- Choose a domain name
- Get hosting
- Install wordpress
- Select a theme
Here’s What You’ll Learn
Since this is The Insanely Simple Guide To Launching Your Blog here’s what you’ll learn:
- The cheapest way to host a blog, plus get a free domain name (a $15 value)
- How to pick a perfect domain name, even if you’re not sure what your blog will be about
- A simple way to install WordPress on your blog
- Where to get professional, quality looking site design for little or no cost
Step # 1 & 2 – Get Hosting & A Free Domain Name
Just like your computer needs a hard drive to store memory, so does your website. A hosting account allows you to store files on the Internet.
A domain name is the web address of your blog. My domain name is www.thewaystowealth.com.
In Steps # 1 & 2, you’ll choose a host and pick a domain.
Picking A Host
There are hundreds of different hosting providers. Plus, a variety of different types of hosting plans.
This can seem a bit overwhelming.
My recommendation for beginner bloggers is to host their website with Bluehost.
I recommend Bluehost because:
- I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for over 8 years
- I’ve always enjoyed their customer service, especially the live chat option
- They’re extremely cheap (under $3.00 a month)*
- Out of any host, they make it as simple as possible to install a blog (it’s just one click)
- You get a free domain name
- They offer a 30-day money back guarantee, if you decide blogging is not for you
*I was able to negotiate a discount with Bluehost for readers of The Ways to Wealth. As such, that price is only available if you click a link via this website.
How To Get Started With Bluehost
Headover to Bluehost’s homepage and click “Get Started Now”
For now, you just want the basic plan:
How To Pick The Perfect Domain Name
Upon clicking the basic plan, you’ll go to a screen to pick your domain name.
With Bluehost, you get a free domain name if you buy 12 months of hosting.
A domain name tells your visitors what your site is all about.
When considering your domain name, an important question to ask is: What is the long-term vision for your site?
For myself, my long-term vision was to build a site around all things money. Including saving money, making money, investing, etc…Because of this broad niche, I picked a domain name with a broad meaning.
Now, compare this to a site that wants to be about only retirement investing. A domain name like The Ways To Wealth wouldn’t be a good choice, as it doesn’t tell a visitor what the site is about.
If you’re not 100% sure of your niche, my recommendation would be to take the topic you’re thinking about and choose a domain name around that broader niche. For example, say I was thinking of starting a blog about dairy free cooking. Instead of choosing a domain name like dairyfreereceipes.com, I’d pick a domain name like allergyfreecooking.com.
This way, you open yourself up to new niches in the future.
Here are four more tips to selecting a good domain name:
- Pick something that lets your visitors know exactly what the website is about
- Make sure it’s easy to spell
- Avoid numbers and hyphens
- Select a .com domain name
Your next step is to type in the domain name you have in mind to Bluehost to see if it’s available. If not, Bluehost will give you some recommendations:
In my example, allergyfreecooking.com wasn’t available, so I typed in the domain name: TheAllergyFriendlyDad.com which was available.
How To Choose a Hosting Package from Bluehost
After finding an available domain name, I’m taken to a screen that sets up my account.
After filling in the account information, I choose the package information.
Here are the settings I recommend:
Next is simply setting up my payment information, then clicking submit.
How To Setup Hosting
Once you’ve inputted your payment information, you’re ready to setup your blog with WordPress (don’t worry, it’s easy!).
WordPress is the content management system of your blog. In other words, it’s your blog’s operating system (while Bluehost is the hard drive).
WordPress powers about 24% of websites on the Internet. It’s incredibly easy to use.
And what’s really great about Bluehost is it comes with WordPress pre-installed. This was a feature added in late 2018 known as Bluerock. So no more manual WordPress installation is required!
That means, all you have to do is…
Upon submitting payment, you”ll be taken to a Welcome Page screen that asks you to login to WordPress. From here you can choose to start a business or personal site (this really doesn’t matter).
Then, you’ll be asked to pick a theme that inspires you.
How To Select A Professional Looking Theme
The default WordPress design is a pretty basic design.
Picking a new theme allows you to upgrade your design very easily.
There are three options you have.
- Choose a free theme from WordPress
- Choose a professionally designed theme template
- Hire a website designer
In my opinion, since you’re just starting out, hiring a website designer is overkill at this point.
As a beginner, I’d either start with a free theme or choose a professional template.
Bluehost has a number of custom free themes you can use, which you can install with one click.
Also, don’t put too much thought into this as you can easily change it later.
For choosing a premium theme template, I’ve always found StudioPress themes as a great resource. Their customer service is first-class. As I’m not very technical, they’ve saved me hours of frustration on multiple occasions.
I hope this tutorial on How To Setup A WordPress Blog With Bluehost has helped. I know it can seem technical but once you do it, you’ll be surprised how easy it is.