Listen up, rockstar. If you actually want to strap on your big girl pants and start a blog or website, then you need to go for a couple of things right off the bat:
1. Something that can grow with you, and
2. Something that you control
Having a self-hosted WordPress.org site is THE BEST START (not to be confused with WordPress.com! The version you need is installed on a web host of your choice)
So, how do you pick who to host with? And how do you even install WordPress?! And what about a domain name? And… and…aaaargh
Don’t panic, I’ve got your back!
Let me introduce you to Bluehost. Bluehost, meet my Rockstar; Rockstar, meet Bluehost.
Now, what Bluehost does is brilliant; they make it super simple for you to sign up for web hosting, AND get a free domain* AND set up WordPress in under 10 minutes. Easy. Peasy. And I recommend Bluehost if you’re just starting out BECAUSE it’s so simple, (not to mention the very nice peeps on hand at the support desk to help if you need any extra help).. Below is a follow-along, step by step guide to getting everything set up. Want to get started? Click the button below, and let’s goooooooo.
Quick tip: having an idea of what you want you domain name to be will make everything a bit speedier.
- From the Bluehost homepage, click on the “Get Started Now” button
- On the next page, fill in the domain you want to go for; if you need a new domain name, fill in the “New domain” box, but if you already own a domain and want to use that one instead, fill in the “Transfer domain” box. Your hosting package comes with one free domain name – bargain!
- Now you’ve chose your domain, give yourself a high five, and then fill in all of your account information
- Once that information is all saved, you now need to pick the right hosting package for you. For a simple WordPress blog or website, the basic package is the best option. The options start from as little as $3.95 per month for a three year plan, with shorter plans available at a few dollars a a year more. Don’t panic if you think you’re only stuck with basic hosting and suddenly, your blog becomes the HUGEST, MOST AWESOME BLOG EVAH – Bluehost can help you shift into an even better package without any downtime at any point. Boom.You can also have the option to include Domain WHOIS privacy. This hides your personal details from everyone on the web, because let’s face it, when your website explodes with awesome, it’d be nice to know you won’t have lovely (but slightly stalky) fans hanging around your house – I highly recommend anything that means you won’t need to wear a bra every day… (You’re welcome…)
- Now you’ve filled in your payment details, you are near-as-damned the proud owner of your own webspace. Choose a good, sturdy password OR generate your own password using the Password Generator feature. HIGH FIVES, GORGEOUS! YOU DID IT! Now, we can get cracking installing WordPress…
How to install WordPress
- Ever the one for optimum ease, your Bluehost account makes installing WordPress an absolute piece of proverbial cake. Once you log in to your account, you’ll be directed to the Cpanel (the website control panel – yep, like a STARSHIP COMMANDER!). In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the “One-Click Installs” button. This will take you to a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.
- This will open the installation window. Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps
- Now, choose where you want to install WordPress – the likelihood is that you want installed at the domain you just registered (or transferred – although you WILL need to make sure this domain is pointing to the right place), and right at the root, rather than inside a folder e.g. yourdomain.com rather than yourdomain.com/wordpress. Click the “Check Domain” button. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
- Now, click on the “Show Advanced Options” checkbox. You’ll need to give your site a secure login and password – never use the username “admin” or “administrator”! Instead, I generally recommend your email address, but make it something memorable. Pick a secure password, and make sure to add your admin email address. You can either name your blog or site title here, or once you’re in the WordPress dashboard. Remember to make a note of these login details somewhere safe!
- Once you’re ready, hit the “Install Now” button, and the progress bar appears. Once it’s completed, your site URL and dashboard login link will be sent to your email. Remember to make a note of your password now – this is never sent by email!
- And that’s it! All you need to do now is log in to your brand spanking NEW WORDPRESS SITE, BABY, YEAH!
- You’re too cool for school – ain’t no one stopping you now, Rockstar!