How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

Updated: June 14, 2015

In this post, you will learn all about easily creating a blog on your own. I have included discounted pricing that I personally negotiated with Bluehost so that you can get the cheapest pricing. You will also receive a free blog domain through my link. Act quick though because I’m not sure how long these low prices will last! Click here to start a blog on WordPress, then use the tutorial below for the easy directions.

If you’re looking to start a WordPress blog for cheap, then choosing Bluehost for your hosting needs may be your answer. Bluehost is a great web host and I personally have had a great experience with them.

Blogging has been one of the best things ever for me. As you can tell from my extra income reports, I now make over $15,000 a month from my blogging-related services.

I am able to work from home, I can travel whenever I want, I have a flexible schedule and more. I am absolutely loving life and I can’t believe how much my life has improved in just the past few years.

Anyone can make money with a blog, and I was able to make the money back that I paid for blog hosting very quickly. It is well worth it to pay for blog hosting and I’m sure you will be able to make your money back quickly as well.

Bluehost is one of the top web hosting companies in 2015 and you can start your own blog with them for as low as $3.49 a month (this low price is through my link only)! Also, if you sign up using my link, then you will get your domain for free if you purchase a 12 month or longer hosting plan (a $15 value). I highly recommend signing up for the 12 month hosting plan through Bluehost. It’s affordable and you can save a lot of money by signing up for at least 12 months.

You may be thinking, “Well I can just start on Blogger for a little cheaper.” NOOOOO… Don’t do that. There are so many reasons for why a Blogger/Blogspot blog is a really bad idea.

If you are interested in ever making money off your blog, freelancing or turning it into a business, then paying for your hosting, such as through Bluehost, is a MUST. It’s extremely cheap as well to go through Bluehost AND you get a free domain. You can run any of your own advertisements, affiliate links, direct advertising, etc. with a blog ran on Bluehost. Making money on Blogger or any other free blogging platform is very difficult, and in many cases never happens. Most advertisers and companies tend to run away from Blogger websites because they don’t view them as professional as self-hosted WordPress blogs, so that’s another big reason to use Bluehost.

Also, if you take a look at my past income reports, you can tell that my income through blogging didn’t take off until right at the exact moment I switched to WordPress. That’s a lot of proof right there that being self-hosted on WordPress is the way to go!

Read more about why you should pay for blog hosting 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. Yes, ANYONE can create a WordPress blog easily with my tutorial below. 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. You can have a blog of your own and the only real expense you need to pay is the cheap blog hosting which starts at just $3.49 per month.
  • You get a FREE blog domain.
  • Bluehost offers a guarantee in case you determine that it is not for you. If you sign up for Bluehost, but you are confused for any reason (such as how to set it up, picking a plan, pricing, etc.), you can always send me an email and I can help you out.
  • You will be self-hosted. If you want to monetize your blog, then you will want to be self-hosted.
  • You will appear much more professional to readers, companies, and so on if you are self-hosted on Bluehost than being on Blogspot.

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.

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.

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

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!”

You can get 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. This makes it well worth it to sign up for at least 12 months of hosting as you will be saving a good amount of money this way. You also get a cheaper monthly price when you buy at least 12 months of hosting, so the free domain just makes it even better. If you decide to get the free domain, just continue to the next step as you can buy your hosting and get the free domain all in one step.

Bluehost Plans

The “Starter” package is most likely all you will need.


Bluehost Pricing

Here is the pricing you will see.


2. Buy hosting for your blog.

Setting up a WordPress blog on Bluehost is very easy. First, we will talk about the costs of blogging:

  • To receive the cheapest price to start a blog, then choosing the “Starter” plan is really all you need. It’s only $3.49 per month through my link (due upfront in full) if you sign up for 36 months. If you sign up for a 24 month plan, then the price is $3.95 per month. If you sign up for a 12 month plan, then the price is $4.95 per month. $4.95 is still extremely affordable and it’s a great plan to choose. If you are unsure about blogging, I would sign up for the 12 month plan as this is still a great price and very affordable for one year of blogging. If you purchase a 12 month plan, your total price is only $59 a year, which is still a great price. Plus, you still receive the free domain name when you sign up for 12 months or more which saves you money.
  • The Starter plan is all you really need for now, so skip the Plus and Business Pro plans as they are more expensive. You can always change it later to a different plan if you want to (and just pay the difference), so there is no need to sign up for extra that you do not need.
  • The other item you may want to pay for when it comes to blogging is Domain Privacy Protection, which is only $0.99 per month. This is so that your contact information stays safe.
  • Other than the above, you do not need the other items that Bluehost sells, so I would uncheck any of the extras that are listed.
  • Remember, 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.

