How to Launch a WordPress Blog

how-to-launch-a-wordpress-blog-in-4-easy-stepsWhether you are a new blogger or a seasoned Blogger or WordPress.com blogger wanting to switch your blog over to self-hosted WordPress, setting up a blog on WordPress can be a bit daunting, so today I’m going to teach you how to launch a self-hosted WordPress blog on Bluehost (our preferred web host) in four simple steps. Bluehost is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting provider’s out there. They have very affordable pricing, stellar customer service, are incredibly reliable, and make the installation of WordPress as simple as clicking a single button! Follow these four simple steps and you’ll have your WordPress site set up in a jiffy.


Step 1: Domain Hosting

The first step is to get your hosting in place, so head on over to Bluehost and click on that big green button.

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Select a plan. The “plus” plan is the most popular and really does give you the most bang for your buck, but if you want to start with the “starter plan,” know you can always upgrade in the future if needed.

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If you haven’t thought about what you want to call your blog, now’s the time. Try your best to match your domain to the title of your blog (e.g. our site name is Designer Blogs, so we chose the domain www.designerblogs.com). If the domain you are wanting isn’t available, try using different variations of your title (it will offer you some suggestions). If you already own a domain that you’d like to use, enter it in the area provided.

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Now follow the instructions and enter in your account information, select your package details (the only one I recommend checking is the SiteLock Domain Security because it keeps your personal details private), and then enter in your billing information. Follow the remaining instructions and then your hosting account will be in place!

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Step 2: Install WordPress

Now that you have a hosting account in place for your domain, it’s time to install WordPress. This is where Bluehost makes things super simple. Navigate to the “Hosting” tab at the top of the page and then click on “Install WordPress.”

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Click the big green “Install” button.

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Then select the domain you want to install WordPress to (you can leave the “directory” part blank). Then click “Check Domain.”

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Click “Show advanced options” and enter in your site title (you can always change this later), choose your WordPress username and password. Check the box about creating a new database and check that you’ve read the terms (be sure to review them first). Then click “Install Now.”

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You’ll see the progress of the install at the top of the page.

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When the install is complete, click “View Credentials” and write down the login information so you will know how to log into your site. Now WordPress is installed to your domain and you can log in and get blogging! Easy peasy, right?

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Step 3: Configure Settings

You can log into your site by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin or by following the link from your credentials. This will bring you to the login area on the backend of your site. Enter in the login info you wrote down from the previous step and then click “Log In.”

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First, let’s get your basic settings in place, so in your dashboard go to “Settings” and then “General.”

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Enter in your site title, tagline, url, email and the other information it asks for and click “Save Changes.”

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Now I highly recommend that you change your permalink settings for SEO purposes, so go to “Settings” and then “Permalinks” and then select the “Post name” option and click “Save Changes.” I also recommend that you click through each of the options under “Settings” to get the additional options set up like you want. You can also visit our tutorials page for additional help in getting the other areas of your site set up.

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Step 4: Make it Gorgeous!

Now it’s time to get your blog looking fabulous! You have a few options when it comes to the look of your site:

1) You can use one of the free generic themes that are included with your WordPress install. Go to “Appearance” and then “Themes” to find them. As you can see, they aren’t much to look at and there isn’t much variety, but if it’s not in your budget to spend money on a theme right now, then it’s a good place to start.

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2) You can purchase a gorgeous StudioPress Theme. StudioPress has a huge collection of professional, minimalist themes that will take your blog to the next level. Click here to view all of their amazing designs.

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3) You can hire a blog design company (like Designer Blogs!) to create a fabulous design for you. We offer very affordable blog templates and premade blog themes or if you want a one-of-a-kind blog design, you can consider purchasing a custom blog design or a custom website design. With this option, we do all the work and you just get to sit back and enjoy your fabulous new design!

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I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer!

 

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Comments

  1. Previously I had come across a plugin(forgot the name), which makes it very easy to move a locally installed word-press website to the remote server with minimal manual intervention.

  2. I just bought a WordPress blog and domain through WordPress this week. Am I able to change to hosting through Bluehost later? I haven’t done anything with the site at all.

    Also, under “settings” in my WordPress site “permalinks” isn’t an option. Do you know why?

    Thank you for your time!

    • It sounds like you’ve set up a free WordPress site, which is why changing the permalinks isn’t an option for you. Learn about the differences between free WordPress sites and self-hosted WordPress sites here). In order to use any of our WordPress designs, you need to set up a self-hosted WordPress site using the instructions above.

  3. Thank you so much for this! It is my goal in 2016 to move my wordpress.com site to wordpress.org site. You just saved me so much time figuring out my next steps. It was like you read my mind!

  4. If I already have a website thru godaddy.com and use blogger, and I want to switch to wordpress.org can I do that?

    • Yes, you can do that. You most likely are just using a domain from Godaddy and have it attached to your Blogger blog. You can still follow this tutorial to get a hosting account purchased for your domain. Then I recommend adding the following options to your blog design order and we will assist you in getting your domain attached to your hosting and your content moved from Blogger to WordPress for you:

      DOMAIN TRANSFER (BLOGGER) = $40
      SITE CONTENT TRANSFER (WORDPRESS) = $100

      Hope this helps!

  5. Jessica Baez says:

    Hi and thanks for your input on all things blogging. I am currently contemplating a blog name, ideas and time frame to launch. It has been an intimidating 5 weeks now since I began. My brain totally needs this outlet (with all these voices in my head haha). Your blog is very pleasing to the eye as well. Very neat, organized and telling.

  6. Great post! I will forward it to couple of my friends who are talking about starting a blog, but never know how and where to start. ?? Thanks!

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