How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

 

How to Start a Blog--Miter Saws and Mary JanesStarting a WordPress blog is easy and today I’ll show you exactly how to get your site up and running using WordPress and Bluehost. I have negotiated special pricing with Bluehost so you can cheaply start your blog–plus you’ll get a free domain name!

Read on to learn how you can get your own WordPress blog up and running in less than 10 minutes.

These prices are subject to change to don’t wait too long. Start making money from your own blog today!

If you’re looking to make more money, eliminate debt, invest in real estate, or even travel the world more, blogging can be a very lucrative way to achieve your goals. Blogging has allowed me to make over $10,000 each month simply by doing something I love!

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Starting a WordPress Blog is Easy

A lot of people seem to think it’s impossible to make money from their blog. While it’s definitely hard work, it’s not impossible to radically change your finances and life through blogging. Plus, it’s extremely easy to get started!

Follow the steps below to launch your own blog. I personally use Bluehost and WordPress, and I can say nothing but good things about both services.

How to Start a WordPress Blog --Miter Saws and Mary Janes

How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

Starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost is as simple as following these 3 easy steps:

  1. Register your domain name
  2. Purchase hosting for your blog
  3. Install WordPress on Bluehost

Register Your Domain Name

Your domain name is essentially your online identity, so take some time to think about exactly how you’d like to name your corner of the Internet.

I chose Miter Saws and Mary Janes because it’s a combo of my favorite power tool and my favorite type of heel. It’s fun, memorable, and something that reflects a bit of my personality.

Remember, through my special Bluehost link, you can receive your domain name for free (yes, free!), so don’t spend money if you don’t have to!

How to Start a Blog --Miter Saws and Mary Janes

Purchase Hosting for Your Blog

To get the most bang for your blogging buck, I highly recommend purchasing a 12-month plan.While you have to pay for the full 12 months up front, you will save significantly more money than if you sign up for a month-to-month plan. You can purchase hosting for as little as $3.95 per month by clicking on my special link.

Additionally, with a 12-month plan, you’ll receive your free domain name, you won’t have to worry about credit/debit cards expiring and causing your blog to go down, and you can focus your efforts on providing fantastic content for your readers instead of worrying about paying your hosting bills.

Bluehost offers three well-priced plans but you can do everything you need to make money blogging by purchasing their Basic Plan.

How to Start a Blog--Miter Saws and Mary Janes

Install WordPress on Bluehost

Direct from their Bluehost’s site, here are the steps for installing WordPress on Bluehost:

This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do. They use the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress (and other applications).

MOJO Marketplace

In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the icon One-Click Installs.

WordPress: MOJO icon in cPanel

You will now be on a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.

This will open the installation window. Click on Start a brand new installation. This is going to start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps:

WordPress: Install WordPress

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 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 ‘Admin’ and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically Create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database that you have already setup and want to use.

WordPress: MOJO installation, advanced options.

Step 3: Check the box saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click Install Now.

You will now see the progress page, which will 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 you keep it in a safe place.

WordPress: Installation Process

Now you can log into your WordPress site, by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click Log In. You will now be looking at the WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.

And that’s it! In less than 10 minutes, you can be on your way to making money online. If you have any questions or are confused by any of these steps, please email me; I’m happy to help you work through this process and get your blog live so you can begin making money!

WordPress Tips

When you first log into your new WordPress blog through your admin account, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the features you’re able to edit. Don’t worry–it’s actually very easy to navigate! Within a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to creating blog posts and pumping out content for your readers.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • To design your blog’s theme, you can use the free templates provided by WordPress. Just click on “Appearance” on the left navigation bar, then “Themes”
  • Managing your footer, header, and widgets is also done through the “Appearance” tab
  • Creating new posts is as simple as clicking on “Posts” and “Add New” (you can do the same for Pages)
  •  Plugins will help you do everything from change the color of your text to safeguard your blog from comment spammers
  • By clicking on the “Media” tab, you can upload photos to add pizzazz to your posts

After you start you blog, take a look at some of my other posts to learn even more blogging tips and suggestions:

 

Willow

Willow

Willow is the founder of Miter Saws and Mary Janes, a lifestyle site about DIY, personal finance, travel, real estate investing, and home hacking. She chronicles her DIY, travel, and outdoor adventures and how she makes over $10,000/month online. Click here to learn how to start a blog!
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