How to Start a WordPress Blog in 10 Minutes – Step by Step
So you want to learn how to start a WordPress blog in around 10 minutes? Easy.
As I mentioned in my latest blog hosting review, starting a WordPress blog is super simple with BlueHost. In fact, it only takes a few clicks.
One of my goals here at Blog Tyrant is to make things simple for new and old bloggers alike.
And as I am constantly asked about how to start a blog I decided to do a step by step tutorial on how to install WordPress on your own host so I can refer readers to it when needed.
Let’s get it right the first time around!
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Click here to open BlueHost in a new window (and get a free domain name when you buy a hosting package) and then follow the tutorial below. It will take you through the setup process – step by step. It should take around 10 minutes.
Step 1: Get your free domain name and hosting from BlueHost
BlueHost is where I first got started and they currently they have an incredible low rate of $3.95 per month for Blog Tyrant readers and they throw in a free domain name for a year. If you want to learn more about why I recommend BlueHost for new bloggers you can read this post.
Click the green Get Started Now button at Blue Host to get started.
Then you will be taken to a page where you have to enter in the domain name that you’d like to use. Remember, you can add unlimited websites and blogs to your Blue Host account so don’t worry too much if your not totally sold on your current domain name idea.
The next step is easy – just fill out all your contact details and payment information (billed annually). Make sure you use your real details because if you ever lose access to your account you might need to prove that you are the owner in order to get back in.
As you can see, there are some optional extras. It is up to you whether or not you purchase these but I would generally recommend you buy the Whois privacy. What that does is keep your personal details private. If you don’t buy this people will be able to look up your name and address.
Step 2: Install WordPress from your cPanel inside Blue Host
Now that you have purchased your domain name and hosting package you will get given access to something called a cPanel. This is the “engine” of your hosting and has dozens of different icons that link to all the different services and features that are available inside your hosting account. At first it will seem a little overwhelming but don’t worry, you can ignore 95% of them.
Scroll down until you find the icon called Simple Scripts. This is the amazing new software that lets you install WordPress on your host in just a few clicks.
On the next screen, scroll down and find the icon called WordPress. Give it a click.
On the next screen all you have to do is click the install button if you are creating a new WordPress blog (you are).
Now, the next scree has a few options but is actually really simple.
First, where is asks what version you’d like to install just select whichever is the most recent, as long as it is stable.
Second, where it asks where you’d like WordPress installed just select the domain name from the drop down that you just registered.
Third, name that bad boy.
Fourth, select a username and password. Make sure BOTH of these are complicated to add an extra layer of security.
Fifth, un-check the boxes of the plugins which you don’t really need at this stage.
Lastly, accept the terms and then hit the Complete button.
And you’re done!
Once it has finished crunching the installation it will give you a confirmation screening showing you your unique WordPress login URL that will look like this:
Copy this and bookmark it and make sure you write down your username and password on a piece of paper. Never write this information down on your computer.
This URL is where you go when you want to write posts, change WordPress themes, etc. You can virtually forget about the Blue Host area for most blogging tasks these days.
Step 3: Change your theme and start blogging!
The final (and most rewarding) step in the process is where you install a beautiful new theme design and start writing your first posts!
To change your theme simply find APPEARANCES in the left sidebar and then then click THEMES. Up the top will be a tab called INSTALL THEMES – click that one.
Once you are here, use the search function to find a theme that suits your needs. There are literally tens of thousands to choose from.
Once you have found a theme that you like you can preview it or just install it. Click the link and all the work is done for you!
Now you are ready to start blogging on your new WordPress blog! That whole process from sign up to installing a theme can literally only take five minutes to do. Just follow this guide and if you run in to any problems you can ask one of BlueHost’s amazing live support crew for help. They are there 24 hours a day.
Why would you want to start a WordPress blog?
If you’re still not convinced about starting a blog on WordPress I have done a quick video on why I think it is the best option for new bloggers.
Any other tips on how to start a WordPress blog?
Do any of the more experienced crowd have any tips for new bloggers who are installing WordPress for the first time? Please leave a comment.