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In today’s post, I will teach you how to start a christian blog in just 5 minutes.
If you’ve been thinking about starting a spiritual blog and haven’t quite been able to make the leap, this simple step by step process can help you out.
Before getting to this point I know you have prayed a lot and thought long and hard about this. If you’ve gotten to this point, then it is a sign that God wants you to do this. It is also a good sign that you clearly have something to share with the world that you may be able to share via a blog.
This guide will help you start your blog and start your mission.
P.S, if you are more of a visual type learner, there are a few video clips to help you understand how to start.
Reasons why you should start a christian blog
- God has put this message on your heart
- God has given you the time and provided the knowledge for you to get this going
- God has given you the desire to want to serve others
- God has helped you see a niche where people need help that you are able to provide
- God has shown you a noble way to make money by serving others
If you’ve had this on your heart to start, and you’ve prayed about it and been given the guidance to start, then now is the time to do so.
How to start a christian blog
Starting a blog is quite easy. It involves 5 simple steps that each take a minute or less to complete. These include:
1. Pick a blogging platform
The best platform that I recommend is WordPress.org It is a great place to start for beginners and for people who want to take blogging seriously.
When starting with the wordpress.org blogging platform you do have to pay a small website/blog hosting fee less than $9 per month.
If you want to be able to grow your christian blog, reach an audience, wordpress.org is the best platform to choose.
2. Select your domain name
A domain name is a web address that helps people find you on the internet. For example, my domain name is Meercai.com
I recommend making your domain name simple, catchy and if possible choose a domain name with the word christian, spiritual etc in it (Just a suggestion that may help your blog rank better in google in the future.)
You can also just use your name as a domain name. For example, I am Toya Clercent, so if I wanted to, I could use the domain name Toyaclaercent.com if it were available.
Once you’ve decided on a domain name that you really like and can grow with, click on this link to see if it’s available through Bigscoots.
Note, a domain name via Bigscoots is very cheap and usually costs about $10 per year.
Here are some more tips for picking your domain name:
- Keep it as short as possible
- Keep it memorable
- Try not to use numbers and hyphens
- Research the domain name to make sure it is not trademarked or copyrighted.
- Try using the keywords like christian, spiritual or any other keyword you think people may type when searching for a great christian blog to follow.
3. Buy Hosting For Your Blog.
What is a hosting plan?
A hosting plan is a space on the internet that you pay for that allows your blog to be found online. Put simply, it is like a space that you rent to have your blog in, similar to a piece of real estate property for a physical business, except it is way cheaper than renting physical space and paying for this ‘hosting’ allows visitors to access your blog on the internet.
I use and trust bigscoots web hosting for all of my blogs and so this is what I recommend that you use as well.
Typically, good web hosting services cost about $10 a month or about $100 per year.
Bigscoots costs only $7.95 per month on their Shared Hosting Plan which makes it very ideal for people with very little money to start.
It’s cheaper if paid anually (only $83.40), however, if your funds don’t allow it, you can also pay for hosting monthly at only $7.95.
Here is why I love Bigscoots hosting above the others:
- Bigscoots customer service is the best I’ve encountered. Whenever I have an issue, I can send in a support ticket or call them and rest assured that the problem will be addressed quickly and efficiently. This is very handy for newer bloggers who may have issues that they may need fixing.
- The service is amazing and my blogs are very fast. This is something that all bloggers should get as people abandon slow sites due to bad user experience.
- Bigscoots offer s free SSL certificate for your website. SSL certificates costs anywhere from $50 – $100 yearly.
When you are ready to start your blog, follow the steps below to buy hosting for your blog.
- Click this link to get to bigscoots.com
- Fill in your information as indicated in the short video clip below.
Once you’ve added chosen the plan you’re most comfortable with, chosen a domain name, added your personal details and pressed checkout, you will be taken to a page where you can put in your payment details and click on pay now.
After you’ve paid you’ll be taken to your invoice page where you can see the payment details outlining what you’ve paid for.
4. Updating name servers.
(This step only applies to you if you did not purchase your domain name from Bigscoots)
Many people who want to start a blog may already have a domain name that they purchased years, months or even days before. If this is you, you will need to follow these steps below to help update your name servers.
Bigscoots support team will do this seemingly difficult step for you. All you have to do is ask.
Here are the steps you can follow to create a support ticket asking bigscoots support team for help:
- Click on Dashboard on the side menu.
- Follow the steps in the short video clip and wait a few hours for them to get it done and get back to you.
Copy and paste the text below if you do not want to type in your own request.
I recently purchased web hosting from Bigscoots. However, I already had my domain name which I purchased from Godaddy.com.
I received an email from Bigscoots asking me to update my name servers. I am new to all this and have no idea how to go about this.
Is it possible that someone on your team can help me with this step. This would mean the world to me.
Thanks so much
Once you’ve sent this, wait a moment as the team will be working on it and updating you on the progress.
Again, this step only applies to your if your domain was registered or purchased with a company other than Bigscoots.
However, if you purchased both domain name and hosting from Bigscoots, skip step #4 and head on to step #5 to learn how to install WordPress.
5. How to install WordPress
- To install WordPress, Click on Dashboard on the side menu
- Then follow the steps in the video below
Once you’ve done this, you will be taken to the page seen in the video below.
Follow the steps in this video to install WordPress.
Make sure you write down the email address, username and password used in this step for future reference.
After a few moments WordPress will be install and you will receive this message which means your site is ready to be used:
Click on the administration URL on the page. This URL is where you can log in to your new blog. (It may log you in automatically the first time around)
You’re in your WordPress dashboard now and this is what the page you’re on should look like:
This WordPress dashboard is where you will write up your blog posts, inspirational pieces and so on.
Congratulations on starting your very own christian blog. You’ve followed through on the idea that God put in your head to help people and finally started your christian blogging journey.
Continue to pray for guidance so that this blog can fulfill its purpose in helping others.
For now it is still very empty with no customization. So, now I will show you how to make your blog look attractive with a few easy customization’s
Click here to learn to make your blog look more attractive