How to Start a Blog

Best WordPress Themes for BloggersExcited to start your new blog?

People keep telling you that you should start a blog…and now you’re ready! You’ve come to the right place.

Don’t wait. Today is your day to start a blog!

Put things on hold for the next 20 minutes and follow the three steps below.

You’ll be up and running with your own blog before you know it. Let’s do this!

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How to Start a Blog in Three Steps:

1. Domain Name and Hosting
2. Installing WordPress
3. Designing Your Blog with a Theme

 

1) Domain Name and Hosting

This part is fun! What do you want your domain name to be?

Mine is cornerstonecreative.net.

Brainstorm as many different ideas as possible.

Once you have thought of some possibilities head to Bluehost. I’ve used Bluehost since I started my freelance business and I recommend and trust them with my clients, so should you.

To see if your domain name is available by entering it in the box that looks like this:

1 Sign Up Now - Bluehost

 

 

You’ll also need to host your domain name.

Hosting is like renting space on the web to display your blog. I’ve been using Bluehost for many years now and I recommend it to my clients.

2 Sign Up - Congratulations! - Bluehost

 

 

They have great prices and they give you your domain name for free if you decide to host with them. Below is a screenshot of what I use for package information settings.

3 Sign Up - Congratulations! - Bluehost

 

 

The Domain Whois Privacy shields your personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public. I use this option myself and I recommend it to my clients to protect our privacy.

Go ahead. Be brave!

3b Sign Up - Congratulations! - Bluehost-2

 

 

2) Installing WordPress

Once you’ve completed registration with Bluehost you’ll need to go through the process of installing WordPress. WordPress, in the simplest of terms, is a blogging software plus website software. It’s the content management system I use for my site.

The best part is that it’s easy to use!

Here’s how: Login to Bluehost.

Make sure you’re in the cPanel and go to the Website Builders section of the first page.

Click on WordPress logo.

4 Bluehost cPanel

 

Click Install.

5 Install WordPress

 

 

Click Check Domain.

6 www.mojomarketplace.com

You’ll want to make note of the Login URL, Username, and Password to avoid lost password annoyance and frustration at yourself later.

I use LastPass, a free password manager. It will save you later from remembering all your usernames and passwords. Trust me.

You can change the names to something more personal and memorable later, but you’ll need them for your first time logging in. 

7 https___www.mojomarketplace.com_scripts_install_script_166fef1a-0c17-11e2-8b3b-0030483370c8-6-1-2

 

 

You’ll get these messages… Congratulations!

8 WordPress Templates | WP Themes

 

 

You can click new View Credentials!

8b View Credentials

 

 

Click on the Admin Login button or type your Login URL into your web browser.

9 My Installs

 

It will be something like: www.yourdomainname/wp-admin

Or you can type the Login URL in any browser.

For my site, my Login URL is: cornerstonecreative.net/wp-admin

You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password you copied down from the previous step.

10 Cornerstone Creative Online Marketing Log In-1

 

 

3) Designing Your Blog

Congrats! You did it! You’re minutes away from starting your site!

Time to install your theme.

Before you jump into it there are a few things you can do to beautify your blog. WordPress has tons of free WordPress Themes to pick from. You can scan through the free options here.

If you’re looking for a premium theme, check out these options:

Best WordPress Themes for Bloggers

After your Theme purchase, download the .zip file of the theme on your computer, then go to your WordPress dashboard and click Appearance and Themes.

11 Cornerstone Creative Online Marketing Agency — WordPress-2

 

 

Click Add New at the top.

12 Manage Themes ‹ Cornerstone Creative Online Marketing Agency — WordPress

 

 

Click Add Themes.

13 Add Themes ‹ Cornerstone Creative Online Marketing Agency — WordPress

 

 

Now, click Choose File to upload your Theme from your computer and click Install Now.

14 Add Themes ‹ Cornerstone Creative Online Marketing Agency — WordPress-2

 

 

Activate your new Theme and you’re ready to view your new blog! 

Congratulations for launching your own blog. Proud of you that you’ve come so far and reached the bottom of this page! Kudos!

Time to write your first blog post!