If you are interested in learning how to start your own blog, this post will guide you through the technical process.
My goal is to not only help you get everything set up quickly and easily, but also to help save you time, frustration and money! :)
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
Domain Name - The named address for your location on the internet (www.yoursitename.com).
Hosting - The service that makes your website available to be viewed on the Internet. A web host simply provides space on it's server, so that other computers around the world can access your website through a network or modem.
WordPress - A free, yet powerful, web publishing platform you can use to create your own website or blog.
I am going to help you get set up with a self-hosted WordPress site using Bluehost as your domain and hosting provider.
A self-hosted WordPress site is best if you want full control over your blog without limitations. This is the platform I have always used and I highly recommend starting with it right from the beginning as this allows your blog to grow with you. If you use a different platform, you could run into "a wall" and have to switch later, so if you don't want to deal with the potential hassle of all of that, set yourself up right from the beginning!
Disclaimer: This post uses a Bluehost affiliate link in which this site earns a commission on each sign up, at no cost to you. This ensures you receive the premium hosting rate I am able to offer.
SET UP YOUR DOMAIN NAME + HOSTING
Head over to Bluehost and click "get started now."
SELECT YOUR PLAN
I would start with the basic plan for $3.95 a month as you can always upgrade later if needed.
CHOOSE YOUR DOMAIN NAME
Your domain name is going to be something you're going to be using for a while, so choose something you love that reflects you and your brand/business. I recommend something that is easy to spell, doesn't include hyphens and isn't too long. Also, I would recommend using a domain that ends in ".com"
CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT
Fill in your name, address, phone, email, etc.
CONFIRM YOUR PACKAGE
Choose your account plan:
12-Month Plan: $5.45 x 12 = $65.40
24-Month Plan: $4.95 x 24 = $118.80
36-Month Plan: $3.95 x 36 = $142.20
60-Month Plan: $3.95 x 60 = $237.00
I recommend getting the Domain Privacy Protection for .99 extra a month to keep your personal information private.
Fill in your credit card info and check off the "confirm" box at the bottom. Then hit submit!
You should see this screen with a few extra offers. You can skip these for now and hit "No Thanks" at the bottom.
WELCOME TO BLUEHOST
You're now part of the Bluehost family! Click "Create your Password" to continue.
CREATE YOUR PASSWORD
Enter the password you'd like to use and then hit "Next."
Click "Log in" to get to your hosting account login area.
Log in to your account using your domain or username and your password.
Scroll down to "Website" and click "Install WordPress."
Click the green "Get Started" button to install WordPress.
SELECT YOUR DOMAIN
Select the domain you registered for installation and then click "next."
FINISH SETTING UP YOUR WORDPRESS ACCOUNT
This is what you'll need to log in to WordPress.
Fill in your site name or title, your admin username (this can be a username or an email address) and your admin password. Check off the 3 boxes at the bottom left and then click "Install."
WAIT FOR WORDPRESS TO INSTALL
Give it a minute to install. While your waiting, you can browse through their themes and choose the one of your liking. :)
You'll see this page when installation is complete!
LOG IN TO WORDPRESS
Log in to your WordPress site by going to http://YOURDOMAIN.com//wp-admin (bookmark this link so you can sign in quickly in the future.)
You should see this login area; fill in your username or email and your password and then click "Log In."
Next you'll see your WordPress dashboard. Click the "Business" or "Personal" button if you need help setting up your site.
DESIGN YOUR BLOG
Browse around the dashboard and familiarize yourself with the customizing options to make your blog your very own!
The sidebar on the left of your dashboard contains everything you need to build your blog:
- the "Appearance" section is where you can find new WordPress themes, customize your colors, add content to your sidebar, and more.
- the "Plugins" section is where you can find special add-ons and features.
If you need any recommendations, check out my Tools and Resources page!
If you need helping installing premium themes, customizing the look of your site, designing a logo, adding SEO, or doing anything else that's creative or tech-related, head over to my business site, Whipped Dream. I offer design and marketing services and have a growing blog full of blogging and business tutorials and tips.
WRITE YOUR FIRST BLOG POST
To write your first blog post, click on "Posts" and then click "Add New." Create a title, write your article and then click publish! BOOM! You are now a blogger!
This post uses a Bluehost affiliate link in which this site earns a commission on each sign up, at no cost to you. This ensures you receive the premium hosting rate I am able to offer.