Starting a new blog is one of those life moments that’s both exciting and scary at the same time. Like driving a car for the first time, the possibilities of the open road ahead of you can seem endless; at the same time your inexperience could also lead you to an awful crash on the roadside! Ok, so maybe starting a blog isn’t SO dramatic, but it can definitely be intimidating your first time.
Rest assured – we’re here to be your guide on this journey towards setting up your brand new blog on WordPress!
- One awesome hosting plan
- One perfectly unique url
- A free WordPress.org installation
- The perfect premium theme to look the part
Setup hosting and get a domain name
The first step is to setup hosting and choose your domain name. While this may sound technical and intimidating, it’s actually quite simple and doesn’t require a whole lot of technical know-how. Don’t believe me? Just check out the steps below and tell me that doesn’t look dead easy.
Setup Your Hosting
We use Bluehost for hosting all of our websites and we highly recommend them. Of course there are other options available, but Bluehost has always been super reliable and their 24/7 support answers all my questions without making me feel dumb. That’s a good thing. Visit Bluehost.com and click Get started now.
Select your plan
While the Starter plan may look appealing at less than $4 a month, trust me on this one, once you see how easy it is to setup your own website you’ll want to do it again and again (heck, you might even make a business out of it). The Plus package gives you hosting space for an unlimited amount of websites – that’s a steal for less than $7.
Choose your new domain name
Type your desired domain into the field to see if it’s available. Try to pick something memorable and not too complicated or difficult to spell.
If your domain is available (yay!), all that’s left is to fill in your details and complete registration. Hint: you don’t really need all of the extra stuff they try to sign you up for, so you can uncheck those boxes if you like. It’s completely up to you of course.
Once you’ve signed up for hosting, login to your cPanel and click on Install WordPress.
On the next page, click Install.
Select your domain and click Check Domain.
Click on Advanced Options and enter the username and password you’ll use to login to the site. Check the box to agree to the terms and click Install Now.
Wait for the install to finish.
You can now checkout your brand new site! You can login to the admin panel at http://your-domain.com/wp-admin, or click View Credentials to double check your login details.
Your new site is currently behind an Under Construction page, but if you are ready to take it live, just click on the link at the top of your WordPress dashboard.
Make your site awesomely you
Yay you did it! Your new site is up and running, ready for you to take the world by storm. But don’t pop the champagne just yet, you can easily make it just a bit better, right?
Install a premium WordPress theme
Using a premium WordPress theme is probably one of the best investments you can make when starting off with a new blog. The price tag may seem high at first (in the neighborhood of $50), but you can easily get a site that looks like it was custom built for you at a fraction of the price a web designer or development shop will charge you (upwards of $5k and beyond!). Besides, you wouldn’t leave the house in sweatpants (well maybe you would – who am I to judge!), so make sure your blog has all the looks to grab people’s attention and keep it.
There are many places online to get WordPress themes, but one of our favorite places is Creative Market. Creative Market empowers designers from all over the world to produce and sell digital goods, and what you get here easily rivals some of the best custom sites out there (heck, they’re probably made by the same people). With over 1800 WordPress themes to choose from, you’re sure to find a design that suits your site.
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Time to Launch
Ok, now you can pop that champagne! You’ve setup your hosting, installed WordPress, installed a premium theme and even written an awesome post or two – it’s time to share your new site with the world!
Include a link to your blog in the comments below or tweet at us at @stnsvn – we can’t wait to see your brand spanking new blog! :)