How To Build A Blog in 5 MinuteS or Less
When a lot of us start the term “blog” is quite vague. What exactly is it and how do I put one together? In this we will give you everything you need to do an a walkthrough of exactly how to execute it step by step.
If you want to start thinking about a domain name or website address to name your blog, you can search for what is available here:
There are a lot of different platforms but WordPress (which is a piece of free software) is one of the world’s largest platforms for bloggers. The really neat thing is that WordPress has thousands of add ons called “plugins” that allow you to pretty much do anything you need. For most that means it is a blog that can grow with you – you can publish articles, setup forums, add a store – the possibilities are endless. In this article we are going to show you how easy it is to setup your own personal blog with which you can start blogging, building your business and earning income!
Before you set up a WordPress blog, you have to make the decision of where you are going to host it. A host is where your website and all your content “lives”. If you plan on dedicating yourself to starting a blog it is best to setup your own hosting so you have all the options available to you when you grow and add on to it.
Now there are many hosting companies out there, but Bluehost is the best choice, especially for a WordPress site. Even WordPress itself recommends Bluehost as the number one recommended hosting service, and they don’t officially recommend many hosting companies.
There are many reasons why Bluehost is so highly recommended, but here are a few:
- Their service is very reliable.
- Easy to use control panel to set everything up.
- Bluehost has made it super simple to install WordPress with very little headache.
- Courteous and professional 24 hour in-house technical support for your hosting account 7 days of the week all year long.
- For $3.95 a month you can host unlimited websites, email accounts and domains; all on one account.
Note: You Can Sign up Here and continue through our walkthrough. We’ll wait :)
To get ready, you will want to gather a few things beforehand to make the process even smoother. Here are some things you will want to have on hand:
- Think of a Domain Name. (If you didn’t see the search bar above, I’ve included it below). TIP: Bluehost will give you a free domain with your BlueHost hosting account which can save you $20+.
Search For Available Domain / website Names here:
- Your credit card for payment.
Step 1 – Set Up Your Hosting Account
Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already own a domain name, you can purchase one now. TIP: a new domain will be free with your hosting account purchase, as you get a free domain with a new hosting account.
Once you have entered a domain name, you will fill in your personal information.
Then you will choose the hosting package you want. Normal shared hosting is priced at 12, 24, and 36 month terms. The longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate is, which will save you money. For example, by choosing a 36 month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95 a month. Another great bonus to choosing Bluehost is that if you want more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or Dedicated hosting accounts from inside your cPanel!
There are a few other offers here, which you can include at your discretion. One that is highly recommended is Domain Privacy, which will keep all of your personal information private.
After you have filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, you can click Next to complete your purchase. Now you will be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong password, or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.
Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you will be able to get started installing WordPress.
This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do. They use the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress (and other applications).
In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the icon One-Click Installs.
You will now be on a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.
This will open the installation window. Click on Start a brand new installation. This is going to start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps:
Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next click Check Domain, which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
Step 2: Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. It is recommended to use a different username than ‘Admin’ and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically Create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database that you have already setup and want to use.
Step 3: Check the box saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click Install Now.
You will now see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your Site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure you keep it in a safe place.
Now you can log into your WordPress site, by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click Log In. You will now be looking at the WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
Need More Help?
- Check out this video showing how to install WordPress!