How to Set Up a WordPress Blog
Purchase a Domain & Web HostingFirst, you’ll need to purchase a domain (your unique web address), and choose a web hosting provider (provides the protected server where your website lives). I don't recommend using the same company for both your hosting and your domain because if you ever decide to change hosting companies, you'll need to go through an lengthy process of transferring your domain to the new host. I highly recommend purchasing your domain through GoDaddy, and your web hosting from Bluehost. I am an affiliate for both companies only because I’ve been a happy customer of both for years. Both have provided me with friendly, around-the-clock phone to chat support whenever I’ve had tech-related question about my website. This is a life-saver if you’re not very tech savvy when it comes to building websites. After you register your domain with GoDaddy, you’ll need to point your domain name servers (DNS) to Bluehost. This step actually links your domain to the server where your website will live. Here is a photo tutorial to walk you through the process of setting up your wordpress website!
How to Point Your Domain Nameservers to BluehostSTEP 1: Log into your Bluehost account, and click on the Domains tab at the top of the screen.
STEP 2: Click on Assign.
STEP 3: In the box that says, "enter domain," select the 2nd option and enter the domain name that you purchased from GoDaddy. Once you've entered a valid domain, you will see your nameserver information listed. Be sure to copy this information so that you can paste it into your GoDaddy account in STEP 4.
STEP 4: Open a new tab in your web browser, and log into your GoDaddy account. Click on My Account, then on Account Settings. Next, click the DNS button next to your domain. STEP 5: Scroll down to the Nameservers section, and click the Change button. Paste the domain nameservers information that you copied from your Bluehost account, and save your settings.
STEP 6: Return to the Bluehost page where you left off, and select parked domain in order to make this one your primary domain. Finally, scroll down and click assign this domain to complete the process of linking your Godaddy domain with your Bluehost account.
How To Install WordPressLog into your Bluehost account, click on the cpanel tab at the top of the screen. Then, scroll down and click Install WordPress. Wordpress is a 1-click software install, which means that there's no additional technical setup required by you. All you have to do is follow the instructions on your screen, and your WordPress website and blog will be up and running for you within minutes.
You'll still need to choose a theme in order to customize the look and feel of your website. So, to get started, type your domain name into the address bar of your web browser, followed by "/wp-admin" For example: If I type www.everythingshetouches.com/wp-admin, I'll be directed to the following login page to customize my website. Create a username and password and then you're off to the races!
Once you log into WordPress, the first screen you'll see is your Dashboard. The column on the left contains everything you need to edit and customize your site. From here, you can choose either a free or paid theme (under Appearance > Themes > New), and create your website pages (About, Contact, etc.) under Pages. You can also install free and pain plugins to enhance the functionality of your website (under Appearance tab), such as creating an opt-in form or slider.
When you are to draft a new blog post, just click Posts tab on the left column from your Dashboard. Once you've completed your blog post—simply hit Publish!
YOUR NEXT STEPS... 1) Sign up below to join my FREE Express Yourself 5-Day Blogging Challenge for Spiritual Women. You'll get 5 worksheet + 5 masterclasses with some pretty awesome tips to help you jump-start your blogging journey! 2) Check out these two posts: 5 Reasons to Start Blogging Free Websites Aren't Worth It Did you find this tutorial helpful? Leave me and comment and let me know :) In Peace & Beauty, Dominique