Starting a blog on WordPress is easier than you thought. Since I’ve been on several blogging platforms (WordPress.com, then Blogger, and now self-hosted WordPress.org), I thought I’d write this simple tutorial to help you start your blog. If I had to do it all over again, I would have started self-hosted from the start!
First, you’ll need to secure hosting. There are many web-hosts out there, but the only ones I’d recommend are Bluehost, A Small Orange or WP Engine. Bluehost is the easiest for beginners, and it’s why I’m recommending it now.
If you haven’t already purchased your domain name, set up a new domain name in the left section. If you already have a domain name, choose the section on the right. BlueHost will guide you through the process. (If necessary, you can install WordPress on a temporary domain until it’s ready to go live. More on that later).
Keep in mind that BlueHost, like most web-hosts, require you pay the account plan total upfront. The per-month breakdown is shown for transparency, but you will not be billed per month. I recommend signing up for Site Backup Pro. This is BlueHost’s back-up service that backs up your site periodically in case anything goes wrong. One call to them and they can usually fix anything that’s gone wrong, including bad plugins or a mistake on your part (trust me, it happens all the time!).
Once you set up your BlueHost account, you will sign in and go to the Home screen. Under Website there is an option to Install WordPress.
You will see the following screen where you can choose your actual domain, or choose a temporary domain.
If you hosted your domain with BlueHost, you can choose your domain from the dropdown and continue business as normal. If you’re on the Blogger platform and are looking to migrate over to WordPress, contact me for help. It gets complicated in this situation.
A status bar will appear at the top of your screen updating you on the progress of your WordPress installation.
Welcome to WordPress!