You’ve been wanting to start a blog for a long time, thinking of amazing post ideas and how awesome it will be to have an audience eager to read your stuff.
There’s just one problem.
You need to set it up, and you’re not sure how.
Well, lucky for you, it’s super easy. And I’m about to walk you through the entire process.
Note: This post shows you how to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog. That means you’ll have your own, super special URL without “wordpress” in the title. It also means that you will have access to thousands of plugins. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from thousands of great themes. So it’s totally worth it.
Step 1: Sign up with Bluehost.
Go to their hosting page here. (By using this link, you are letting Bluehost know that I referred you, so I get an affiliate commission. Thanks!)
Click “get started now” to sign up.
Step 2: Choose your domain name.
5 things to think about when you choose a domain name for your new blog:
1. Does it convey the tone you want to have for your blog?
Before you choose a domain name, take a minute and ask yourself, “What 3 adjectives do I want people to mention when they talk about my blog?”
2. Do you want your domain name to be your actual name or something else?
Using your name means that your blog can be about any topic, so you won’t have to create a completely new blog if you decide to change directions later on.
Having a blog under your name means that you are promoting yourself as the personality behind the blog. If you want to have other contributors, you will probably want a different name for your blog.
3. Who is your ideal reader?
If you already know who your reader is (and many bloggers figure it out along the way, which is perfectly fine), make sure that your domain name speaks to that reader.
4. If .com is taken, what do you do?
If .com is taken, don’t immediately go looking for a different name. First, look up the .com website and see if anything is there. Often, even though a URL is taken, that doesn’t mean there is an established business with that name.
And having a URL that ends with .co or .net is totally not the end of the world. One of my very favorite sites is fizzle.co. (Did you notice that there’s no “m” at the end?)
5. Is it easy to spell and remember?
Once people start following you, make it super easy for them to come back by choosing an easily spelled and memorable name.
Step 4: Choose your hosting package.
I recommend going with the 36 month package if you think you’ll be blogging for awhile, because the price is WAY cheaper than what you’ll get later on when you renew.
Other than that, I would skip all of the extras, other than the Domain Whois Privacy.
On the next screen, you’ll enter your billing information and pay for your chosen hosting plan.
Sweeeet! Now you’re all ready to install WordPress on your new blog!
Step 5: Install WordPress.
First, click the WordPress button, as shown below.
Next, press Start.
Then, choose your domain name.
Finally, name your new WordPress blog and choose your password and email address.
When WordPress is installing, you will see this beautiful status screen.
Step 6: Find your way around WordPress
Now that you’re in WordPress, I am guessing you want to jump in and learn how to use it, right?
There is a super awesome plugin that walks you step by step through tasks like creating pages and posts, and changing your blog settings. It’s called Sidekick.
First, go to the Plugins tab on the left, and click “Add new.”
Then, search for “Sidekick” in the search bar.
Sidekick comes up at the top. Click “Install Now” to install it on your site.
On the next screen, you will need to activate the plugin, as shown below.
Then you will see a beautiful orange “Help” box on the lower lefthand side of your dashboard.
Click here to find all of the tutorials you need to get acquainted with WordPress.
Now you have a brand new WordPress site, and you are ready to start blogging.
Why not start off by building your blog with the support of other bloggers, and with my step by step guidance on how to design your blog to look amazing?
I am looking forward to seeing you in there!