The beauty about blogging is your blog can be whatever you make it out to be, it’s solely in your control. Research and planning is the key to successfully starting any kind of blog. This enables you to know the pros and cons when it comes to the niche(s) you’ve decided on embarking on. But in this case, you’re already decided as this is to give you an idea of starting a Literary Blog.
To start a blog, there are two important steps that have to be implemented first.
1. Selecting your Host
Web hosting is the service that powers your blog on the internet. It’s what enables you and others to see your blog and this step is extremely important.
As a beginner blogger, there are lots of things to consider, as there are the free and paid options for hosting. The best advice is to start with the free options first before moving to the paid options for hosting.
In selecting a hosting platform the things to consider are:-
- How much it’s going to cost. (pros and cons)
- The disk space and bandwidth
- One-click installations.
- The average load time as speed is very important for top user experience.
- Uptime guarantees
- Security, support and back-ups
There are many blogging platforms and here are a few for you to check.
- WordPress.org (Paid)
- Wix (Free & Paid)
- WordPress.com (Free & Paid)
- Blogger (Free)
- Tumblr (Free)
- Medium (Free)
- Squarespace (Paid)
- Weebly (Free)
Visit this link -> How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform in 2018 to read more about these hosting services.
Note: The free options only give subdomains as they are the ones powering your blog. For example naijabookbae.wordpress.com
Our top choice is WordPress, There are two WordPress blogging platforms; WordPress.com (free & paid) and WordPress.org (paid/self-hosted).
WordPress.com is best for beginners as it is easy and straightforward to manage, as it also has a user-friendly mobile application, that is easy to navigate both on Android-powered phones and iPhones. All you need to do is sign-up with your email, enter your blog’s information and customize the design layout of your blog. After this your good to publish your first post.
WordPress.Org, on the other hand, is a free software that can be installed after purchasing a web hosting plan that allows one-click installation for WordPress or a specific WordPress hosting plan, from hosting providers. WordPress.Org gives more freedom to users than WordPress.com because users are in control of their content and it’s very flexible compared to WordPress.com, but it’s a bit complex. As installation can be a DIY process.
Here are some web hosting services for you to consider if you want to…