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!
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…
*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
- 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.
Step 4: Enter your 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.
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!
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!
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 Pinterest. Be sure and check out and my fine art prints and notecards on Fine Art America! ~Lori