When it comes to technology, most of it is over my head. So, when I tell you that YOU can start your own blog in just about 15 minutes, I mean it! This guide will walk you through everything you need to create a self-hosted blog, using WordPress.
There are two main benefits to using a self-hosted format, as opposed to the free version at WordPress.com.
- Self-hosted blogs have much more freedom when it comes to customizing the look and feel of your website. You can use any template you like and you’ll use your own domain name, for a more professional feel.
- Self-hosted blogs also allow for advertising, which can help off-set the costs associated with blogging. You can’t run ads on a free blog from WordPress.com, which is why I eventually had to transfer my blog from free hosting to self-hosting. Transferring is such a hassle, I wish I had just started with self-hosting in the first place!
Luckily, setting up a self-hosted blog is easier than you might think! If I can do it, you can do it.
Go to BlueHost.com to get started.
If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to pick a new domain name using the box on the left. (You’ll probably need to try several names before you find one that is available!) If you sign up for a hosting plan with BlueHost, your domain name is free!
If you already have a domain name, but just need a place to host it, use the box on the right, instead.
Once you’ve picked a domain name, you’ll need to provide your personal information and select a hosting package, like the one below. There are lots of options that you can choose to implement or not, but I definitely recommend adding the Domain Whois Privacy, to protect your personal contact information.
Once your registration is complete, you’ll need to install the WordPress blogging software on your brand-new website. All you need to do is sign into your new account and click on the WordPress icon located in the C-panel.
Select “Start a brand new install” when prompted.
Then select your new domain name from the drop-down box provided.
You’re almost finished! Once you’ve selected the domain, you’ll have the option to name your new blog, as well as choose your own username and password. Click the “Install Now” button, and everything else will be done for you!
You’ll be notified by email once your WordPress installation has been completed, and this email will include directions for accessing your WordPress dashboard.
That’s all there is to it!
Once WordPress has been installed, it’s up to you to get as creative as you want to be. Select a theme, upload your own header or logo, and start creating content!
You can read more about the themes and programs I use for my own blog here.
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