Here are the basic steps to set up a self-hosted cheap pandora charms that is both beautiful and functional. Your blog will have your own domain name and your own distinct look, and it will be able to scale with you as your blog grows. When you’re starting a food blog, I recommend following these steps for a greater shot at success.

1) Name your blog and buy a matching domain name.

Domain names are short, memorable and typically end in .com (yourblogname.com).
Cost: free with Bluehost or around $15 per year elsewhere.

2) Find a reliable web host.

A web host stores your website and makes it accessible to the world wide web. In other words, your website “lives” on your web host’s servers.
Cost: $3.49 per month and up.

3) Install WordPress.

WordPress is top-of-the-line, industry standard blogging software.
Cost: free!

4) Install a WordPress theme.

Your WordPress theme will determine the look, feel and functionality of your website.
Cost: free to $129.

5) Set up Google tools.

Google offers invaluable tools and services like Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools and Feedburner.
Cost: free!

6) Install WordPress plugins.

WordPress plugins extend the functionality of WordPress in certain areas. For example, one of my recommended WordPress plugins helps prevent spam comments.
Cost: free!

7) Start blogging!

Publish those recipes, stories and photos.
Cost: hard work!

Step 1: Name your blog and buy a matching domain name.

Coming up with a name for your new blog might be the hardest step. You can start brainstorming by coming up with a short mission statement or by listing words that describe your cooking style, your lifestyle, your background, etc. Throw in your name and/or your dog’s name. ;) Talk it out with friends. There are tons of great names out there that aren’t yet taken, I promise!

Characteristics of an ideal blog name

  • Descriptive
  • Memorable
  • Short
  • Easy to spell

Once you have some potential names in mind for your blog, you’ll need to check their availability. Since .com is the standard domain suffix, keep trying potential names until you find one that is available in .com. Don’t resort to hyphens or other punctuation marks to make it work (they’re too hard to remember).

Here’s a handy domain name checking tool from Bluehost. Enter your desired domain name, hit “Check domain” and it’ll tell you if your domain name is available. If so, snatch it up quick!

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