want to be a bloggerSo you’ve decided you want to be a blogger. You’ve gotten your domain name; you’ve set up your social media accounts. So what now? Well, now you sign up for some kind of hosting. I personally recommend GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress® Hosting as it offers the best balance of affordability and service. Plus, Managed WordPress® Hosting makes setting up a WP blog about as easy as it gets.

Once your hosting is purchased, you’ll be asked where you want to install it. Now here’s where you have a couple of choices. You can either install this to your fancypants domain OR a temporary domain. Now, why would you want to use a temporary domain? Well, if you do that, you don’t have to mess with installing a maintenance plugin to keep folks out of your blog until you’re ready to unveil it to the world. The odds of someone tripping across something like bac.396.myftpupload.com are pretty slim really. So you can easily share it with people to give it a look-see without having to give them your username and password or having them create an account.

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Setting it up on your permanent domain and using a maintenance plugin means you don’t have to tinker with the domain ever again. You can put up the maintenance page for the world to see while you get everything arranged how you like. However, if you want anyone else to view it, you’ll have to share your login information or give them their own. If you’re working with a designer, this isn’t really a big deal, but if you want to show it off to friends and family for feedback, it could be an issue.

So, you’ve got the thing all set up. You’re ready to take it live for the world to see. So, let’s do this…except wait. Slow down, mister. Before you can go live, you need to have some content! You’ve got to have posts and pages and featured images and holy crap! There’s a lot more to do before you can go live…which we’ll cover on Friday, friend. So tune in.