How to start a WordPress blog with Bluehost
Today, you will learn how to set up a WordPress blog with Bluehost! Starting a blog has allowed me to continue to stay home with my little ones while working and doing something I love. If you follow these easy steps you will be able to do the same. When I started blogging I had no clue where to start. I spent many hours researching for the best place to host a website and found that Bluehost was the best all around. Bluehost is one the largest and most trusted web hosting services powering millions of websites. They offer 24/7 customer service and awesome prices. You can host your own website for as little as $3.95 a month.
You are probably wondering why should I pay for this service when WordPress has a free option. Good question! If you are planning to earn a profit from your blog/ website then paying for your hosting through a company like Bluehost is important; you will have full control over everything on the website. If for any reason you choose that Bluehost isn’t for you they have a 30 day guarantee.
If you are ready click here to get started then follow along with the steps below.
Getting started with Bluehost
The first thing you will be doing is registering your domain with Bluehost. Once you click the link above you will be directed to a page similar to the one below. Once there you will find more information on Bluehost and can click the green get started button. While here you can begin to brainstorm a domain name (website name). Try to pick one that relates to your niche or topic of your blog.
After clicking that get started button you will be taken to the page below where you can select the plan that best suits your needs. I recommend the prime option simply because there is no price difference between plus and prime. The domain privacy and site backup pro is totally worth the peace of mind it will give you. If you choose the basic or plus they are still great too, it really depends on what you will be using the website for and personal preference.
After selecting your plan you will be taken to the domain page pictured below. Here you will type in the name you chose for your domain, or if you are switching hosting companies you will type your pre-existing domain.
Proceed to account and package information. If you choose the basic plan (which is totally good) I highly recommend site back up pro and site lock security.
- Site back up pro- Backs up and restores your site.
- Sitelock- helps to protect your website from hackers who use malware, SQL injection, and other sophisticated techniques to redirect your traffic and ruin your sites reputation.
Enter your payment method and hit submit. After selecting your password you will be able to login.
Once logged in you will be able to pick a theme for your website, you can always change this later in your WordPress dashboard. When I began blogging I used a free theme for the first 3 months and then decided to buy a theme through; Hello you designs you can check them out here!
Once you have picked a theme and logged into WordPress you will see something similar to the below image. That is the WordPress dashboard and where you will do all of the editing for your page. You will be able to access bluehost tools, set your theme, write posts and add plugins.
There you have it!! Wasn’t that easy. Now get out there, write your blog, and show the world your thoughts, dreams, and passion! I hope this blog helps jump start your adventure; it is quite challenging but very rewarding. I encourage you to give it a shot.