In this tutorial, I'm going show you, step by step, how to start a Wordpress blog on Bluehost in just 15 minutes or less.
Blogging has enabled me and many others just like me (and you) to generate a full time income online.
Running a blog doesn't have to be expensive either. I wanted to get that out of the way early on.
When starting out, I highly recommend choosing BlueHost to start your blog. This is the same company I use and they have plans which start at just $2.75 per month.
Also, when you create your Bluehost account through my website they will even throw in your very down .com domain name, meaning you get started on the right foot from the get go.
Free blogs aren't all they're cracked up to be. Right now you may be think that you can get started on either a free WordPress site or even Blogger, I want to stop you right here.
If you want to get started on solid footing then self hosted is the only way to go, it's the only way you get to have full control over your blog.
With a self hosted blog you have more control over EVERYTHING + a cool .com domain name.
The free services mentioned above really limit what you can do with your blog and if you are serious about turning this into a business, when you start a WordPress blog on BlueHost this cost is tiny in comparison to the gains you'll get in return.
WHY YOU SHOULD START A WORDPRESS BLOG ON BLUEHOST
- It's EASY to get started, I mean really easy. Even my Grandma could get up and running with her own blog using BlueHost!
- The BlueHost customer service is one of the best in the business and should you have any issues (unlikely) then they will be there to assist you.
- When you sign up with BlueHost you also get a free domain name, something that not all company's do for you.
- Setting up WordPress in BlueHost is a breeze, and it's free.
- Having your own self hosted blog will mean you can make money from your blog
- There is no contract with BlueHost, many other top providers will lock you into a long term contract that you can't get out of, not BlueHost.
- You also get a full money back guarantee!
- The main reason to choose BlueHost is on top of all of the above, it's one of the cheapest options available.
On top of all of that, if you choose to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost and sign up through this site you will be able to drop me a personal email at any time. I will happily walk you through any difficulties you are having, although I've worked tirelessly to make sure I have covered everything in this tutorial, but I'm here if you need me .
Selecting Your Plan
First things first, you will need to visit the BlueHost website, you'll find a handy button (big & red!) below which will open their website up in a new window meaning you can easily switch between this tutorial and their website, making it easier for you to follow along.
Now you have the BlueHost website open, first click the green 'Get Started Now' button, then you will be asked to select your plan.
I understand this may be daunting as there's a bunch of technical terms on this page but or your first blog the basic plan is perfect.
With the basic plan you will be able to create a single website, upload 50gb of files which is WAY more than you will need and also you get unmetered bandwidth included which in plain English means you can have as many visitors to your blog as you like.
All good stuff.
To select the basic plan, go ahead and click the green 'select' button.
Choosing Your Domain name
On the next page you will be asked to enter domain name for your blog, this will be your blogs website address.
I don't want to teach you to suck eggs here but as an example, my blogs domain name is mikeappleton.com.
Below I have included a few great examples of domain names to give you some ideas.
KnowThis.com, DollarsandRoses.com, SearchEngineLand.com, FrankKern.com, JohnChow.com
I always recommend either choosing a brand name or using your first and last name and always stick with a .com address as these domains are seen as being global and hold more creditability.
When choosing your domain name it's easy to get bogged down and over thinking everything.
The best thing to do is pick a domain name and go with it. The very worst thing that can happen is that in a few months you think of a better domain name and you have to spend a few bucks on a new one.
Changing a domain name is simple and the support team at BlueHost will take care of you IF you decide you want to change it.
Enter the domain you'd like to register (it's FREE!) in the 'new domain' field.
If you already own a domain with another provider enter this into the 'I have a domain name' field and I'll show you how to transfer this in a minute.
Now that you've got your domain name and it's been confirmed that it's available to register you can move on to the next step, where we will be setting up your BlueHost web hosting.
Creating Your Account
You are now going to be asked to enter your personal information, your name, address etc, it's pretty straight forward, I think you've got this one .
Once you've entered your contact details, you'll be asked to fill in the 'Package Information'
First you'll need to select your plan.
As I mentioned above, if this is your first blog then the Basic Plan is the perfect choice for you. If you ever need to upgrade your account at a later date, it's really simple to do.
