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How to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog: the easy way

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How to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog: the easy way

Here I’ll show you the quickest and easiest way to set up a blog. It’s not the cheapest but it’s great value for what you get.

Setting up a blog with Bluehost and having them help with setting up a theme will cost you around US$250 but it’s MUCH easier than doing it yourself.

If you paid a developer, as I did happily for my first author site, expect to pay $3000 +++

NB Do have a read through of this post first of all, then you can follow the steps with an idea of what is coming up!

 

Step 1:
So you know the name you’d like to use for your blog and you’ve got a couple of hours to spare. Let’s go!  I’m showing you the process I used recently to set up a new travel blog called Swim The World. Pop over to the main page of Bluehost.  It looks like this:

 

When you click on Get Started Now you are taken to a page called Select Your Plan, choose basic.

Step 2:
You are now taken to the sign up page. Bluehost offers you a free domain name and it’s good to use this offer even if you have already bought a domain name. I own swimthe.world already, so bought www.swimtheworldtravel.com which was available.

 

I was dithering a bit and a great special offer popup appeared, so I grabbed that of course.

I chose the 36 month pay upfront package as it works out MUCH cheaper than the 12 month 4.95 or 24 months at 3.95

This is a bargain price. $95.40 for three years hosting is terrific plus I got free site backup. Next I had to chose a password. I actually had one suggested by Bluehost as I’m terrible at passwords.

 

Once you have a password, click to login to your account and you will be taken to this page:

 

And this is where the fun really starts! But first a cup of tea….

 

Enjoy your cuppa for a few minutes – always a wise idea.

 

Step 3:
Check your email inbox. You will receive three emails.  The first is about your domain registration and asks you to verify your email – very simple. The second is a receipt, and the third ‘Welcome To Bluehost’ is has come important information which you must save in a safe place.

 

 

There’s also information on the many ways to get help and advice from Bluehost.

 

 

Step 4:
Using the login details provided, get into your Bluehost dashboard.Now you need to install WordPress on your site. Click on Get Started.

 

 

You don’t need to pay extra to have WordPress installed for you. Just click next and then take a note of the email login for your WordPress and the password.

 

You will then be taken to a page showing many themes. (If you need to interrupt, you can also find WordPress themes back on your main Bluehost dashboard, see below.)

 

Step 5 Now comes the time consuming part. You need to choose a theme from the hundreds available on Bluehost’s Mojo Marketplace.Click over to WordPress Themes on the Filter by Type section on the right. There are so many themes to look at that it’s also a good idea to filter by Category too, on the right hand side.

 

 

Spending a bit of time browsing around here and deciding what you like is a good plan. ALWAYS visit the Live Demo pages to see what the theme looks like in action. You may need a few more cups of tea or coffee.

 

 

This is the live demo page of the Carbis theme

 

 

Live demo of the Blogmandu theme

 

The trick to keeping it VERY simple is to tick the boxes for Install Theme and Install Theme + Setup Demo. This will save you hours of work and potential heartache. Trust me, I know.

 

 

So the total cost for your theme, install and setup will be around US$250.  If you have the money, you will not regret this!

 

Remember you can contact Bluehost support staff by phone at any time to chat through any queries you have have. Now, you just need to sit back and let someone else set it all up for you.

 

Starting a blog with Bluehost is one of the easiest ways to get started with a good looking site, but one that won’t cost you and arm and a leg.

Just click here to get started with Bluehost!

Start writing and collecting photos so you are ready to start posting on your new blog!

 

After a day or two, you will receive an email saying your blog is set up.  Now is the time to get into the dashboard of your blog and spend a few hours becoming familiar with it.

Make sure that you download the documentation for your theme and familiarise yourself with it.

You can start to alter the content that is in there to suit your own subjects. Pop up a few posts, add some images.

If you have any questions, pop over to the Blog For Fun Facebook page and ask away.

 

Click here to return to A Step-By-Step Guide To Starting A Blog.

 

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