When you are ready to create your blog, follow the steps below to buy hosting for your blog.

  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, or sign up for a new domain name here.
  4. Enter your personal and payment information.
  5. Next you will be asked 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 (Section 3) 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 into the 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:;

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. Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog.

  • When you are in your cPanel (you will receive a link to this in your welcome email from Bluehost), find the part that says “MOJO Marketplace.”
  • 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 sign up for Bluehost, but you are confused for any reason (such as how to set it up, picking a plan, pricing, etc.), you can always send me an email and I can help you out. That’s what I’m here for so don’t be afraid to send me an email.

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

If you are looking into the actual design of your blog, Genesis seems to always be the most popular. Genesis is used on my blog, and I highly recommend it. Or, there are free themes through WordPress you can use too. Just go to “Appearance” on the left hand side when you are logged into your WordPress website and click on “Themes,” then activate whichever one you are interested in testing out. By doing this, you can start designing your website easily!

Some general tips for how to navigate WordPress:

  • You can add and create new posts by clicking on “Posts” on the left hand side when you are logged in. If you want to add a page, simply click on “Page.”
  • If you want to add an image, click on “Media” on the left hand side.
  • You can go to “Appearance,” then “Widgets” in order to add items to your sidebar, footer, and so on.
  • If you are looking for a way to send newsletters to your readers, I recommend AWeber.

Here are more blogging-related posts you should take a look at:

Do you have a blog? Why or why not? Share your blogging mistakes as well!


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    • 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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      • Faye says

        I’m looking to migrate my husband’s blog about day trading out of Blogger and am having difficulty determining which package to take on BlueHost. I would like my layout/website to be from nicely streamlined, like yours at Our blog posts will often contain imbedded videos related to our blog’s content, and we would love to also make an extra income through advertisements and affiliate links. Is there a plan and path you would recommend? Since this is a new endeavor that we have started to dream about, I want to ensure I am purchasing the best plan that meets our needs from the start. Thank you in advance for your help…as well as all of the amazing posts you’ve written to help us begin our own journey in blogging.

        • says

          Hello Faye!

          Are you talking about the design specifically? The design and hosting don’t really have anything to do with one another. If your blog is new or even somewhat new, then the cheapest plan is usually just fine. For your layout/design, you can improve that after you sign up for hosting.

          Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

    • says

      Hello. I read your blog about how to start a blog, and you got earned alot of money through this blog. I wonder where did u get alot of money from while you blogging? I don’t understand… i am newbie.. I thought I wanted to get 1k money a month when i start a blog like you but I don’t know what to write on blog, and my english is quite poor, help me? :(

  1. 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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      • Faye says

        Thank you for the great information you give us all about blogging through your blog. I’m new to this and am really trying to help transfer my husband’s blog from Blogger to WordPress. We already purchased a Domain name from NameCheap (not sure if that was a good idea or not because I’m not all too familiar with the best sites), but I was wondering in what way would Blue Host be necessary to launching his blog in WordPress if he has a domain. I am so new to this and want to be sure I follow great advice such as yours, since you are clearly a wonderful wealth of knowledge.

  2. 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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    • 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. 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. 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. 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. says

    I have started on Didn’t know the difference between .com and .org. Huge difference. Wishing I would have started with 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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  24. kepran says

    hi still i dont know this process of buying domain and hosting…i really thank you for these step by step instructions for a beginner like me thanks a lot and i expect more posts from you………

  25. says

    Great post. I personally use Bluehost as my host. They really are great. Great support, good price. I liked how easy it was to install wordpress.

    They are very user friendly. I also noticed that bluehost gave me much faster load times than hostgator did.

  26. says

    Excellent post Michelle.

    Starting a blog is the smartest way to go if you’re looking to make extra money and even replace your full time income. I’m on my way to that place soon.


  27. says

    So it seems I made a beginners blogger mistake. I have my blog hosted by WordPress, and now I want to move to a self-hosted blog in order to run ads and monetize. Could you please point me in the right direction as to how to do that? Thank you in advance!

