Learn how to start a blog with our free video tech training. It’s quick (less than 15 minutes) and step-by-step and covers signing up for a web host and domain name and how to install self-hosted WordPress (DEFINITELY what you want to use!) so you can start a blog.
If you want to learn how to start a WordPress blog in one hour, this video is for you. 🙂 There’s a myth out there that making a website has to take FOREVER, and while I have spent a few months on some client websites, I have also made websites in as little as fifteen minutes, like I did while creating the sample site in this free video.
(Don’t know what to blog about?)
I think it’s really easy to get caught up in thinking that your website has to be perfect or amazing or whatever but the important thing is that it gets DONE. It’s time to let go of any ideas you have about your website having to be absolutely perfect the first time around – you can make as many changes as you want in the future if you know how this website stuff works! So this free step-by-step video will teach you how to get a quick-and-dirty website up in under an hour (it only took me 15 minutes in the video!).
How to Start a Blog (Free Training Video)
Prefer a text version? Read on…
How to Start a Blog (Text Instructions)
Head over to Bluehost. I recommend Bluehost because they’re reliable and were super friendly and helpful when I transferred several websites to them from my old host.
With my old host, I ended up having a high CPU problem because my websites started getting a lot more traffic, so when I moved to Bluehost, I decided to go with one of their cloud hosting plans (under Products- Cloud Sites- Performance plan) because you can easily scale up your speed, bandwidth, etc, as your blog grows and it’s much more affordable than competitors offering solutions for growing blogs. If you’re worried that you’ll “outgrow” Bluehost and have to transfer to an expensive (read: $100 a month) host later on when your blog gets bigger, try their cloud hosting plan instead. 🙂
Click on the big green Get Started Now button on the home page (or go to their cloud hosting page). Now you’ll be on their Select Your Plan page. I would recommend the middle “plus” plan because it lets you have unlimited websites hosted on one account. If you’re like me, you might have a ton of different ideas and it’s great that you’re not limited to just one website. 🙂 Click on the green Select button under the plan you want.
On the next page, you have the option to either register a new domain name or use an existing domain name if you’ve already purchased one elsewhere. Enter your info and keep going.
Once you choose a domain name, you can enter your contact and billing info on the next page.
Next you can choose how many years of hosting you want to purchase. Thirty-six months is the best deal, but if you’re trying Bluehost for the first time, you might want to do the 12 month option so you can see how you like it. 🙂
At the bottom of the screen, you have some options for add-ons. If you register your domain name through Bluehost, I would recommend the Domain Privacy Protection so people can’t look up your personal contact info if they look up who owns your domain name, and the automatic site backups with Site Backup Pro. As someone with butter fingers on my websites, I love having the peace of mind of having daily backups made of every file on all of my websites automatically.
Submit everything and now wait for an email from Bluehost with more instructions!
Once you’re all set up, login to your web hosting account with Bluehost with the login information provided in your welcome email and head on over to your control panel.
Scroll down to the websites section and click on Install WordPress (or alternatively, the 1-Click install button – then just choose WordPress from there).
Click Install again and then enter the domain where you want to install WordPress. If you want to install it on, for example, rebelsaurus.com, then leave the directory part blank. Or you can do something like rebelsaurus.com/new-website. I would recommend choosing the option without the ‘www.’
Then just click through, create some new login information (use anything except “admin” as your username), click install, and wait. Almost there!
To access your new WordPress website, go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin with the wp-admin part referring to your dashboard. Alternatively you can go to yourdomain.com/wp-login.php.
Hooray, you did it! You just started a blog! 😀
Learn more about blogging…
- How to Choose a Blog Niche
- The Best Books for Bloggers
- 17 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic This Month
- 5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
- 5 Ways to Make Money Blogging
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