HOW TO SET UP A WORDPRESS BLOG
So you want to start a blog! Congratulations! Starting a WordPress blog does not have to be complicated.
A few years ago we started our WordPress blog, and while we were surprised at how easy it was to do, we were also pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it was to get started.
There are many people who make a living with their blogs, and some make a very good living! Wouldn’t it be great to work from home while making a living? It can be done.
Our goal for this post is to help to make it simple for you to start a WordPress blog by sharing what worked and what didn’t work for us. We hope that by sharing our blogging experience, we can save you time, energy, and money.
Below, we also share our link with you for discounted pricing which also includes a free domain. (Please keep in mind that some of our links are affiliate links and that if you purchase through them, we may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.)
And also keep in mind that if we can create a blog, you can do it too! Keep reading to learn how to set up a WordPress blog:
HOW TO SET UP YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG:
1. CHOOSE WEB HOSTING FOR YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG
There are several different web hosting companies to choose from (Bluehost, Hostgator, SiteGround and more) but most bloggers use Bluehost. We have our web hosting with Bluehost and have been happy with them from the very beginning.
Bluehost is easy to use and their customer service is excellent. There has never been a time that we have reached out to them that they haven’t responded immediately, and we like that!
This is especially important to those just starting out, when your question is urgent and you need the answer before you can go any further with setting up your new WordPress blog!
They are knowledgable and reliable and as a result, we recommend them highly. You can get inexpensive hosting and a free domain name from them by just using our Bluehost LINK.
2. SET UP WEB HOSTING:
Now that you are on the Bluehost site, click on the big green button that says “Get Started Now”:
Next, you will choose a plan, Basic, Plus, or Choice Plus. The “Plus” and the “Choice Plus” are the best because of several reasons.
They both include unmetered website space, which also means unlimited space for your blog. Choice Plus also includes domain privacy. Both of these features are important for setting up your WordPress blog.
In other words, the Choice Plus plan keeps all of your personal information private, which is a very necessary feature for your blog.
3. TEST NAMES FOR YOUR BLOG:
After selecting your plan, you will then test domain names that you chose in Step 2 at the beginning of this post.
Go through the list that you made of names for your WordPress blog in step 2 above and enter under “new domain.”
For example, if I were signing up for my blog name, I would enter pineappleandmain.com here.
There are choices other than “.com” in the drop-down menu under new domain, but I advise sticking with “.com” if you can. Other choices are .org, .net, .co and many more, but “.com” will be the easiest for people to remember.
4. SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT:
After deciding on a domain name, the next page is the account information area where you will enter your name, address, and your e-mail address.
This is where Bluehost will send the receipt after you pay for web hosting.
Scroll down on the same page and you will see the package that you have chosen and the total amount that it will cost. This is shown in a drop-down menu and you can change the plan here to compare prices.
The plan choices are for one, two, three or five years. The longer the period of time that you select, the cheaper it is per month.
Bluehost does not offer monthly payments, but they are known for their reasonable prices for starting a small business. And their customer service can’t be beat!
Beneath the package information are choices for package extras.
The only one that I have here is Sitelock Security because when setting and maintaining your WordPress blog, protecting your personal information is of the utmost importance, so do select that one.
Below this selection, go ahead and enter payment information for your debit or credit card.
5. SIGNING UP WITH BLUEHOST IS OF NO RISK TO YOU:
Another important thing to note at this point is that Bluehost has a 30-day money-back guarantee.
This allows you to set up your blog and try it for 30 days, and if it is not what you want to do, get a refund. You really have nothing to lose!
Here is the link to the entire money-back guarantee.
When you have finished entering all of your information, go ahead and check the box and click submit.
This will take you to a page where you choose a password which is for your Bluehost account only.
Now use that password to log in to your Bluehost WEB HOSTING account.
Finally, at this point, Bluehost will install WordPress on your blog.
6. SET UP WORDPRESS
After logging in to your site, there are options for choosing a theme for your WordPress blog, so ahead and choose one.
Next is the option to choose “Business” or “Personal” for your site. Choose one and now…it’s almost time to start writing!
Note that it will probably take a few hours for Bluehost to set up your account and also alert you when your blog is live. But in the meantime, you can go ahead click “Start Building” and work on your site!
Bluehost WordPress dashboard is where you write your blog posts.
Note that your site will display a “Coming Soon” page until it goes live. Click under “Blog Posts” where it says “Add New Post” to begin writing.
Congratulations! You did it! You set up your WordPress blog!
Now you have a blog. In order to grow your blog, you have to write, write, write, and then promote your blog posts!
Finally, remember that your blogging results are based on exactly how much you put into it…the more you put into your blog, the more it will grow and expand. Blogging, just like everything else, requires practice and consistency.
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