How to Start a Blog

 

Here is a simple tutorial on how to start a blog.

I use WordPress hosted by Bluehost. Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress. Bluehost is also the number one recommended hosting service for their platform for ten years and counting.

With Bluehost you can expect:

  • Premium customer service
  • Easy to use control panel
  • Servers that are custom built, stable and reliable.
  • In house technical support available 24/7
  • MOJO Marketplace provides one click WordPress installation
  • Unlimited websites, email accounts and web domains
  • No contracts
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Cancel any time

If you sign up through this tutorial, you will get a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95 per month for 36 months. Included with that is a domain name free for 12 months!

To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, just follow this outline I made for you guys. It is very easy, and what will make it easier, is if you already made up your mind what you want to call your blog, your domain name, and have your credit card ready.

Setting up your Hosting Account

To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “Get Started Now.”

Choose which hosting package you want. I chose the 36 month terms because I know that I will be blogging for a long time, and that you actually save more money buying the longer term. The longer term also has a lower monthly rate. Using my link, if you choose the 36 month hosting term, you will get the rate at only $3.95 per month. And Bluehost also offers seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel.

Next, choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can use that. You will have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to  Bluehost. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can get one for free right in the sign up process with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.

After you entered your domain name, click next. It will take you to the page to create your Bluehost account.

There are also other offers during the sign up. The only extra one I added, if I remember correctly is the Domain Privacy Protection. It basically keeps people off your personal information on the WHOIS databases. If you have the budget, add Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart, and SiteLock Security – Find.

After filling up the information and choosing which package to use, provide payment information. Agree to the Bluehost’s Terms of Service, Cancellation Policy, and Privacy Policy, then click “Submit” to finalize your purchase. Then you will have to create a password for your account. Passwords are required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number and a special character.

Installing WordPress

In your cPanel, go to “MOJO Marketplace” and click the “One-Click Installs” button.  Then you will arrive at Scripts and Platform. Click on the WordPress icon. The installation window will open. Click Start.

Choose where to install WordPress. I used my main domain on my account. But you can also use a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Click on “Check Domain,” to make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. Check the box and continue. Make sure that if you have other sites built, that you are not overwriting something important.

In the advanced options, set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. Make sure to use a different username than “admin” and a very strong password. Make sure to click on the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box.

Read the terms and conditions, check the box, then click “Install Now.”

The progress page will show up. After WordPress is finished installing, your site URL, the admin login URL, your username and your password will be provided. You will get a copy of all of this information, except your password, in an email. Make sure to keep every information in a safe place.

After all this is done, all you have to do is go to your website, click on “Log In”, then it will take you to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, click “Log in”, and then you will be taken to the Dashboard. Then you can start your blog! Write a new post, add a new page, etc.

Make sure to sign up through my tutorial to get a great deal of $3.95 per month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for 12 months!

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