The first step is to identify the theme of your blog so that you can find a relevant domain name that will work well with your market and integrate your primary keywords into your domain name.
Once you have written down a few ideas, as well as keywords that relate to your topic, you can use the services of free domain suggestion tools to locate domain names that are available to register.
One such service is available at:
and another at:
Another useful tool is available at:
that will show you the availability of a domain name as you enter it in.
One thing to consider regardless of the domain name you choose is that it is memorable, easy to spell and can be used to build a brand or future network.
Also, be careful not to choose a domain that is not a top level extension (.com), as it's the first domain name that a visitor will type into their browser when trying to locate your website.
When it comes to choosing a hosting account, another thing to keep in mind is that if you plan on creating multiple websites, you are better off selecting a hosting account that allows you to add more than one domain name to your package. This ends up being far more affordable than creating individual hosting accounts for every website you create.
With HostGator, you can purchase a reseller account for $25 a month that allows you to add dozens of websites and domains to one account, so be sure to thoroughly evaluate your options and carefully consider your long-term objectives before moving forward.
After you have your domain name and hosting account setup, it's time for you to install the blog software that will power your website and allow you to set up a fully functional, feature laden community where your visitors can interact by posting comments regarding your posts and content, and give feedback on the information you create.
To start, depending on your hosting provider, you may be able to use cPanel's built-in WordPress integration, where you can click on a single link and have Fantastico install a fully functional copy of WordPress.
If you are interested in locating a hosting company that features Fantastico, and fully supports WordPress, you can review the hosting directory located at Hostgator.
Dreamhost.com offers instant WordPress installation and offer affordable packages for new bloggers. Simply click on the WordPress installation link from within "Fantastico" and WordPress will be installed.
If your hosting provider doesn't come equipped with Fantastico, you can manually install a copy of WordPress by downloading it from their main website, http://www.Wordpress.org and uploading the files to your server.
If you need help with this, WordPress provides a step by step installation guide on their website (view the "Docs" section for details).
Installing a blog is exceptionally easy, regardless whether you use the automated install feature or manually create your blog, but it's only the first step in an important process that you need to follow if you want to ensure that your blog is fully optimized and tweaked so that it's functioning at its best performance.
This includes taking advantage of pre-created plugins that will enhance your website and optimize it for search engine rankings, as well as help automate content creation and management.