How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

How To Start A WordPress Blog On BluehostIf you’re looking to start a WordPress blog for cheap, then choosing Bluehost (affiliate link) for your hosting needs may be your answer. Bluehost is one of the top web hosting companies in 2014 and you can start your own blog with them for just $3.95 a month! Also, if you sign up using my link, then you will get your domain for free if you purchase a 12 month or longer blog hosting plan.

You may be thinking, “Well I can just start on Blogger for free.”

NOOOOO… Don’t do that.

Read why here.

There are many reasons for why you may want to choose Bluehost for your WordPress blog and I honestly believe they are one of the best web hosting providers. These reasons include:

  • It’s easy to use.
  • Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog.
  • Bluehost web hosting offers technical support.
  • Bluehost is extremely affordable and they offer cheap web hosting.
  • They offer a guarantee in case you determine that Bluehost is not for you.
  • You will be self-hosted. If you want to monetize your blog, then you will want to be self-hosted.

First, you will need to head on over to Bluehost to do any of this. There are many web hosting companies out there, but Bluehost is honestly one of the best. There is a reason why many bloggers choose Bluehost for their web hosting needs.

I have an affiliate link, and if you could use it that would be great :). If you plan on starting a blog on Bluehost and you are interested in learning how to start a blog on WordPress, continue below:

Click here to start the process.

 

1. Register your domain name.

The very first thing you will need to do when starting a WordPress blog on Bluehost is to think about what you want your domain name to be. This can be tough, and I would give some serious thought to this.

I don’t even remember how I came up with my blog name. It’s a long one though and at times I regret it. Trying to spell out my blog name to people who don’t know about it can get frustrating because they don’t know if I’m saying “cents” or “sense!”

There are two ways you can buy your domain. You can buy your domain directly through Bluehost and make the whole process very easy. If you do this, you can get a free domain for the first year as long as you buy 12 months worth of Bluehost web hosting. You save money when you buy 12 months of hosting, so the free domain just makes it even better.

The second way is to buy your domain through another company, such as GoDaddy. Either way is fine, but you will save money and time if you buy directly through Bluehost.

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

2. Buy hosting for your blog.

With Bluehost, they have three main hosting plans. Setting up WordPress on Bluehost is very easy.

They have the “Starter” which is $3.95 per month, the “Plus” which is $6.95 per month, and the “Business Pro” which is $14.95 per month. If it’s your first website, then the “Starter” package is probably good enough. If you want to have more than one website, then you will have to move up a package.

If you buy a whole year ahead of time, then you will save more money. I believe the cheap $3.95 price only applies if you pay for more than a year at once. So, if you know that you want to blog for more than just a few months (which you most likely will), then buying a yearly (or 24 or 36 month) plan will save you the most money. You also get a free domain if you buy 12 months or more, so keep that in mind.

  1. Go to Bluehost and click the “Get Started Now” button.
  2. Click on the package you are interested in.
  3. Enter your domain name you registered with earlier.
  4. Enter your personal and payment information.
  5. Next you will be passed to enter a password. Make sure it’s secure as this information is very important.

 

3. Connect your domain and your hosting.

Note: You can skip this section if you buy your domain directly through Bluehost.

If you buy your domain through Go Daddy, then you will need to connect your domain to your hosting account. Go Daddy has a full support page for setting nameservers for your domain names. Below is a snippet:

“When you register a domain name with us, we set it up on our parked nameservers so a temporary page displays when visitors go to your website. After you determine which hosting provider to use, you can change your domain name’s nameservers to remove the parked page and activate your domain name.

If you registered your domain name with another provider, you can still purchase a hosting account with us, use our Off-site DNS services, or use our CashParking® or Quick Content services. If you do any of those, you must view your nameservers in your account with us, and then set the nameservers with your domain name registrar.”

 

How to modify your DNS Nameservers when you are using Go Daddy for your domain and Bluehost for your hosting:

  1. Log in to the GoDaddy.com Account Manager.
  2. Select Manage Domains from the Domain Names drop-down menu or the Manage Your Account list.
  3. Select the domain name you wish to modify using the checkboxes and then click Set Name Servers.
  4. Enter your updated name server information in the spaces provided under the blue Name Servers heading on the right side of your page and click Save Changes at the bottom. Your entries should look like this: ns1.bluehost.com; ns2.bluehost.com.

