How To Start A Blog or Site in 5 Minutes with WordPress
Start A WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes
Start A Blog or Site in 5 Minutes
If you’ve ever been wondering how to start a blog, you have most likely heard of the platform “wordpress”. It’s one of the world’s largest blogging platforms, and we’ve found it to be one of the easiest as well.
The great thing about WordPress is that it will allow you to start a blog or a website.This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to easily get a blog or website up and running in as little time as possible.
We know you might not be tech-savvy and might be a little intimidated by all of the tech words you’ve heard spoken before, so that’s why we keep it simple and provide you step-by-step instructions (and pictures) so that it’s simple to follow.
One of the biggest things that you might not have thought about after coming up with the idea to start your own blog is that you need to have a “hosting” company. A hosting company is where you will install the WordPress software. Basically, a “hosting” company is where your website will live. It’s like having your own computer set up in your house running 24/7 that’s only for your website.
The good news is that you don’t need to go out and buy a brand new computer and spike your monthly energy bills by running a computer all day. But, you will need to find a web host. While there’s so many hosting companies out there to choose from, we’re going to keep it simple and recommend one to you that we’ve used over and over again and have a great relationship with.
We understand how hard it can be to find a good web host, so we took care of the research for you and found Bluehost.
Even WordPress itself recommends Bluehost as the number one recommended hosting service, and they don’t officially recommend many hosting companies.
- Their service, reliability and usability.
- Bluehost has worked hard to make their Control Panel easier to use.
- Bluehost has partnered with MOJO Marketplace to make installing WordPress a breeze.
- They also offer courteous and professional 24 hour in-house technical support for your hosting account 7 days of the week all year long. That means when you call in at 1 in the morning on a Thursday, you are calling to the same place that your hosting account is at and some one there will be able to help you.
- For $4.95 a month you can host unlimited websites, email accounts and domains; all on one account.
- Bluehost uses custom built servers, this provides the most stable and reliable hosting environment.
One thing that makes me super happy is that Bluehost makes sure there is little to no risk for you, including a 30 day money back guarantee. This means if you’re unhappy for whatever reason, you can cancel at any time. Cool, right?
Note: Sign up through this tutorial to receive 36 months of hosting for $3.95, as well as a free domain name for a year! ( a domain name is the name you’ll type in to go to your site, like google.com)
To get ready, you will want to gather a few things beforehand to make the process even smoother. Here are some things you will want to have on hand:
- Think of a Domain Name
A Domain name is the human recognizable companion to an IP address. The Domain name is tied to the IP address, so instead of typing in a string of numbers, we can simply type in something like “Google.com” and be taken to the correct web page.
- Your credit card for payment.
Set Up Your Hosting Account
Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost.
If you don’t already own a domain name, you can purchase one now. It will be free with your hosting account purchase, as you get a free domain with a new hosting account.
Once you have entered a domain name, you will fill in your personal information.
Then you will choose the hosting package you want. Normal shared hosting is priced at 12, 24, and 36 month terms. The longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate is, which will save you money.
For example, by choosing a 36 month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95 a month. Another great bonus to choosing Bluehost is that if you want more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or Dedicated hosting accounts from inside your cPanel!
There are a few other offers here, which you can include at your discretion. One that is highly recommended is Domain Privacy, which will keep all of your personal information private.
After you have filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, you can click Next to complete your purchase. Now you will be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong password, or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.
Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you will be able to get started installing WordPress.
This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do. They use the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress (and other applications).
In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the icon One-Click Installs.
You will now be on a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.
This will open the installation window. Click on Start a brand new installation. This is going to start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps:
Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress.
This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next click Check Domain, which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
Step 2: Show Advanced Options.
This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. It is recommended to use a different username than ‘Admin’ and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically Create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database that you have already setup and want to use.
Step 3: Check the box saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click Install Now.
You will now see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your Site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure you keep it in a safe place.
Now you can log into your WordPress site, by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click Log In. You will now be looking at the WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
Need More Help
- Check out this video showing how to install WordPress!