If you are looking for how to start a travel blog, you are in the right place!

Now you’ve got your domain name registered, but what do you do with it?  With this post we’ll get the back-end of your blog set up so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running!

Did you missed Step 1 of this Start a Blog series where we covered Choosing a Name?  If so, I encourage you to go back and visit that post before continuing with the steps below.

Let’s get started!

Step 3: Host Your Domain

Yes, we are getting technical already, but it doesn’t have to be scary! Now that you’ve got your domain name you need to build on your piece of Internet real estate with a place to store all your data, files, and photos.  This is essentially what hosting does for you.

Just like with domain name registration, hosting doesn’t need to be a big expense. You’ll also run into most of the same players (BlueHost, GoDaddy, HostGator, etc.).  They all offer good quality for a low price and decent customer service.  It’s important to note that you can, but don’t have to use the same domain registrar and host company.  Using different companies simply requires an extra step of mapping your domain name servers (DNS) from your registrar to your host.  It’s much easier than it sounds.

The host is also important as they will provide you with the email address(es) you need to run your blog.  Check the plan details to make sure you pick the offer that best suits your needs.  You don’t want to find out later that you’re exceeding your limits on the number of email accounts or size of storage.

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Step 4: Install WordPress

You definitely want to use WordPress for your new travel blog; not Blogspot, Blogger, or anything else. WordPress is the platform the professionals use, and installing it with your hosting account is super easy.

To start a blog you’ll want a self-hosted WordPress account rather than a free account; here’s why:

  • Your website is “MyTravelBlog.com” rather than “MyTravelBlog.WordPress.com”
  • You own your data and have full control
  • You can sell advertising on your site
  • You can install plugins & custom themes
  • You can use Google Analytics tracking

Login to your hosting account and select the WordPress button under “Website Builders” (for this example I’ll be using BlueHost).

Start a Travel Blog

Follow the simple installation process.  When asked where you’d like to install WordPress, choose your new domain (e.g. http://MyBlogName.com).  Make special note of the administration information provided to you after the install is complete.  You’ll need it to login to your blog afterward!

You now have the foundation of a blog!

The username and password provided to you will log you into the WordPress dashboard and you’re ready to start customizing.  Access your dashboard at http://myblogname.com/wp-admin (replacing myblogname with your blog domain name).

Congratulations, your blog is now online!!

But how do we make it look great??

Check out Step 3 of my How to Start a Blog series where we’ll look at selecting the right themes and plugins to get your new blog looking and functioning like the pros.

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Resources

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MyLeadSystemPro (MLSP) Sites – Have your professional blog online in under 24 hours!

BlueHost.com – Domain registration and hosting company used in the step-by-step example

Blogging JumpStart Guide – Download my FREE guide outlining how to successfully start your own blog