I’ve been starting blogs since 2004. Stay away from the 10,000-word tutorials & expensive courses. Seriously. All the info is TOTALY FREE!
- Click here to go to Bluehost (<– that link gets you a discount) and hit the Get Started button.
- Select the Choice Plus plan.
- Enter the domain name you want to use (i.e. websitehowto.com).
- Enter your account information.
Under Package Information, choose an account plan based on how far in advance you want to pay. (Remember, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee so, no risk!)
- Uncheck the package extras.
- Complete your purchase, choose a password and log in to your Bluehost account.
- Answer the onboarding questions, or skip them, but add a blog when asked.
- Don’t choose a theme now. Click the skip link at the bottom. (I explain why below.)
- From your Bluehost dashboard, click the WordPress button in the top right. You’ll be taken to your WordPress dashboard.
Why does everyone make it so complicated?
Why shouldn’t I worry about a blog theme (design) yet?
At the beginning, it is much better to spend your time on writing great content. Why? A few reasons…
- For traffic, you want to get on Google’s radar ASAP (it takes a while). Google cares about your words, not your design.
- No one will see your blog until you promote it. You don’t want to promote it until there’s something to read anyway.
- It’s a lot easier to get your design right once you have bulk to work with, just like a balloon’s design looks way better once there’s air in it.
So, publish 3-5 really high-quality posts (skip fluffy ones like “Welcome to my blog!”), then pick a theme.
What’s the difference between a blog and a website?
A blog is a type of website, like a journal is a type of book. A blog has blog posts like a journal has journal entries.
Is WordPress better than Squarespace, Wix, Blogger, etc.?
It depends on what you mean by “better” but overall? Yes. WordPress (self hosted, not WordPress.com) is by far the most popular type of blog and is used by big and small bloggers alike. It dominates similar platforms like Squarespace, Wix and Blogger.