The 5-Minute Blog Setup
So, you’re interested in blogging or setting up a website?
Fortunately, it’s actually pretty easy using WordPress (even if you’re not that computer savvy) – and you can have yours up and running in no time at all.
Setting up you’re own website or blog doesn’t have to be an intimidating process, in this mini-guide I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step – and you can literally have your blog or site set up and ready to go in minutes.
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While there are free hosting alternatives and many different blogging and website platforms to choose from, I’m going to outline what I believe is the easiest and simplest way to get started (and what I use when setting up my own sites and blogs) – while hopefully saving you a lot of time and frustration.
Let’s get started!
1. Choosing a Domain Name
This is your chance to be creative and have some fun brainstorming.
To check the availability of your domain name, just type your ideas in the box below or head over to Bluehost and check availability there.
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If you choose Bluehost for your website or blog hosting, they actually give you a FREE domain name (which normally runs anywhere from about $10-50).
For those who might be having some trouble finding the perfect name, you can check out this list of domain name generators for some really great tools to help you find the perfect domain name.
2. Select a Hosting Plan
I typically recommend just signing up with Bluehost’s “Starter” plan for a year, as it will be more than enough for nearly everyone just getting started. Once your blog or website becomes popular, then you can always upgrade to one of their bigger plans.
I usually recommend going with the “Starter” plan for a year.
Once you have selected your plan, you will then be taken to the final step in the setup of your hosting and domain process and will see a screen like this:
The extras that Bluehost offers aren’t necessary, unless you don’t want your information to be publicly available for people viewing the registration information for your domain name. If you choose their “Domain Privacy Protection” then your name, address, and phone number won’t be viewable to the public.
3. Installing WordPress
Bluehost makes installing WordPress extremely simple.
1. Log into your new Bluehost account.
2. Go to cPanel inside your account.
3. Find the “Mojo Marketplace” section and click on the “one-click installs” button/link.
5. Click the “Start” button
6. Next, choose the domain name you registered to install it to and choose your username and password that you will log into your site with.
7. Finally, click the “Install Now” button.
Your WordPress website or blog is now ready to go!
4. Logging Into Your Site
Once you are logged in, you will be able to see areas for adding blog posts, setting the title of your site, moderating comments, and extending the look and functionality of your site via WordPress “themes” and “plugins.”
Themes allow you to give your website or blog a certain design (kind of like a template), while plugins allow you to add extra functionality and features to your theme (like newsletter subscribers, optimizing your site for search engines, image galleries, and more).
5. Finding a WordPress Theme, Plugins, & More!
A few designers that offer professional WordPress themes you might want to check out:
- Elegant Themes – Offers a HUGE selection of themes (87+), and you get all of them for one low price.
- MyThemeShop – They design very affordable themes that are optimized for speed and SEO, and also look great.
- StudioPress – A premium theme shop that offers a wide variety of themes built upon their popular “Genesis” framework.
WordPress “Plugins” allow you to extend the functionality of your site, like adding a content slider, newsletter subscription box, social media icons, or tens of thousands of other extras you might want.