How To Start A Blog With Inmotion Hosting
Are you one of those who want to build relationships with your online audience and impact their lives whilst forming connections and generating some passive income? If yes, creating a blog is an excellent way of doing it!
Starting a blog might look like a very intimidating process especially if you are unaware of what goes into making a blog. Right from starting it to building up an audience can be well daunting. But with e-companions like WordPress, the entire process will be a cakewalk.
Here is an excellent guide to put you on the right track and tell you everything that you need to know about starting a blog using WordPress and Inmotion. WordPress is a highly popular Content Management System that helps you create a blogging website without needing any coding.
You need an online server to bring your WordPress website to life and Inmotion helps you do that in a seamless way! Inmotion hosting basically runs on a server with Solid State Drivers (SSDs). These drivers run really fast and also offer free backups, making sure that your online presence stays safe.
To know the what-and-how of a WordPress blog and Inmotion further, let’s jump right in!
Registering Your Domain
As a part of signing up for the Inmotion hosting, you will have to create a domain name for your website. If you have one, you can use the same with Inmotion. However, if you do not have a domain name, then Inmotion will help you in finding one and register it for you without any additional costs. While taking up a domain name, you should keep in mind that the domain name can take up to 24 hours to effectively start working. So if you register for hosting today and simultaneously purchase a new domain name, you might not be able to use it until tomorrow.
Registering your domain name is easy. You first need to log in to AMP and click on the Register Domain button in the Manage my Accounts section.
Having landed on the page, you need to enter your domain name and check for its availability. You might need to choose a different domain name if the one you chose previously is unavailable.
After this you need to choose the number of years for which you want to register the domain and add the domain privacy. Finally, you will have to make the payment using various payment options available and then click on the SUBMIT button.
Your domain name is now registered and you can go ahead and build your website.
DOMAIN PRIVACY: After the domain name is registered, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) needs your information such as email address, phone number and mailing address to be published on the WHOIS database. The domain privacy feature helps is safeguarding the information from the potential spammers, identity thieves or telemarketers and costs only $12.99 annually. It is a wise option to go for domain privacy in order to protect your information from spammers!
Buy Hosting For Your Blog
Once you have successfully registered your domain name, the next step is buying hosting for your blog. For the uninitiated, a web hosting is basically the server that stores all of your website files and makes them appear online. Just like you need a piece of land to set up a shop or office for your business, you need a space on a server to start your own new blogging website!
There are various types of hosting packages available for you to choose from. Some of these packages are:
- Shared Web Hosting: Shared web hosting hosts a large number of websites that share the same physical server space and all the associated resources. If you’re just started with a new blogging website, a shared web hosting is the right kind of hosting for you.
- Dedicated Web Hosting: As the name suggests, this kind of web hosting dedicates a complete physical server to your website and its resources. This is specifically useful for websites with a huge number of visitors and a lot of information on the web-pages.
- VPS Web Hosting: This is a mixed bag sort of hosting that partially enjoys the benefits of both the above mentioned hosting. In a VPS Web Host, some part of the server is shared by the websites while many other resources remain exclusive to your website.
When you are deciding a hosting for your blogging website, keep the following things in your mind:
- All hosting packages aren’t created in a similar manner. You need to be especially alert of not buying a hosting service that costs less than $6 per month. It is sure to fall short of some or the other features. Even at the introductory prices, your host might not give you sufficient bandwidth to update your website. It might even put a bar on the number of monthly visitors.
- Do not forget to read the fine print. Sometimes the hosting companies tend to restrict certain plugins that you might want to install. In many cases, you might also find that you don’t completely own your website.
- Don’t sacrifice on technical service and support for your blogging website in the name of discounted price. An efficient hosting company will not only help you in setting up your site and use plugins but will also help you in transferring your domain whilst offering a guarantee for the service that they provide.
- Be vigilant enough to properly check the service contract to know everything from the services that you can entail to the duration of discounts available before it hits its maximum retail price. Do an extensive research to come up with the best deal for your blogging website.
Connect Your Domain and Your Hosting
Now that you have successfully registered your domain name and also bought a hosting, the next step is to connect both of them. To resolve this, you need to point to Inmotion Hosting’s Nameservers at the place where you registered the domain. You need to wait for at least 24 hours for propagation.
The Inmotion Hosting’s nameservers are:
ns.inmotionhosting.com – IP Address: 22.214.171.124
ns2.inmotionhosting.com – IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Nameservers that are managed by Inmotion Hosting can be changed from the Account Management portal. To do so, all you need to do is log in to your AMP (Account Management Panel), roll your mouse over domain and click on Manage Domains.
After doing so, select the domain that you want to change the nameservers for. Click the Point Your Domain link and enter your primary and secondary nameservers. Once that’s done, click on Submit and you are good to go!
Here you need to bear in mind that changing nameservers involves a DNS change, it might take up to 24 hours to do the same.
If you have registered your nameserver with some other company, you will have to make changes to that. But for the opposite case, the nameservers will already be pointed with your domain.
WordPress is a free source CMS, open for installation on your server. Does it seem like a daunting task to you? Trust me, it’s not! Many people who are new to blogging get confused between WordPress and WordPress.com. Hence, it is essential that you know the difference between installing WordPress and WordPress.com.
