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When I first started my travel website, I didn’t even know about WordPress. Instead, I spent hours in front of the computer trying to figure out the quirks of an html site using Microsoft Frontpage. YES, I DID JUST DATE MYSELF BY TYPING THAT.

But then I finally discovered WordPress. It is SO EASY to create a travel website using it, bringing much joy and simplicity into my website building life. I have seen the light and would now like to pass a little gift onto others in similar need of a website with travel in mind: a guide to making your own travel website.

brooke bloggingBeing on the go, you want a website that is easy to access and update from random places across the globe. Your best bet for ease of use is a WordPress blog format since you can update the site from any internet enabled device, meaning you don’t need to be tied to just one computer. There are plenty of resources for free blog websites, like blogger.

However, maybe you don’t want a standard cookie-cutter blog. How would you go about making a great travel blog?

How to Make Your Travel Blog Sites

  • Step 1: First, you need to purchase a domain name – something catchy and definitive of your trip plan or purpose. You can get domain names for fairly cheap through GoDaddy. DON’T DO THIS: If you plan to get your hosting through Bluehost (mentioned in Step 2) as you get a free domain name with new plans!
  • Step 2: Next, you need to purchase a hosting plan (yes, it is an investment, but you’ll see there are different plans and prices to suit your needs. The hosting can also be used as a way to back up pictures, software, and other documents along the way.) When it comes to a good starter hosting plan, Bluehost does an excellent job- and they also offer a free domain name with your purchase. See all the Bluehost plans here.
  • Step 3: Now that you have your site name and hosting account, it is time to install the blogging software. I use and recommend WordPress; Bluehost offers a free one-click install service as well. Did I mention that it makes travel blogging super easy?
  • Step 4: The fourth step is to find a WordPress template (if you decided on WordPress- otherwise that specific software’s template). This will be the look and design of your new travel site. If you are having trouble finding a WordPress template you fully enjoy, be sure to check out Themeforest or Mojo.
  • Step 5: That’s it! You are all set up. Now just add a couple of plugins and become a diligent blogger, and you’ll have yourself a great travel website, too.

>> If you need more specific and thorough instructions, check out this in-depth guide I created on How to Start a Travel Blog.

Tips for Great Travel Blogging:

  • Use photos as often as possible. A post without a photo is like a huge open field with nothing that draws the eye!
  • Post often. Going too long between posts will let readers give up on you, to say the least.
  • Focus on quality, rather than quantity. Your post may be long, but it might not really say much. Make it worth the reader’s time!
  • Gain readership. Building up newsletter subscribers can be a great addition to your blog so you have another avenue to share and connect.

>> You might be interested in joining Travel Blog Success to grow your travel blog.

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8 Responses to How To Make Your Own Travel Website

  1. Adam September 7, 2007 at 11:24 am #

    Hi, Brooke. You read our minds! We wanted to make a website like yours for our upcoming RTW, but didn’t want to spend a ton of time. We also know nothing about webdesign. So, I noticed your ‘newsite’ looks a lot like your ‘oldsite’, complete with forum. Do you still use something of the shell of your oldsite, and the blog is just in the middle? Also, my wife already has a basic wordpress blog ( slieziert.wordpress.com/about/ ), but how do we get that over to our own domain name once we get one? I run Mac (and XP on dual boot), so how do I know if I need a Windows or a Linux plan? Would you mind if we called you on skype sometime to ask some more detailed questions (I just added you as a skype contact)?

    Thanks
    Adam

  2. Brooke September 7, 2007 at 5:11 pm #

    Ah, yes, check your email! 🙂

  3. Bethitwasgoingtorainbutdidn'ts September 21, 2007 at 5:16 pm #

    This is great Brooke! I will be on your for help i’m sure!!!

  4. Bethitwasgoingtorainbutdidn'tsalvon September 21, 2007 at 10:16 am #

    This is great Brooke! I will be on your for help i’m sure!!!

  5. Brooke September 22, 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    Beth, I will def. help you out when I get back from Spain 🙂

  6. AKHILESH KUMAR December 21, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Hi, Brooke. You read our minds greatly! As i wanted to make a website but i have no idea how to build it.I took suggestion from many of my friends but all in vain.some told me about web studio and some for wordpress.i have both of these But i could not install them.specially i want to install wordpress.
    kindly help mi in the installation of wordpress.
    i use window xp as os.

    hoping a reply.

    Thanks and Regards
    Akhilesh Kumar.India.

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