Starting a blog is a practice I would recommend for anyone with a passion they want to share with the world. It will build you, challenge you and grow you.
To start can be a hustle but with this step-by-step tutorial, you can easily start building one at a low cost for the best service. It’s never been easier!
Bluehost is your best bet, for a reliable and affordable hosting with unmetered web space and bandwidth. It simplifies the process for beginners and provides reliable support.
Step 1: Visit the Bluehost site (Click Here to access the Bluehost discount)
You should land on a page that looks like this.
Step 2: Select your plan
Take a minute to compare the different plan and see what they offer.
Choose the first one if you only intend to host one blog or website.
Choose the Plus Option if you want to host multiple blogs or websites, without domain or automated backups (you will have to backup manually). This is ideal if you are hosting your domain from a separate domain provider like Namecheap.com.
Choose the Prime Option if you want to host multiple domains, with domain privacy and automated site backup.
Step 3: Choose a domain
If you don’t already own a domain name, then enter in the domain name you would like. This can be your brand name or your name e.g. www.mybrand.com or www.myname.com.
If you are hosting your domain name separately from a domain provider like Namecheap.com, then enter your existing domain under the second tab.
Step 4: Enter your details
This is where you enter your details and billing address, as well as see the total of your purchase.
Tip: You save up more if you purchase hosting for more years.
Step 5: Enter your payment details for the domain and hosting to be yours
Step 6: Enter a password for your account
Choose a strong password for your account that you will easily remember.
Step 7: Login to your new account
You will get this as a confirmation for your password setup. Then you can log in to your newly set up account.
This is the dashboard you will see each time you log in.
Click the “Login to WordPress” button to start setting up WordPress. You’ve paid for your hosting so this will be totally free.
Well done for purchasing your domain and setting up your hosting! Now all you need to do is set up WordPress and start with your blogging!
This brings us to the next step.
Step 8: Click on the “Start Building” button to set up your WordPress.
Your WordPress will be automatically setup and you will be redirected to an admin page that looks like this.
Here you can either click one of the options for extra help or you can click “I don’t need help”.
Step 9: Enter your site title and description
Here you will be asked to enter your Site title and description. This can be your brand name and a short catchphrase. Your site name can be the same as your domain name or different and description is optional (you don’t necessarily have to have one).
They will both appear at the top of your site.
Step 10: Choose a theme for your site
A theme is the design of your website. WordPress has lots of free themes but these come with their limitations and may be difficult to personalize if you are a beginner but you can purchase premium themes from websites like Themeforest, Creativemarket, Divi and many others. These will have one-click design installs that you can easily modify and get support if you struggle along the way.
You can also pick a free theme, for now, see if you can modify it to look like you would like and if you struggle then you can always purchase anyone from the market places listed above.
Congratulations! You have personalized your site and you are ready to launch and start blogging!
Tip: Only launch and tell people about your blog when you have at least 2 or more posts.