Apr 092014

Have you always wanted to write your own blog?
Computer clip art 1 (2)Would you like to reach out to others with tutorials, promote books, or work from home?

I was confused by all the bits and pieces of information available all over the blogging world.  By trial and error, I gathered all the correct information on how to set up a successful blog and now I can share this with you.  Let’s get started with the easy steps that will have you up and running your beautiful blog in about 15 minutes. Are you ready?

Step 1:  You need a hostWeb hosts are online services that store your blog and allow visitors to access it.  Although you can start a free service with Blogger or Word Press like I did, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it.  You get what you pay for and if saving time is important to you, having a self-hosted site saves time and headaches.

Why did I choose Bluehost?  WordPress has been recommending Bluehost since 2005.  I found their 24/7 customer support, reliability, unlimited space and automated backups worth bragging about.

So you can reference these instructions, begin by clicking here to go to Bluehost as you build your site.  Click the Get Started Now button.
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Step 2: Choose your domain.  Enter your domain’s web address, (example: RetirefortheFunofit.com) on the left side under New Domain.  Make sure the extension of your choice (.com) is selected from the drop down menu beside it.

If you’ve already registered a domain name elsewhere, enter it on the right.  It won’t mess anything up, since this only identifies your account.

Then click the Next button.
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Step 3: Enter your account information.
Your e-mail address is where your login information will be sent for your records.
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Step 4: Choose a hosting package.
Your Package Information is where you choose your Account Plan from the dropdown menu based on how far in advance you want to pay.  I found this was a very reasonable monthly fee for owning a blog or website.  Don’t you agree?

I skipped the other add-ons except the Domain Whois Privacy, which will keep your personal information private. The Domain Whois Privacy option is highly recommended and only shows up if you registered a new domain in Step 2.  It won’t be an option if you are transferring your domain.
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Step 5:  Enter your billing information.
Fill in your billing information, confirm that you have read the fine print and click the Next button.
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Step 6: The Upgrades.
I recommend reviewing all the upgrades, but I skipped them all for my blog.  Continue on to complete your purchase.  Then go to your e-mail, where you will find a welcome message from Bluehost.  Now you will have your control panel (cPanel) login information.  Be sure to keep this for future reference.

Step 7: Login to your cPanel.
In the Welcome e-mail is the link to your cPanel or you can go back to the Bluehost site. Now click the Login button in the top right corner of your screen.   Enter your cPanel (control panel) login information from the welcome e-mail and click the blue Login button.

Step 8: Install WordPress.
Click the WordPress icon under Website Builders.
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Step 9: Start the WordPress installation.
Now you will see a window that looks like this.  Click the Start button to begin the WordPress installing process.Blue Host 7
Step 10: Choose where to install WordPress.
Leave this section as is with your domain showing in the dropdown menu.  The only reason to change this is to create a subfolder, which is rather unlikely if you’re starting your very first blog.
Simply click Check Domain.
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Step 11: Enter your WordPress user information.
Check the box next to Show Advanced Options. Enter your Site Name or Title.
Now choose your personal Admin Username and your password.  This information will be what you use to login to WordPress once it’s installed.  Be sure to save this information for whenever you login to WordPress.  Now enter your e-mail address so your site information will be sent to you.  Read and agree to the terms.  Click the Install Now button.
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Step 12: Success.  You have officially installed your new WordPress site.
You are finished.  Please keep this information to access your site, that will also be sent to you via e-mail, in a safe file.  When you click on the Site URL link, it will take you to your beautiful new and live website.  Now when you click on the Login URL link, you will be directed to the WordPress login page.  You can enter your saved username and password and have access to the backend of your WordPress site.

Congratulations!  You and anyone you give access too, can type your domain into a browser and your WordPress site will appear.
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I hope you found this post useful for starting your own self-hosted blog.  I’m looking forward to sharing comments and discussions about blogging with you.  An affiliate link is with this post.

  36 Responses to “How To Start A Blog”

  1. This is useful information for those looking to start a blog! Great post.

  2. This is such a detailed post! I wish I had found it before I went self hosting, I had to ask my husband to do it (in fairness, he is a software engineer so he had more of a clue than me) and I so badly wanted to do it myself. You make it all sound so simple; I’ll refer my friends to it when they are making the leap!

    • Thanks for the kind comments. I would love the referral so I can assist others with any questions they may have on self-hosting.

  3. Great post. I’ve been thinking of changing over to WordPress and this will make it easy.

  4. Thank you for walking us through the steps.

  5. Thank you for the information. I currently use Typepad, but I’m going to check out Bluehost!

    • I’m glad that you reviewed the information. I must admit that I like working with a user friendly host like Bluehost.

  6. Thanks for taking the time to do this, it will help a lot of people.

    • I agree and wish someone would have had this information for me to utilize. I was really clueless when I started.

  7. I’m a big fan of wordpress. It was fun looking through all their templates and then customizing them to suit my taste. Such a great choice!

    • I agree with having so many templates and themes to choose from. I’ve had great success in not being off-line for more than a few minutes at any time.

  8. Love all the pictures in your story. Sometimes you just need to see it for it to make sense.
    Blogging is awesome! I look forward to sharing stories everyday.

    • I agree that I’m also a visual person. Seeing the screen prints make it easier to understand and follow along.

  9. Great information! I wish I had this information when I first started blogging. I also did everything by trial and error.

    • Thanks so much for your confirmation that this information is helpful for new bloggers. We both did the trial and error way and hopefully someone will be helped with my story.

  10. Awesome Neva – just the sort of advice that I would have liked when I was first starting up. I’m with Go Daddy, no complaints, but hear a lot about Blue Host being great. Hope you get lots of traction with this post.

    • Thanks for the kind complement, Jo. I agree that there was too much information and I wanted it all in one spot. Hopefully others will be helped with this gathering of info.

  11. A great introduction and I wish I’d had it when I started!

    • I agree with you that I also wish I would have had this step by step tutorial available. I had to wing it in starting a blog.

  12. You make it look so easy, because it is! I wish people knew how simple it is to start a blog.

  13. Super useful information, wish I had this when first starting out!;-) Thanks for sharing!

  14. Woo hoo! I just signed up for my page yesterday with Bluehost. So far so good!


    • I’m so glad to hear that you are going with Bluehost too. I’ve loved how they work with me anytime (24/7). That’s why I so highly recommend them.

  15. What a great tutorial!

  16. Very helpful, thank you for sharing it with us.
    I am sure we can all learn something from it.

  17. I’ve only heard great things about Blue host! I’ve always been afraid to change. But, it looks like transferring an existing domain is a pretty simple!

    • I’m glad that I could show you how easy it is to change to a different host. I really glad that I’m with Bluehost for all the help they’ve been.

  18. Very nice of you to post for others and the images really help.

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