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Simple tips to start your own website or blog for writing articles.
By:Donna Author <rohnert77@yahoo.com>

It seems everyone seems to have been bitten by the blog and article writing bug. In the last few years, millions of new websites and blogs have come up. We see people writing about social, education, news, opinion, technology, finance and even personal. Then there are others who would like to have their own blog but consider them too non-tech savvy to take that initiative. For these people there are several options, use one of the sites like eslteachersboard.com and several others. But what to do when you really want to create you really want to create your own website to write articles of our own.

Steps to create a basic website:

1. Find a domain name: Use services like GoDaddy, 1&1 which charge less than $10 per year for a domain name. Finding a good domain name is not easy as most good names are already taken. Domain name selection should either be on the topic you want to write on, or sometimes may be related to your name. Shorter domain names (less than 10 characters) are easy to remember and type.

2. Use Wordpress software:
You really do not need to learn programming, some basic knowledge of designing is enough. Wordpress is a software ready to write articles or blogs. You do not need to install the software yourself because domain registrants like Godaddy have these softwares pre-installed free of cost.

3. How much does it cost:
Say $10 for domain name per year, plus $9 per month for hosting, roughly $10 per month for the most basic plan.

4. Are there any free options:
If you like to just write articles and not worry about hosting and domain names, then this website is a good option. If you want to write topics not covered here, you can use http://www.writearticles.org (see the .org). There are several other options available, but avoid sites with too much or too little traffic.

5. Other things to know:
A general courtesy is to give credit to all the references in the bottom of article (if you have used any). Answer to comments/questions on your entry. If you love to write articles then do not force yourself to write on topics you do not like, just follow your heart.

Have fun, now start writing now.

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