If you have never setup a WordPress blog before – you’re in the right place.
In this step-by-step guide I’m going to show you how one can setup a WordPress blog in under 10 minutes even with no technical knowledge.
I’m going to start from the scratch and actually purchase a hosting account with Bluehost in order to outline the whole process for you.
I will illustrate each step with a screenshot, so there’s no chance for you to mess things up while following my guide.
So click the link above, which will redirect you to a WordPress hosting offer by Bluehost and follow my steps outlined below:
Step 1: Click The “Sign Up Now” Button
After you click on the Bluehost link above, you will be redirected to a special page, offering you to sign up for a WordPress hosting account.
Click the “Sign Up Now” button to start the registration process.
Step 2: Type Your Desired Domain Name & Click “Next”
Since you’re reading this tutorial, I guess you don’t have a domain name yet. It’s ok, since Bluehost actually lets you create one. For free!
In case you haven’t yet decided which domain name would be best for your blog, I have an awesome post that should help you pick one:
Step 3: Fill In All The Required Fields
This is where you specify all the necessary details in order to register your hosting account. The form looks big, but you will handle it quite fast with my help:
This form is divided into three sections:
- Account Information
- Package Information
- Billing Information
All of the fields should be familiar, most of the big e-commerce sites will request these details from you.
“Account Plan” – there’s absolutely no point of signing up for one year only. This signifies from the start that you’re not serious about your blog.
You should commit for a longer period. And here are two extra reasons for that: Google gives more value to the domains that are registered for a long period of time & it’s obviously cheaper when you go for a longer period.
“SiteLock Domain Security” – never used that and I’m still fine. So I guess you don’t need that too. Just uncheck it.
“Site Backup Pro” – I had to restore my blog from backups quite a few times and so I highly recommend you to check this option. It will save your blog one day.
“Search Engine Jumpstart” – nah… it’s so unnecessary that it’s even unchecked by default. Don’t take it.
“Domain Whois Privacy” – do you really need to hide the fact of you owning the website you’re about to register? I don’t.
Anyone can go to who.is and check who owns bloggerjet.com. And as long as I don’t sell drugs or scam my readers I have absolutely nothing to hide. So it’s up to you if you need that whois privacy or not.
Nothing to worry about here. You can refund your money ANYTIME (tried that myself) and Bluehost won’t put any extra charges on your credit card (proven by myself).
In fact, to have all these screenshots for this tutorial I had to register an account with Bluehost and then go ask for a refund, which they kindly agreed to do.
Step 4: Don’t Select Any Upgrades & Click “Complete”
Just like any salesman in the world, guys at Bluehost will offer you a variety of extra services in addition to the hosting account you’ve just purchased.
Scroll down to the bottom & click “Complete”. You don’t need most of this stuff right now and you will always have a chance to purchase these features later.
Step 5: Create A Password For Your Account
Next thing you will see is the page confirming that you’ve just registered a new hosting account and offering you to create a passowrd for it:
Once you click the “Create Your Password” link – a new tab will open, asking you to setup a password for your account:
You won’t get away with some easy password like “mypassword123″ as the tool has some requirements you have to follow.
Make sure you write down your password somewhere. But don’t worry too much if it gets lost, you can always restore it.
Step #6: Login To Your Newly Created WordPress Hosting Account
After creating a password you will be redirected to your account login page. The domain name should be already filled in, so you just have to enter your newly created password and click “Login”.
Once you do that, Bluehost will greet you with an intro video, where a nice lady is talking about the cool features of Bluehost admin panel:
After you watch it (or after you skip it) click the button in the main menu that’s titled “cPanel”:
Once there, you’ll see a pop-up, offering some free and paid help. But you don’t need any of that. You have me and this guide. So just close the pop-up:
Step #7: Install WordPress Blog In A Few Clicks (no tech skills required)
It’s about time you install your first WordPress blog. Just a few clicks will get you there!
Click #1: And the first click goes to the “WordPress” icon under “Website Builders” menu:
You will then be redirected to MOJO installer.
Click #2: Just click “Start”:
You’ll be prompted for the location where your blog should be.
Just leave everything as is and your blog will be available right at your domain name, with no subfolders (like http://bloggerjet.com/).
Click #3: Click on “Check Domain”.
NOTE: after clicking on “Check Domain” the installer will most likely warn you, that there are some files that will be lost. It’s totally ok. Just agree to that and proceed.
Click #4: And this is the last one. Click the “Install Now” button in case you’re not knowledgeable enough to mess with the advanced options:
Your WordPress Blog Is Installed & Ready To Conquer The Internet
Believe it or not, but that’s it! No messing with FTP, Databases, Nameservers & other stuff.
Just a few clicks and you’ll see this:
I went ahead and edited the first post of my newly created blog to signify the end of my tutorial:
Isn’t this absolutely awesome?
Just a few years back (when I was setting up BloggerJet blog) the whole process was like 10 times more complicated.
I had to create a database manually, upload the WordPress installer by FTP, connect it to my database, run the install in manual mode & stuff like that.
It could easily take me a few hours and now with Bluehost it takes less then 10 minutes!
How cool is that?
Once you finish this guide and setup yourself a shiny new blog, you might be wondering what to do NEXT?
How about you check these two articles:
- How To Design WordPress Blog If You’re Not A Web Designer
- Starting a blog? Here’s how to get over 3k visits in your first month!
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