Back when I first started blogging, there were many good free blogging platforms to choose from: Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, etc. But as the years have gone by, there is one that seems to have risen to the top…Wordpress.
I am not talking about the free version of WordPress where you can set up a free blog on WordPress.com. I am referring to the WordPress software that you can download for free and install on your own self-hosted website. Here is a good article that explains the difference between a self-hosted WordPress blog and a free blog on WordPress.com.
As WordPress has become such a big name in the past several years, more and more hosting companies are providing easy ways for people to install WordPress on their website. You no longer have to download the program yourself and install it. You can simply login to your hosting account’s cpanel (control panel) and click on a link to install WordPress.
Now while I wholeheartedly recommend WordPress, there are other options out there for building your site. Many hosting companies have their own sitebuilder wizards that you can use to build your site. But I want to warn you that much of this series will be based on using the self-hosted WordPress. That is because it is what I am using and what I know about the most.
So now that you have your domain name chosen, it is time to decide if you are going to use WordPress or not. The next post will cover choosing web hosting service.
Note: As I stated in the first post, there are some ways that you can sell items online without having a website. If you have chosen to NOT have a website right now, just skip over these posts for now. I will be covering these options in later posts!