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Start a blog in Nepal

Start a blog in Nepal
Everyone is passionate about something. In order to reveal that passion and show your expertise in Nepal, you can start a blog in Nepal. In my previous post, I talked about blogging in Nepal and its prospect.

Whether you are a student, freelancer or a company, creating a blog has several advantages. In this post, I have talked about the advantages of blogs for an individual or a business. Have patience and read carefully as this article will be longer than 4,500+ words.

There are numerous articles published on how to start a blog from several authors. Even I have created another article on how to start a blog on Bluehost. But, in this article, I am concentrating on how to start a blog in Nepal (strictly).

Things covered in this article:

  • How to start a blog with .com.np domain?
  • How to start a blog in Nepal with .com domain?
  • How to install WordPress from Cpanel?
  • Install your first free WordPress theme.
  • Install your first WordPress plugin.
  • Write your first blog post and publish it.
  • Setting up your SEO.
  • Money making tips from your blog.

There are multiple 'domain names' and 'hosting service' providers in Nepal today and you don't have to pay in Dollars. Here I have explained some of the web service providers in Nepal along with their comparison.

You can go through any service providers as you wish.

Before I enter into the step by step guide regarding 'how to start a blog in Nepal', I want to talk about some primary things that might be helpful to you. Before you start a blog, think about the purpose of your blog. Are you a business or an individual? Are you doing it for passion or doing it for earning?

Since there are two options for you to start a blog in Nepal, you need to be clear about your blogging objective. One option will be starting a '.com.np' blog and another will be '.com/ .net/ .org' and many other top-level domains.

Registering a .com.np domain in Nepal is free, but you need to purchase hosting. No need to worry, all the providers listed below have hosting plans to fit your objective and traffic requirement. However, there are some drawbacks of .com.np domain in terms of traffic and SEO. For instance, if there are Google searches from outside Nepal, then Google will ignore your blog and show the results from other blogs. 

Another big demerit is that you need to submit citizenship scanned copy for personal domain and company's documents for the company domain. You will get the domain name that matches to your name in citizenship certificate. 

That means, if your name is Ram Bahadur Limbu, then you will have your domain as 'rambahadurlimbu.com.np'. If you want other names. then first you need to register that name as a company and then apply for domain registration. How disgusting is that? Isn't it?

It is not so in the case of .com or .net domain. You can get any domain name as per your wish and availability and you just need to have an email address that is valid and an active internet connection.

So, if you want to limit your blog within the country and you are passionate about blogging as your hobby, then go for .com.np domain. There are several other options according to your blog type.

For instance, if your blog is an educational one, then you can go for .edu.np. If you are running an organization, then you can have your .org.np domain. 

However, my advice will not be choosing .com.np domain. Other top-level domains will open a door to your blogging career and you can establish your blog as a brand in the future if you do it right. They are internationally recognized and preferred by search engines. .com/ .net and other TLDs add value to your blog, easy to register and SEO friendly.

Do you have a good blog/ domain name in mind? If not, you can refer to this article to get some help.
Let us begin:


Starting a .com.np blog in Nepal

Many developers might charge you some money to register a .com.np domain and setting it up. But, you can do it for free without spending a single rupees. Just go through this guide carefully and within a few minutes, you will have your own domain for free.

Mercantile Communications Pvt. Ltd provides free .np domains for all Nepalese Citizens and Non-Resident-Nepalese.

Keep that in mind, you will be getting a domain name that matches with your name in your citizenship certificate. You need to have the following requirements before you proceed further:
  • Scanned copy of Nepalese citizenship or passport or driving license or voter's card or
  • Non-Resident-Nepalese ID Card or
  • Nepalese resident visa for foreign nationals
  • A valid email id
  • Active internet connection
  • Cover letter


Step 1: Confirm domain availability:

The first step is to go to the web address https://register.com.np/. There you will see the following dialog box where you need to enter your desired domain name. After you type in the name, hit search to check the availability of that domain name.
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If the domain name is available, you will see the availability message.
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Step 2: Registration:

Click on the "register now" tab and on the next window, enter your email id and password and click on "sign in". If you are new to Mercantile and you don't have an id, click on "create user" tab.
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After you create an account, you will see the following message:
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Check your email and click on "verify" to confirm your account.

After that, you will be redirected to 'sign in' page where you will be prompted to enter your email id and password. Type in the details and click on sign in. 

Step 3: Filling up the details:

In the third step, you will need to enter your details in the domain request form. Enter the nameservers. Nameservers are the servers that are owned by the web host companies. If you haven't purchased any hosting plan, then enter "ns1.hosting.com.np" as the primary nameserver and "ns2.hosting.com.np" as the secondary nameserver. 

