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How to Start Your Own Wordpress Blog in 6 Easy Steps

Starting a blog is easy, and you can create a blog in just a few minutes without a lot of effort!  If you read my previous post about why you should start a blog, you probably realized that starting a blog is a great way to connect with people across the world who share your interests.  Whether you begin with a personal blog, one for your business, or for any other reason, creating a blog gives you the ability to spread the ideas and information you want from your own little corner of the internet, and that’s a wonderful thing!

Hey, you can even make money blogging too!

Just Click This Link (which will open up a separate window), then follow the directions below to get started.

 

How to Start a Blog in 6 Easy Steps

This post will show you every step you need to start a blog with WordPress and write your first post.

I’ll start by pointing out that there are several options available as far as blogging platforms go.  The most popular are WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger, and Typepad.  However, WordPress.org is by far the best, and is the platform that most serious bloggers use (myself included).

By the way, if you don’t know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, you can click here to find out the differences.

When setting up your blog, you really don’t need any technical expertise.  Just follow these detailed instructions below and you’ll be up and running in no time.

How to Start a Blog- Everything You Need to Start Your Own WordPress Blog in 6 Easy Steps!

 

Step 1: Choose Domain Name and Hosting Service

There are 3 things you’ll need to start a blog:

  • An idea for your domain name
  • Your preferred payment method
  • 20 Minutes or so…

If you already have a registered domain name there will be an extra step needed, which I’ll cover later at the end of this post.

 

What is “Hosting”:

Your hosting account is where all the files associated with your blog will stay.  Your “host” is a remote computer where you rent space (very cheaply) so your WordPress blog files have a home.  It’s not hard to set up at all, so keep reading!

 

Hosting Services

There are tons of hosting services available, but the best one I’ve found is Bluehost.  It’s the hosting company I use, and my experience with them has been excellent.

The advantages to using Bluehost  to start a blog are:

  • Stellar 24-7 support
  • 99.9% Uptime
  • Easy to use, even if you aren’t a technical person
  • Unlimited Storage space
  • Very affordable- the longer term you pay for in advance, the cheaper it is. Hosting starts as low as $3.95/month.
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited number of domains (meaning you can host more than one blog or website on one account)
  • WordPress recommends them– Bluehost currently host nearly 1,000,000 WordPress blogs
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Values- Bluehost doesn’t allow pornography, nudity, or graphic adult content on their servers.  So if this aligns with your values, that’s a huge plus (I know it is for me).  Most hosting services will let just about any type of content on their servers, whether it’s offensive or not.
  • 30 Day money back guarantee-  I’ve never had to use it, but I know people who have.  They had their money back within hours of cancelling their service within the 30 day window.

Why I Recommend Bluehost

By the way, I am a Bluehost affiliate, which means I make a commission every time someone signs up for service using one of my links.  However, this is not the reason I recommend them.  Most all hosting services offer affiliate commissions.  I recommend Bluehost because I’ve had a great experience with them and truly believe they are the best option out there for the beginning WordPress blogger. (see the list of reasons above).

I’ve always had excellent experiences with their customer service.  Whenever there has been a technical issue, they’ve always been there to guide me through to a solution in a fast and friendly manner!  I wouldn’t use their service if I didn’t believe in them, and I don’t recommend products I haven’t used, period.

 

Step 2: Sign Up For Hosting

If you haven’t already, Go to the Bluehost home page and click the “Get Started Now” button as seen in the Pic below:

Bluehost home landing page

 

Then you will see a page with various plans available for purchase.  As a beginning blogger, I recommend you go with the Basic or Plus plan.  You can always upgrade later as your needs grow.

How to make a blog shared hosting bluehost

 

The next page will ask if you need a domain name or if you already have one.  I’ll assume you don’t already own a domain name (if you do, I’ll cover how to deal with that at the end of the post in the section titled “Extra Step: If You Already Own a Domain Name).

Enter the domain name you would like to have in the box, along with the extension that you want (.com, .biz, .info, .net, etc…) and click “Next”

How to Start a Blog- Image 2 I Need a Domain Name

 

On the next page, you will be asked to fill in your account info, then choose a package lasting from 12-36 months.  The longer the plan, the cheaper it is per month.

how to create a blog

bluehost start a blog packages

Bluehost requires that you pay for your package in advance, but remember there is no risk, you can cancel within 30 days for a full refund if you need to.

I don’t recommend signing up for any of the additional services right out of the gate.  As a beginner, you really don’t need them, and you can add them later when/if they are ever needed in the future.

Once you enter your payment info, check the “I confirm I have read and agree to the terms of service…” box.  Then click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.

 

Step 3: Install WordPress

Now you will be asked to create a strong password for your blog so hackers can’t easily gain access:

bluehost hositing start blogging wordpress

You can use your own password or click “Password Generator” to have a password generated for you.

Click “Create” and your Bluehost account will now be activated.

