The 5 simple steps to starting your WordPress blog with Bluehost.
Has “Start my own blog” been on your To Do list for the longest time, but you still haven’t gotten around to it? Whether you want a blog to grow a following, earn income, or you’re your passion, today, we’re going to help you finally check that box.
For me, starting my own blog has allowed me to share content consistently, earning an income with more and more zeros and opening a world of opportunities. I’m going to show you how to do just that, starting with the basics of setting up your WordPress blog here.
But before I even break down the specific steps, we’ll start at one of the most important places – the hosting. In fact, most people just think of the hosting for their blog as an afterthought, choosing a hosting company only because it’s most convenient, popular, or even the cheapest.
But where you host your WordPress blog is more important than you may think, so I highly suggest that you go sign up with Bluehost.com. Bluehost is now one of the best hosting companies in the business, but you can still initiate your WordPress blog with them for as little as $2.75 per month (a discounted price if you follow my link.) Go ahead and sign up for the 12-month hosting or, better yet, pull the trigger on their 36-month plan, which will yield you the lowest possible price for an awesome tool.
Yes, you can save a few bucks by hosting on other sites like Blogger, GoDaddy, etc. but if you really want a successful blog, using Bluehost is like building a skyscraper with the strongest foundation.
The five simple steps to starting your WordPress blog with Bluehost:
- Register your domain name with Bluehost.
Ready to create your award-winning and money-earning blog? Click here to register and purchase your domain name. The name of your website/blog is so critical to its success.
There are two problems that most people make:
One, their name is too long. For instance, the URL www.RealEstateInteriorDesignTrends.com (for instance – I haven’t even clocked on that site) hits all the keywords, but it’s long. So long, in fact, that most people won’t actually take the time to type it out.
The other problem is that if you choose a site like RETrends.com instead, as an example. These shorter site names and initials are often already taken, and then it may not replicate your exact company name.
The solution? Get both. Use the shorter site URL for your blog or website and then register the longer, more accurate name, and then have that forwarded to the shorter URL. Problem solved!
No matter how many sites you’re going to build, the first thing to do is hit Bluehost and register those names. Yes, you can register domain names through Bluehost, too, which is super convenient since that’s where you’ll have your hosting, too.
Even better, you’ll get a free domain for the first year if you sign up for 12 months of hosting with Bluehost! Whenever you’re penciling out the cost of your hosting, factor in the free domain registration with Bluehost and you’ll see the true price you’re paying plummet. Even better, get their 36-month hosting plan (you still get a free domain, of course) and the cost per month is even lower.
Sign up for Bluehost all at once here to take advantage of those discounted offers.
- Purchase blog hosting through Bluehost.
To start your fantastic WordPress blog, all you need for now is the Basic Plan from Bluehost (you can sign up by clicking here). Later on, down the road, you’ll be able to upgrade to their Plus or Business Pro plans, which have some powerful features and tools, but you don’t need to worry about that today. But they do cost a little more, of course, so stick with the Basic Plan for now.
So, when you go to Bluehost and add the Basic hosting plan to your shopping cart (and take advantage of your free domain registration for a 12-month plan), there is one more thing you’ll want to add in.
In fact, most people just skip over Domain Privacy Protection when registering or hosting a site because they don’t know what it is, but I highly encourage you to take advantage of it. Domain Privacy Protection, which only costs $0.99 per month with Bluehost, keeps your identity and contact information safe – which is key for identity protection these days but also, so you won’t receive an Inbox full of spam all day, every day.
Those should be the only items in your shopping cart, so make sure that everything else is unchecked and you aren’t paying for any extras that you don’t need.
But another reminder: make sure you use my link to sign up for Bluehost to take advantage of the free domain offer with their 12-month (or longer) hosting plan.
Ok, so here’s a bullet point list of what you need to do to get hosting:
- Visit Bluehost.com Click Here
- Click the “Get Started Now” button on the home page.
- Check the box for either their 12-month or 36-month hosting package.
- Make sure it’s the Basic Plan.
- Click to sign up for your new domain name for free here.
- Input your contact information and payment details when prompted.
- You’ll be asked to enter a password – always use strong and secure passwords, and hosting is no different.
- Go ahead and finalize your payment and you’ll be all registered for your new domain and hosting.
- Email me if you have any problems at all signing up, or I can get you over to Bluehost’s great customer service team.
- Connect your domain and your hosting.
Remember when I strongly urged you to get your domain name through Bluehost, too (by taking advantage of my offer)? There was another good reason, as you’ll have some more work to do if your domain is registered elsewhere. But that’s ok – I’ll walk you through it, and you can easily get your WordPress blog working with Bluehost either way.
So, if you purchased your domain through Bluehost (or got it free thanks to my offer), then you can kip this step #3 and go right to the next part.
But if you got your domain through a different provider, like Go Daddy, for instance, you’ll need to get your domain connected to this new Bluehost hosting account.
Since Go Daddy is such a popular option for domain registration, I’ll share here how you can update your DNS Nameservers with GoDaddy and therefore connect and use Bluehost to host your new blog.
- Visit GoDaddy.com
- Log in to your account and then click on Account Manager.
- You’ll see a drop-down menu with your domain names. Click Manage Domain on the domain you want to connect.
- Choose the domain name you want to work with by checking that box, and then click on the Set Name Servers button. You’ll see a field that prompts you to enter new name server information under the blue Name Servers heading on the right side of the page. Go ahead and fill that in with: ns1.bluehost.com; ns2.bluehost.com.
- Then, don’t forget to click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
- Now, go back to Bluehost.com, log in, and click “Domains.”
- You’ll want to click “Assign” to designate those domains to your new hosting plan, and their instructions will be very clear and easy.
If you need more help, Go Daddy has a comprehensive customer support page that deals with setting name servers for domain names.
“When you register a domain name with us, we set it up on our parked name servers so a temporary page displays when visitors go to your website. After you determine which hosting provider to use, you can change your domain name’s name servers to remove the parked page and activate your domain name.
If you registered your domain name with another provider, you can still purchase a hosting account with us, use our Off-site DNS services, or use our CashParking® or Quick Content services. If you do any of those, you must view your nameservers in your account with us, and then set the nameservers with your domain name registrar.”
- Install and sync-up WordPress with Bluehost.
This last step is where the magic really happens, so to speak, and we get your WordPress blog up and running with Bluehost.
- First, create a password per the simple Bluehost instructions.
- Next, Bluehost will prompt you to choose a theme for your blog. You can select one that matches the aesthetic you’re looking for, or just choose one at random or a default. Remember that you can always change this theme later on without reworking the site, so it’s not crucial that you get a theme you love.
- Now, you’ll want to click on the “Start Building” button.
- This will take you to a new screen where you’ll be asked to choose between a “Personal” or “Business” blog. Click on whichever one best suits the goal of your blog, or you can simply click “I don’t need help” to skip this part.
- Viola! Your new WordPress blog is now published and live! Of course, you can still change the theme, add functions, and play with the site once it’s live. Check out some of the options by clicking “Appearance” then “Widgets.”
- Start posting!
You’ll want to start by posting your very first informative and interesting blog post. You can do this easily by clicking on “Posts” on the left side of the main page after you log in, and then start entering the information for a new blog post. It’s a good idea to save it periodically, and don’t forget to add a great custom image (that you set as the Featured Image) as well as plenty of links.
By following these simple steps (and taking advantage of my offer), you’ll be able to register a domain name, set up hosting with Bluehost, and then get your WordPress blog connected and published on that platform. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to drop me an email and I’ll be happy to walk you through it.
Happy blog writing!