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In terms of hosting you again have several different options depending on what kind of website you have, and what you think your needs will be. Now I should preface by saying I use Siteground, and found it super easy to set up, especially considering I am really not tech savvy. But having said that I have heard good things about BlueHost and Host Gator, the primary reason I chose Siteground over those two was because of how good I heard their customer service was. As a bit of a tech newbie I wanted a hosting company who could help me if something really went wrong, and I heard nothing but good things about Siteground when it came to being there for their customers, so that sold me.
Checking Your Site Name
I highly recommend checking the name of your desired site on a site like Squarespace to see if the domain is currently available or not. You would hate to create your website and social media or all of your branding and graphics only to find out that the name you want is already taken, so take some time and research what names you like and what is available.
If you are a new blogger I recommend buying your domain through your host as it is easier, and tends to be cheaper than buying through an additional company. Having said that you always have the option to purchase your domain through an outside company such as NameCheap.
When it comes to picking the theme for your website there are literally dozens and dozens of options out there. If you are hosting your blog or website through WordPress there are even free options, but if you want to go ahead and purchase a more customized theme then I have got you covered with some great recommendations. To start because I know that someone will probably be interested to know the theme I use in the Pippa Theme from 17thAvenue, with some of my own customizations. 17thAvenue has a bunch of different themes that are all super versatile and can be tweaked to your desired look, and they are all customizable to your color scheme. That was something that I noticed not all themes had, but was really important to me. I also recommend searching Creative Market and Etsy for themes because a ton of designers sell their themes via those kinds of sites. Some of my favorite theme designers are Kotryna Bass, BluChic Themes, Restored 316, PaperLotus, PipDig, SheShoppesCo, SoloPine, Station Seven, Her Park Studio and Éclair Designs. Between them there really is something for everyone whether you want a more feminine website or something more minimalistic, you have so many options.
Places To Find Free Stock Photos
When you first start out blogging one of the things I highly recommend is finding a good source of stock photography to use in your blog posts, social media, and graphics. Create a folder on your computer of a collection of curated pictures that you can then use in whatever you need. Having a good source of stock photos, that you have legal license to use (this part is important) will make creating blog posts so much easier because you will already have a go to place to find photos. My three favorites are 1. Unsplash 2. Pexels and 3. Pixabay. I find that they are easy to use, and have a great variety of different types of photos to find my needs.