Since I recently started my own self-hosted blog, the material on just how to set up a blog is very fresh in my head. I thought there was no better time to write a quick tutorial on how you can start your own blog!
I know it can sound intimidating but I promise you it is simple and should take less than half an hour to start up.
I chose Bluehost to host my blog because it has such a stellar reputation, is inexpensive, and is very user friendly, even for someone with no experience at all. You can sign up by using this link, and you will get a free domain name!
HOW TO START A WORDPRESS BLOG TODAY
Step 1: Figure out what you want to blog about.
Everybody has something to say. What makes you excited? Do you have ideas about parenting? How about health or fitness? Maybe you have some great recipes to share. Maybe you are very interested in labradoodles or languages. Look to see what your passions are, what topics makes your heart thump a little stronger, and write about that.
Step 2: Brainstorm domain names based on your blog topics.
I strongly recommend you have a good brainstorm session before you do anything next. The reason for this? The first name you choose might be already taken. I know this from experience because it happened to me. I was all set on a name and then I found out it wasn’t available. Don’t get discouraged if this happens to you! Just have a good list of possible names and try them out to see which one is free. You will find something you love. Once you figure out your domain name you can move on to step three…
Step 3: Choose your hosting plan.
Click on the green “get started now” button.
Now you will select your hosting plan.
For most people starting out, all you would need is the basic plan. This is the plan I chose.
Step 4: Register your domain.
Now you get to enter in the domain name you chose.
If you really can’t decide quite yet between a couple of domain names, no worries! You can choose later. Bluehost will give you a free credit for a domain name and you can enter it later.
Next you will enter your account information.
Now go through your package information. I chose the 36 month plan because that gives you the cheapest price. You can also choose a 12 or 24 month plan if that suits you better. I debated getting the 24 month plan but ended up choosing the 36 months as it was only four dollars more for that whole third year.
I unchecked a couple of boxes but would recommend that you keep the domain privacy protection. There are many reasons why you might want this but one important reason is to control your personal information and privacy, including hiding your personal address, phone number and e-mail.
Step 5: Install WordPress.
This is another exciting step and it’s so easy! WordPress is free when you sign up for hosting through Bluehost. You will log into your account, find the Website section, select Install WordPress, and then click on the Install button. That is it!
You did it! You officially started a blog. Now start writing some great posts and get your ideas out there. If you have any questions please reach out and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am new and by no means an expert but I have started up this blog and would be happy to help if I can.
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