You can always change the nameservers later when you purchase the hosting.

Then fill up the remaining administrative contact details and technical contact details.
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You can copy the administrative contact details in the technical contact details and hit "save and continue" tab at the bottom of the page.
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Step 4: Submitting required documents:

In the next window, you will need to submit a scanned copy of your document, driving license or citizenship certificate. Select the option and attach the image file and click on submit.
You need to rename the image name according to your name of the domain.

For example, if your domain is xyz.com.np, then your citizenship image should be renamed as xyz.com.np_citizenship.jpg and your cover letter image should be renamed as xyz.com.np_cover _letter.jpg.

**Note: Mercantile accepts jpg, png, jpeg, gif, svg file extensions with a maximum of 800 kilobytes.


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Repeat the same for submitting the cover letter. In the cover letter, you will need to write an application to request the domain. A simple 50 to 100 words letter either in Nepali or in English.
Scan the letter and upload it.

That's all. You have successfully completed all the steps and now, you just need to inform the technical department of Mercantile about your application. Write a mail to hostmaster@mercantile.com.np. or make a call to 01-4445920 between 10:00 A.M to 04:00 P.M. You will immediately get your registered domain details right at your email inbox. Don't waste your time waiting in the name of 'some business days'.

For hosting, you can refer the hosting providers listed below.

Starting a .com blog in Nepal

In order to start a .com blog in Nepal, there are various alternatives to go through. Gone are the days when one used to struggle about coding and making a website live. No need for hiring expensive developers to launch your site. 

There are numerous hosting and domain name providers in Nepal today and they offer multiple categories of hosting for an individual blog, business, news portal or an e-commerce website. In this article, I am discussing only the reliable and top hosting and domain name providers in Nepal.

Moreover, all these providers listed below provide you free technical support for setting up your site.

Estimate the bandwidth requirement for your blog or website and choose the plans that suit you best.

However, while you choose the plans, don't go for the cheap ones. Most of the cheap plans are under shared hosting and under shared hosting, you will be sharing the server with multiple other bloggers. Now, that will reduce your bandwidth, storage and also limit the loading speed of your website. This will severely affect your SEO and you won't be getting enough visitors to your blog.

Trust me, I have tried several shared hosting plans and these are for personal hobby bloggers. If your need is a money making blog or a money making news portal, then it needs huge traffic. For that purpose, I always recommend cloud hosting or VPS hosting. In this article, I have discussed hosting. Check it once to learn more and come back again.
Now let's begin;

#1. WebhostNepal:

WebhostNepal is one of the top hosting providers in Nepal. You can also buy domains from WebhostNepal. It has been serving since 2010 and has hosted more than 2,500 websites and blogs since its establishment. 
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You need to pay NPR 1,500 for .com, .net, .org and .biz domains if you want to get a domain from WebhostNepal. The domain costs are a bit expensive here in comparison to other service providers, but the hosting plans are cheaper. You can see the pricing of domains here. 


a. Shared hosting plan: 

The first one is Shared Web Hosting where you will be sharing the hosting server with other bloggers. The Shared hosting packages range from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 8,000 per year. 
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Basic web hosting package costs Rs. 1,000 per year, Business web hosting costs you Rs. 2,000 per year, Pro web hosting costs Rs. 4,000 and unlimited web hosting package costs you Rs. 8,000 per year. Under all shared hosting packages, you will be getting a Cpanel control panel and a free SSL certificate. You will be allowed to host a single domain under all packages. 

I advise you to purchase a pro web hosting package because you will get 10 GB of disk space and 100 GB monthly bandwidth which is enough to start a blog for beginners. You can also choose the business hosting package for low cost, but you will have storage shortage later as it provides you only 1 GB disk space.
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b. Shoutcast Hosting: 

The second one is the Shoutcast hosting plan. If you don't know what Shoutcast hosting is, then here is the answer. Shoutcast hosting is for radio broadcasters and multimedia creators. This type of hosting allows you to create your own online internet radio.

That means, along with having a website, you will be letting your visitors access your multimedia pages and online radio service.
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Under Shoutcast hosting, there are 4 different packages ranging from Rs. 5,000 per year to Rs. 12,000 per year. The basic Shoutcast hosting package costs you Rs. 5,000 per year, business package costs Rs. 8,000 per year, the Pro package costs Rs. 10,000 per year and the advanced package costs Rs. 12,000 per year.

All these packages consist of 1,000 listeners and unlimited bandwidth. However, they differ in disk space and buffer streaming.
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c. Reseller hosting:

The third one is reseller hosting. Under this plan, you can start your own hosting business. It allows you to create sub-packages within the allotted Disk Space and Bandwidth of your main Hosting package. You can use WHM (a reseller control panel) to create Individual Custom packages (each with cPanel) and provide them to your clients.

