Welcome back to our mini-series on How To Start a Blog. In Part 1, we went through the whole Blogger vs WordPress thing, and in Part 2, we chose and registered our hosting and domain name on Bluehost. If you didn’t get that done or you’re just joining us now, get over there and get registered. Part 2 will walk you through the process. Go ahead. We’ll wait.
Okay then. Today we’re going to move on to setting up your WordPress Blog. (If you haven’t read Part 1, WordPress was the correct answer!)
Everyone tells me this is where they freak out and that it seems crazy scary and complicated. It probably doesn’t help that bloggers use fancy words like migration and good stuff like that instead of keeping things simple. I totally get it since I felt that way too, but it’s really not that difficult at all.
Go ahead and log in to Bluehost and your c-panel and this great box will pop up! Click on setup your website.
Click on website at the top of the page.
You’ll get a few options. The only one you want is WordPress. Really. That’s why it’s at the top. Go ahead. Click on it!
That will take you over to the next window where you have a few options. You can choose to install your website yourself which is free and totally doable. Or you can have them do it for you starting at $99. This is nice because it takes the stress out of the install and there’s a $49 credit towards a theme however, I personally would skip paying for installation. If you’re just starting out, and particularly if money is tight, you can do the install yourself and start with a free theme or a less expensive one from Etsy or Creative Market.
If you’re really not feeling confident that you can install your site, I can do a the install from Bluehost to WordPress for $45 including setting up a basic theme to get you going. My contact info is at the bottom of this post if you’re just not comfortable going it on your own and don’t want to spend the $99 for Bluehost to do the installation. Having said all that, I think it’s fairly straightforward and I’m going to talk you through the rest of the way. Not that I don’t like getting paid and all but I think you’ve got this.
Once you click on install now, you’ll be asked which domain you’d like to install. Choose the site you registered (obviously!) and click check domain. Since this is your first site, you can happily ignore any warning you get about overwriting your files. If this isn’t your first site, choose carefully so you don’t erase a site like someone I know. That would be me. Shout out to Bluehost for getting my sites back online that time I blew everything up.
Next you want to click on advanced options so that you can change your site name, admin user name, and password information so that you actually know what it is. (Yup, I made this mistake once and had to go back and re-do things.) #keepingitreal
You can use your email address or your first name as your admin user name if you’d like and it’s easier to remember. Make your password complicated enough that hackers won’t guess it but simple enough that you remember it. Or write it down somewhere and keep it close by where you normally plan to work on your blog. Then check the box that you’ve read the terms and conditions and click install now.
Don’t close the page! It takes a few minutes to install and a Mojo Marketplace pop up will probably appear. You can close the pop up if you like. The install is complete when you see the view credentials button at the top of the page. Click on it and you’re off to your new WordPress site.
You can log in on your new WordPress site with your admin name and password and start poking around. Your site won’t be live until you’ve assigned a theme and started writing content and creating categories which we’ll talk about in Part 4 of our series.
If all of that installing stuff was causing your brain to explode, feel free to contact me to help you install your site using this form.
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Happy almost blogging!