Any business or blog should have their own personal name domain for a professional look and branding. In fact, domain hosting costs can be very cheap, which many people mistake as expensive, because they pay web designers $1000- $2000 to create.
Professional domain sever bluehost has an ongoing promotion that only costs you USD $5.99 $3.95/month, including unlimited upload space and a free domain name.
Even as a blogging hobby, the advantages of getting your own site far out-weigh the costs with superior design, better SEO, analytics and more plugins to customize your site. You can also only put in banner advertising on personal domains, not free sub-domains like blogspot.com or wordpress.com or tumblr.com.
Bluehost is what I use for this blog, and you can see I have no web design background yet the site still looks pretty decent, yet even cheaper than many Singapore hosting solutions.
After getting a custom domain name, we will be using WordPress.org as the site Content Management System, which has proven to be the most flexible and user-friendly website system, allowing you to add and change content easily as well as customize the appearance without much technical knowledge.
In this article, I’m going to teach you how to quickly and easily get your own .com domain site in just 4 minutes or less.
If you’re creating a corporate account and not expecting much traffic, you can just go with the starter pack. If not, you can consider the plus package. In any case, you can always upgrade your account later on according to your change in needs.
select account plan and duration, then untick everything for the most budget install. I recommend the 24 month basic plan at USD $4.95/month, which will be charged upfront to your credit card.
Fill in your billing information as well.
Consider getting Domain Whois Privacy, which allows your website/blog’s details to be private. Not a big must to me.
*More info: http://www.hosting.com/support/dns/whoisprivacy/
Give a site name for your blog and set up the administrator username & password before checking ‘I have read terms and conditions’ and Install Now.
WordPress will now be installed under the URL based on the domain name chosen previously.
Click on Activate once the package for the theme has been installed. Your theme is set and you are now free to decorate your blog whichever way you please. The theme can still be changed afterwards if you want to.
From here on out, the possibilities are endless. I recommend you add some menus, pages or blog posts as content. Also, add plugins to further enhance your site with more appearance features, SEO and other nifty things.
This is the exact setup I’m using and recommending based on my own blog here. The only problems so far is if the site gets excessive traffic spikes, like more than 15,000 visitors a day, which shouldn’t be a problem for most people and businesses. That only happens if an article goes viral, so don’t worry about it.