This type of hosting is best for business purpose. If already run a blog about websites, reviews, SEO, and other topics related to blogging, then you can also start as a reseller host manager. Also, if you are a web developer, WordPress developer, then you can purchase this plan.
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The packages under the reseller hosting plan range from Rs. 8,000 per year for starter package to Rs. 40,000 per year for platinum package. If you think you will be able to handle a large volume of clients, then you can go for a platinum package. If you are just beginning, then you can start with a starter or bronze one. They all differ in disk space and monthly bandwidth.
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d. Cloud hosting:

The fourth plan of hosting from WebhostNepal. This type of hosting is popular nowadays. It is the most reliable hosting plan as you will suffer less website downtime. There are always options/ alternatives to maintain the cloud server. The resources are managed and maintained in multiple servers known as the cloud. If a server is down, then another one fulfills its absence.

This type of hosting is preferred by professional bloggers, online magazines, e-commerce websites, and news websites as it suffers no or less downtime and it can handle a tremendous volume of website traffic and guarantees maximum server uptime.
As a starter, you can spend Rs. 10,000 per year and get 2 CPU cores with 2GB RAM to boost your website's speed. You can also upgrade to the Business cloud for an additional Rs. 5,000 per year if you are growing. The pro package costs Rs. 20,000 per year and the Enterprise cloud will cost you RS. 25,000 per year. The RAM size and CPU cores increase as you upgrade to the higher plan.

In all the packages, you will get a free SSL certificate, unlimited bandwidth, and Cpanel control panel.
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e. Cloud VPS (Virtual Private Server):

This type of hosting provides you the full access to the root and dedicated resources. However, you need some technical know how to manage this kind of hosting server. But, you can buy Cpanel for your VPS package and manage all applications easily.

VPS also gives you guaranteed resources, so no matter what, the CPU, RAM, hard drive and Bandwidth allocated to your VPS package, will always be available for your applications.

This type of hosting is best suited for professional bloggers with a large volume of traffic and news portals. You can also start an e-commerce website using this package.
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The rates start from Rs. 3,000 per month for starter package to platinum package for Rs. 12,000 per month. You can choose according to your need.
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f. Dedicated server: 

A dedicated hosting service or dedicated server is a type of Internet hosting in which the client hires an entire server and does not share with anyone else. This is more flexible than shared hosting and other types of hosting as individuals and organizations have full control over the server/s, including choice of operating system, hardware, applications etc.

If you are running an organization, multinational e-commerce website or highly professional blog with millions of traffic per month, then this type of hosting is best suited for you.
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This is the most expensive plan among different plans. The cheapest package under this plan starts from Rs. 15,000 per month for a starter package. You can see the full details of the package here.
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#2. EHostingServer:

Ehostingserver is another domain and hosting provider in Nepal that was founded back in 2010 and has been serving thousands of websites. Some of the development achievements of EHostingServer are; HulakiNews, IT Security, Sparrowjob, etc.
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EhostingServer provides .com domain as cheap as Rs. 1,000 per year,.org at Rs. 1,500 per year, .net at Rs. 1,400 per year and .biz at Rs. 1,400 per year. Unlike WebhostNepal, the domains are cheaper if you purchase from EHostingServer.

Likewise, it also provides hosting plans and packages for individual and businesses. It has the following 5 variants of hosting packages:
  1. Shared web hosting
  2. Unlimited Web hosting
  3. VPS and dedicated server web hosting
  4. Reseller web hosting and
  5. Cloud web hosting

Here, I am going to discuss the four different hosting plans in details:

a. Shared Web hosting:

Shared web hosting plan has the starter package that costs you only Rs. 41 per month (492 per year). In this package, you get only 500 MB disk space and 10 GB premium bandwidth. Most of us go for cheap plans, but they are only eyeing and useless. If you want to create a single page website or a portfolio for your business, then go for the starter package.
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It has the following other package options:
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If you want to make a wise choice, then my recommendation would be the Business plan. Rs. 3,000 per year is not a costly deal as you are going to procure more from your blog later and you will be getting more disk space and bandwidth.

All the plans under shared web hosting have the following features in common:

  • ·         cPanel Control Panel
  • ·         PHP Version 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2
  • ·         FREE SSL Certificate
  • ·         FREE Amazon S3 Backup
  • ·         FREE 400+ Installation Scripts
  • ·         FREE Migration
  • ·         Unlimited Sub Domain
  • ·         Unlimited E-mail Accounts
  • ·         Unlimited FTP Accounts
  • ·         7 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • ·         One-year technical Support
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b. Unlimited hosting:

A good option for those bloggers who want to establish their blog as a brand in the near future. In this plan, you will be getting the following 3 variants of packages which are alluring as well as useful. You will have unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth and along with that, you will get a free domain if you subscribe to an unlimited plan for a year. Isn’t that a loot?
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I would advise you to go for the business plan.
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You can also manage all the websites from a single server which is easier. The reason why I advise you to choose the business plan is the ‘Unlimited hosted domains’ feature. Yes, you can host as many websites as you want on a single host. That will save you money and time.