WordPress and WordPress.com might look like two slightly different things but in reality, one is exclusive of another. When you set up your blog with WordPress.com, you can set up your site and be online. On the other hand, installing WordPress on your server is slightly different. WordPress.com tends to store all the files on its server and the only thing that you need to do set it up is making an account with them.
However, when you install normal WordPress, you already bypass WordPress.com and store all your files and data on the Hosting server. This is of great help especially because you get to set and manage your WordPress site without having to go for WordPress.com. Isn’t that a better thing to do?
Installing WordPress is easier than you can even think of. This free CMS offers tones of features you can use to get your blog online. Setting up a WordPress site is easy and can be done in two different ways. One way to do so is by installing it through Softaculous, the other way is to manually install it. Let’s dig deeper into this!
Installing WordPress through Softaculous
If your server has Softaculous installed in its C-panel then installing WordPress will only involve a couple of clicks. The biggest benefit that you get here is that Softaculous will not only upload the files but will also configure the database and set up the installation without having to download any files or configuring anything manually.
To install WordPress through Softaculous, you first need to log in to your C-panel and go to the software section. Click on the Softaculous icon and then click on the WordPress logo. As you do so, a screen will open with several options that will be displayed on it your screen.
It will show options like- install overview features and import click on the installed link. Fill in all the WordPress installation details for which you will need to fill in information like choosing a domain, admin username, admin password, admin email and the directory.
Followed by that, you need to click on the Install button. When the process is completed, Softaculous will check all the submitted data and install the required files to the server so that you can operate WordPress.
Click on Return to overview and now you will be able to see WordPress installation in the current installation list. Visit the website in your internet browser and see the WordPress icon. This is exactly how you can install WordPress using Softaculous with just a few clicks.
Installing WordPress manually is also possible especially in the events when you cannot install it using Softaculous. You just need to download the files, upload it to the server and you are good to go. Let me take you to a tour to understand the entire process better!
The first step in this process is to visit the latest version of WordPress from its official website: http://wordpress.org/download. Log in to your cPanel and go to the File Manager. Choose the directory where you want to install your WordPress on and click on Go. Take up the .zip file from the directory for your WordPress site. After this, you need to create a database and database user and add the user to the database with complete permissions. Here, you need to take note of the database name, username and password as you will need it in the subsequent steps.
After completing the above mentioned steps, your next job is to visit the domain where you uploaded your WordPress file to. A screen will pop up after this which will be asking for a default language that will be used by you on the site. Select the language of your choice and click on the Submit button. Following this, there will be a list of requirements that you will have to fill to complete the manual installation process. The information used there will be the same that you filled while creating WordPress database. After completing this, click on Let’s go!
Fill in all the requirements in the database information columns. The information that you enter will be used to connect WordPress to the database that you have created. After you complete entering all the information, click on Submit.
The next thing that you will notice is a notification on your page saying ‘All right, Sparky!’ Isn’t it a really cool notification to let you get, set, go! This step will begin the installation of WordPress and click on Run the Install.
Next, you will be required to fill in the information such as Site title, administrator username, administrator password, and the administrator email address. There will be a checkbox for Search Engine visibility which can be used to not allow search engines to index the site especially if you are in the middle of developing one. After having filled all the fields, click on Install WordPress.
You will notice a Success screen popping up. Log in to your account to get started!
Build Your Own Website
Now you have all your ducks in places, it is time to build an amazing website when you can get your blog live for your audience. Are you thinking that creating a website is a tedious task that requires prior knowledge of technicalities such as coding? Here’s the good news, you don’t need to know any of these! There are a lot of website builders that completely ease out the process of creating, building and maintaining a website.
In most of the cases, your hosting service will have its own website developers to do the job for you. But if there is no such provision, you need to look for a developer that caters to most of your requirements. Make sure to check how old the website development company is, its testimonials, number of existing customers or clients and if it offers a free trial period or not!
Checked all the pre requisites of setting up the website? Now is the time for some real fun! It’s time to design and customize your blogging website and make it successfully reach out to the masses! But to do so, there are a few elements that you need to keep in mind such as a responsive and beautiful theme that makes your blog the primary focus of your website. The next very important thing to do is write an amazing ‘About Us’ page that not only makes your website interesting but also attracts traffic.
People love tagging or sharing value content online. So make sure that you have a social media sharing option readily available. Additionally, you should also make yourself available on the trending social media websites. Make sure that your social media handles are there on your blogging website so that people can get in touch with you.
And of course! Keywords, keywords, keywords! It is important that your website has the right SEO plug-ins so that your blogs are enriched with the right kind of keywords that helps it to obtain an internet presence. How wonderful it will be to have your blog as one of the first few listings on Google!
Lastly, get a blog format. This is very-very essential. A blog that is without any format is likely to get lost in an ocean of many other similar kinds of blogs.
Setting up your WordPress blog in Inmotion Hosting is probably one of the easiest things to do out there. All you need to do is follow some steps and you’re good to go. This guide will help you not only to set up a blog but also make it reach out to the masses!
So what are you waiting for? Get, set, happy blogging!