Warning: It may take a few minutes for Bluehost to activate your account.  If you get an error message, don’t stress.  You can call Bluehost support at 1-888-401-4678 and they will be glad to help.

Once your account is activated, you will be asked to log in to your domain using the password you just created.

9-Bluehost login

 

Once you log in, you’ll see a popup that looks like this.  Click “Skip This”  for now, you can come back to it later.

how to start blogging wordpress bluehost

 

Then you’ll be directed to your cPanel (control panel) which looks like this:

start blogging bluehost sign up wordpress hosting

Now it’s time to install WordPress (don’t worry, it’s easy)

On your cPanel page, scroll down to “Website” and click on “Install WordPress”.  Then you will be directed to a page with the WordPress logo and a button to “Start” a brand new installation.

install wordpress create blog hosting

 

Click the “Install” button and that will take you to a page that says “select which domain you would like to install to”.  It should already be filled in with the domain name you chose earlier.

Then click the “Check Domain” button.

bluehost begin blogging wordpress installation

 

It will take a minute or so for Bluehost to check the domain.  Then you might see a message with a check box next to it that says “OOPS!  Looks like something already exists there!  I understand that continuing will overwrite the files”

If that happens, it’s ok, you didn’t mess up anything!  Since this is a new blog, you won’t be overwriting anything important.

Click the “OOPS!…” checkbox, then click the “Check Domain” button again.

 

How to Start a Blog- Image 8 Check Domain OOPS

 

 

Next, you will see “You’re almost there!  This is the last step!”   Make sure to check the “I have read the terms and conditions…” box, then click the “Install Now” button.

wordpress how to create a blog

 

The installation process will take a few minutes and will keep you updated as it progresses.

wordpress installation start blogging bluehost hosting domain name

 

Once your WordPress installation is complete, you will see this:

wordpress installation bluehost start a blog hosting

 

After WordPress is Installed

Once WordPress is installed, you will see a screen with the url of your new site, the admin url (your login page), username, and password.  Write these down or take a screenshot and save it for future reference.  Bluehost will also send you an email with that info.

how to create a blog install wordpress

 

Next, click on your blog’s URL and your new blog will load to a new tab in  your browser.

At this point, your blog will look very generic and has not been customized yet.  Later you’ll want to choose a “theme” that will allow for more customization.

 

Step 4: Login to Your New Blog

Now, click on the “Admin url” link, and click on it.  A login screen will appear, where you will enter your Username and Password.

how to set up a blog wordpress bluehost hosting

When you login, you will be taken to your WordPress Dashboard (see below) that gives you complete control over what the end user sees.

 

Step 5:  Write Your First Blog Post!

Time to write your first blog post!  In the left sidebar, click on “Posts”, then “Add New”, which will take you to the “New Post” screen.

wordpress publish blog post how to bluehost hosting

 

Enter a title, then in the blank area below the title, make a blog post by typing in whatever you like.  You can tell people why you decided to create a blog, what it will be about, or just say hello- whatever you want, it’s totally up to you!

In the right sidebar, click “Publish”  and your blog post will go live and be available for all the world to see!

If you want to see how your blog post looks to the reader, just click the “Preview” button in the upper right portion of the right sidebar

BOOM, you are now a blogger!!!

 

How To Start a WordPress Blog (6 Easy Steps)- Write Your First Post in Minutes!

 

Bookmark Your Blog

Now you’ll want to bookmark your dashboard page so you will easily be able to return to it and login whenever you want.  If you have already clicked out of your dashboard, you can get back to it by going to http://[the name of your blog]/wp-admin

Yeah baby!  It’s a pretty sweet feeling to finally publish your own blog… Congratulations!!!

 

Install a Theme

Next, you should install a theme for your new blog.  There are thousands of free ones, some good, and some not so good.

However, I recommend spending some money to buy a premium theme.

Why?

Because a custom theme:

  • Looks better
  • Functions better- especially on mobile devices, which are what most people use now.
  • Is more customizable
  • Tends to be less quirky and more straightforward to work with

I recommend the “Get Noticed” and “Thesis” themes.  You can click the links to those themes to find out more information and purchase if you choose.  To install a theme, you can use the instructions that are provided when you buy one of the custom themes above.

 

Extra Step:  If You Already Own a Domain Name

If you already have a domain name on another hosting service, all you need to do is point your domain name to Bluehost’s servers.

Bluehost shows you how to do that at this link:  https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/1

Be sure to read all the information carefully.

It can take 24-48 hours for the changes to take effect.  Be patient.  Once your domain shows up on Bluehost’s servers, you can proceed with the rest of the steps to get your WordPress blog started.

 

Questions and Help

This should effectively get you through the process of getting your blog up and running.

If you have any general questions about how to start a blog, what you should blog about, writing, etc., please don’t hesitate to contact me.

However, I’m not a tech geek, so any technical questions can be answered by Bluehost Support or WordPress Support Forums.

Thanks so much for using this tutorial to start your very own self hosted WordPress blog!  I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do and that it allows you to achieve bigger and better things in your life!

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