How to Start a Blog (Bluehost)

How to Start a Blog (Bluehost)


Starting a blog is one of the very best things
that ever happened to me, and I love to share with folks why blogging is a great way to
connect with others, build your platform, and change the world in your industry. In this post, I’ll go through the exact steps
to setting up your own self-hosted blog. It should take 9 minutes, tops. (8.5, maybe). At the end, you’ll have your very own blog,
which you can shriek loudly about. In a good way. To start, get thee (go) to BlueHost. The things you need: A host. Many big bloggers recommend BlueHost.
It’s known for great customer service, and a small monthly fee ($6) will allow you to
create unlimited websites. A domain name. Got a name for your blog? Great.
Now turn that into a domain name. (Like www.ClaireDiazOrtiz.com or www.MuffinsAreGreat.com) BlueHost will
ask you what yours is when you’re setting up the blog. A credit card (or paypal). This is where you
get to throw your cash money on the table. Note that there are free ways to blog, but
for most people I don’t generally recommend them. Here’s an explanation of why you (usually)
shouldn’t be using free blogging services. So go ahead, get going. Watch the video above
or read the directions below and sign up for BlueHost and then get your first post up! Don’t like videos? Here are some directions. 1. Go to BlueHost. Click on Sign Up Now. It will ask you for a domain name. For now,
let’s assume you do not already have a domain name and need to buy one now. What do you
want to call your site? Muffins4eva.com? DuckDynastyRecipes.com? Think of something good. Enter it in the box
“I Need a Domain Name” and see if it’s available. If it’s available, it’ll tell you “Congratulations!”
Now it’s time to fill out your basic personal information and credit card information (or
paypal). Fill that in. You’re once again a winner. “Congratulations!”
You set it up. Now it needs you to set up a password. Do that. Once you set up the password it wants you to
log into the account. Do that. Now you’re in your account. Click on “Websites”,
the blue icon in the middle of the screen. Once you click there, you’ll see a screen
that will say “WordPress” on the left hand side with a big logo. Click on “WordPress”
— that’s what
we’re going to use to blog on. Click WordPress, and it’ll ask you to install
Wordpress. Deselect a few extra plugins it will select for you. If you get an error message
that says “Oops! That directory exists!” don’t worry. This is just meant for people who are
installing WordPress on a site that
is already live. Just click the box saying you know this would override any existing
files. You may need to deselect those plugins again. And then, success! Click on the link it gives you for your new blog and
put in your password. Now look at the left hand side of the screen
and click “Add New” under “Posts”. Write your first post, and hit “Publish!” Yay! You’re first post is up. To make your blog a bit nicer, here
are a few key things you’ll want to think
about doing in the first few weeks: – Choose a Theme. Under “Appearance” you can
click “Themes” to see some free themes available. One good free one that many folks use is called
Platform. I use a great paid theme called Genesis which I highly recommend. – Download some good plugins. Some of my favorites
include Askimet (to prevent Spam), Google Analytics (to see
stats about your blog), and Contact Form 7
(to have an easy way for folks to contact you). For more general information on WordPress
and getting your site looking awesome, try WP101.com, a great site with tons of good
videos. So remember, it all starts with BlueHost.

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