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So you want to start a self-hosted WordPress blog, but you think you can’t afford the upfront costs? I thought the same thing when I first started looking into starting a blog. I wanted to start my blog so bad, but I couldn’t afford to pay $50+ upfront. I mean, I have six kids, guys, and blogging didn’t exactly fall under the list of top priorities for our budget. I wasn’t going to let that stop me, though, because when I want something really bad, I do everything I can to make it happen.
I started looking into the different hosting and domain name companies and came across a deal I couldn’t pass up. I was able to get a domain name and hosting for less than $2 upfront. Now that was a cost that I could easily manage with our budget.
When I had a website several years ago, I went with Bluehost, and I loved my experience with using them to host my site. I wanted to go with them again, but you have to pay upfront for at least a year, which is about $50. I just didn’t have a spare $50 to spend at the time, so I kept looking for other options.
I found HostGator. Hostgator allows you to pay monthly for your hosting, which is currently $10.95 a month with the sale they have going on right now. I pay $11.95 a month, but the first month I started my blog, I only paid a penny! You can get the same deal right here –
I have not had any issues with my hosting, and you can easily install WordPress through your cPanel with one click. It’s as simple as that.
Now, if you go through Bluehost for your hosting, I believe a domain name is included free for the first year. Hostgator did not have an option like that from what I could find, so I went with a domain name from GoDaddy. I was able to get my domain name through GoDaddy for only $0.99 for the first year.
That was it for the things I actually had to pay for to get my blog up and going. I am currently using a free WordPress theme, but I do have a paid theme in mind that I want to switch to as soon as I’m able. There are lots of people using the free themes, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of them to choose from. If you want to eventually change your theme to a paid one, you can do that, just like I’m going to. Put it on your list of goals to accomplish for your blog!
So that’s it. That is how I started my blog with an upfront cost of less than $2.00. Let me know how setting up your blog goes, and come back here and put your domain name in the comments. I’d love to check out your site!