You will then need to add the domain you bought (such as through GoDaddy) as an addon domain to your Bluehost web hosting. You can do this by clicking on “Domains” when logged into your Bluehost web hosting account and then clicking on “assign.” Follow the steps and it is very easy!

 

4. Install WordPress.

Okay, this is probably the step that all of you have been waiting for. If you want to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost then continue reading.

This part isn’t hard at all. It will seem like it is but I promise it is not. Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog.

  • When you are in your cPanel, find the part that says “MOJO Marketplace.”
  • You will want to click the “One Click Install” button.
  • Then, click on the WordPress icon on the next page located under “Blogs.”
  • Click on the “Start” button. This will begin the installation.
  • Once in the installation process, you will have to decide which domain you will want to install WordPress on. Click the dropdown menu to the domain you plan on using.
  • Now, you will see “Advanced Options.” This is where you choose your username and password for your WordPress website. You should choose something secure. Don’t use “Admin” as your username. For my website, I receive many hackers each and every day and that is the number one username they use to try to hack my website. Instead, create a username that is a combination of different letters, numbers, and anything else you can use. You will want to check “Automatically create a new database for this installation” as well, unless you already have a different database (if you don’t know, then you probably do not).
  • Click “Install Now.”
  • Remember to save your username and password.

 

WOOHOO! You now have a WordPress blog. You will have to work on the design, and producing high quality content, of course. Good luck!

If you are looking into the actual design of your blog, Genesis (affiliate link) seems to always be the most popular. Genesis is used on my blog, and I highly recommend it.

Lastly, if you are looking for a way to send newsletters to your readers, I recommend AWeber (affiliate link).

 

Do you have a blog? Why or why not?

Share your blogging mistakes as well!

 

Comments

    • James Salmons says

      There is no doubt that self-hosting is much better. So called free sites have so many drawbacks, some with long term negative consequences, that the savings is not at all worth considering, at least if you have any intention of ever monetizing your site.

      For some reason the very low cost hosting your own domain is often not recognized by beginners. There are a lot of options such as premium themes that cost extra but these are not necessary at the beginning. Registering your domain and monthly hosting is not expensive (easily less than $10 a month), WordPress is free, and there is nothing else a person needs to buy so it is well worth the investment.
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  1. Deb @ Saving the Crumbs says

    We started our blog just 3 months ago and are using a free Genesis theme on WordPress. It’s going well so far, but I’m also blessed with a fairly techy husband! :-) We made the mistake of not installing any type of spam filter (but fortunately mandated moderation for all comments) and were being inundated! My geeky husband recently found an anti-spam plugin on WordPress and it has solved the problem (so far!).
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  2. Alicia says

    Oh man, I did everything wrong. I started on Blogger. Then transferred to wordpress (but didn’t buy my domain). Then bought my domain NOT through BlueHost. It took 2 months for the domain to become “viable” to transfer to BlueHost. THEN, I went to BlueHost. Ack!

    The problem with starting directly as self-hosted is you don’t know if you’ll like it, etc. I wasn’t willing to shell out $175 (3 years hosting, plus domain) if I was going to give it up in 3 months. Now I am committed though.
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    • Michelle S. says

      Yeah, that’s why a lot of people start on Blogger, because it’s free. However, I started on Blogger and at one point Blogger actually DELETED my whole blog. I had to beg for it back and they gave it back. However, I have heard of this happening to many others and they never got theirs back.

  3. Barbara Adams says

    Fine you convinced me, I’ve been dragging my feet waiting for the perfect XYZ. not getting anywhere. I’ll start and make my share of mistakes, right?

  4. Rust says

    Very informative article. Lots of things I am in the dark about when it comes to starting my own blog (which I have thought of doing for a while). Thanks for the help!

  5. Stephanie LaPlante says

    Thank-you for this information! I’m trying to start a blog on wordpress but I’ve been so confused.

  6. Sarah says

    I’ve been back and forth about purchasing my domain right off the bat or not. I’ve been in the process of setting up my blog with wordpress, but I’ve been doing a lot of research on why bloggers fail (the numbers are crazy!) I know that if I succeed at blogging (meaning I keep up with it), I will probably regret going free in the beginning, but with two kids under three, I want to make sure I have the time and drive for it, before sinking a bunch of money into it.

