The most important thing to think about when you want to start your own blog are:
- Your domain name
- Your hosting provider
Both will be components of your blogging success.
Both will also cost you money and will continue to cost year after year.
Your domain name must be unique, and also easy to remember.
You need to make sure you don't interfere with trademarks of another company, particularly a well-known trademark.
Most laws treat registration of another person's trademark as a domain name as trademark infringement, also known as ‘cybersquatting', and your domain name providing company might have to transfer or cancel the domain name, and also pay damages.
Don't use, Google, Coca-Cola, McDonald's or even WordPress in your domain name.
So, really make sure your domain name is ok, you don't want to lose it if you get it wrong.
Domain names should be:
- Easy to remember,
- Easy to spell,
- As short as possible,
- Try to avoid 4U and other numbers replacing words,
- and most of all, try to get the .com extension (TLD).
My goto domain name registrar is Namecheap.com
WordPress Hosting Provider
A hosting provider will offer you a place where you can build your WordPress blog so the world can visit it.
It's like you're home where you invite your friends and family. Your domain name is your home address, but the hosting company is your landlord where you rent your WordPress blog housing.
You want your Blog to be:
- reachable at all time,
- load fast,
And from your hosting provider you want to get:
- good support when you need it,
- good back-ups, just in case,
- enough web space for your blog to grow,
- easy upgrades as your site grows,
- a secure and up-to-date server environment,
- an affordable price!
That is why this WordPress website was hosted with GreenGeeks.com. They provide all of the above and more.