Use this step-by-step tutorial to setup Bluehost and start blogging today!
The idea of getting a website up and running can be a little daunting. Site hosting, domain registration, HTML code… say whaaaat? The tech side of blogging can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be!
That’s why I’m breaking it all down into a step-by-step tutorial (with screenshots!) showing the exact steps I took to get my site up and running using Bluehost and WordPress*.
*WordPress (.org) is the blogging platform I use and recommend. Make sure you’re not blogging on WordPress.com. That is the free site, and there isn’t a good way to monetize on a free platform, because it isn’t yours.
There are a lot of options for domain registration and hosting, and choosing one can be really overwhelming. We did a ton of research comparing the pros & cons of different companies, and ended up choosing Bluehost to launch Joyfully Growing Blog.
We’ve had a great experience with them, and highly recommend to anyone starting a blog. Not only is Bluehost one of the cheapest hosting platforms (great for new blogs that don’t earn an income yet), but it’s basically a one-stop-shop! You can now register your domain name for free through any of the Bluehost plans. This simplifies the process and gets you one step closer to launching your blog.
Some helpful definitions:
Domain registration: choosing a specific URL that will be your blog’s website address
Hosting: a company that provides the space on it’s servers to store your blog content and connect it to the internet
How to Setup Bluehost Tutorial
Go to Bluehost and click ‘get started now’
Select the hosting plan. The ‘basic’ option is great to get started with!
Next, choose a domain name.
Fill in your personal information, and then select a hosting package.
We recommend 36 months because the longer terms offer the best value. If you decided to upgrade early before your 36 months are complete, the cost of the unused months will be applied to your new Bluehost plan.
Enter your payment information.
Read the ‘fine print’, check the box if you agree to the terms, and hit submit!
Click ‘Create your password’
Make sure to use a secure password!
Yay! You’re done creating your account. Now you can login.
Connecting Bluehost to WordPress
Bluehost automatically installs WordPress for you, so this part is super easy!
When you login for the first time, the WordPress install should be in progress or completed. It should look something like this:
Once WordPress is installed, you will want to create a “new user” and add your username, email, etc. and change the user role to Administrator (you do not want to keep the username as ‘Admin’). Be sure to save the auto-generated password here too! You will need this to login to your WordPress dashboard (http://yourURLhere.com/wp-login.php).
When you login to your WordPress dashboard, it should look like this:
This will be where you login every day to create new posts, update links, and make changes to your blog! Start learning your way around this dashboard. Don’t worry, it’ll be a familiar place in no time! 😉
There you have it, you are officially setup with a self-hosted platform (WordPress), an awesome hosting company (Bluehost), and your new URL is allllll yours! Next, you’ll want to make your site pretty and start writing posts!
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