March 7, 2015 Career Launch Your WordPress Blog in 3 Easy Steps Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I have use the products listed below and only recommend them because I trust these companies. There is no additional cost to you! If fashion’s 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! 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! STEP ONE: HOSTING PLAN Chances are you probably already know what you want to call your blog, if not, make sure to figure that out before you get started! Head over to Bluehost and click on the big green button that says ‘Get Started Here’! You’ll land here and be prompted to select a plan. We recommend the ‘Plus’ plan to start because of that unmetered website space (blogs with lots images can get big fast!). As your site grows, you can easily upgrade to Pro or even other more specialized plans when necessary! STEP TWO: DOMAIN NAME After you select your plan, you’ll land here to either use a domain you own or pick a new one. Fun fact: Bluehost gives you a free domain when you purchase hosting, so if you haven’t bought one yet, hold off until this step! If you bought a domain on a different website, that’s okay. You can easily transfer it later on! Hit next and you’ll be guided through the purchase process. Once that’s all done, we’ll install WordPress! STEP THREE: INSTALL WORDPRESS When you’re logged into your hosting panel, you should see this screen. It may look slightly different, but in general it should look the same! You’ll notice various sections under here — find ‘Website’ and then click on the icon that says ‘Install WordPress’. Once you’re here, Bluehost gives you two options — set up WordPress by yourself or have them do it for you. You could have them do it, but that money is better spent on a pretty design or fancy new lens! The good news is that the DIY option is insanely simple. Plus, you’re a girl boss, so let’s get to it! Hit the big ‘Install’ button under the ‘Do it Yourself’ option. STEP 4: SELECT DOMAIN Click on the drop down menu and select which URL you want to install WordPress on and hit ‘Check Domain’ and move onto step 5! *If you’re not seeing your domain, don’t fret! Sometimes a domain doesn’t get assigned when you first create it. If this is the case, go back to your cPanel and click on ‘Domains’ on the top tab. Then find your domain in the list. If you only have one, then it should be easy. To the right side of the domain it will say ‘Add-On, Parked or Unassigned’, click on this link! If you only have one website/domain on your hosting account, you can make it a ‘Parked’ domain. If you have multiple sites that you host on the same account, make it an ‘Add-On’ domain and let Bluehost create a new directory for you. Once that’s done, you can go back to installing WordPress — almost done! STEP 5: ADVANCED OPTIONS After checking your domain, a box will pop up and give you the option to select ‘Advanced Options’ — check that box and these options will appear! Fill them in appropriately and agree to the terms and conditions before hitting ‘Install Now’. STEP 6: WAIT PATIENTLY Once you hit ‘Install Now’ you’ll be taken to this screen where it shows the progress of your install at the top. It typically takes just a few seconds! Your site is installed! Click on the ‘View Credentials’ button. From here you can view your credentials by clicking the ‘View’ button. Make sure to memorize these or write them down and put them somewhere safe as they disappear from the backend after 12 hours. Well, congrats! You did it! Easy, right? All that’s left is logging in and writing that first post! BONUS STEP: LOGIN TO YOUR BLOG I remember being so confused on how to actually log in to my WordPress blog, but it’s actually super easy. Go to your domain and then add the extension /wp-login.php, like this: yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php. Use your login credentials here and you’re in!