If you are thinking of starting a blog you have 2 options going for the free platforms like Blogspot or WordPress.com with the huge limitations they have.
Or you can go for a self-hosted blog using WordPress.org, where you will have total control, and all the benefits that come with it like hundreds of free themes and thousands of plugins (those little add-ons that will help you customize your blog with anything you need).
Now, I don't have anything about the free options; I even started ohow.co on Blogspot. Until I found out that I was missing a lot of things just because I thought paying for a hosting and buying a domain would be expensive.
But I couldn't be more wrong, starting a self-hosted WordPress blog is really simple.
The only things you need is a domain, a hosting provider and WordPress itself. You will get all of them on Bluehost. I recommend it for 3 simple reasons
- Easy to use - you don't need technical skills to start and manage your blog. Bluehost provides 1-click installation and if you have any question the Support 24/7 is incredibly helpful and fast, you can reach them by phone, mail or chat.
- Price - The starter plan, perfect for a new blogger, is only $5.99 $3.95/month (Now 35% off)
- You will also get a FREE domain when you sign up.
Choosing the perfect domain name, sometimes holds people to start a blog. If you are not sure about the domain name, don't worry, you can easily change it later. Once you start the blog the ideas flow.
Not for nothing Bluehost is the only hosting service recommended by WordPress.org itself.
Now that you are convinced that starting a self-hosted blog is the best way of having a successful blog lets begin with the fun part. I will guide you through the whole process from signing up to creating your first post, and in 15 min you will have your own blog.
STEP 1 Setting Up Your Hosting Account
3 Enter the domain you would like to use. I'll be using juststartingablog.com
Don't worry if you are not too sure, you can add multiple websites in the same Bluehost account.
In case that you already have a domain name, you can use it. But still, I recommend you to get the free domain since you know it's free
5 Package information: The prices range from $3.95 from $5.95 depending on the months you want to sing up.
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You also have some optional extras. For now uncheck everything. In case you need one of these features later on, you can add it at any time.
STEP 2: Installing and Setting up WordPress
10 After creating your password go to Bluehost.com and login (if you aren't logged already) with the domain name you choose as user and the password you just set.
After logging in close the welcome popup.
13 Your domain name should be selected by default. If not select it from the drop-down and click on Check Domain
14 Check the box "Show advanced options" and fill the form, make sure to use an original name (don't use admin) and a strong password.
Finally check the terms and condition box and click "Install Now"
15 The installation process if fully automated. Close the popup offering themes and wait until the process finishes (It takes a couple of minutes only)
When the progress bar reaches the end click on View credentials and then on View.
Save your credentials: In this screen you will see a screen with your Blog URL, Admin URL, Username and Password.
*I recommend you to take a screenshot of it and add to your favorites bar both URLs