Getting Started In Self-Hosted Blogging
Starting your own blog is an excellent way to share ideas and information on the Web through an interactive platform. With a blog, you can create dynamic content in your niche, drawing in readers and developing an online following. Whether you are looking to create a personal webpage, portfolio or blog, there is valuable information that you will need to know to get started.
Deciding on a Blog Topic
Even if you do not intend for your blog to be viewed by millions of readers, it helps to narrow down your subject matter to make it more interesting to your readers. If your subject is education, for example, narrow down your topic to lesson plans for preschoolers or resources for science education or a listing of the best extracurricular programs in your area. By creating a niche, you will build up a strong following that will visit your blog repeatedly.
When you have decided on a niche, it is important to register a domain name. Domain hosting is your address on the Web, and is helpful in driving users to your site. Pick a domain name that describes your product but it is easy to remember. The best domain names are short, easy to spell and relevant to the product or service. Think cars.com, or petfinder.com.
Many of the best domain names are already taken, so you may have to create your own word by combining elements of your product or service. Pinterest.com is a good example of this. On this site, you “pin” things that you are interested in. It’s easy to spell and remember. Keep these things in mind when choosing your domain name.
The first step in registering your name is to search to make sure it is available. A domain name service will help you with this and allow you to purchase a name before it is taken.
Self Hosting Your Blog
One of the biggest questions that people have when setting up a blog is whether to self-host or go with a free hosting service. Self-hosting simply means that you are paying for the rights to store your content on a company’s server. There is not much difference in the appearance or content in a self-hosted vs. a free blogging platform. The difference, however, is in the level of control you have over your blog. In a self-hosted blog you:
-Can customize the functionality and design of your site
-Have control over reporting and analytics (you can see what traffic is coming into your site)
-Have freedom over your content. Free sites can shut your blog down at any time, for any reason
-Own all of your own material and resources
-Can use your blog to generate revenue through ads, affiliate products and e-commerce
Who Uses Self-Hosted Sites?
If you are promoting a book, a course series or other information products, you definitely want to go with self-hosting. This will allow you the security of knowing that your intellectual property is protected. Book promotion is challenging and having a blog is one of the best ways to spread the word.
Artists and Creative Freelancers
Self-hosted blogs are great for showcasing your talent through a professional portfolio. If you are a photographer, for example, a self-hosted blog allows you to customize your site’s function and appearance. Self-hosted blogs are great for writers, graphic designers and others who have work they want to show to prospective clients.
Selling your products online is simpler if you can drive your customers to your blog first. People will visit your site for information on skincare, then buy the products you suggest for dry skin. Many free domain hosting platforms will not allow you to add shopping carts to your site, a key element in online selling.
High Traffic Bloggers
If you expect a lot of traffic to your blog, self-hosting is a necessity. Most free hosting platforms limit the amount of bandwidth your site can use. If you are posting videos, have an active comment section or get a lot of hits, you will need to be able to accommodate this traffic. By going with paid domain hosting, you don’t have to worry about your site crashing or getting shut down if you get too popular.
How We Can Help?
When it comes to the full range of services for your blog, we offer everything you need to get started. We understand the ins and outs of creating and sharing online content, and we have a team of experts who are ready to make your publishing goals a reality.
Domain Hosting Services
When it comes to managing a successful blog, the right domain name is everything. Our domain hosting services are the most comprehensive in the industry.
We offer domain lookup, scouring our extensive databases to ensure that the name you want is available. When you register your new domain name, your information will be registered in the Whois database, a listing of all of the website owners on the Web. We offer private domain registration, protecting your personal information from spammers and scammers.
We offer cheap domain names and extensive domain name search so that you can be assured you will get the name you want at the right price. Other sites charge ridiculous prices for the top names. We offer flat rate, upfront pricing. When you are ready to sell your domain, we offer personalized domain appraisal and valuation services so you will always get top dollar for your investment.
Don’t worry about your domain name expiring after your registration term has ended. With domain renewal, we will automatically renew your domain name so that your site will enjoy uninterrupted service. When you are ready to buy domain name, we are the industry leader in comprehensive domain name services.
If you already have your blog’s content, we can offer Web hosting services that put you in the driver’s seat. Choose from WordPress hosting or cloud hosting to make sure you are always in control of your intellectual property. With 24/7 support, free setup, site statistics and free email addresses, your blog will be up and running quickly.
It doesn’t matter how great your blog is if nobody knows about it. With our innovative marketing tools, you will enjoy search engine optimization (SEO) that will catapult your site to the top of search engine results pages. Choose from email marketing programs with a variety of eye-catching templates to choose from.
Set up your e-commerce site and never miss a sale with our proprietary shopping cart software. With our Quick Shopping Cart™ exclusive technology, you can simply drag and drop your products and have your store running in minutes. Optimize your store for mobile devices and sell even more.
When it comes to running a successful blog, having the right domain hosting is vital. Self-hosting allows you to customize the function and appearance of your site and to upgrade it with add-ons and plug-ins.
Whether you are looking to promote your next book, teach a baking class or discuss finances, a self-hosted blog is the best way to share information and attract a loyal following.
Webdevel.com is the industry leader in quality domain hosting and we offer everything you need to start self-publishing. Find the best hosting package for your needs and get started today.