Blogging is not only a hobby and passion but it has ability to make you famous (and rich also). If you are new to blogging or want to start a self-hosted blog. I have some important tips for you. Most of them are based on my experience and some are based on the tutorials found around the web.
1. Think Before purchasing a Domain Name!
I always suggest people to take extra precaution while choosing a domain name. It is like naming your children. You must register this domain for long time. If you do so you will gain some extra rank in search engines.
You should not change your domain. Instead of changing you should buy and host some other domain if you really wanted. Otherwise your whole effort and time will be ruined and it will be very hard to make it again!!
2. Take extra precaution while choosing Web Host!
Choosing a web-host is also not an easy task if you are not planning to choose any famous host like HostGator, DreamHost or BlueHost for shared hosting. It will be better to choose any web host from the host. It will be also sufficient for most newbies. However, If you are interested in some powerful option choose a VPS from HostGator, VPS.net, SliceHost or Dreamhost. These host provides semi-maintained Virtual Private Servers. I will not recommend Linode since it is un-maintained VPS. If you don’t have enough knowledge of Linux or lack of time it will be better to choose maintained or semi-maintained VPS.
If you are planning to choose any host that are not popular, Re-think on your decision. You may waste a lot of time and money! I have some bad experience in the initial of my blogging life.
3. Decide the best Theme for your blog!
If you have a good web host and a domain, it’s time to choose a theme that suites your nature and feeling. It should also be one of the major factor of SEO and viewership. You should also take some extra precaution while choosing Theme. I will suggest you to buy Genesis or Thesis for your blog. There are also some more good framework like Carrington (Open Source Framework), Pagelines. If you want some standalone theme you may visit WordPress Theme gallery.
4. Test Before Go Online!
Install WordPress to your host, Block search engine to access your blog until you perform all tests. Now, Add a nice theme. Make some initial posts customize your theme and add some necessary plugins, You may also add some plugin that enhances your blog’s feature. Test your theme for any possible bug! Enable cache, Check server usage, Check for broken links. You may use YSlow and PageSpeed tool to optimize your site.
Now, its time to party! Cut a ribbon and make your blog visible to the whole world and stop blocking crawlers. Enjoy the party and start posting regularly.
5. Make regular Backups!
Don’t let any body to change your smile into headache! Make regular online backups at least thrice per week for Database and once full online backup every fortnight. You should also download your full backup at least one every month.
If you follow these instructions, You will have an awesome startup!
So, Start your blog and don’t forget me after the wonderful launch. Share your ideas by commenting here! 🙂