The reason why I recommend the 12 month plans is because it's less hassle and is a lot more cost effective than the monthly plans available. I have personally had my blogs go down because I forgot to pay my monthly bills, this is the last thing you will want to happen because you forgot to pay your bill!
Remember - with all yearly BlueHost plans you also get a free domain name included.
Next you'll see a number of optional extras, the only one of these that I would recommend you think about is the Domain Privacy Protection. This will stop your contact information being made available in searches (I've never personally purchased this).
Before you move on, have a quick look and check that there are no unwanted upgrades checked.
All that is left to do is fill in your payment information. As standard you will only see the option to pay via credit card, if you click the blue link 'More payment options' you will see PayPal also appear .
Everyone loves PayPal so I'm not sure why they hide this option.
Remember earlier I mentioned that BlueHost have a money back guarantee? This means that for whatever reason if you need to you can get a no quibble refund in full for your hosting plan.
- Visit the BlueHost website
- Click on the basic package (green button)
- Check the availability of your domain name and register it
- Enter in your contact information
- Under package information select your plan and then select if you want Domain Privacy Protection included
- Enter your payment information
- Read and confirm you've read the terms etc and click 'Submit'
On the next page you will see a number of additional upgrades, site builders etc, you won't need any of these so scroll to the bottom of the page and click complete.
The good news is that you're are now set up with both your domain name and web hosting.
All that's left now is for you to create your BlueHost password.
Once you've created your Bluehost password we can then move on to the last step, which is installing WordPress.
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connect your domain to your hosting
OPTIONAL : You can skip this section if you purchased your domain through BlueHost
This section is only for those of you who already have a domain name registered with another company such as GoDaddy or NameCheap and would like to connect this with your new BlueHost account.
If you registered your domain name earlier then you can go ahead and skip this step completely.
I will be using GoDaddy for the steps below but most domain registrras will have the same core steps.
First you will need to login to account over at GoDaddy.
Once you've logged in you then will need to access your domain s by clicking on the green 'Manage button to the right of the domains section.
Next you will be shown a list of your currently owned and recently expired domain names, click on the domain you wish to use with your new BlueHost hosting account.
Now you will be a bunch of information about your domain name, you need to look out for the DNS setting section and click on the manage link.
On the next page you will see your current nameservers, we are going to update these with the nameservers for your new BlueHost hosting account, to do this click on Edit Nameservers and then simply delete the text in the fields and paste the below in their place.
Once this has been completed you will need to add a new addon domain in your BlueHost account control panel. To do this login to the control panel (see your welcome email) and then click on domains.
Using the assign feature you will then be walked through the super simple steps to get up and running.
Now that you have everything set up and ready to go, let's go ahead and put the last piece of the puzzle in place.
Installing WordPress On Bluehost
Now you have you've created your account and registered your domain name, you're ready to really start a WordPress blog on BlueHost, all that's left to do now is install WordPress.
This part is made really simple by BlueHost.
INSTALL WORDPRESS IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS
- Check your email account your used to create your BlueHost account, inside you will find an email with a link to your control panel (cPanel)
- Once you've logged in to your cPanel you will see a '1 Click Install' button, click it .
- You will then see a 'Start' button, click it.
- Once that's finished loading you will be asked which domain name you wish to install WordPress on, from the drop down menu select your new domain name.
- On the next page you will see a number of different options, this is the advance options section. This is where you will be choosing your WordPress username and password. DO NOT USE 'admin' as your username or a password which can easily be guessed, be more creative.
- Write down your username and password or screenshot it.
- Click the 'Install' button!
And that's it, you are now the proud owner of a fully functional, self hosted WordPress blog ... cool huh?
Go Checkout Your New Blog!
To see your live blog, open up a new tab in your web browser and type in your new domain name.
It won't be much to look at right now but don't worry, thats easily fixed and I am on hand to help.
Below I have set out a bunch of additional tutorials to walk you through everything you need to get your blog looking and feeling as you would like.
To start with I'll be covering the essentials and these will be in order so be sure not to jump a head.
It's important to take small steps to begin with and follow each tutorial in order, as much as you may want to jump in head first, getting a feel for WordPress and how it works is essential.