UPDATED – JANUARY 2021!
In just 2 weeks, the ITB will take place in Berlin, and it’s so exciting!
In my mind, the ITB is one of the best places to go to if you’re a travel blogger, and for me that is where all the magic happened and I met a real-life blogger for the very first time!
Mind you, not all of them were nice, and one person in particular was pretty awful, but this is where I found out how useful my blog was, and where I received my first press trip. A mere five (5) months after my blog came into existence!
I’ve been very lucky!
I’ve also been at the right place at the right time. And where’s that maestro?
Why, Berlin of course!
Berlin is hip and trendy!
Mind you, it really helps if you can speak German, so go ahead, and book a class, and tell them that I sent you!
The other day, I went to a bloggers get-together, and I met a fellow who couldn’t understand how a blog could be made. He thought it was really difficult.
It really isn’t!
Now, I can’t help you with that, but I can show you how to start a blog for yourself.
For many, when they think of WordPress, they think blog.
WordPress is web publishing software you can use to create your own website, blog, or app. Since it was released in 2003, WordPress has become one of the world’s largest and most popular web publishing platforms. Today it powers more than 70 million websites!
WordPress is much more just a blogging tool. It’s also a highly flexible content management system (CMS) that enables you to build and manage your own full-featured website using just your web browser. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!
And it’s free of charge because WordPress is an Open Source project because hundreds of volunteers from all around the world constantly create and improve the code for the WordPress software. And, there are thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes that enable you to build just about any type of website you can imagine!
This post will show you how easy it is to get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.
There are hundreds of thousands of web hosts out there, and choosing one from the crowd can be confusing. Depending on the country that you live in, choose whichever you are comfortable with.
If you don’t need the flexibility of a full web host, you may consider getting a free blog on WordPress.com. which is how I first started. And there’s perfectly nothing wrong with doing that!
However, I also mixed and blended as I went along mapping my free blog with my premium paid host which is why you either see my blog as this or this and if I leave a comment on your website (if you haven’t got one, all the better to be reading this post!), you’ll see my blog as this!
Having said that, if you’re looking for a popular well-known host, and a host that won’t suddenly go bankrupt, then Bluehost should definitely be at the top of anyone’s list because Bluehost is one of the only hosting services officially recommended by WordPress and has been the top recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years!
There are many reasons why Bluehost is so highly recommended, but here are just a few:
And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!
To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below.
So for this you need to choose a domain name for your site:
Choosing a blog name is extremely difficult! You need a name that’s going to stick, something that’s catchy and memorable, but also something that you can grow with, and that won’t make you look like a Silly Billy five (5) years down the line!
Really think about it!
If you make your domain name destination specific, what happens when you move? If you make your domain name age specific, what happens when you grow up? If you make your domain name budget specific, what happens when you start to become successful, and can afford much more than a budget of $10.00 a day?
There is a reason that my blog is called The British Berliner.
Before this here blog ever existed, I lived in Berlin, and have always called myself The British Berliner. It used to be a running joke but when you think about it, it fits the label and is what it says on the tin!
At least I don’t think so lol!
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I’m both British and German.
So think carefully about your domain name.
This page will have a section where there’s:
By the way, basic shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36 month terms thus:
To help save you money, obviously the longer the term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate will be. By choosing a 36-month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95 or €3.61 per month. And, because you’ve chosen to host with Bluehost, if you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS, or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel!
It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.
Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started installing WordPress and writing your blog!
This may seem like the most complicated step, but it really isn’t! Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do.
Once you log in, you’ll then get to make a few decisions about how your blog will look.
As part of the setup, Bluehost will suggest a few themes.
You can choose either to click on Business or Personal.
I started with a free blog, and now I have a combination of the two!
Now you just need to write a little blurb for your website or blog, in order to launch it.
I’ve tweaked and changed it over time, so don’t worry if you’re not sure.
You can always change it!
The following page will pop up.
Congratulations! You’ve just created your first website or blog!
Keep it sweet and simple and you’ll be fine!
Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at €3.30 a month for 36 months, as well as 1-Click WordPress Install, 24/7 Support, a free SSL Certificate and a free domain name for a year!
I’m not an expert in the technical field, but if I can setup a WordPress blog all by myself, so can you!
If you have any additional questions, comments or simply need more help, just ask, and I’ll do my best to help!
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This article is not sponsored and all opinions and brilliant thoughts, are my very own!
If you’re not in Berlin in March, you’re positively dull!
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A win-win for all!
Thanks a million!
See you in Berlin.
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I'm a British girl from Manchester living in Berlin with my German husband and my half British – half German son. My blog is a lifestyle expat travel blog and puts a focus on my promotion of culture, history, travels around the world, Europe, Brexit, the Royal Family, British-German life and being British in Berlin - I am The British Berliner!