Do you break out into a sweat at the thought of building your own travel photography website? This was me once too. I thought I would have to be an HTML ninja in order to create my own site. While that used to be the case, the process is actually pretty simple. Over the last ten years, I have successfully created six websites. With a little guidance, anyone can build a website or blog. I am going to hold your hand through the process.
Why Build a Website?
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You may be asking yourself – why would I want to build a website? There are many reasons you should build a blog or website.
- It creates an online journal of your travels that you can easily share with anyone, anywhere. It also acts as an online portfolio/resume.
- It can open up opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be there. If you love the idea of getting free trips or free gear owning a website is key. Brands love when bloggers review them on their websites.
- It can make money! You can make money off of a blog through ads, affiliate links, sponsored posts, etc. Are you going to get rich overnight? No. But with hard work, you can make an income from it.
- You can sell your own products on it.
- It is a great way to connect with people all over the world.
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Step One – Pick a Name
First, you are going to want to pick a name for your site and check its availability. This may be the hardest step if you tend to overthink things. I recommend picking a name that doesn’t limit you to a very specific subject. You should also take into consideration what people are searching for on Google. Very few people are going to searching for “Adventure Amy” but if you were to name your site “Travel Photography Adventures” it is more likely to show up in search results which means more clicks through to your site.
Now that you have a name you should check to see if the .com is available, while you can buy a .org or .site people just won’t remember it like .com. You can do a search below to see if its open.
If your chosen name is open you should also check the social media sites to see if it is open there too. You will want to connect your account to social media sites.
Step two – Get Website Hosting
Web hosting is what keeps your site up and live on the internet. You can’t run a site without it. I have all my sites hosted through Bluehost and they have been amazing. Anytime I have messed something up on my end or found myself confused their customer service has been top notch. They are super helpful and quick to respond. They are also the cheapest option out there at $3.95 a month. Click that green button below that says “Get Started” and I am going to walk you through it.
Their homepage looks like this, from here hit “Get Started” again. Next, select your plan. Since you are just starting out I’d recommend the base plan, they make it super easy to upgrade if you ever want to.
After that, you will choose your domain and enter your account info.
After that, you can add on some perks to your package if you like. They do a good job explaining what each is. Then enter your payment info and you are set! You will now create a password and login.
Once your theme is picked click the button that says “Start Building”!
You now will be asked if you want to set up a business or personal site. Even if it isn’t a business yet, I’d still recommend clicking business. It will take you through a few more self-explanatory prompts, and then ask you if you are ready to launch.
You will now see the Bluehost dashboard. You can see that your site is not yet launched which is good. You want to get it set up the way you want prior to launching it. When you are ready you hit the “Launch Now” button.
Congrats! Your site is now live and has an address. Next, you are going to want to customize it the way you like it. Please check out the post “Customizing Your Wordpress Site”.