So you want to start a blog? In this super easy and simple to follow guide, i will teach you how to start a blog using wordpress in less than 15 minutes. Nowadays anybody can start their own blog within few minutes, you don’t have to be tech savvy or know programming to start a blog.
Before i tell you how to start a blog, i want you to know something. There are two types of blogs:
1) Free blogs – A free blog is one that is just that- it’s free to signup. Although free sounds nice, there are some significant disadvantages to a free blog which i have listed below:
- Blog name -Unless you pay for your own domain, you will have the WordPress or Blogger domain added to your blogs name which can look unprofessional, such as www.techandfluff.blogspot.com or www.techandfluff.wordpress.com.
- You have less control over your blog. For example, self-hosted WordPress blogs can download plugins to expand their blogs features. You can’t do this with free wordpress blog , limiting you to only a few options.
- You have a limited amount of bandwidth, video time, and memory space.
- Limited advertising options and some platforms even restrict affiliate marketing or promotion posts which can severely limit your ability to make money through your blog.
2) Self-hosted Blogs – With a self-hosted blog, you have full control of your blog. You have the freedom to customize or do anything you want to do with it. unlike free blogs, your blog or website can’t be shut down because it belongs to YOU. The only con to a self-hosted blog is that it costs money to host, you will need web hosting for a self-hosted blog which can cost around $3-$10 per month depending on features and hosting company you choose.
I have experience with both free blogs and self-hosted blogs,if you are serious about blogging and making money, i will recommend you to go with the self-hosted blog.
*For the purpose of this tutorial, i will be only talking about self-hosted blogs from now on.
Ok so you have decided to go the self-hosted route, next you will need to choose a web hosting provider.
Choosing a web hosting provider
Choosing the correct web hosting provider is a very important decision you will have to make during this process. There are many hosting companies out there, but i would personally recommend BLUEHOST. This blog(techandfluff) is currently hosted through Bluehost and i can’t recommend them enough. I did a lot of research before i finally decided to go with Bluehost and so far i have been extremely pleased with their service.
Here are some things i like about Bluehost:
- Pricing- They have very affordable pricing which is great for new bloggers.
- Great customer support- I can tell this from personal experience, in past they have helped me with variety of things such as fixing HTTP related errors, image upload problems, wordpress issues etc.
- Free SSL certificate- I didn’t know about this until 2 weeks into my blogging journey, bluehost provides free SSL cerificate which is great for encrypting sensitive data and further securing your website.
- Very reliable- So far i haven’t experienced any downtime or page load issues.
- Free domain name– They are also offering free domain name registration which is great because you don’t have to pay any money to purchase your own domain name.
OK, so now if you have decided to go with bluehost hosting, let’s begin the actual setup process.
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1. Go to www.bluehost.com and then click “get started now”.
2. Select your plan.
Click on the green select button to choose your plan. I would personally recommend plus plan(most people choose this plan) for bloggers and prime plan for business websites. If you are tight on budget, go with the basic plan,you can always upgrade later to plus or prime if you want more advanced features.
3. Pick a new domain name or enter an existing domain name.
Domain name is basically your web address, for example my domain name is techandfluff.com. Remember your domain name has to be unique and you can’t choose an already existing domain name.Enter your new domain name on the left side under “new domain” or enter an existing domain name if you have one on the right side under “i have a domain name”.
*For the purpose of this tutorial, i will use the new domain process, but if you are using an existing domain, the process is mostly the same.
4. Enter your account Info.
On the next page, you will be asked to enter your account info such as name, email address,home address etc. Make sure to enter the correct email address because this is where all your login information will be sent.
5. Select Account Plan/package.
You have the option to signup for 12 months, 24 months,36 months and 60 months. I would recommend going with 36 months(best value/month). For the add-ons, i would suggest keeping the domain privacy protection(marketing companies can’t view your name,address,phone number and other private information through whois information if you get domain privacy protection). you can keep other add-ons if you want at your discretion.
Tip: If you are just starting a new blog, i would suggest only getting domain privacy protection, for businesses i would advice getting all 4 add-ons including domain privacy protection, site backup pro, search engine jumpstart and sitelock security-find.
6. Enter payment Information.
7. Choose a secure password.
Once your purchase is processed, you will be welcomed and asked to create a password.
8. Launch your website.
9. Start Building.
Click on start building to get started with your newly created wordpress website. Your website will be initially parked on a temporary domain, it will be automatically updated to your domain name once it’s ready.
10. Choose type of your blog.
You will asked to choose between business or personal blog. I would recommend clicking on i don’t need help below to start from scratch. On the left side is yourself wordpress dashboard, make yourself familiar with it because you will be using it alot. You can change theme, add plugins, change appearance of your blog, add new posts and do alot more through the dashboard.
Ok so that’s it for the basic setup, your blog is now ready and running, All you need to do now is write your first blog post and publish it for the world to see. There is still a lot you can do with your blog such as add new plugins, add or change theme, change the appearance but i don’t want to overwhelm you with all the information. Remember blogging is a journey, you will not learn everything in one day so enjoy the ride and have fun posting. 🙂