Why is this important?
The name of your blog is the name of your business, your brand! You want a name that is recognizable AND relatable.
Your name is a first impression. People need to be able to decide who and what you are about from glancing at your name.
The name is important.
What makes a good blog name?
There are some desirable things to have in a blog name. They are not NECESSARY but it can help you down the line:
- Say it out loud -it should role off the tongue. If you are getting tongue tied saying it, it’s probably not the best name choice.
- Try use .com if you can. It is the natural thing that people type when looking at a website.
- Easy spelling – Avoid unusual words or hard to spell words (you know the ones, the ones you use everyday but aren’t sure how to spell it until you look it up). Avoid consecutive words ending and starting with the same letter.
- Keep it short – I use Thrifty Thrivers because I think it is fun to say and is brand-able and recognizable. Not right now, but someday 😉
- Pick something you like – if it makes you smile, it will
Where to find available domain names?
I simply typed in “best domain name searches” into google and tried a few different sites:
- Domain Name Search is the first that will come up and I ended up using this one. Type your proposed name and it will show you availability as you type. It is great!
- Lean Domain Search is another handy site. Although with this one, it is more useful if you know you want to include a particular word.
There a over a hundred such site that you can use so whatever you wish to try, go for it. You can actually go directly through Bluehost to search for the domain name which also works well enough.
Platform and Hosting
The platform is the software that you will use to write and publish your posts.
Most common platforms:
- WordPress (definitely the most widely used)
I use WordPress and I would recommend you do the same. It is easy to use and extremely flexible.
A website is an array of files and these files need to be stored somewhere. That’s what hosting is for.
Below you can see the pricing for Bluehost. Honestly you will have everything you need in the Shared Option. It is great for getting started and happens to be the cheapest option.
I use Bluehost for these reasons:
- A FREE domain when you get a hosting package (including the cheapest)
- It is cheap
- It installs WordPress automatically
The only time you may need to consider other options is when you are getting millions of viewers each month but that if probably more than a few months down the line 😉
- Go to Bluehost and choose a plan!
- Select the cheapest option (you can upgrade late if you want)
- Choose your domain name
- Enter all your information and choose your plan details: Select the cheapest options each time and you can pre-pay 1-, 3-, or 5-years, etc. You can choose the 1-year option and can extend it as you go. No need to pay for any of the extras.
- Pay for it (enter card details and submit)
- Now you have created a hosted domain
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