How To Start an Art Blog or Website in Minutes

How To Start an Art Blog or Website in Minutes2018-09-23T08:12:35+00:00


How to Start An Art Blog or Website in Minutes

An art blog is the best way to brand yourself as an artist, and to market and sell your art.

In this post I will show you how to start your own blog or website in just minutes!

Whether you want to work from home, showcase your art, author a book, or get more exposure for your business, starting a blog/website is highly recommended. AND now you can start blogging in only 15 minutes or less!

My blog, www.FineArtTips.com and my art website www.LoriMcNee.com are both built on WordPress platforms. WordPress is very flexible and customizable.

When I first began using WordPress back in 2009, I didn’t know anything about blogging. Since then blogging has become easier, and its a powerful way to grow a global online presence. There is no better place to connect with a potential customer, collector, or gallery other than on your own blog.

WordPress can also be used for a website and not just a blog. WordPress is a complete content management system and is an easy way to build many different types of websites. The steps below will help you get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.

Here are a few reasons why you should use WordPress…

  • WordPress is easy to use. Quickly add new pages, blog posts, images and more.
  • Search engines including Google, love WordPress sites. WordPress coding is simple and clean which makes it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. WP is superior for SEO optimization with keywords, and image meta tags (great for visual artists). This makes it easier for YOUR site to be found on the internet!
  • You control your own site and content with WP. This is a BIGGIE. Many artists, including me, use a Facebook Page and other social sites as a way to connect with collectors and fans. However, it is important to understand that these social sites are in charge of our content and images. If they crash, get hacked, go bankrupt, or decide to fold, they will take our hard earned content and images with them. On social sites, we have no control over our content. With WordPress, you and I own our own sites and content!
  • Your WordPress site is 100% customizable.  You can design the look and feel of your WP blog or website. Choose a great look here > Theme Trust.
  • No HTML editing or FTP software is required. You can create a new page or blog post, format text, upload images (and edit them), upload documents, video files, image galleries, etc. all without the need for additional HTML or FTP software.
  • WordPress is social. It is easy to add a calendar, video gallery, Twitter Feed, Facebook Fan Box, and more to your site. WordPress makes this possible with plugins, most of which are free.

By the end of this post, you’ll have a self-hosted WordPress site, the most popular type of site around. Ready? Let’s do it!

*How to Start an Art Blog or Website in 15 Minutes or Less:

Step 1: Find the Right host

Choosing the right host is an important decision. A host provides the server space for your site so you can be found on the internet. You could start an art blog using a free service, but I highly recommend self-hosting for a small fee. You will get better customer service, more customization, power and security (explained above). You truly get what you pay for!

Back in 2011, after many trial and errors with other hosting companies, I discovered BlueHost. Bluehost is perfect for small to medium sized blogs. (If your blog is large and more complicated, you may want to consider using WordsRack.com.)

Below is a list of the customer service BlueHost promises and delivers:

  • Premium customer service, reliability and usability
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
  • Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
  • Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
  • No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.

2: Set Up Your Hosting Account

Once you decide upon your hosting company, it’s time to set up your new account. You can easily get started by clicking the green Get Started Now button below.

Step 3: Choose a Domain Name

Now it’s time to choose and enter a domain name. This will be your desired web address, like www.LoriMcNee.com or www.FineArtTips.com. Here are a few tips for choosing a domain name:

  • Choose a .com rather than a .net, etc. address whenever possible.
  • It is best for artists and other public figures to use their own names as their domain.
  • If your name if taken, get creative. For instance, let’s say your name is John Doe. JohnDoe.com is taken. You could try JohnDoeStudios.com or JohnDoeFineArt.com.
  • Make it easy to pronounce and spell.
  • Don’t include numbers, hyphens, and confusing words etc.

If you have already registered a domain name somewhere else, enter it in the box on the right to identify your account. Click the blue Next button, then fill in your personal information.

Step 4: Enter your account info

On the next page, enter your account info. Make sure you use a working email address because this is where your login information will be sent. account info

Step 5: Pick Your Hosting Package

Now it’s time to choose which hosting package you want. Shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36 month plans. You will save money the longer term you purchase, plus the lower the monthly rate will be. You can start with a great introductory rate of $3.95 per month.

Pretty inexpensive for your own blog or website, right? If you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel. I usually skip the add-ons at sign up, which you can include at your discretion. But, I do recommend Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.

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Step 6: Enter your billing info

Fill in your billing information, confirm that you’ve read the fine print and then click Next.

Step 7: Choose a Password

You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself. It is mandatory to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order for your password to protect your account. You’ll find a welcome email from Bluehost with your control panel login info (cpanel = control panel, it provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website).Keep this information for future reference.

You are all signed up and ready to get started installing WordPress!

WordPress Success!

Congratulations!

Step 8: Now Pick A WordPress Theme

Now that you have installed WordPress, you can choose a great WordPress theme that are beautiful and easy to use. Choose from a variety of different formats including, magazine, portfolio, business and e-commerce themes to fit your design tastes. Need WordPress theme ideas? Check out Theme Trust. 

Step 9: Start Blogging!

Congratulations, it’s time to start blogging! Not sure how? Read my blog post, 8 Tips to Create A Great Blog Post.

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Happy blogging! ~Lori 🙂

***NOTE: For more complex or larger blogs, I suggest checking out WordsRack.com.

Thanks for your visit! You can see my art on my website,  www.LoriMcNee.com and let’s meet on Facebook  Fine Art Tips Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter, and on PinterestBe sure and check out and my fine art prints and notecards on Fine Art America! ~Lori