Have a great idea for the blog? Maybe you already have a blog on social platforms and want to take steps forward and start to create a website? The good news is that you don’t need to attempt to pull off the greatest heist of all time. Let’s see what you should do instead. The first steps are always hard and, in this case, really important. Here it would be best if you started from choosing a blogging platform. We recommend you WordPress.org – self-hosted WordPress. First of all, it is free and easy to use. Secondly, it gives you flexibility.
So what are the main points that make up your budget for a WordPress blog?
1. WordPress hosting
2. Domain Name
Let’s assume that your blog isn't known, and you actually just started. Start always on a budget to have less risk of loss.
The way to get a free domain
It is the second point on the list, but let us start from here. Only lazy doesn't talk about the importance of a domain name and impact on SEO. But let’s say honestly, the fancy domain name is out of our budget, and standard WordPress domains look like www.yourblog.WordPress.com or www.yourblog.com is not an option at all. We recommend starting from the free domain name that you can get from purchasing a WordPress hosting. Just choose a short and memorable one.
WordPress hosting plans
There’s a common misconception that hosting a website is incredibly expensive, but hosting companies keep prices affordable. Hostimul'sWordPress hosting plans starts from 3.99AZN. This price includes a free domain name and SSL certificate.
It takes time to understand what you need and make your choice. However, the huge number of free templates offered, both from the WordPress theme catalog and from third-party sites, complicates the process of choosing the best. But the abundance of free themes is far from a problem; the real problem is that free themes can be extremely dangerous for WordPress security. They are known as a malware carrier. It also can contain a code that steals information from your site and makes it accessible to hackers. For these reasons, your site may be thrown out of the search engine index due to the spread of malware. Free themes also don't contain updates.
As you can notice, better to buy a theme and make your life easier. There so many options on the internet and you can buy a really good one for just 50$ or even less.
Everything that you should know about plugins
Plugins greatly simplify the addition of certain necessary features to the website. WordPress is a good idea to have a plugin for SEO. This plugin is optimizing your website for search engines, also can help you rank higher in search results and significantly grow your blog. With a plugin, it doesn’t matter whether you know about robots.txt, .htaccess files, clean permalink URLs, or sitemaps. Good SEO plugins can cost around 100$.
We hope that now you sure that you can build a WordPress blog on a budget, and you don’t need to know anything about web design to get this done.