Recently I decided to start a new blog, it’s not live yet, so don’t worry you haven’t missed anything! My new blog that I am toying around with is called, How To Braid Your Own Hair, and obviously it is going to be dedicated to hair braiding–something I had no idea was one of my super powers, but apparently people are really digging it.
Anyway, it took me all of five minutes to set this new blog up and I thought that was really cool and I wanted to share the process with you all in detail in case any of you are wondering how hard it is to get started with your blog ideas.
First things first, you need to decide on web hosting.
Choose a Webhost
There are so many hosting sites out there, but I use Bluehost, which is recommended by WordPress and used by tons of other bloggers I admire, like Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com. And since this is the host that I used to set up my new blog in less than five minutes, I am going to be focusing on them in this article.
Here are a few of the perks that I have enjoyed from using Bluehost:
- Exceptional customer service. I have had to call Bluehost twice, once to install my premium theme and the second time to integrate my contact form. Both times I receive really great customer service that went above and beyond–this is crucial, as when I started blogging I had no idea how to do ANYTHING!!!
- Easy to use Control Panel (CPanel). It never fails that when I first use any new site that my inherent “blondness” comes out, but Bluehost is just really easy…even a blonde like me can figure it out and that’s a good thing!
- Quickly Install WordPress with one-click install by MOJO Marketplace. It is soooooo easy to install WordPress and WordPress absolutely ROCKS!
Those are just a few of the perks that I have personally enjoyed.
O.k., to set up your blog just follow the steps below. Remember to have your domain name idea chosen and credit card ready to go, to speed up the process…
Set up Your Account With Bluehost
Choose a domain name.
You can purchase one during the sign-up process and it ends up being FREE with hosting. If you already have a domain name, that’s o.k., you can still get hosting through Bluehost–you just need to do a few extra steps to point your DNS (domain name system) to Bluehost–if you don’t know how to do that, call Bluehost and experience that awesome customer service I talked about, firsthand! Or you can Google it…
Fill in your information.
Choose your hosting package
Normal packages range from 12, 24, and 36 months, with the longer packages costing the least amount per month. I recommend setting up your hosting for the longest time that you can afford, because then you won’t have to think about it for awhile and that is really nice, considering there are so many other things to think about when starting a blog, like creating CONTENT!!!!
The prices range from $5.95 to as low as $2.95 depending on the package.
There are a few other things that you can add on during the sign-up procedure, but one thing that I wish that I had included in mine was Domain Privacy, which allows your personal information to be kept private on the WHOIS database, where people can look up who owns a website domain–if you do not get this, you will be getting daily calls from people wanting to help you design and set up your website, let me tell you!!!
When you are done entering all your info., click the “Next” button to complete your purchase. Then make a strong password, either by using the built-in password generator or making up your own. Now we can install WordPress!
Bluehost makes this really really easy!! Just go to your cPanel and scroll to the “MOJO Marketplace” section, click on “One-Click Installs”. You will be taken to a page called Scripts and Platforms, simply click on the WordPress icon in the Blog section (the Blog section is at the top of the categories list on the left).
Then another window will open, click Start to start the WordPress Installation process. It is the big green “start” button.
Follow the prompts to install WordPress. First, you will be asked where you want to install WordPress, so choose the domain name that you just
First, you will be asked where you want to install WordPress, so choose the domain name that you just bought, or wherever you want to install it.
Second, set up your username and password for WordPress–make sure you choose a username that is NOT “admin” and a very strong password.
Third, read the “Terms & Conditions”, check the box that you did so, and click “Install now”.
Now you will get a progress page like this:
Once the installation is complete, you can do the happy dance!!!
You will be provided with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will also get a copy of this information, but not your password, in your email. Keep it safe–like write it down now, so that you have it when you need it!
You can log-in to your new website and start to create everything your little heart desires through WordPress, like pages, posts, and deciding on your theme, or appearance.
I hope this was helpful, that you get started with Bluehost and begin creating your new blog today!
If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer or direct you to someone or somewhere that can!
p.s. I’ll let you all know when my How To Braid Your Own Hair site goes live, but for now, you can check out my YouTube hair braiding tutorials by clicking on the YouTube link in the menu.
Featured photo courtesy of Unsplash by Dustin Lee
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