  28. says

    I’m new to blogging and trying some things to find my niche. What app or software do you use for your pics and adding fonts to them?

  29. Desiree says

    This is one of the best posts I’ve seen regarding a blog startup..
    I am confused on one thing- what exactly is Genesis and what does it do? I’ve only seen it mentioned a few times and and all anyone says is that it’s “framework” but I have little technical knowledge so that doesn’t tell me anything.. Is it a necessary addition?

  30. says

    Hey, I just started my blog. I was posting and have a ton of Ideas but I got kind of discouraged not having even one visitor. It’s great to find your Blog! It has so much good information and you are super motivating. I am documenting my personal finance jounrey. Here is my blog

    Again thanks for being so supportive of new bloggers.

  31. says

    Well, to choosing a hosting service and host our WordPress blog is really important for blogging for business.

    You know..? I got problem with my hosting since the loading speed is really slow, and hard to drive up my blog.I have plan for change my hosting serivce, and now I am considering some hosting service such as siteground, DigitalOccean, and Bluehost.

    Anyway, you make me sense about bluehost service. Thanks for sharing..

  32. Selyna says

    Thanks for all your inspiration, Michelle. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for awhile now, and your articles have been super helpful!

  33. says

    I love your advice. I have read several different blogs with similar info, but yours has been easiest to follow.
    I just can’t figure out how to put the affiliate links. I’m on LinkVehicle, now what? Where do I put them??
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    • says

      Hmmm.. I’m not sure I understand your question. You put the affiliate links on your own blog, either in blog posts, on the sidebar, and so on. Is that what you are asking?

  34. ReTully says

    Hi I was wondering if this was for a or a website that you are talking about? I have heard the .com wordpress limits what kind of add software you can use like AdSense and some of the google stuff so i wanted to go with the .org WordPress instead.

  35. Kaydia Murphy says

    Hi Michelle,

    Two questions:

    1- What’s the difference between using WordPress to purchase the domain (currently offering at $18 for the year) and using Bluehost?

    2- If I use Bluehost and already have a blog with WordPress, will it allow me to log in and import the blogs I have already created?

    Love your site by the way.

  36. says

    Hi Michelle,

    I have two blogs – one is a few years old and one is very new (2 posts). Is it easy to migrate them on to hosting if they’re already on WordPress? If it’s difficult, would I be better starting over on my new blog?


  37. says

    First, I just want to say I love your blog/website. It’s got great advice and a great format.

    Secondly, I want to thank you for this super helpful post. I have been contemplating starting a blog for a few months now, but your post finally pushed me to do it. I love writing, but I am not sure if others will enjoy reading it. But, I am throwing caution to the wind and going for it. One of my goals this year was to try new things, even if they scared me. Having others see and critique my writing terrifies me, but is also exciting.

    So, I have finally done it. It’s a bit rough on the edges, but I set up my site and have made my first post. It’s called “Life On a Discount” and I hope to grow it over time, even if it is only a pet project of mine.
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  38. says

    I just started a blog about a month ago on WordPress, I fallowed your advise and bought BlueHost but I don’t exactly get what hosting is or does? also how do I link my existing wordpress blog to my Bluehost account? Thanks for the help!

  39. 29tabs says

    I have just started a wordpress blog on the free site, Is there a way to link that to this bluehost and wordpress. I don’t believe they are the same things. I’m confused.

  40. says

    Thank you so much for the post! I didn’t realize, but I’ve been reading your posts off Pinterest for awhile now! I wanted to ask: I’m a college student and can’t afford to take the plunge into self-hosting right now since I’m between jobs. While I save up should I move my blog to free WordPress or am I okay to stay on Blogger for now? I started there because my first blog was for a high school English project, but I’ve started another one and want to be more serious about it.
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  41. Laura K says


    This post (and your entire website) have been so helpful as I start up my own blog. I’ve always loved to write and have written fiction, but creating posts on my Livejournal for friends and sharing in that community was always a highlight. Reading your posts gave me the boost to start!

  42. Maile K says

    Hi Michelle, I love your website! I am very new at this blogging arena; but know deep down this is my next chapter in my book! As soon as I decide on my domain name, I off to Bluehost!

