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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Getting Started

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!

Choose a Domain Name

1. Choosing a Domain Name

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For example, the domain name of my site (the site you’re on) is Crashstarter.com.

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.

Check to see if your name is available by typing in the box below:

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.

Register a domain name

Select a Hosting Plan

2. Select a Hosting Plan

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You will find that Bluehost is frequently recommended for this because they offer a free domain with their hosting plans, a very affordable plan (at around $3 to $4 per month if you pay for a year when signing up), have an easy WordPress installation process, and they offer great support if you ever have questions or need assistance.

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.

I usually recommend the basic "Starter" hosting plan.

I usually recommend the basic "Starter" hosting plan.

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:

Bluehost Hosting Options

Bluehost Hosting Options

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.

Select a hosting account

Installing WordPress

3. Installing WordPress

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WordPress is what I use for all of my websites and blogs. Not only is it the most popular blogging and website platform in the world, but there is a HUGE base of users and thousands of people to help if you ever need it.

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.

Mojo Marketplace

Mojo Marketplace

4. In the “Blogs” section, choose “WordPress”
Select "WordPress" in the "Blogs" Section

Select “WordPress” in the “Blogs” Section

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.
Install WordPress to Your Domain

Install WordPress to Your Domain

7. Finally, click the “Install Now” button.

Your WordPress website or blog is now ready to go!

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Log Into WordPress

4. Logging Into Your Site

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To log into your new site, go to http://YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-login.php

WordPress Login Screen

WordPress Login Screen

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).

Choose a WordPress Theme

5. Finding a WordPress Theme, Plugins, & More!

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WordPress “Themes” are basically just designs that you can upload within WordPress itself that will give your blog or website a certain design, and some themes come packed with extra features and functionality (like if you’re doing a recipe blog or setting up a real estate website).

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.

Find a WordPress theme

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