Last Update November 12th, 2014
So you want to learn how to start a WordPress blog in around five minutes? Easy.
Here is a step by step tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog that over 300 people have now used to start blogging properly!
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Click here to open BlueHost in a new window (and get a free domain name for one year 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 5 minutes.
Step 1: Purchase hosting package (with free domain)
BlueHost is where I first got started and they currently they have an incredible low rate of $3.49 per month and they throw in a free domain name for a year (or you can use a domain name you already own) for Blog Tyrant readers.
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. (Remember, the following images are screenshots I’ve taken from BlueHost so you know what to do. Open up BlueHost in a new window and follow along.)
On the next page enter in the domain name that you’d like to use.
You can add unlimited websites and blogs to your BlueHost account so don’t worry too much if you’re 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 so you can verify your account.
As you can see below, that same screen has some optional extras. It is up to you whether or not you purchase these but I would generally recommend you buy the Whois privacy. This keeps your details private.
Step 2: Install WordPress from your new cPanel
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.
IMPORTANT: I’m going to show you how to do a WordPress install by yourself but you can always ask BlueHost to do it for you. This is a message you’ll see when you first get cPanel access.
We’re going to click “I can do it!” because we’re awesome!
Scroll down until you find the icon called Install WordPress. This is the amazing new software that lets you install WordPress on your host in just a few clicks.
Now, the next screen has a few options but is actually really simple.
Fill out all the options making sure you use a complex username (not admin) and password.
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 questions on how to start a WordPress blog?
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