So if you’re here visiting By Oily Design, I’m pretty sure you love reading blogs and if you’re on this page maybe you have decided you’d love to give blogging a serious go. Getting started into blogging can seem like a daunting task to someone who is use to just being the audience. But I’m here to let you in on a little secret, in just less than 15 minutes you can have a blog up and running too.
Ok, so now you’re saying- “No way I can be a blogger in 15 mins?”, well yes you can!
The hardest part is overcoming your fear. My main goal is to help inspiring people find their voice. And guess what, your one of those people!
As Jon Acuff says- “Your voice is never lost, It’s just waiting to be found.”
With the three easy steps I’m going to share with you below, you can have a blog up and running in less than 15 mins. That’s right, 15 mins! no excuses.
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How to start a blog
The 3 steps to owning your piece of the blogging world.
1. Domain Name and Hosting
2. Installing Word Press
3. Making it you!
1. Domain Name and Hosting
“Decide who you are, then do it on Purpose”Dolly Parton
This is where you get to have some fun but also do some hard thinking. Who are you and what do you want your voice to say? Think of several website name options you would be happy with then head to ipower (click link below) to see if your domain name is available. There should be a box that looks like the below.
Hit GO and it will take you to a page that looks like this. Just hit the check availability button and it will let your options on availability.
Once you find your Domain name you will move to the purchasing of your web hosting. I suggest getting the Pro Plan. With this plan your domain name will be free and it will be unlimited space so you have room to grow. I also strongly suggest paying in one lump sum instead of monthly, doing so will save you quite a bit of cash.
Once you select your plan you will be asked about add-ons. I suggest paying for the Domain privacy which shields your personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public. And also adding on the automatic daily backup plan, nothing is worse than loosing your whole site in a crash. With the backup plan you will never have to worry.
2. Installing WordPress
So with completing your registration with ipower you now own a piece of space in the blog world. The next step is building your platform and that means installing WordPress.
There are lots of blog software out there but my favorite is WordPress. It’s the software that I use for byoilydesign.com. What’s great, is that it’s SUPER easy to use and ipower has made simple to install with just one little click. How wonderfully easy is that??
So how do you do it?
Log in to ipower with the login name and password you created when purchasing your hosting plan and domain. Login will take you straight to your webhost control panel.
Now scroll down to the Website section of your control panel and click on the WordPress logo.
Click on the install button in the do it yourself section.
Next select the domain you want to install it to. It will be a drop down menu just select the only one offered. Leave the Directory box blank. and then click on the “Check Domain” button.
You will get a message that ipower is
“Checking domain, this could take a couple minutes depending on your server.”
Then you will see a window like below, that says: Last step, you’re almost there! Click on both boxes. I would then copy down the info so you have it on hand for later.
At this time you can set the username and password to whatever you want. Just remember, make your password a tough one to help prevent someone hacking your site.
Believe it or not you’ve just installed WordPress!
It may take a few minutes for the whole process to finish.
Now go check your email- You will receive an email with all your website info.
In the email, You will see a web address that says- Admin URL. This is the address you will use to login to your blog.
Type your Admin URL into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password you copied down earlier.
3. Making it you!
Congratulations, You are now the proud owner of a blog!!
Now comes the fun part of giving it the look and feel of a personalized blog. Wordpress has lots of free blog templates available that you can check out here.
Or if you’re looking for a premium theme. Check out some of my favorite options.
1. Mojomarketplace my current theme is from Mojo and I love how it is super easy to search and install from the ipower control panel. Here are a few of my favorite themes that would be amazing for an essential oil blog.
- Daisy- is a simple and Minimal blog
- Wunderful- is a Clean and minimalistic blog
- Rose- is lovely and easy for a beginner blogger
2. Studiopress– is powered by the Genesis Framework and has tons of great themes to choose from.