Starting a Blog is Easier than you Think!

In a way this site was inspired by my wife, who is an artist. She wanted to get online with a blog / website to share
her art and discuss technique etc. but had no idea where to start. She also has absolutely no interest in technology
and was feeling a bit intimidated by the whole thing.

Eventually she set up a hosted Blogger account which she now regrets because even though it was easy to start, it has very little
flexibility to expand with her needs. So it’s time now to set her up on a self hosted WordPress blog which really isn’t that difficult at all.

So to all the artists, creatives, small business owners and everyone else who want to start up a blog or website that is easy to set up
and will give you the flexibility to grow with your needs… this is for you.

Domain Name and Website Hosting

The Domain Name or URL : is the address of your website. e.g. http://www.yoursite.com

Website Hosting : is the home of your website. It’s basically a hard drive somewhere where your website files are stored.

Once these 2 things are set up and linked together, you now have an official web presence and visitors can find your site to check out what you have to offer.

You can click here or a more detailed explanation of how Domain Names and Hosting work together.

Set Up a Hosting Account

For ease of use and reliability, I recommend using Bluehost to host your website and register your domain name. Bluehost has a simple WordPress install set up and they are the Number 1 recommended hosting service by WordPress itself.

Click here to go to the Bluehost home page.

The link will open up a new window so you can still access these instructions. Then click the Sign Up Now button.

Enter the domain name that you would like for your blog and click Next. If you already own a domain name that you would like to use I will add extra instructions at the end.

If the domain name is available the next window you see will be to fill in your Account information and to choose the Hosting Package that you would like. I normally just leave the Account Plan at the default setting of “36 month price” as it is the best value for money. Then I deselect the other options apart from the “Domain Whois Privacy” which keeps your personal registration details hidden.

Then fill in your Billing Information and click Next.

The next window will be the “Select the Upgrades that Best Suit Your Needs“. Just skip all of these extras and click the Complete button at the bottom.

Congratulations your purchase was successful” is what you will see next. Now it’s time to set up a Password. Click on the Create a Password link. In the Manage Your Password section, type in your password, or use the Password Generator to create a strong password for you. Make sure you select and copy this password. Then click the Create button.

Account Login is the next step. Type or paste in your password and click the Login button. You may now see other upgrade offers, but just decline and click through to the next section. You should now get a couple of pop-up windows. “Welcome to Bluehost” with 2 choices “I can do it” or “do it for me”. Click the “I can do it” button. Then “These might help” with a selection of links. Just click the “take me to cPanel” button.

You will now be in the cPanel section. By the way cPanel stands for “Control Panel”.

You have registered a Domain Name and set up Hosting. Now it’s time to install WordPress.

Bluehost Hosting Package Info
Bluehost Domain Name
Bluehost Hosting Package Info
Bluehost Create Password
Bluehost Manage Password

Bluehost Account Login

Install WordPress

You have registered a Domain Name and set up Hosting. Now it’s time to install WordPress.

In the Website Builders section of cPanel, click the WordPress logo. you should now get a window that says:

GIVE US A MINUTE! We are checking your sever requirements”.

After all the requirements have been checked, you will get a new Install Screen.

Simply click the Start button to proceed.

Now, you should get an error message where WordPress is just double checking that you haven’t loaded something on the server previously, which will be overwritten with this new WordPress installation.

Oops. Looks like something already exists there. I understand that continuing will overwrite the files.” Select “Directory Exists! I understand that continuing will overwrite files.” This is a brand new set up so there is nothing to overwrite.

The next screen asks you to “Select which domain you would like to install to:“. Your domain should already be selected in the dropdown selector.

Click the Check Domain button to continue.

You’re almost there! This is the last step:” is the next window. You need to click the “I have read the terms and conditions…” checkbox. Don’t worry about the “Show advanced options” bit.

Click the Install Now button to begin installing all the WordPress files.

Next will be the “Install Processes” screen showing the installation status. Be patient at this point. This could take a few minutes.

When it has finished you will get the “Installation complete! You can access your new website using the following information:

This is all the information you need to access your new website, and also the Admin back-end where you can start writing posts and making changes. Bluehost will email you all this info, but I usually take a screenshot of this window as a backup.

Now you can simply click on the “Site URL:” link to open up your new site in a new browser window.

What you see is not very impressive at this stage. By default WordPress installs a pretty basic theme just to get you started.

Now click on the “Login URL:” link to go to the Admin area that will give you access to the WordPress backend. Enter your login username and password, and select the “Remember me” checkbox to save you from having to enter your login details every time.

You should now find yourself in the backend “WordPress Dashboard”. This is where you get to control every aspect of your site.

Bluehost cPanel

Bluehost Checking Server
Bluehost WordPress Start Install
Bluehost Select WordPress Domain
Bluehost Install Now

Bluehost Install complete

Write Your First Blog Post

Now that you are in the WordPress Dashboard, let’s write a blog post.

In the menu on the left hand side click on “Posts“.

As you can see there is already 1 blog post that WordPress included called “Hello World!”.

You would have also seen this post when you first clicked on your Site URL link.

Now lets add another post. Click the “Add New” menu item. The “Add New Post” window shows.

Give your post a Title. Then add some text into the field below the Title area.

Now if you click the “Publish” button, the post will be saved and go live, meaning it will be visible on the site immediately.

Alternatively you can click the “Save Draft” button, which will save the post but not Publish it until you are ready for it to be visible on the site.

For this post just click “Publish” and go to the site and see your first post in all its glory.

Wordpress Dashboard

Wordpress Posts

Wordpress Write Post

Install a New WordPress Theme

As I’m sure you have noticed, the WordPress theme that was installed by default is pretty boring and ordinary.

If you go to the menu and select “Appearance“, you will see the “Themes” menu item appear. Click this to see all the installed themes that exist. You should see 3 themes, with the theme called “Twenty Fourteen” as the “Active” one. You can easily make any of these 3 Active and see the appearance of your site change.

I recommend getting a Premium theme from a site like “Themeforest“. They have a huge selection of quality themes to choose from. From my experience all the themes I have purchased have had amazing support to any questions that I have come across.

After purchasing a theme from Themeforest, simply go to your Themes menu item and click the “Add New” button at the top. Find your new theme that you downloaded onto your desktop, and import it. Once it is installed, make the new theme “Active” and start customizing the theme to your own style.

Wordpress Themes

The Next Steps

There is plenty still to do to get the site looking how you want it to.

You need to Add your Logo, customize some colors, add plugins to give your blog additional functionality.

By searching the web you will find answers to most of your questions, because you are no where near being the first person to start blogging on their own. If you purchased a premium theme, your first port of call should be the theme’s developer. They expect to be asked questions and have pretty good support in place.

If you want to learn more and prefer to learn by watching tutorial videos you should check out the WP101 site. They have heaps of videos covering everything to do with WordPress.

If something isn’t as clear as it could be, or you have any other questions about getting online, click here to contact me at my Enough Impact website.

Thanks for your time. Steve

For more resources and tips about getting online go to Enough Impact.

Disclaimer: This site is hosted by Bluehost, and the WordPress theme is from Themeforest.
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