How To Start A Travel Blog: [ A Step By Step Guide ]
Maybe you are a frequent traveler doing it as a hobby or as a profession and wanted to start a travel blog to share your views. Want to start your own travel blog? In this blog post, I am going to show how to start a travel blog on your own.
Yes, what you heard is right.
This easy step-by-step guide will clear all your doubts on setting up a travel blog.
First of all, let me tell you I am a frequent traveler and I have started this blog to share my views. I started this as a hobby and soon I will be doing this as a profession. You can also start your own.
But to start you should have some basic guide to get started. So I am sharing this guide so that at least someone can start their own. Anyone can start a travel blog. All you need is have the will to travel. Follow this below easy step-by-step guide and create your own travel blog easily.
#1. Choose a Domain name
The first thing to start a blog is to choose a domain name that is your website name. It represents your blog, your identity. There is no any specific rule that the domain name should be in this way or that way but there are some handy tips which I can share you.
Select domain name that makes sense if you pick robertasiaadventure.com that doesn’t make sense because not only traveling to Asia but also you can get a chance to travel the world think about the long term.
You can start with your name like yournamediaries.com
Keep the domain name as short as possible so that the viewers can easily remember the domain name. If it is too long then it is difficult for the user’s to type and also remember
Note: You can get a domain name for FREE from Bluehost. You don’t need to pay extra 10$ for the first year. Follow below steps and you will get to know how to get it for FREE for 1 year.
#2. Choose the Hosting
With the previous step, I assume your domain name selection part is done. Now, let’s move on to the next step which is very important that is Hosting. To explain hosting in a simple manner, Hosting is a place where you will store all your blog files, images etc..
There are many hosting companies but I would suggest Bluehost as it has more than million users and counting and also it is highly recommended by WordPress itself you can check it out here
Their support is good and I have been using it from more than 3 + years and have never faced any problem regarding downtime and support.
So let’s move on and purchase the hosting space for our domain.
Step 1: First step is to Sign up for Bluehost and click on ‘get started now‘.
Step 2: The next step is to select the plan. As you are a beginner I would suggest you go with “basic” plan .
Step 3: The next step comes where you can get a FREE domain on purchase. Enter your domain which you have decided in the “new domain” section and click on “next“.
Step 4: In this step enter your personal information and in the package information section Select it for 12 months if you want to go for 1 year. Uncheck Domain Privacy Protection and Site Backup Pro if you think it’s not necessary now. This could save you some bucks.
Step 5: Enter your card details and you have successfully purchased hosting from Bluehost. Enter correct email details because the Cpanel, FTP credentials will be sent to the same email. Verify the email and domain purchase sent to the email.
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#3. Install WordPress
Now you have successfully purchased your hosting and also about the free domain from Bluehost the next step we need to set up a travel blog is to install WordPress so that you can start a blog and write articles.
Now comes the crucial part in setting up your blog. You need to install WordPress. WordPress is a popular CMS framework which is highly recommended by top bloggers and is used by millions of users.
Let’s see how we can do it!!
Step 1: Login to your Cpanel using this link and enter the login credentials sent to your email.
Step 2: After logging in look for this website section and click on “Install WordPress”.
Step 3: WordPress is under mojo Marketplace. Enter the domain name and leave Directory empty. Uncheck the Contact Form and Optin Monster plugin if you don’t feel required and click “Next”.
Step 4: Enter your basic admin details as instructed and click “Next”. Save the details somewhere because it is useful at the time of logging in WordPress.
Step 5: Now WordPress will be installed and you will see progress like in the below screenshot.
#4. Select the Perfect Theme
Now you have successfully installed WordPress, the next thing to is log into your WordPress with the credentials set and install some good looking themes. Themes are which bring a great look to the blog. Basically, there are Free themes and Premium Themes available. Free themes are good to go but we cannot exactly the theme we want to as a travel blog.
Premium themes are good to go if you want to go professionally from day one of your blogging.
Originally published at www.rahulify.com on July 26, 2017.