How to Start Blog - Step to Step Guide For Newbie

The best part is you can start a money-making blog for only a few dollars a month. Getting started blogging is easy, and in this step-by-step guide to getting started with blogging with WordPress, you’ll be up and running quickly!

I recommend starting with a self-hosted site using WordPress.org. Why? This type of site will give you the most freedom and the most control over your blog. There is a small cost involved, but it will be worth in in the long run to have total control over your own site. The first thing you’ll need to do to set up your self-hosted blog on WordPress.org is select your domain name and hosting package.

Many bloggers have been able to turn their blogging from a hobby into a career, allowing them to:
  • Work from home
  • Travel whenever they want
  • Have a flexible schedule
  • Spend more time with their family
  • Achieve financial freedom

Select A Perfect Domain Name AND How to Register it- A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

You’ll want to do some research before you choose a name for your blog. You want something that fits you, your blog, and is unique and will help you stand out in a positive way. If you need a little help in this area, check out Bust a Name. It allows you to type in some key words you want to use in your domain name and suggests available combinations.

How to Choose Best HOSTING PROVIDER

You want to pick a trustworthy host because if they have problems, you have problems. Your host is where your blog “lives,” so it affects your site speed and accessibility. Support is also an important factor to consider when choosing a host. You want to be able to call when an issue arises and have it fixed right away to avoid blog downtime as much as possible.

There are a few hosting services that Donnie and I have used and recommend. If you’re just getting started and want an amazing combination of price, speed, and reliability, I recommend Bluehost. It’s a big company but we’ve had a great experience with Bluehost.

We wrote an article about some of our other hosting recommendations but if you want to keep things simple and get started right away, go with Bluehost.

SETTING UP HOSTING AT BLUEHOST

We’re going to walk you through the steps of getting started with Bluehost. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that there are 20 steps– that just means we’ve broken it down to make it really easy for you! Here we go!

1) Just go this this website . You’ll be re-directed to Bluehost through my affiliate link and you may get a few additional perks for signing up through my code. (Thank you for your support!) Click the big green “Get Started Now” button.

2) You’ve already decided on a domain name at this point. To register your domain name with Bluehost, enter it under the “new domain” box and click “next.”

3) Enter all of your account and contact information.

4) Continue down to the “package information” section. You get the cheapest monthly rate by selecting 36 months. It’s important to note that Bluehost charges you for the full the 36 months upfront. You are prepaying for the hosting. That’s one of the reasons they are able to offer great hosting at such a small price. They always have that money-back guarantee, though, so you won’t risk losing your money.

We would recommend setting up some sort of backup system for your blog somewhere other than with your host so that you don’t lose all of your hard work if your site would crash or your host would have a problem. When I first started, we backed my site up to Dropbox using a plugin called WordPress Backup to Dropbox.

5) Enter your billing information, agree to the service agreements, and then click “next.”

6) Again, there are some additional options you can purchase here, but I wouldn’t. These could be added later if you need them. Click “complete.”

7) Congratulations! You officially have a Bluehost account. Next you need to create your password.

8) On this screen, you’ll create your Bluehost account password. Don’t forget it! (And of course make it a strong password so no one can hack your site!)

9) Now that your password has been created, you can log into your account for the first time! Make sure you’re logging into “hosting” and not “webmail.”

10) When your account opens for the first time, you’ll see a helpful little welcome message. Fortunately I’m walking you through the process, so select the “close this welcome message and don’t show it again” button.

11) Once you close that window, you’ll be in your account dashboard. You will get very familiar with this page. First things first– you need to install WordPress. Click the “install WordPress” button at the bottom of the screen.

12) On the WordPress Installation screen, click “Install.”

13) Click “show advanced options.”

14) Name your site (you can always change it later), create a username for the WordPress install, and create a WordPress login password. You’ll want to make sure that “Automatically create a new database for this installation” and “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2” are checked as well. Click “Install Now.”

15) Watch the little bar at the top of the next screen turn green. That means WordPress has been successfully installed.

16) Now check your email, and you should have something from Mojo Marketplace. This email is important, so make sure you save it! It includes your website URL, your WordPress admin login URL, and your WordPress login username.

17) From the email in the previous step, click the Admin URL. It will take you to a site that looks like the one below. Enter your username.

18) To retrieve your password, navigate back to your Bluehost tab and click the very bottom “view” to see your WordPress password. Remember, this alert expires after 12 hours, so make sure you get the password within that time period.

19) This page shows everything you need to start using WordPress. I like to take a screenshot of this page and save it somewhere that I’ll be able to access easily if I forget my info.

20) Now that you have your password, you can log into WordPress and you’ll be presented with your WordPress dashboard. You will learn to love this. Spend some time going through the various settings. It may be confusing at first, but in no time it will all be second nature.