Do I need to pay for hosting?

The cheapest way to run a blog is to first purchase some hosting from an Internet Service Provider (ISP)… you may already have one, but if not then there are very many to choose from. Some of the cheapest places to get hosting are: HostGator, Hostwinds, A2, DreamHost, 1&1, Bluehost, Domain.com, GoDaddy, InMotion and iPage. But wherever you decide to go, you must make sure that you'll be able to install Wordpress on the server. This means that you'll need to be able to have a MySQL database and be able to run PHP scripts.

Where can I buy my domain name?

It's good sense to purchase your domain name from the same company that you bought the hosting space from. In fact, you may find that you're hosting company will do a special offer on domain names when you buy them together with hosting. So it pays to have a good look around for special offers and sales before you buy.

How Do I Set Up Wordpress?

It could be far easier than you think! Many hosts are now providing a one-click-only Wordpress install, so you literally just press a button and Voila! You're good to go! If you find, however, that this service is unavailable to you, don't worry. The install process is relatively straight-forward and there are many people about who are willing to help. I run through the process in full in this article: “How to install and run Wordpress on your server”.

How Do I change the way it looks?

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Do I need to think about internet security?

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