If you are low on budget, personal unlimited is not also a bad choice. But, later when money starts motivating you, then you will plan to create multiple websites under different niches. So, plan ahead for your objective.

All the plans under unlimited web hosting have the following features in common:
  • ·         Unlimited GB Storage
  • ·         Unlimited Bandwidth
  • ·         Free domain with an annual plan
  • ·         cPanel Control Panel
  • ·         PHP Version 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2
  • ·         FREE SSL Certificate
  • ·         FREE Amazon S3 Backup
  • ·         FREE 400+ Installation Scripts
  • ·         FREE Migration
  • ·         Unlimited Sub Domain
  • ·         Unlimited E-mail Accounts
  • ·         Unlimited FTP Accounts
  • ·         7 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • ·         One-year technical Support
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c.   Reseller hosting plan:

If you want to start a hosting business, then this is the plan for you to choose between. Under the reseller plan, you have the following 4 types of packages:
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Under the Reseller hosting plan, you have the following 4 types of packages:
Start a blog in Nepal
All the packages under the reseller hosting plan have the following common features:
  • ·         cPanel/WHM Included
  • ·         PHP Version 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2
  • ·         FREE SSL Certificate
  • ·         FREE Amazon S3 Backup
  • ·         FREE 400+ Installation Scripts
  • ·         FREE Migration
  • ·         Unlimited Cpanel Accounts
  • ·         Unlimited Domain
  • ·         Unlimited Databases
  • ·         Unlimited Emails
  • ·         7 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • ·         24/7 Unlimited Support
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d. VPS and dedicated server web hosting:

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Under the VPS plan, you have the following 4 types of packages:
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All the packages under the reseller hosting plan have the following common features:

  • ·         Unlimited Bandwidth
  • ·         CentOS 7 OS
  • ·         cPanel/WHM Included
  • ·         FREE Softaculous
  • ·         24/7/365 Support
  • ·         99.9% Service Uptime
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       #3. HimalayanHost:

                HimalayanHost is another provider in Nepal which is in service since 2007 and till now it has served thousands of clients in Nepal. You can get a .com domain at Rs. 1,000 per year, .net domain at Rs. 1,400 per year and .in at Rs. 1,000 per year. See the domain prices here.
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      Along with domains, it provides the following categories of hosting plans and packages in Nepal:
  1. Shared hosting
  2. Reseller hosting
  3. Dedicated hosting
  4. VPS hosting
            Please go through all the plans in details:

        a. Shared hosting plan:

       Under the shared hosting plan, you can get your hosting starting at Rs. 1,000 per year with 100 MB disk space and 10 GB bandwidth. The next option is Rs. 2,500 for 500 MB storage and 10 GB monthly bandwidth. The third option costs you Rs. 3,000 per year with 1 GB disk space and 20 GB monthly bandwidth.
      
      In all these three options, you will get to host a single domain and weekly automatic data backup. It also has free 200+ installation scripts.
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      b. Reseller hosting plan: 

       Under the reseller hosting plan, you have two options. The first one is Rs. 12,000 per year for 10 GB disk space and 200 GB bandwidth. The second alternative is, Rs. 18,000 for 50 GB disk space and 1,000 GB monthly bandwidth. 

        In the first option, you will get 50 Cpanel user accounts and unlimited for the later one.
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For more details about Himalayanhost, you can refer here.

          Personal Opinion:

           I have already said that you will need to choose your hosting package according to the objective of your blog. This article is created on the user's demand and some of the above links contain affiliate links. That means I will earn a certain percentage of commission if you purchase through my link. (This is for being transparent to my audience.) You can choose any plan as you wish.
    
      However, I have not created a bias among the service providers and this is not a review about providers. This post is completely for visitor's knowledge and to help them choose the correct hosting plan.

       I also want to acknowledge that, this article has been so long and for the technical purpose, I have split the remaining topics into other posts. You can read them by visiting the links from below:
      
      Did you find it difficult? Do you need help in starting your blog in Nepal? Why not contact me and I will do it for you. 


      
      I have created this article piece by piece and it took me weeks of research to write this post. If you liked what you just read, then please help me by sharing this article on your favorite social platform. That helps a lot for a tiny blogger like me. That encourages me to create more useful contents for you.
   
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