  43. says

    Hi ! Great article, but I’m really confused. I followed the BlueHost directions, and then I got lost. Can this be because I didn’t use the one click installation ?

  44. says

    …wait, so do u have to make an actual bluehost blog to get paid on wordpress? or can it be a regular blog like

    Love ur blog btw! n thanks!

    • says


      You want to be self-hosted, which is what Bluehost allows WordPress blogs to do. By being something like, you cannot have ads on your blog. You want to be using paid WordPress, not the free version and pair it with paid blog hosting.

  45. says

    When I tried signing up they wanted to charge me $300 for the first three years?! What happened to being charged $3.49 a month? I can’t afford $300 to make a website.

      • says

        Sorry for bombarding you with questions but I just have so many! I registered for the 12 month starter pack but I’m guessing that doesn’t include the WordPress theme and site. It’s an extra $99 at the cheapest price, can I do anything with the starter pack without paying for anything extra? It seems everywhere I look on Bluehost it costs $$$$ to do something :/
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        • says

          Hey! Sorry for the late reply. I don’t have Internet where I’m at so I’m on my phone. You do not need to pay for WordPress. It is free. You can email me if you have questions. Much easier from my phone and I can help you quicker :)

          • says

            So with Bluehost I’m only paying for them to host? How do I go about installing the WordPress? When I was on the site it was so confusing and to add anything there was an expensive price tag. What would you recommend for someone who wants to do the above but has very little to spend on this?

  46. Jessica says

    Hi! I was wondering how I would find out if a name for my blog is already in use? Is there a website to go to where I can type in what name I want and it will tell me if it is available? So far I have been Googling names I am interested in to see if they are taken, but I don’t want to use a name that some one else has rights to. Thanks!

  47. says

    Michelle, thank you so much for this post! I really am considering of switching from Blogspot to WordPress after reading this. I have read countless of blogs where they recommend WordPress but you have made it clear as to why. This gives me the confidence that I can grow my blog where I want to be. I will also look into buying my domain. Thank you!


  48. Alexis says

    Hi! I’ve been pouring over all of your how to set up a blog posts! I’m finally biting the bullet and doing it! (Along with an etsy shop!)
    I’ll be honest, WordPress kind of scares me, and my mom who is very non-tech savvy will be helping. You make it sound doable but I also know we are excellent at messing tech things up! SquareSpace has been popping up as an option….I’m torn between the two. Do you have any thoughts, insights or experiences on SS?

  49. says

    Hi Michelle,

    I did it, I just did it! Having read all your blog-related posts so many times, I finally decided to start my own using your guidance! Thanks a lot for that and not only that… I really enjoy reading your posts, you’re very encouraging.

  50. says

    I was really hoping I could do this without any questions, but unfortunately I’m quite confused. I started on Bluehost (following your link), and then installed WordPress. But I am trying to find a free WordPress theme and am struggling. On Bluehost under “themes” and “WordPress themes” I don’t see any free ones. If I go to instead and log in there, I have to choose a site, but it says mine is already taken. I know I now own it, but can’t seem to get past the first step on WordPress.

    In general, do I need to log in to Bluehost or WordPress? And can you tell me how to find the free themes for WordPress? Thank you so much!

  51. Pam says

    Hi! Im wondering if you can give me more information. I am a new mom and had to quit my job because they were trying to make me work 7days 12 hrs a day. Cant do it being a new monma. I came across your posting and would love to get involved and make an income from home. What do you blog about? How do you end up making money? I want to do something that works for my family and staying home and working sounds amazing. Thanks for your time i look forward to your response.

  52. Meeshelby says

    I was SO excited to find info on this. And all of what is written here is super helpful. I can’t wait to get started. Unfortunately, I was planning to get it started tonight as I can totally afford $3.98 a month. Then I realized its not really $3.95 a month its $140+ upfront to get started. I don’t have that kind of money sitting around and never do. Its so worth it, so it kills me that I can’t do it. I need the income and want very much to start blogging the “right” way. Thank you so much for all the great info, just super disappointed at the misleading “$3.95/month” when you have to actually pay the full thing up front :( Hopefully one day I’ll have the money!

  53. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! If I hadn’t found this website, it never would have occurred to me to start a blog. I used your link to sign up through Bluehost and now is up and running. It’s a dream come true that I didn’t even know I had;)


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