A Step by Step Guide to Installing a WordPress Blog on Your Own Host – Stress Free
As I mentioned in my post about my favorite blog host, setting up a WordPress blog or website on a paid host can be a really scary and confusing experience the first time you do it.
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 to it when needed.
Let’s get it right the first time around!
I’m going to cover everything involved including:
- where to host your blog
- where to get a free domain name for a year
- how to purchase your hosting package
- how to install WordPress in 30 seconds
- how to install a new theme
- how to start blogging for success
All you have to do is follow the steps and you will be writing your first blog posts in less than ten minutes time!
It really is that simple.
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Step 1: Get your free domain name and purchase hosting package
The very first thing you need to do is visit Blue Host and purchase a hosting package. Currently they have an incredible low rate of $4.95 per month and they throw in a free domain name for a year.
If you want to learn more about why I recommend Blue Host for new blogger you can read this post.
TIP: Why not keep this post open in a separate window while you go through the process?
Click the green Sign Up 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. 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.
Now, I know a lot of new bloggers are nervous about entering their credit card details online. Well, I don’t think you should be. Tens of thousands of people have used Blue Host and they are a very respectable company. As long as you have an anti-virus program on your PC and you make sure there is the little padlock icon in the top left of your browser window you should be okay.
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! 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 Blue Host’s amazing live support crew for help. They are there 24 hours a day.
Some more tips for new bloggers
If you are just starting your first blog you might want to check out some more of the articles and guides that I have written. These should help you reach bigger and better things with fewer mistakes.
- How to Blog
This is a guide of over 8,000 words that I wrote to go over the whole process from start to finish. Not a lot of detail but a lot of information.
- How I Sold a Blog for around $20,000
This was one of my first articles and is about how I sold a blog for around $20k after 8 months work.
- Why I Use Aweber
Aweber is a email subscription service that all bloggers should be using. Find out why.
- The Best About Us Pages
Maybe this will give you some inspiration for your About page.
- How Stay at Home Moms can Make Money
This guide is an introduction for moms and dads that stay at home with the kids but would like to make money blogging.
- What is the Best Time to Publish Your Posts?
A lazy Sunday post that got a lot of feedback and some great ideas.
If you need my help with anything you can always get in contact with me on my Facebook page.
Any other blog hosting tips?
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.