After many years of running Political Wire, I’m frequently asked about the best way to start a political blog.
As one of the first to do it — way back in 1997! — I thought I’d explain the steps you need to follow to get your political blog up and running.
4 Easy Steps to Start a Political Blog
There are a few simple steps to follow to start your political blog:
- Choose your blog platform
- Secure a domain name and get hosting in place with Bluehost
- Design and set up your political blog
- Start writing
Below I’ll walk you through each of the steps. My hope it you’ll be up and running quickly so you can contribute to the political debate.
Step 1: Choose Your Blog Platform
To start a political blog you’ll need to select a blogging platform – or the softward that helps you to get your content on a website.
There are many blogging platforms available, but WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform.
Here’s why you should use it:
- It’s free, although you’ll need to make a small investment in a domain and a server.
- It’s easy to set up.
- It’s widely supported by developers allowing you to add functionality.
- It’s very robust and secure.
One thing to point out. There is a free service at WordPress.com but it has severe limitations. I strongly recommend WordPress.org where you host your blog on your server and get complete control. Many people make the mistake of starting out on the free option only to find it’s much more complicated to move later.
It’s also very easy to get started with these instructions.
Step 2: Secure a Domain Name and Set Up Your Blog Hosting
I strongly recommend using BlueHost for getting both your domain name and setting up your hosting. They’re inexpensive and make it very easy to get started.
There are many different domain names (the address for your blog) to choose from these days. The key is to find something that is easy to say and to remember. This will help people refer to your blog in conversation which is a key way to attract readers.
As I’ve mentioned, the easiest way to get your domain is to get it at the same place you will host your blog. My recommendation for political blogs is BlueHost.
The reason is simple: WordPress has recommended Bluehost for more than a decade. In addition, they have a 1-click installation process, 24/7 support and an affordable rate. Whether this is your first or your fifth blog, Bluehost is a great option.
Step 3: Design and Set Up Your Blog
If you’ve gone with Bluehost as your domain and hosting provider, installing WordPress is super simple as this video shows:
If you encounter any problems during this process, they have a live chat support system which is very helpful.
After installing WordPress, you want to pick a design theme. Bluehost has a video that shows you how to set up and choose your theme — there are literally thousands available for free — but it may make sense to buy one to get the look you’re after.
One additional thing to consider is the use of plugins to get extra functionality on your blog. With the right plugins, you can really make your political blog more feature rich.
Step 4: Start Writing!
If you wanted to start a political blog in the first place, I don’t really need to help you with this step. You probably already know what you want to write about.
But the most important thing when starting a new blog is to write regularly. Whether it’s once a week or multiple times a day, keeping new content on your blog is important.