  7. Samantha Feldmann says

    I just signed up for wordpress yesterday because of one of your posts. I’ve not yet signed up for a domain or with bluehost, but am looking into it. I’d love to be able to make even just a small amount doing something I love! Being a stay at home mom can really get you feeling like you’re putting a lot of financial responsibility on your significant other.

  8. Barrie says

    I’ve been wanting to create a blog for a while and I did think of doing it with Blogger! So thanks for the heads up. This looks very affordable and easy; i’ll look into it!

  9. Denise A. says

    Great article. Nice easy to follow step-by-step instructions for anyone looking to start their on blog. Thanks for the info!

  10. Amanda says

    You were a big help when I was trying to move from free to self-hosting, so I’m excited to see that you have it all spelled out here for people that were clueless like I was. Owning your own blog makes so much sense – it’s affordable and so easy to customize :)
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  11. Kathleen Barrett says

    I’ve been self hosted from the beginning and just today at lunch talked a friend who wants to start a blog into self hosting from the get go and then forwarded him your article!

  12. Christy Peeples DuBois says

    Very interesting post and I’m not a blogger nor do I have an online business. I have heard of Go Daddy, Feed burner and wordpress but did not have any idea how they were related until I read this post.

  13. Hilary says

    I have started on WordPress.com. Didn’t know the difference between .com and .org. Huge difference. Wishing I would have started with WordPress.org. Oh well. When I get to a certain point we will switch it and I hope it goes well.

  14. Suzie M says

    Thanks for the great info, have been thinking of starting a blog but truly clueless, I can see how to avoid some of the problems

  15. tamra gibson says

    Very good info that you have provided. As of now I don’t have my own blog but I do write some reviews for a couple of blogs. We live way in the country and internet isn’t always a guarantee to work so because of this I feel like if I can’t give 100% than I shouldn’t so it. I am going to however pass on the info to the blog I write for

  16. Christine Berry - Wealth Way Online says

    I started blogging, originally, a few years ago on Blogspot. It was a really good way for me to test the waters without investing any money into it. I don’t think it’s a bad way to start, UNLESS you’re planning to start blogging for money.

    At that point for me it was just somewhere to release my thoughts and ramble. It’s pretty cute to look back on (and a little cringeworthy)

    Lots of great tips in here.
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  17. Grayson @ Debt Roundup says

    I would highly recommend two things. First, you should always separate domain hosting and website hosting. Holding both your domain name and hosting at one place is a recipe problems. You are essentially sticking all of your eggs in one basket. Second, I would work on changing the table prefixes in your database when you install it. This can be hard to do with some hosting platforms, while others give you the option. You should never leave the default wp_ as that is well known and hackers can perform SQL injections. Bad news.

    if you have questions, I do offer free WordPress blog installation and can do all of this for you!
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  18. Frances V says

    I remember your post on how to start a blog. and I’m so grateful I came across your post about it. I’m still working on my blog, but now I know what I am doing! Thank you!
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  19. Ann Saye says

    I have read your blog for almost two years now. I became a mystery shopper because of one of your post and I have become quite good at it. I am interested in starting a blog on mystery shopping and I am hanging on to everything I have been reading on starting one. Thank you for all of the free info you give to us. It has been a great help to me.

  20. tina mccallum says

    I’ve been thinking about starting a blog to talk about the infertility I struggled with. This is a page I’m going to bookmark to make it easier for me.

  21. M.Clark says

    These are great tips for anyone who is interested in having their own blog. Thank you for sharing this great post.

  22. Dennis Smith says

    I have always been partial to HostGator because I have a reseller account with them. There’s been a few times the site has gone down for a few minutes but still within the uptime guarantee. I have always been late a few times and they have always adjusted the due date. Support response time has also pretty good when I needed to contact them. I’ve never heard anything bad about Bluehost.
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  23. Sarah says

    I’m getting ready to move over my blog to bluehost and using my own domain name. I’ve only been at it a month, but so far I love it and I’m dedicated. Either I really screwed up my math, or self-hosting and your own domain name really isn’t that expensive. Thanks so much for this post!
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