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Starting a WordPress blog has never been easy. In today's tutorial we're going to walk you through step by step how to set up your first WordPress blog on Bluehost. By using WordPress, Do you know that anybody can establish a blog at the same time it takes to enjoy a tasty cup of coffee?
Yes, even though you have zero experience with blogging or websites, there's no reason to make things difficult than they should be. At least, that's our perspective, and that's what I am here to assist you with today.
If you want to create your WordPress blog at a low cost and with full benefits, I think preferring Bluehost for your hosting needs is super advantageous, and we're about to know why I choose it and why you should too.
Why choose Bluehost?
Bluehost has an established track record of being among the best web hosting companies and continues to do so in 2021 as well. Besides, it is suggested by WordPress itself, which says a lot about its quality and success.
Believe me …!
I have tried a lot of web hosting companies, some of them are bad, some of them are good but they require a bit of technical knowledge which is not a thing all people have time to learn.
Before that we jump in to the actionable part of this tutorial and dig deep on how to create a WordPress blog on Bluehost.
I am going to take a 3 minutes to mention some of the benefits that makes Bluehost worth it especially for beginners.
1 – FREE domain name for your blog
Being incredibly inexpensive, they also provide you with a free domain name when you pick the 12 months or 36 months billing cycle and you can always run your ads, affiliate links, or direct advertising via your WordPress blog on Bluehost.
2 – Their hosting plans are super cheap
While setting up a WordPress blog on Bluehost, All the web hosting plans are very affordable compared to other companies around.
3 – One-Click WordPress installation for FREE
An easy automatic WordPress installation is included which makes starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost a piece of especially for newbies.
4 – Highly Recommended by WordPress
Yes as we mentioned before, Bluehost is recommended by WordPress itself as a trusted web hosting provider.
5 – FREE email accounts
While hosting your WordPress blog on Bluehost. You can get a custom email addresses with your blog name as well. (e.g firstname.lastname@example.org)
6 – Great and Fast 24/7 support
Support is a crucial thing for me, no one likes to wait when he faces an issue with his website. But since we're hosting our WordPress blog on Bluehost things are different because on average I had to wait 1.6 seconds for a support agent to join the helpdesk. Moreover, they solve my problems with speaking in technical things I don't understand.
7 – No Hidden fees
The Bluehost are very straightforward, there is no hidden or additional fees when you sign up.
8 – 30-day money-back guarantee
You have 30 days which is very enough to test their service and there is no questions asked if you would like to cancel your account for any reason. which makes starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost the safest way.
In Brief : with Bluehost there really is no risk
If you want to build a profitable blog, they give you all the tools needed at a very reasonable and affordable price.
and it gets better …
How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost – Free Guide
Now, that you've known some benefits of creating your WordPress blog on Bluehost, you just need a quick step-by-step WordPress guide to get your blog online in front of millions of people from the whole world. In this post, we'll show you how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost just like the blog you're reading now (:
without wasting more time.
let's get started!
1 – Register your domain name
Your domain name is probably among the most critical decisions you'll ever make when you first launch a WordPress blog on Bluehost or any other service provider. So give it proper consideration as I saw many successful bloggers regret picking a too long or too vague name, which causes many problems when describing it to others.
Here's what to take into consideration when choosing the perfect name for your blog :
1 – Kеер it Short and Simрlе
2 – Avoid using Numbers аnd Hурhеnѕ
3 – Crеаtе a Brаndаblе Name
4 – Avoid Trаdеmаrk Infringеmеnt
5 – Avoid stuffing keywords
If you haven't bought a domain name yet, then just keep reading because you're about to get a FREE domain name included with the web hosting package.
Already bought a domain name?
You still have to follow this guide and all the difference is you'll point your domain to the hosting you bought from Bluehost which is explained in step 3 of this WordPress blog on Bluehost tutorial.
2 – Buy hosting for your blog
The second thing we need is a good web hosting where all our data will be stored.
If you're serious about building a business blog then make sure to pick either 12 months or 36 months billing cycle to get the FREE domain included.
In our case we're going to buy a hosting package for 36 months, simply because that will allow us to get a FREE domain name included which makes the process simpler to a greater extent. Besides, getting the very affordable monthly rate possible for the hosting.
Now that you have a good knowledge of the multiple expenses involved, you can easily follow these basic steps to buy your blog hosting:
#1 – Go to Bluehost press the button, “Get Started”.
#2 – Tap on the package that best suits and helps you. And if you would like to get best out of this as we are. Then choose “36 months” billing cycle and go with the basic package to get the hosting for as low as 3.95$ as we're going to do.
#3 – Enter your current domain name, or sign up for a new domain name. Then click “Next”.
#4 – Submit your personal information alongside your account details. and make sure to choose your best e-mail address because that's where your login details and account information will be sent.
