Have you ever wondered how to start a blog? Stop what you are doing right now and follow these three easy steps to get your blog up and running in about 20 minutes! I cannot express how much blogging has changed my life in an amazing way. Blogging has opened doors for me and changed my life for the better. In fact, I quit my corporate job three years ago to pursue my online store and blogging as a career.
This tutorial is going to walk you through the steps to register your own domain name and install WordPress. I love WordPress! Our site runs on WordPress. I’ve used a lot of blogging platforms. I’ve found WordPress is the easiest to use and offers the most customization. WordPress isn’t just for blogging. We even run used to run our online store on WordPress!
The three steps to starting a blog:
- Set up domain name and hosting
- Install WordPress
- Make your blog look pretty
1. SET UP DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
What do you want your blog to be called? Brain storm right now and come up with a name. Our domain name is chicfetti.com. Do you have some ideas? Good! Now go to BlueHost to see if your domain name is available.
Your domain will need to be hosted. Hosting is basically rented space. BlueHost has really great hosting rates. Plus, they give you your domain name for free! I would suggest also choosing Whois privacy which will guard your address and phone number from being displayed publicly.
2. INSTALL WORDPRESS
Once you get the message at the top of the page that says ‘Your install is complete’, click on ‘View Credentials.’ Write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You’ll need these to log in for the first time. You can change the username and password later to something more memorable.
You’re now logged into your blog!
3. MAKE YOUR BLOG LOOK PRETTY
You can change the look of your WordPress blog with a theme. There are many free themes that you can pick from here. If you are looking for something particular, there are many paid premium themes that should have all the features you want. Here are some of the best theme resources:
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If you ever have any questions, you can always check out the WordPress Codex which is the ultimate WordPress resource.
Congrats on starting your new blog! You are going to love the blogging journey.