Starting a blog is easy! Making money with it is a bit trickier. In this “how to start a blog” tutorial I will show you exactly what you need to get started.
So you want your own Internet Real Estate?
I call websites internet real estate because, it’s your own piece of the internet. You can make a lot of money with it as millions of people have before you and millions of people will after you. So why not you right?
OK, to start, think of a website name.
That is basically the first step. What will you call your website? The thing is, the first few names you think of might be taken. But that’s ok because below I will show you where you can get you own domain and it will let you know if the name you pick is available or taken.
Here is some advice. Keep in mind if one day you might expand. So use a more general name because changing your website name down the road is possible, but it’s not super easy. So the best thing to do is to get the name you want right off the bat.
Now that you have your domain name in mind, you will need your own space on the internet. This is called hosting. To get hosting just Click Here because this is one of the best hosting companies that officially recommended by WordPress and has been the number-one recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years.
So that is pretty sweet.
I’ll give you more reasons why it is so highly recommended:
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A a domain name is your website name. Mine is lifewillnotwait.com
Simple enough! Once you sign up keep your username/password in a safe place because you will need this to control your website.
To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below. It will speed up the process to think of a domain name you want to use and to have your credit card for payment ready to go before you get started.
Setting up your hosting
Hosting is your space on the internet. You will need a company to do this for you. You pay the company and that is how you get to have your own piece of real estate space online.
To get started, go to here and click “Get Started Now.”
Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just 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 purchase one from right in the sign up process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
Ok great! That was easy, now once you have your domain name, just add your personal info
Then, you’ll choose which hosting package you want. Normal, shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36-month terms. To help save you money, the longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate will be. For example, by choosing a 36-month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95/month. And, because you’ve chosen to host with Bluehost, if you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel.
There are few other offers provided at sign up, which you can include at your discretion. One we recommend is Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.
and then on the same page, they will ask for your credit card info
Fill all that stuff out then click Next.
Now it will ask you to pick a password. Make sure it’s a good one! Make sure it is unique because you don’t want anyone hacking into your website if they can guess it. (Use letters and numbers) Something like
(don’t use that, it’s just an example)
Ok now we are ready to install wordpress! Don’t worry my friend, this part will be just as easy.
Now… Install wordpress
Good News! WordPress basically installs itself on your hosting. All you need to do is click a few things. Here we go.
You should of got a welcome email with your cPanel info. Login to your cPanel.
In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the “One-Click Installs” button.
This will take you to 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.
Another page will open. On this page click that green “start” button as shown below
Ok now we need to have a chat. Where are you putting your blog/website? Will it be the home page? or do you want to add it in a subfolder like www.yourwebsite.com/blog ? If you are unsure then you probably just want it on the main site.
OK so click on “Check Domain” so they can check to make sure it’s correctly assigned to your website.
If you don’t already have a website there and everything if new then don’t worry about the “Warning” that tells you it will overwrite files.
Check the box and continue.
Now if you do have a website already built in there, you can add this wordpress install to another folder, and just make sure you’re not overwriting any important files.
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 already set up that you want to use.
After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”
Now you’ll 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 to keep it in a safe place.
You are done installing!
Now you will can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL
(that is normally yourwebsite.com/wp-admin )
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 look by changing the theme.
Good news! 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!