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So, you want to know how start a blog on WordPress, huh?
Confused about how to start a blog on WordPress? This step-by-step guide makes it easy! Learn how to start a blog on WordPress and get blogging! The idea of starting a blog is great, but the actual process of doing so can be confusing and bit daunting- especially when it comes to setting up a WordPress blog on your own. I am hoping that the creation of this step by step article will help ease the confusion a bit and create a streamlined, easy process for future-bloggers to follow! Read on to learn how to start a blog on WordPress.
1) WEB HOSTING
I often have clients who don’t understand what the purpose of web hosting is and how WordPress and web hosting work together. This is how I can best explain it: think of web hosting like a computer, and WordPress as an application. You need the computer to run the application, as you need web hosting to use WordPress. I recommend Bluehost if you’re just starting your blog or don’t have a ton of traffic at the moment, which I used for both my own blog and design site for years. It is what I work with for most of my client sites as well. They are competitively priced, include a domain name and have excellent customer service. These days, I use Siteground for my own sites as I outgrew Bluehost, and they have been nothing short of AMAZING. Highly recommend! For Bluehost, I recommend purchasing the first few terms all at once to secure the lowest price, but you do have the option to pay the low promotional price for the first term and then pay a slightly higher (but still priced in the same range as other hosts) price for the following terms.
2) INSTALL WORDPRESS
Log in to your Bluehost account. Go to Hosting (in the top navigation bar) and be sure you are on the cPanel page. Under “Website Builders”, click on WordPress.
When the Mojo Marketplace opens up after clicking WordPress, choose “INSTALL (a brand new instance)”. Select your domain name and click “check domain”. On the last step of the install, it may say you are overwriting files but as long as this is a brand new installation (ie. you have not installed WordPress on this domain before) then you are fine to select overwrite. Click install now! WordPress will now start installing and you can see the process in the progress bar at the top of the screen. WordPress will then email you your login information OR you can click “view processes” on that progress bar when it’s complete, and then click “view credentials”. You can then login to your new WordPress site with the assigned login information, and once logged in go to Users > All Users, then edit your user to change your password to something you will remember. Good job, you’re done the most confusing part!
3) INSTALL A THEME
We’re almost done, I promise. This is the most fun part! You now get to choose what your blog will look like. You have a couple options here: you can either order a custom theme from a designer (me! me! hahaha) or choose a premade theme. Here are some places to purchase WordPress themes that I highly recommend and LOVE (all built on the Genesis framework which you need to purchase separately- the biggest perk of having a child theme on the Genesis framework is that if there is a theme update made, you will not lose changes to your child theme)!
- Foodie Pro (an excellent theme for anyone, not just foodies!)
- Brunch Pro (the “little sister” of Foodie Pro- a bit more minimalistic but just as beautiful)
- Simply Pro (a very classy, clean theme- perfect for anything from lifestyle to fashion to food to beauty bloggers!)
- Modern Studio Pro (love this theme for beauty and fashion bloggers that want a modern, clean design)
- Cafe Pro (perfect for restaurants, but also for any professional wanting to display their services)
From Restored 316 Designs:
- Dazzling (this is a new theme that is AMAZING for fashion bloggers!)
- Divine (one of my all time favorite themes for all sorts of bloggers, not just foodies. Cheaper to purchase from Studiopress if you’ve already purchased the Genesis framework from there!)
- Market (another new theme that is incredible for bloggers AND small businesses)
- Glam (beautiful and a fave with fashion/beauty bloggers, but will work for any blogger. Cheaper to purchase from Studiopress if you’ve already purchased the Genesis framework from there!)
- Savory (hands down one of my most favorite layouts for all types of bloggers. Very visually appealing for those with nice photography!)
From Pretty Darn Cute Design:
- Pretty Chic (what I use on my own blog. Cheaper to purchase from Studiopress if you’ve already purchased the Genesis framework from there!)
- Pretty Sweet (such a good layout if you’re looking for something Pinterest-esque)
- Fun (just a fun, cheerful looking theme- perfect for lifestyle bloggers)
- Creative (perfect for, you guessed it, creatives. Cheaper to purchase from Studiopress if you’ve already purchased the Genesis framework from there!)
- Swank (love this layout for small biz websites!)
Once you purchase Genesis and your child theme (or just your theme, if you purchase a non-Genesis one), log onto your WordPress blog, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme > and then upload your whole zip file. Upload Genesis first if you are using a Genesis child theme, and then upload your child theme zip file after. Be sure to click “activate” once the theme is uploaded and you are good to go! You can now play with customization options under appearance > customize and go bask in your blog’s beauty.
If setting up your site and installing a theme scares the heck out of you, you can purchase my Semi-Custom WordPress Package and I will take care of it all for you! This package includes a custom header design and minor theme customizations, such as fonts and colors. It also doesn’t require you to purchase the Genesis framework or the theme yourself (as long as it’s a theme from one of the three places listed above), so keep that in mind when comparing costs.
ENJOY BLOGGING! I hope this is helpful and helps you learn how to start a blog on WordPress! xo
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the installation of your WordPress blog that you set up yourself.