How to start a Blog

how to start a blog

How to start a Blog..?

Most of my readers/followers asked me this kind of similar questions like “How can I start a blog”, “What is domain and hosting”, “How to start a Blog and Make money from it” etc…

so here I’m telling from basic to complete guide. First of all, Domain is the web address and hosting is the storage space for your content.

What domain should you choose!

Now the problem is How to choose and what to choose, Domain selection process is the most important part but not difficult, first select your niche like Tech, Fashion, Sports, and also Micro Niches, then search for a relevant name that suits your Articles or you can Google it for domain name suggestions.

Prefer .com Extension for your domain if you are not decided any extension yet. Google always prefer .com (commercial) extension to show up on google search results. so prefer .com, .org, .net.

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What host should you use?

I recommend a host I have personally paid for and used for over a decade. (As a longtime paying customer, the links below are my referral links. This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you make a purchase.)

START Your Own Blog

Click here to –> go to Bluehost <– and start your own blog. (The link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work.)

Click the green “Get Started Now” button like so.

how to start a blog

Don’t worry if the images you see here vary slightly from the ones you see on your screen. The process is the same. Bluehost is always tweaking and making site improvements. You might even catch them in a sale!

Select your plan

Choose the plan you did like to start with by clicking one of the green “select” buttons. I typically go with Plus or Prime because you get more unlimited features.

Domain privacy, which I highly recommend, comes included with Prime. If you choose Plus, you’ll have the option to add it later for about $1 a month.

how to start a blog

On the next screen, you’ll enter your new blog name. Don’t have one yet? You can easily move on without one.

Pick a domain name

A domain is a web address. For example, technoiliyas.com is my domain name.

If you don’t have any ideas, use your name, or think of something short, catchy and shareable and related to your niche.

If you have previously registered a domain and want to use it for this new site, enter it on the right. (Don’t worry, it won’t mess things up to enter it here. It only identifies your Bluehost account for now.) If you don’t already have one, enter your desired domain on the left.

how to start a blogFor the purpose of this tutorial, I will use a new domain. If you are using an existing domain, the process is nearly the same. You can still follow along easily.

Enter your account info

On the next page, enter your account info. Make sure you use a working email address because this is where your login information will be sent. (Save these emails!)

Choose an account plan based on how far in advance you want to pay. Bluehost bills 1, 2, 3 or 5 years upfront. They do not offer a monthly payment option (hosts that do often charge double or triple). As you can see, it works out to be a very reasonable monthly amount. Not bad for your own blog or website, right? It’s a great deal.

how to start a blog

I skip the add-ons except for Domain Privacy Protection. The others can easily be added later if needed. (Domain privacy is only available for new domains. If you selected the Prime package, it’s free.) This protection keeps your personal information private. The only time I would skip domain privacy is if you are using a business address and don’t mind if it’s visible to anyone who looks up your domain.

The total is the amount you’ll pay today. You won’t have to pay again for 12, 24, 36 or 60 months, depending on the account plan you chose. Set it and forget it!

Enter your billing info

Next, fill in your billing information, confirm that you’ve read the fine print and then click Submit.

how to start a blog

Skip the upgrades & special offers

Once you hit submit, you’ll be asked if you want to add any upgrades or special offers. I skip them by clicking the “no thanks” link.

Choose a password

After your purchase is complete, you’ll be asked to choose a password. Just click the “Create your password” button to choose a secure password.

how to start a blog

This password will allow you to log-in and get started.

Get started with WordPress

Create your WordPress password for very first log-in, Make sure use a strong password and make a note at a safe place(manual note is safest) for recovery in case you forget.

how to start a blog

You can start working on your WordPress site right away. Click the blue login button in the “Congratulations!” window to get started with WordPress.

how to start a blog

Skip the free themes

Bluehost gives you the option to pick a free theme immediately. Unless you are familiar with one listed, I recommend you skip it by clicking “Skip this step” at the bottom of the screen. Why? Because many free themes are not kept updated. Outdated themes leave holes hackers can exploit and are not worth the risk.

how to start a blog

The theme that comes pre-installed will suffice for now. You can switch to a different theme once you’re set up and more familiar with WordPress.

Start building your site

Your site will be on a temporary domain at first. Don’t be alarmed.

For new domains, this is because it takes 2-24 hours for your chosen domain to become fully registered. Go ahead and start working on your site. When the real domain is ready, Bluehost will switch it for you automatically.

If you used an existing domain, you can contact Bluehost support (New Hosting Customers) or look in the help section when you are ready to connect your existing domain to this new site.

You have two options on this screen, the blue “Start Building” button and the link underneath to go to your Bluehost account:

how to start a blog

It’s unlikely you’ll need to access your Bluehost account at this point so clicking the “Start Building” button will take you to your new WordPress site like so:

how to start a blog

The black column on the left indicates your WordPress dashboard, a place with which you will become very familiar.

I recommend skipping the blue buttons in the middle of the screen (Business & Personal) and choosing “I don’t need help” instead. Why? I prefer to start with a clean slate.

Bluehost Dashboard

Bluehost dashboard, Once you all set then check the dashboard of Bluehost, where you can get some additional features like enabling cache in performance, woo commerce, and some shortcuts. (you will see Bluehost preinstalled plugin in plugins page so don’t deactivate or delete it)

how to start a blog

How to Launch your site

Once you successfully integrated your domain to Bluehost hosting server, your site will look up with a coming soon page and it would not show your site until you launch it. It’s a useful option that Bluehost provides you with a default. Once your site is fully ready then launch it by going into Bluehost dashboard.

how to start a blog

Bluehost Cpanel

The Bluehost Cpanel will look like this, you can see some useful options like about your sites, domains, email, marketplace, and advanced options.

how to start a blog

Design & use your blog!

Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a self-hosted WordPress site. Before diving in, I recommend making these tweaks to your settings.

  • Change your permalinks to post name, Goto settings>Permalinks
  • Create Important pages like About, Contact, Disclaimer, Privacy Policy.
  • Categorised your articles.
  • Change your domain from HTTP to HTTPS by going into Bluehost Cpanel>my sites>security>enable.
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