Is your brain chock-full of ideas, practically bursting at the seems, but the thought of actually running a blog sounds intimidating? I felt the same way less than a year ago, when I was contemplating starting this website. Honestly, I am NOT a techy person. I do not speak computer. And in addition to being intimidated by the technical aspects of running a blog, I was SCARED to share my story with the world. While running a blog will require some effort on your part, and it might even require you to be vulnerable. But you know what? It is totally worth it if you are looking for a way to make some extra money (or even a full time income). And there is good news. Setting up a blog is EASY. Really. If you have ten minutes to spare, you can set up your blog right now so that you can start sharing what the world needs to hear from you.
When I started my blog, I personally used BLUEHOST to host our website. I haven’t had a problem with them. And considering that they have some of the lowest monthly rates in the business, I actually thought they were PERFECT for what I needed until my blog grew. When I first set up this blog, even being technologically illiterate, it took LESS THAN 10 MINUTES. I am convinced that if you are computer savvy enough to use basic social media, you are savvy enough to start and keep up with a blog. I’ve set out how you can get started in 5 easy steps.
HOW TO CREATE A SELF HOSTED WORDPRESS SITE IN MINUTES
STEP 1: Click this banner below.
Then click “get started now” and choose your plan. They offer 3 plans: Starter, Plus, and Pro. For me, the starter plan was perfectly fine for starting out. You will likely need to upgrade as your blog grows (and it will!), so its up to you whether you want to take care of that now or later.
STEP 2: CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME.
Now its time to choose your domain name. This is something you might want to take a minute and choose wisely. Of course, you can always change it later, but a good domain name is necessary to make a good blog. You will also fill out some personal information at this point, but its quite easy and user friendly.
You can check the availability of your domain name here:
STEP 3: CHOOSE A PACKAGE + ADD-ONS
Then, you will choose a hosting package and other add-ons.
The more months you are willing to pay for your site upfront, the cheaper your blog will be.
Enter your billing info and congrats! You are now the owner of your domain name. I wish home ownership was so simple.
STEP 4: INSTALL WORDPRESS
Now, you will install WordPress. Go directly to “hosting” on your account page and then click on “cpanel.” [Quick aside, your cpanel will be your go-to place while you are getting things set up and when you later need other things installed. So note that as you’ll need that later.] Scroll all the way down until you see “mojo marketplace” and then click on “one-click installs.” WordPress should be one of the top installs listed there. Click on “WordPress.” You will then be asked which domain you want to install– choose your name.
A new page will appear indicating that “you are almost there!”– under “Advanced Options” go ahead and type in the name of your site and set up your username, password, and email, then click “install now.”
STEP 5: GET TO BLOGGING!
Once WordPress is installed, you’ll be able to start posting. You can play around with whatever theme you want to use (you’ll be able to choose whether to purchase one or use a free one), play around with posting, how you want things to look, etc. Get after it so you can get your ideas out there and eventually start making money!
Honestly, BLUEHOST is so user friendly, I think you will find that you don’t even need this tutorial. It really walks you through it every step of the way. If you have been sitting on the fence about whether to start your blog, STOP. If you have something to share, SHARE IT! The world needs your voice and it only takes a few minutes to get started.
Have a question about setting up your blog? Comment below!
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