And choose the 36 months billing cycle to get the monthly rate down to as low as 3.95$.
Then it will give you some additional services as package extras.
But if you ask me you don’t necessarily need any of them at the moment.
The price can go up quite a bit if you decided to use some of them so the decision is yours, let me clear them for you. so
- Codeguard Basic : it's a tool used to take backups of your site. For instance, If some blog posts are deleted by mistake you can easily restore them.
- Bluehost SEO Tools Start : It's a tool that helps you optimize your blog for search engines like Google.
(In general : if you don’t understand what an extra service means, don’t buy it.)
For me, I didn't select any package extra because there's a lot of free plugins that will help you backup your site and do SEO optimization. so there's no need to waste money on paid tools especially if you're just starting out.
#5 – Enter your payment information
You're now one of the happy members of Bluehost community with your own domain name and web hosting.
Welcome to the family, You've done a Great Job so far!
let's continue and do the final steps regarding the WordPress installation so you can start builing your WordPress blog on Bluehost right away.
3 – Connect your domain and your hosting
If you purchased your domain directly from Bluehost, you can skip this portion and switch to the next step. But if you have bought your domain from other companies, now is the time to connect your domain to your hosting account.
Domain providers like GoDaddy have a simple set of guidelines for setting Name Servers for your domain names. You can follow the directions, or you can follow these necessary steps:
- Sign in to the account manager of GoDaddy
- Go to the Domain Names drop-down menu or Manage Your Account list, and select “Manage Domains“.
- Use the checkbox to pick the domain name you want to change, and click “Set Name Servers“.
- Find Name Servers on the right side of your page and in the space given below, enter your modified information, and then select Save Changes at the bottom – you'll see your details in this format: ns1.bluehost.com; ns2.bluehost.com
If you're using any other domain provider, the process is the same. Just look for Nameservers and change them to bluehost ones and you're all set!
4 – Install WordPress on Bluehost
After the payment is successfully processed you'll get a success message like the following :
Click “Create your password” and choose a strong password for your account as shown below :
After you've finished creating your password, Bluehost gives you a simple guide on how to start a blog.
Now comes the part where you're actually starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost. In reality, Bluehost makes it much easier to build a WordPress blog – and even that, for free.
- You'll be asked to select a theme for your blog. Choose the one you want or the one that best suits your blogging requirements. Note, you can still change your theme afterward so that you can postpone this section now. Or, take your time to discover some of the most amazing WordPress themes. All of them are simple to use and seamlessly adjustable, so feel free to explore these beautiful sets of WordPress themes.
- Choose a theme then click on “Start Building”
- Press either “Business” or “Personal” on the next display or simply click “I don't need any help”
Yaa Hoo! Your WordPress blog is prepared already. Now you can get on with the exciting part of selecting a great template and excellent quality posts for your WordPress blog.
For those who might be asking which theme I use in this website, it's called Newspaper Theme. If you love it as I do then you can go ahead and buy it.
5 – Explore WordPress Blog Dashboard
Now that you've finished creating your WordPress blog on Bluehost. let's log in to the WordPress dashboard. You can always log in to your website dashboard directly from your Bluehost account or you can simply type in yourdomain.com/wp-admin into your browser address bar and you'll land on the WordPress login page then enter the username and the password you've chosen in the WordPress installation setup.
It looks like the following. there maybe some small differences in the tabs depending on which theme you've chosen while setting up your WordPress blog on Bluehost.
I know the WordPress dashboard might look weird but that's normal as it's your first time. You'll be using it for all your future blogging tasks so you'll be familiar with by time.
The WordPress dashboard is not visible for your readers, you'll use it to manage the whole site and do your blogging tasks so you can bookmark this page to find easily any time.
Here is some general tips to help you navigate and use the WordPress dashboard.
In the left-hand side of the “admin area” we have :
- Posts : This tab to write, view and edit your blog posts, so whenever you want to publish a new posts you hover on posts and click “Add New”.
- Media : This tab permits you to upload and manage your images, videos you'll use in your blog posts or pages.
- Comments : This tab used to view, approve, disapprove and manage all the comments from the readers of your website. it makes you blog an open area for discussion.
- Appearance : You'll need this whenever you think to find, install and customize a new WordPress theme or you want to add widgets in the footer and sidebar.
- Plugins : This Tab will allow you to add some amazing features to you blog such as contact forms, Security and Backup tools, SEO tools and much more.
We hope you're now completely aware of why it's a safer idea to have a WordPress blog on your own and how to launch your own WordPress blog on Bluehost using its simple services. Not only does it save quite a lot of money, but it also lets you monetize your blog in a significant way and make a good profit on too little investment.
This was the quickest way to set up a WordPress blog on Bluehost, if you would like more information then you can read out Ultimate Guide of How to make a WordPress website.
So why don't you get started? The faster, the better.
Best of Luck and Happy blogging …!