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Bluehost is a great service, especially for those who are just starting out with blogging. We have used Bluehost now for a few years for our other at-home business and love how easy it is to setup, plus they offer fantastic customer service. If you are looking to start a blog, we highly recommend a self-hosted WordPress site with Bluehost. They offer 1-click WordPress installation and a free domain name when you sign up. I have a quick blog post on how to get your own blog up and running in under 10 minutes. You can even check the availability of a domain name right here, right now!
We have changed the theme of our blogs many times but we have found that we always end up with a WordPress theme from Restored 316. The themes are feminine, functional and so easy to setup! Our current theme is called Delightful Pro, but we love all of Lauren’s themes!
BackupBuddy from iThemes.com is a great way to keep your site safe and backed-up automatically. It allows you to schedule your backups and even store them in a third party location like Dropbox. They also have lots of other plug-ins for your WordPress site.
When we started blogging we didn’t realize the amount of spam that can pass through your comment bin. We spent a lot of time trying to sort through actual comments and those that were spam. After installing and configuring Akismet, we were able to sit back and not even have to think about spam comments anymore! It’s a free plug-in and works wonders!
Design & Font
My favorite one stop shop for fonts, templates, graphics, themes & more! Check out our post on our favorite fonts available on Creative Market. Plus, they send out free goodies each week to their subscribers!