You’ll have to choose your preferred topic – consider your passions for inspiration – and take it from there. Blogging can wear on you, especially in those early days when you haven’t secured a fan base yet. Choosing a topic you “think” will be a traffic target without having a genuine interest in the subject is a recipe for a stalled blog.
The technical part of the equation may appear daunting, but it really isn’t. I barely know enough coding to center a picture on a page. I still was able to start Daddylibrium on my own, and I didn’t have the handy steps I’m sharing with you below.
Now is a great time to get started! Bluehost offers a trio of price levels along with a money-back guarantee:
- 36 months for $4.95/month ($178.20 in toto)
- 24 month term for $5.95/month ($142.80 in toto)
- 12 month term $6.95/month ($83.40 in toto)
Select a Web Hosting Company
I’ve been with Bluehost since I started my first blog, What Would Toto Watch, in 2007. The company offers a range of levels and live, first-rate customer service. (Full disclosure: Daddylibrium is an affiliate of Bluehost. So if a Daddylibrium visitor clicks on a Bluehost link here and purchase a product I receive a commission)
If you’re not a techie, that’s a huge bonus. If that isn’t enough, consider these options:
- Premium customer service, reliability and usability
- Easy-to-use control panel
- Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
- Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
- Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
- No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.
Ready … Set … Host!
Take a deep breath and click the green “Get Started Now” button on the Bluehost home page. Your journey is about to begin.
You’ll have to select a domain name next, be it myfirstdaddyblog.com, helloworld.com or some other title meant to capture your blogging mission. Don’t choose lightly. A good domain name should be keyword rich if possible, easy to spell or put on a business card and capture your intent without misleading potential readers. The great Pat Flynn offers some invaluable tips on this important decision.
Got it? Let’s move on …
If you already have a domain name just enter it as required. The system will walk you through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. Or, you can buy one in the sign up process (at no cost with your new hosting account purchase).
Next, you’ll fill in your personal information.
Now, it’s time to select the best hosting package for your needs. A shared hosting program is priced at 12, 24 and 36-month intervals – sign up for longer terms to save money (lowest rate is $3.95/month). If your traffic suddenly jumps, you can easily upgrade to a hosting package that best serves your new needs.
There are a few other offers provided at sign up, which you can include at your discretion. One Bluehost recommends is Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.
When you’re done, click the “Next” button to complete your purchase. Now, you’ll create a password for your account. Feel free to pick your own or use the site’s Password Generator to create a secure password. The one you select must have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) for security reasons.
Scroll to the “MOJO Marketplace” section in your cPanel and select the “One-Click Installs” button. You’ll be taken to the Scripts and Platform page of the MOJO Marketplace. You’ll find the WordPress icon here near the top.
The installation window will now open. Click on the green “Start” button to begin the next few, simple 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 on “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 the generic term “admin” and a strong, secure password. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database already set up that you want to use.
Step 3: Read the terms and conditions and check the box indicating that you’ve done so. Next, click “Install Now.”
You now should see a “progress page” to 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 to keep all this information 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.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!
If you’d like a video guiding you through any of the above information, check out the Bluehost primer below.