If you want to create your own WordPress blog, you’re in luck because we’re going to cover the exact steps to make that happen right here, along with some useful tips, and advice you might not get at other places.
This guide was written with people with no web design or development experience in mind. So if you can use the internet you can follow this guide and have your own blog started.
Every website, blog or otherwise, comes down to a few key parts:
- A domain name
- A web host
- A website
Obviously domain names you’re familiar with. Examples would be google.com or wordpress.org. You can purchase one for around $8-$15 dollars for a year, but more on that later.
A web host is the location in which your website lives online. Just like your computer files live on your hard drive, think of your web host’s server the same way. You can host a website for under $100 for a year.
The last part you need is the actual website which will be a WordPress blog. Normally creating a website can be a little complicated but with WordPress and this guide, you can get your blog up and running in minutes.
So it all comes down to 1) purchasing a domain name 2) setting up hosting 3) installing WordPress.
There are a few places to get domains online and tons of web hosts, but to keep this simple we’ll just cover our favorite, Bluehost, where you can purchase both the domain name and the hosting, and use their 1 click WordPress Install to get your blog set up and running in no time at all.
Lets get to it. To start, head over to bluehost.com and set up your account. Click on the green “Sign Up Now” button in the middle of the screen to get started.
Next, you’ll have a choice to enter the name of the domain you previously purchased from another provider, or if you need a domain name enter a domain name you wish to use and click “Next”.
What if the domain name I want isn’t available?
Here is a little guide on choosing a domain name which should help out.
After clicking next you’ll be prompted to fill out your contact information. Make sure to enter a valid email address as Bluehost will be sending you emails with important login information about your blog that you will need in later steps.
Next you will be asked to select the hosting package you need. Select the shared hosting plan (the cheapest one) for however many months you want. The 36 month plan is the cheapest. You can uncheck the two options below: SiteLock Domain Security, and Site Backup Pro as you will not need them.
Now just continue through, enter your credit card information and complete the checkout process. Congratulations you now have the first two parts: domain name and hosting completed. Now you just need to set up WordPress, and you’ll be ready to blog.
Setting Up WordPress
At this point you should receive a confirmation email from BlueHost regarding your new hosting and domain name purchase. After that you will receive a second “Welcome to BlueHost” email with the necessary information you need to login and create your WordPress blog.
Within this email there will be a link to “choose your password”. This password will allow you to login to your BlueHost ControlPanel, where we will be setting up your WordPress blog.
So click the link and enter a password you will remember, and you will be logged into your BlueHost ControlPanel. Don’t worry, it might look complicated, but we won’t be spending a lot of time here.
Luckily, Bluehost comes with a handy 1 Click WordPress Install. There might be a few more than just “one click” but not much. To start, you just need to click on the blue WordPress Icon under Website Builders.
It will take you to the Mojo Marketplace. This is a place you can purchase some themes and plugins, but we’ll be skipping that for now, simply click the green “Start” button to install WordPress.
It will then ask you which domain you want WordPress installed to. Your domain should be right there on the list. If not, select it then click “Check Domain”. It will take a few seconds while it tests to see if you’re domain is set up correctly.
You’ll next see “You are almost there! This is the last step:”. Go ahead and click the “Advanced” checkbox. It will reveal several fields, where you can enter:
- the name of your new blog
- the username so you can log into your new blog
- the password needed to log into your new new blog
Go ahead and change the name of your blog as desired (or do it later), and remember to copy down your username and password somewhere safe, because you’ll be using it a lot.
Last step I promise. Check the box and click the green “Install Now” button.
It may take a few minutes while the WordPress software is installed on your server.
That’s it. It’ll now show you two links. One to your shiny new blog, and the second one to the WordPress control panel login, where you can set up your website and add/edit/delete blog posts and all that fun stuff. And if you forgot to save your username and password from the previous step they’re listed again for you. But make sure to write down your username and password now, as you’ll need them from here on.
So you now have a shiny new WordPress blog ready to begin working on. Of course it might not look the way you want, or be set up with the right pages or content. Luckily, I’m cool enough to help you do all of that fun stuff too, in our later guides and additional posts.
We’ll be covering:
- how to get around the WordPress Control Panel
- how to add, edit and delete pages, blog posts, rich media like images and videos, categories and tags
- how to change the design of your blog with Themes
- how to conduct search engine optimization on your blog
- how to backup and secure your blog
- how to add additional features and functionality with plugins
Thanks for reading and hope you found this little guide helpful.