Last updated on February 19th, 2018 — Want to learn how to start a WordPress blog in five minutes? I can help with that…
Bluehost is where I started my first WordPress blog almost a decade ago. They’ve now put together an exclusive deal for Blog Tyrant readers so I can help you get set up properly as well!
All you need to start a WordPress blog is a domain name and a hosting platform. Once you’ve got that you just install WordPress for free and start blogging!
Let’s dive right in and show you how to start your first self-hosted WordPress blog today. It’s super simple and with this walk-through and video tutorial you’ll be blogging in no time!
Disclosure and quick interruption – I started my first blog on Bluehost and have now partnered with them to get you a big discount rate. If you purchase hosting through one of the links on this post I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. They are a great place to start and I’m happy to promote them!
An overview of how to start a WordPress blog
Watch this video to see how simple it is to start a WordPress Blog. After, we have a quick summary of the process and then the full walk-through details for you to follow along.
Here’s the quick summary of the set up stages expanded on below:
- Purchase a WordPress hosting package
This is where you install WordPress and host your future blog.
- Install WordPress from your new cPanel
Install WordPress with just a few clicks from inside your hosting panel.
- Choose a free theme for your blog
Pick a theme that suits the colors, branding and goals for your blog.
- Start creating amazing content
Now start writing amazing blog posts that help people.
Now let’s get into the step-by-step, detailed tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog that over 1,000 people have now used to start blogging properly! As I mentioned in my latest blog hosting review it literally only takes a few clicks to get your own blog.
(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.)
Click the green Get Started Now button at Bluehost to get started.
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 for free from your new cPanel within Bluehost
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. This is where we start our WordPress blog.
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 ignore that message because installing it ourselves is easy!
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 on WordPress!
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 login to your WordPress dashboard using the URL we got above and go APPEARANCE > THEMES > ADD NEW and then use the search box to find a theme that suits your needs. There are literally 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.
Step 4 — Start creating amazing content for your blog
Once you have started a WordPress blog it’s a good idea to have a look at how to create amazing content for your blog.
After all, there is no point going to all the trouble of starting a blog if you don’t put something great on it!
I really recommend taking an approach that involves a deliberate blogging strategy that helps you to get more traffic from Google, lands you consistent email subscribers, and builds you a profitable blog over time.
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