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What Is Blogging?
Blogging is a great way to share with the world something you're knowledgeable or passionate about. You can write about fashion, celebrities, your favorite band, politics, anything you want. There are no limits! You can even make it a personal diary if you choose to do so. Blogging is also a great way to make some extra spending money or even make a living. Many people are making tens to hundreds of dollars a day writing about something they love. So you may be wondering, how do I start my own blog? This tutorial will walk you through it.

Step 1: Select A Domain Name
Think of a domain name. Your domain name will be the URL your visitors will type in their browser to load your website. Your domain name can be anything you want as long as it's not already taken by someone else. To check to see if the domain name is available, enter it below, or go here.

Enter your desired name below. (Do not include the extension)
ex: my-website-name
www.

Select the extension you wish to have for your domain.
ex: my-website-name.com
.com .net .org .info .biz
.mobi .tv .ws .eu  

Once you've found a domain that is available, you should see this:

Click Order Now >> and move onto Step 2.

Step 2: Get Hosting
In order for you blog to work, you need website hosting. Your website host is a computer located somewhere on the Internet that sends your website's pages to a visitor's computer. Without hosting, visitors will get an error or coming soon message instead of your website. After you selected your domain name, and clicked Order Now >> (as seen above), you should then be taken to another page as seen below.



Click the [No Hosting! Click to Add] link and proceed to Step 3.


Step 3: Select Your Hosting Package
The next page will list the hosting packages that you can choose from. The first plan (Economy) is a good one to start with if you're not expecting a lot of visitors. If you are expecting a lot of visitors, the Deluxe or Premium plan might be a better option for you.


After you've decided on the plan that is best for you, click the "Order Now" button found beneath your plan.

Step 4: Checkout
A) On the next step, make sure "Use a domain already in my shopping cart" is selected, and your domain is chosen. Then click the "Click to Continue >>" button to go to the next page.

B) On the following page you'll need to select your billing cycle. If you're planning on running this site for a while, it's recommended that you go with either the 6 month or 12 month cycle since it will save you a lot of money. If you're unsure, of how long you're going to run this site, select the 1 month or 3 month cycle. Once you've selected your billing cycle, click "Add to Cart".

C) The next page will show your shopping cart. Review it to make sure everything is correct, then proceed by clicking the "Checkout" button.


D) After clicking checkout, you'll be prompted to enter some information. Once you've done so, click "Complete Order" and move on to the next step.

E) The final step in the checkout process is payment. Payments are handled by Paypal. We recommend choosing the
'PayPal Subscribe' option to have it automatically pay when your bill is due. You can also choose 'PayPal Check Out' to manually pay each pay period.


Step 5: Setting Up Your Blog
After your payment is sent, you should receive an email with your server information a few minutes later. (If you don't see the email in your inbox after 15 minutes, check your spam folder). It is recommended that you print this email and read it in full.

Now lets setup your blog...

A) First, login into your Control Panel (cPanel). Click on the URL found next to where it reads "Temporary Control Panel", then enter in your Username and Password. The Username and Password can be found in your email under New Account Info.


After you click the temporary control panel URL, an alert window should popup prompting you to enter your username and password..

B) You should now be logged into your control panel. If you're prompted with a box asking if you need help getting started, click "No, I'm fine. Thanks!".

C) You'll now want to scroll down and find the section labeled Software / Services click Fantastico De Luxe.


D) Once in the Fantastico section, click the WordPress link found under the blogs heading.
E) Click New Installation.


F) Fill out the form on the next page. Be sure to leave Install Directory empty if you want your blog to be loaded as your home page. After you've filled in the other fields, click "Install WordPress".


G) On the next page, click "Finish installation".


H) Your installation should now be complete. You should enter your email address and have the details sent to you.


Step 6: Begin Writing
Once your domain name is propagated (which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours), you can then begin working on your blog. You'll know your domain name is propagated when you're able to load your website from your domain name.

A) To work on your blog, you'll need to login to the admin which will be yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Enter your username and password you provided when installing the wordpress software.

B) Once logged in, browse around and get familiar with how everything works. Then begin writing!

Coming soon..
-How to install wordpress themes like the ones found here.
-How to make money from your blog.
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