Have you ever wanted to start your own blog? Are you confused on where to start and if you need any prior knowledge of HTML or CSS? Well you don't! Starting a blog is a great way to express yourself, and it can even earn you some extra cash! First we will answer the question "What is the difference between a host and a domain"?
To differentiate the two, let's think about a house sitting on a piece of property. Without the property, you cannot have a house and without the house, the property is useless (in most cases). Stay with me here. Think of a domain as the house sitting on the property, which is the hosting service. A domain is simply the name of the place where your site will be. For example, www.mycoolblog.com is the domain. Domains are cheap to buy, but you have to have a host in order to store all your cool files on. So to recap, a domain is the name of your site and the host is server in which all your site's content is stored on.
Finding a good web host is important in starting a blog. It needs to be affordable, user-friendly, and have good customer support. I have personally used Godaddy and Bluehost. I prefer Bluehost because they have a one click wordpress installation button. All you have to do is click "install" and it automatically installs wordpress on your domain. All you have to do is edit the content, change background colors with point and click, etc. It becomes your very own personal blog! I prefer to use wordpress when blogging because of the ease of use. In fact, a lot of websites are using wordpress as a template for their site. Wordpress is great for someone who doesn't know how to program HTML or CSS. There is also a wordpress theme that allows you to completely customize every element of the theme. For example, the header image, the amount of spacing between the content and the background. The possibilities are truly limitless. This completely customizable wordpress theme is called Thesis and it can be found at http://www.motivatedtoearn.com/thesis.
There are also hundreds of other themes you can choose, depending on your taste. With the easy domain and host setup of bluehost, and the easier one-click Wordpress install, you can have your blog or site up and running in less than 15 minutes.