How to Start a Blog or Any Website For Less Than $5
*We’ve had a lot of new readers join the blog recently from my new book and book tour. Welcome, new readers!
Since starting The Art of Non-Conformity eight years ago, I’ve been writing and posting regularly on the blog. A lot of things have changed since those early days, especially the way that people communicate on different networks, but my love of the format remains.
When you write a blog, you can publish immediate, unfiltered information to the world at large. There are no gatekeepers or censors. You can write about whatever you want, and you’re free to expand your domain as you see fit. If you want to publish video or audio, you can do that on your blog too—but you don’t have to.
Starting a blog doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, you can do it for free over at WordPress.com. Free is fine for a lot of people and it might be fine for you, but many of us will find that it’s better to invest a small amount of money and get more benefits and features.
After previous disasters, I now work with InMotion to host most of my websites. I used Bluehost, another popular provider, for a while and finally said farewell to them after too many problems.
Every new site I’ve built recently is hosted by InMotion. If I have a problem, I can call 24 hours a day. I can email and hear back within 20 minutes. In short, I feel comfortable recommending them without reservation.
I also worked with them to arrange a discount for readers. Instead of paying a bunch of money to an unreliable host, you can pay just $5/month and have everything you need.
WHY IS $5 A MONTH BETTER THAN FREE?
In short, because you can customize your blog, you can use your own domain (which is also cheap—think $10 a year or less). In other words, a small amount of money makes a big difference.
Full disclosure: I pay a lot more than $5/month. If your blog becomes more successful and gets a lot of visitors, you’ll want to upgrade to be better protected. In the beginning, though, you don’t need to worry about that.
The solution from InMotion works great for me and I’m happy to endorse them. If you have another solution, of course, stick with that! Always do what’s best for you. 😃
Oh, and this resource page has even more info for those who like a lot of details.