Have you been thinking of starting a blog? Have you spent hours researching and reading tons of “how to start a blog” posts? What are you waiting for?! Find out how to start a blog with Bluehost with just ten simple steps!
I know starting a blog can seem like a stressful experience. I’ve been through it. That’s why I created this Essential To-Do List before Launching a Blog, which will break things down for you step-by-step so you know exactly what you need to do.
For now let’s just focus on one of these steps, which is getting your blog set-up through Bluehost. If you are serious about blogging and want to eventually monetize your blog (make money from it), you should definitely use a self-hosted service such as Bluehost.
Self-hosting gives you more control over your blog and the best thing is that you fully own it. You can completely customize it however you want. You can change whatever you want. You can add product ads and affiliate links, or not. There are no limitations!
Starting a blog might sound stressful, but Bluehost makes it easy. This was actually the easiest part of the entire process of launching my blog. Follow these step-by-step instructions for how to start a blog with Bluehost, then jump over to my Essential To-Do List before Launching a Blog, and you will be on your way to blogging in no time!
How to Start a Blog with Bluehost
First things first, click here to get started with Bluehost. Once you arrive at the screen below, click the green “get started now” button.
Next, you will need to select a plan. Go ahead and start with the basic plan for now.
Hopefully you have already decided on a name for your blog. If so, go ahead and search for it under the “new domain” box. It is recommended that you use a standard “.com” domain. It is best if you are confident in your blog name, but if not you can always change it later. This is something I actually had to do since I decided to change my name, and Bluehost got it all taken care of for me.
Next, you will need to fill in your account and package information. Aside from the standard hosting price, there are a few additional options to choose from. I personally did not sign up for any extras, but this is totally up to you!
If you select the 36-month plan you will get the best price!
Now it is time to enter your payment information.
Choose and create your password.
Now it is time to pick a theme. The theme is basically the design of your website, but it can always be changed! I started with a free theme until I realized there were some design limitations, so I upgraded to this theme.
Setting up WordPress is super simple, actually so simple that I didn’t even know how or when I installed mine when I went through these steps! You are able to install WordPress with just one click.
Bluehost will take you through the steps to get started on WordPress, and you are all set!
Next time you log into Bluehost, your screen will appear like below, and you can click the blue “log in to WordPress” to get back to your blog.
It’s that simple!
Now, onto the fun stuff…
- Secure your new blog name on Social Media.
- Get answers to your WordPress questions at WP Beginner.
- Install a theme if you haven’t already, I use LyraThemes.
- Install free plug-ins. The only paid plug-in I use is Social Warfare Pro.
- Install Grammarly to double check your writing.
- Sign-up for the free version of Trello to keep yourself organized.
- Learn from and read other blogs.
- Sign-up for a free trial of Lightroom, or download the free app to start editing photos.
- Consider purchasing Lightroom presets to create your Instagram theme.
- Try Canva and create some Pins.
- Sign-up for Later to schedule Instagram posts.
For more detailed instructions on how to successfully prepare your blog for launch, read my Essential To-Do List before Launching a Blog.
As always, let me know if you have any questions about how to start a blog with Bluehost!