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You love to travel and you want to share your experiences with the world. So, what are you waiting for? Starting a blog might seem daunting, but I promise, it’s not. All you have to do is get started, so take the next few minutes and let’s get your blog launched and then the real fun begins!
If travel is not your thing, don’t fret! This tutorial works for getting any type of blog launched on WordPress, so read on!
One of the scariest things about starting a blog, is actually getting your site up and running, so today I’m teaching you how to set up WordPress in 5 minutes on Bluehost. The majority of this blog is dedicated to style and lifestyle publishers, this tutorial will work for setting up any type of WordPress blog. It’s the content you add that will set it apart! We have a photography series that’s also helpful to everyone, no matter what kind of blog you have!
For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m showing you how to get set up on Bluehost. There are lots of different hosting companies out there, but continually recommend Bluehost to all of my clients. Why? Because I totally and completely trust it. It’s the hosting company that I use to host all of my websites (The Fox & She, Leap, Wandeleur and yes, this one!). They have incredible customer service, a simple and user-friendly control panel and the most important, I’ve never had any issues with sites going down other than scheduled maintenance (which happens on all hosts from time to time and only takes about 5 minutes). I’ve worked with hundreds of clients over the years and in my experience, Bluehost has been the most reliable hosting company of them all, so if you’re getting started fresh today, I really couldn’t recommend Bluehost more and highly recommend that’s the host you go with!
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STEP ONE: Domain Name & Hosting
You’ve probably already thought about what to call your blog, but if not, take some time to think it through. Go to Bluehost and click that big green button to get started. To check if your domain is available, type it in the left hand box and Bluehost will let you know. By the way, Bluehost gives you a FREE domain name with the purchase of your hosting plan!
After you’ve selected a plan, you’ll follow Bluehost’s instructions. Select your package details and any other special deals you want to include. For me, the only one that’s super important is the domain privacy — it keeps your personal details private. Follow the remaining instructions and soon you’ll have hosting!
STEP TWO: Install WordPress
Hosting is set up, so let’s get WordPress installed! Thankfully, Bluehost makes it insanely easy. Navigate to the hosting tab at the top of the page and then click on “WordPress” under “Website Builders”. Next, you’ll click on “Install a brand new instance” and then select the domain you’d like to install it on and click “Check Domain” (you can leave the “directory” part blank).
Sometimes you may get an error message that says there are files already there. Unless you already have website files there that you want to keep, you can click “Overwrite”.
For the final step, select the drop down for “Advanced Options” — I promise, it’s not advanced! You can name your blog title here (you can always update this later) and choose your WordPress login and password. Check the box about creating a new database and then hit “Install Now”.
You can watch the install process at the top of the page and when it’s ready, a box will show up in the top right corner that says “View Credentials” — click on that and write these down somewhere safe so you can refer back to them to log in to your site. You’ve installed WordPress, congrats! Easy, right?
And that’s it! I’m sorry, were you expecting more instructions? I told you it was easy! Now that you’re all set up and ready to start blogging, let’s make this thing gorgeous.
STEP THREE: Make it Beautiful
Now that you’re all set up, you’ll want to add a beautiful theme to show off your amazing content. There are lots of free themes out there, but I always recommend doing a premium theme – they’re typically designed for specific purposes and can give your blog the advantage it needs when first starting! Click here to get the scoop on quickly installing a design and where to find the very best themes — TAKE ME!