How to start a blog in 2020

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I’ve thought about starting a blog for a while and I always wondered how to do it.

Should I use Wix, Squarespace or WordPress?

So in this post, I’m going to show you how to start a blog in 2020.

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Where to start.

There are many different ways to start a blog both paid and free, but its almost always better to do a paid blog as you have much greater freedom as to what you can do.

For example, you could have a free Wix blog for $120 a year, but you’ll be limited to 3GB of storage, 2GB of bandwidth and 30 minutes worth of video storage of and free domain for a year, or you could spend less than $50 a year on Dreamhost’s shared starter plan and get 50GB of storage, unmetered bandwidth, free domain for a year and be able to run ads on your blog for money via AdSense.

My personal favourite way to run a blog is to use a hosting platform such as Dreamhost, Bluehost, HostGator etc. they automatically install WordPress for you and you can get a domain name with hosting included in your plan.

How I started.

Whichever way you choose to start a blog is up to you so I thought I would share with you how I started.

After some research, I settled on a WordPress.org blog because of the flexibility built into the WordPress platform, (note: WordPress.org is different to WordPress.com, WordPress.com is basically like Wix, etc. but it runs on WordPress.org’s platform) so next, I had to find somewhere to host it.

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You can even just do HTML on WordPress!
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After some research I narrowed it down to Dreamhost and Bluehost, both are great but I eventually chose Dreamhost because it was cheaper at $3.95 a year and they had a single year plan for more flexibility with a 97-day money-back guarantee.

Many people prefer Bluehost because it is recommended by WordPress.org but I have found Dreamhost to work great and they are both probably just as good as each other and only differ in the minor details.

If you are going to buy hosting from either of these companies please use these affiliate links to help support my work online.

Tips on starting a blog.

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Learn how hosting works.

Self-explanatory.

It’s probably not necessary but it will make your life much easier if you learn a bit about how web hosting and domain name hosting works when it comes to starting your blog.

Have content ready to go.

Again, self-explanatory.

I didn’t and I regret it.

Research, research, research.

How you start your blog is up to you so research all the options to find the best option for you.

Hopefully, this post will hope you to start your blog in 2020.

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