How to Start a Travel Blog

So you want to create a travel blog?  Congratulations! Writing about your travels is not only a a great way to document your adventures, it it an excellent way to share your knowledge and experience with the world!  Its a deeply rewarding experience and I highly recommend it to everyone.

If you do have the desire to share your adventures with the world, I have put together this step by step guide on getting a site up and running.  Feel free to walk through it and get your blog going today!

Select Your Host and Plan

First thing’s first: choose a hosting company.  I use and recommend a company called Bluehost. Jetsetting Birds is hosted here and I have had great customer service in working with them.  There are a number of other options such as GoDaddy, HostGator or DreamHost, which I’m sure are all great, but Bluehost was recommended to me and so I recommend it to you too.

If you choose Bluehost, you will be redirected to the home page.  Once there, click on the green Get Started now button.

Now it’s time to select your plan.  If this is your first website, you can select the starter plan as indicated below.

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The starter plan will cover all your needs if you are just starting out and want to create a single basic site.  If you are looking to create more than one site, you may want to look at the plus plan.  It’ll give you an unlimited number of websites hosted under the same plan.

 Select Your Domain

Now comes the fun part!  What would you like your website to be called?  This is where you name your site by finding the proper domain.  Ours is (obviously) jetsettingbirds.com.  Good luck finding just the right one for your site!

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Once you have chosen one that is available, click next.

Finish Hosting Setup

Now you have a hosting plan and a domain, so let’s finalize the process and get your website up!

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Here you’ll find a number of options, depending on if you want privacy, backup, search engine optimization, etc.  Once you select that and enter your billing information, you can finish up and create the account!

Setting Up WordPress

Log in to your newly created Bluehost account.  This should take you to the cPanel page.  In here, it is just a simple click of a button to begin transforming your site into a WordPress site.  So click here to get started:

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Once you have done that, it takes you to a screen where you can select which domain you want to use WordPress with.

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Select your domain from the dropdown list and leave the directory blank. Then click Check Domain.

Once it is confirmed, you will move onto the final page for the WordPress install.

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Make sure you read and agree to the terms and conditions, then click Install Now.

Congratulations! You have installed WordPress! On the next page, you should be given a Username, Password, and login link.  Make sure to take a note of those.

Signing in to WordPress and Next Steps

Click on your login link, then enter your username and password.  You now have your very own blog!

I suggest taking some time to study up on WordPress and how it works at this point.  There are some excellent resources available on the internet that will be able to do a much better job explaining than I can.  I recommend reading through the beginner’s guide from WordPress.

http://learn.wordpress.com/

Once you learn about WordPress, you’ll want to make it look pretty.  The theme used for this blog is called X.  It is very versatile and can be styled in a bunch of different ways.

http://themeforest.net/item/x-the-theme/5871901

ThemeForest contains a huge number of WordPress themes to choose from.  Otherwise, there are hundreds of other sites and resources out there to find your perfect theme.

I hope you have found this information helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me.

Happy blogging!




Disclaimer
The links provided in this article for hosting and for WordPress themes are affiliate links, meaning I earn a bit of commission if you sign up through this page.  I am a firm believer in these products and use them myself.