After blogging for 7 years at a few different sites, I frequently get asked about starting a blog by friends and family. I have helped my friend start her first blog earlier this year, and when I was recently asked about starting a blog by a friend who lives out of state I decided it was time to devote a section of Home in the Finger Lakes to blogging resources and tips.
There are so many great reasons to start a blog, but I know actually setting up the blog can seem overwhelming.
So I am going to walk you through Starting a New WordPress Blog on Bluehost. Don’t be intimidatedI’ve broken it down into super easy steps.
Step-By-Step Guide On How To Start A WordPress Blog on Bluehost:
One of the biggest technical decisions you will make regarding your blog before you ever even sit down and type your first post is your hosting. It’s the foundation that you will build your blog on. It’s where you’ll turn to for technical support, customer service, and email service for your blog. Hosting is kind of a big deal, but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated or confusing.
Personally, when I first started out I went with Bluehost. Not only was it highly recommended by many of my blogging friends, but it’s the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with them, even when I had a post go crazy viral, they were there to help me through, their 24/7 customer service is AWESOME. Plus it’s only a few bucks a month.
Here’s how get your very own blog set-up, quickly! I know it looks like a lot of steps, but I promise it will not take long at all to get you our own site up and get you blogging!
To Get Started, Go To Bluehost’s Home Page And Click on the green “Get Started Now” button.
Pick your Plan
Next, you’ll want to choose your plan. Bluehost usually offers specials for new customers, Click here to see the current offers. Choose the plan you’d like to start with by clicking one of the green “select” buttons. I typically go with Plus or Prime because you get more unlimited features.IMPORTANT: Please note that Bluehost bills upfront for annual hosting packages. I want you to know about this now so you don’t go all the way through the setup process only get near the end of the process and you have been presented a larger bill than maybe you were expecting. By billing upfront you are able to avoid any billing issues that might affect your site being up. I also like having the peace of mind that my hosting account is paid up for a year or more.
You will have another opportunity to change your hosting package before checking out, but I personally hate surprises during check out, and just want to make sure you are clear about the billing process!