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How To Start A Private Family Blog

With the rise of the internet, you have the option to contact relatives easily through social media platforms and by email.

But what if there was a more personal way to keep in touch with them? I mean, emails can be great but are better used for formal communication.

A private family blog may be the answer you’ve been looking for! It offers a more personal touch and is great for compiling an archive of your life stories.

You’ll be able to document your stories using pictures and videos and show them to family members.

In this article, we will take you through the step by step process on how to start a private family blog.

There are a number of benefits to creating your own private family blog. Let’s take a look at them below…

How To Start A Private Family Blog

1. Choose A Domain

2. Set Up Hosting

3. Install WordPress

4. Putting Privacy Measures In Place

5. Start Posting

1. Choose A Domain

A domain name is the name visitors type into the search bar so they can find your website. When choosing a domain for a family blog, we recommend using your first and last name. This will make it easy for family members to find your blog.

Once you’ve decided what you want to call your blog, head over to Namecheap (Affiliate Link) and enter your domain name to check if it’s available.

namecheap search bar

Once you’ve found a domain name that’s available it’s time to set up your hosting.

If you’re still struggling to purchase a domain name, check out this video that explains how it’s done…

2. Set Up Hosting

Whenever you create a website, you’re going to need hosting. Hosting is the place where your website is stored on the internet. It allows people (Or family members) to be able to access your website – You can think of it as similar to renting an office building for your business.

There are many different hosting providers available to use. However, our top choice is Siteground as they make setting up WordPress effortless with their one-click installation system.

Once you’re on Siteground’s (Affiliate Link) website, you’ll be able to choose from a number of different types of hosting. For the purpose of creating a family blog, you’ll want to choose ‘Web Hosting’.

You’ll then have the option to select a hosting plan…

different siteground hosting plans

For a family blog, the ‘Start Up’ plan is more than enough as you won’t be getting the high amount of traffic you would typically get from a standard blog.

The great thing about Siteground (Affiliate Link) is they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. This means if you change your mind about creating a blog, you can get your money back no questions asked.

Here’s a video that takes you through the step by step process on how to set up your hosting with Sitegorund…

3. Install WordPress

If you’re hosting with Siteground, installing WordPress is easy. They offer a one-click installation that installs WordPress in two minutes. This will save you from having to install it manually which can be quite daunting if you don’t have experience setting up a blog.

After signing up for your hosting account, you may see a screen that looks like this…

Siteground hosting options

You’ll need to select WordPress, create your site login details, and follow the instructions Siteground provides. This should only take two minutes.

Congratulations, you now have your own family blog!

If you’re looking for a more in-depth tutorial, check out this video….

4. Putting Privacy Measures In Place

Hold up, don’t get too excited. You may have started your own blog, but you still need to implement the privacy measures or you could end up with random people snooping around.

When using WordPress there are two visable plugins you can use to ensure only certain people can access your blog. These are Password Protected and My Private Site.

It’s also important to ensure that search engines cant crawl your website and display it on the Google SERP (Search engine results page).

To do this, head over to your WordPress dashboard. From there you’ll need to navigate to Settings → Reading.

wordpress dashboard settings and reading button

Next, you’ll need to select the ‘Discourage Search Engines For Indexing This Site’ button. Once you have done this you can click ‘Save Changes’.

Discourage Search Engines Button

5. Start Posting

Now your blog is up and running, it’s time to begin posting content for your family to see. To do this, log into your WordPress dashboard and click on Posts → Add New.

add new post button

Now you’ll be able to add a new post. Begin by adding a title and some content underneath.

adding a new post

If you’re looking for a more in-depth tutorial on how to publish a blog post using WordPress, then check out this video.

Conclusion

Starting a family blog is a great way to stay in touch with relatives that live overseas. If you follow the steps in this article, creating a private family blog should be relatively easy.

If you have any issues with your hosting account, Siteground has amazing customer service team that will be able to answer any questions you have through the live chat feature.

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