How to start a blog or podcast website and hosting recommendations

Web Building

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, then I hope you at least had some time with family and friends and found something for which to be thankful.

1. Pick your domain

A good website starts with a good domain (episode 19). You may already have a domain, or you may need to register one when you start your website.

2. Get a web host

There are thousands of web hosts, but I recommend just two: Site5 and BlueHost. Their features are almost identical, with the follow few differences.

Site5 HostBasic Site5 HostPro BlueHost
Domain registration $9.96/year $9.96/year Free first year, $11.95 after that
Websites 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Website migration Free Free Not offered
Satisfaction guarantee 45-day, 100% refund 45-day, 100% refund Anytime, prorated refund
Monthly price (12-month) $5.95 $9.95 $7.95
Annual price without promos $81.36 $129.36 107.35

I personally use Site5‘s HostPro package and have been very happy.

3. Install and configure WordPress

Most website control panels have an easy way to install WordPress.

If you host with Site5, go to your “SiteAdmin” (Cpanel for any similar web host), click on Fantastico, then WordPress.

If you host with BlueHost, go to your Cpanel, click WordPress under SimpleScripts Installation.

Follow the instructions to easily install WordPress. If the system installs an old version, you can update through the WordPress admin.

4. Install and configure plugins

Pick the right set of WordPress plugins for blogging and podcasting (episode 41).

5. Publish content

Now it's time for you to create your story by publishing quality content! In everything, make your message the focus.

Need help?

If this is a bit too much, or you'd like your website to look better than a standard WordPress theme, then please hire me to design either a customer header image or your whole website! Email or call (903) 231-2221.

What do you do when you don't feel like podcasting?

I'd like a future episode to share how we podcasters give ourselves a kick in the pants to podcast when we don't feel like it, or how we refocus, or how we get new inspiration to keep going.

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About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.
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J. Alan
12 years ago


Very nice post. It's sparked an interest in me to look into pocasting myself. I just thought I'd throw in my 0.02 cents and say that I think HostGator is probably the best WordPress host out there… Also, it should be mentioned that it is of utmost importance to keep your "core" WordPress and all plugins up to date in order to avoid your site being hacked. Again, great post.

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Cd MaN
12 years ago

I personally feel that for non-technical people WordPress is too much of a hassle (installing, managing, updating and cleaning up hacked wordpress instances because they weren’t updated 🙁 ). I would rather recommend managed services like blogspot, or squarespace.

8 years ago

Hello Daniel First of all let me tell you your podcast is always informative and i enjoy very much listening to them , however can you tell me how is the service of hostgator

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

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