lot of people. Buying a domain is not all you need to get your website up and running. To simplify this, let’s just say a domain name, is like the address of your home; web hosting on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture, and other stuff. Without the web hosting, your domain will just be a name without a body.

Web hosting is where your blog’s files are kept and this is always more expensive than the domain.

I have always told novices to purchase their domain and hosting from the same company. This way, you do not have to do a lot of configuration.

So, all you need is a good domain name and a decent hosting to get started with your blog. If you need help with these, just contact me (check my bio below this post) or take advantage of our free WordPress Blog setup (we can guide you to purchase your domain and hosting).

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