Almost everyone at some point feels like they have so much to say that a blog is the best place to share it. Once you are ready to get a blog up and running and are eager to start growing a following outside of social media it can seem a bit overwhelming.
The first step is to figure out if you are simply testing the waters or you are ready to commit to working on a blog long term. The cost to get a site up and running are very minimal depending on who you chose to host your site with.
Where do I start?
Well, the best place to start is at the beginning. If you are thinking of having a WordPress blog then it’s important to know that WordPress has two versions. Most commonly you will hear them compared to WordPress.com or WordPress.org.
The simplest way to understand the difference is that WordPress.com is a company that hosts your WordPress site. You will be paying for hosting along with paying for the features that the WordPress software offers.
When you hear WordPress.org that is simply referring to the open-source software your blog will be using. This is free software offered to the public and is maintained by a dedicated community that is made up of volunteers from around the world. This is also referred to as being self-hosted.
How much does it cost?
If you are looking to start off and not spend any money then you can create a free WordPress.com blog. You will end up with a free blog that will have a free domain (yourblogname.wordpress.com).
The second option is to go with the self-hosted version of WordPress. This is actually the most affordable in the long run as you are only paying for hosting instead of paying for WordPress features. You will not be limited on what you can do with WordPress so most people eventually end up going this route. The cost for this is usually anywhere from $4 up to $60 depending on where you host.
You will also need to purchase a domain if you go self-hosted and the cost for this usually starts around $8 again depending on where you buy your domain.
How long does it take to set up?
If you decide to go with the WordPress.com option you can get your site up and running in maybe 10 minutes or less.
If you choose the self-hosted option it will take you a bit longer because you will have to purchase a domain name that your blog will point to.
What’s the best option?
Ultimately the self-hosted version is where almost everyone ends up because of the cost. It gives you all the functionality that WordPress offers and you are only paying for a domain and hosting.
What did you decide?
We hope this post help you along your journey! If it did please let us know what you picked and feel free to share your blog with us. We enjoy following blogs and reading what everyone has to share.