Before you start working on a new blog, you’ll probably want to name it. While you can spend weeks developing an idea and even sketching out some of the first concepts that will form the entire blog, it isn’t really advisable to put a blog online without having a name for it.
But when deciding it’s time to give your blog a name, you should know the differences that confuse many newbies – a blog title and a domain name are not the same thing!
When you get a blog idea, you’ll probably have a title in mind. It can be whatever you want and you don’t need to check the internet for availability. For example, if your name is John and you’re creating a food blog, your blog title might be something as simple as “John’s Food Blog” (we hope you have better ideas than we do).
The blog title can be changed at any time. If you ever decide to change the title, you’re just one option away. Since the settings depend on the CMS you are using, it is not possible to go through them all in this article. So let us show you how to change the blog title in WordPress:
- Go to Settings -> General
- Enter the desired title in the “Site title” field
- Save changes
Usually, that’s all it takes to change your WordPress blog title. Most themes and plugins will use this option to display the blog title if needed, but if you want to learn more, be sure to check out our WordPress guides.
Blog domain name (URL)
Before you can show your blog to the public, you will need a great web hosting company that will take care of your site. This is where your files will be located. We highly recommend Bluehost for all of your hosting needs. But you will also need to register a domain name that will be assigned to your website.
Imagine a domain name as the address of your blog. Just like your house has a unique name and street number that identify it, your blog should also have a unique address. This address will allow everyone on the Internet (people and machines) to recognize your blog by its unique location (the domain name).
Unlike the blog title which can be changed at any time and won’t have much of an impact on the site, the domain name is something you’ll want to keep forever. Everything you do with your blog will be assigned to that domain name, so changing it would actually mean a fresh start. And it’s not something you’ll want to do after years of hard blogging. For example, if someone else linked to your blog and you changed the domain name, that link would stop working and someone who clicked to your site would end up on a blank page with an error.
It is therefore important to choose a domain name that you like and really want from the start. Well, that’s easier said than done. Why? Since domain names have to be unique, you can imagine that so many of them are already registered by someone else. For example, there can only be one www.firstsiteguide.com. Since we already own the domain, no one else can have it.
In the example of “John’s Food Blog”, John would probably like his domain name to be something like www.johnsfoodblog.com. But you can also register different domain names like:
In this case, although you may end up recording something like www.jfblog.com (because the first is probably taken), the title of your blog can always be “John’s Food Blog”. This way, anyone who enters the domain name will be able to see the full title of the blog that you configured in the settings.
Can I have a free domain?
If you want to get serious with your blog, you’ll want to pay for a domain name. Any of the above examples will cost you money. But paying for a domain name will allow you to choose your blog address and customize it however you want.
While you can easily get a free domain, these are usually subdomains. So, for example, if you host your free blog at WordPress.com, you can also have a free domain name. But in this case, you will not be able to choose something unique like the examples we have shown. Instead, you will be able to choose only the first part of the name. Instead of having something unique like johnsfoodblog.com, you can only have johnsfoodblog.wordpress.com (unless another food lover has already claimed this one).
While both blog title and domain name are important, there are clearly huge differences. Both names are used to identify a blog, but the blog title can be easily changed at any time while the domain name is not something you should change (in rare cases people change their URLs, but that’s not something you should worry about. point).
A blog title is just a name used for blog identification, and a domain name is your blog address that will be used by both humans and search engines to recognize your site in swarm of other blogs found online.
Finding a blog title and domain name that will identify you on the Internet is not an easy task. It takes time and imagination to achieve something interesting and yet unique. After selecting and purchasing your domain name, be sure to promote your blog by use the right hashtags on social networks like Instagram, so that you can get tons of likes and start making money with your blog.
If you’re still having trouble finding a domain name for your blog, just take a look at these blog name generators which will help you by suggesting ideas and checking the domain name’s availability.