To start blogging, you need to have a blog or website. It is through your blog that you’ll share your ideas with other people and relate with them.
Creating a blog now is very easy. It’s as simple as A B C, you don’t have to know how to code. You don’t have to know html, css or any of the programming languages.
You just have to know how to use WordPress, which is the most popular cms, or content management system used all over the word.
Almost any website or blog you visit today or have visited in the past was probably created using wordpress.
So, today, I’m going to show you how to create a wordpress blog from scratch through Bluehost. Bluehost is a website for hosting websites or blogs.
You can think of hosting as hiring a store to sell your products. If you want to sell anything offline, you need to rent a store. It is through the store that you’ll store your products and start selling.
Think of Bluehost as a place you’ll rent online to store your blog or website. Every website or blog contain different files and images which needs a place to be stored online.
Bluehost provides that space for you to store your blog or website files online, so that it can be accessible to people all around the word.
Bluehost is not the only website hosting company out there. There are many others. But Bluehost is one of the recommended hosting companies recommended by WordPress.org itself.
So, I'll show you how to create your wordpress site or blog using Bluehost.
Another thing you’re going to need when creating a blog or website is a domain name. Your domain name is simply the name of your blog.
For instance the name of this blog is bloggerstream.com. I chose that domain name because I want to teach people about how to create a successful blog and earn a living through it.
So, for instance, if you like cooking, and you want to share your ideas about cooking with other people by creating a cooking blog. You can choose a domain name such as thecook.com or delicacy.com.
When choosing a domain name, you have to choose a name that reflects what your blog is about, and your domain name don’t have to be too long. For instance, for your food blog, thebestcookinsoutheastamerica.com is too long.
I don’t care whether you’re really the best cook in south east America. Thebestcookinsoutheastamerica.com is just too long for a domain name. Your domain name has to be short and simple so that people can easily remember it.
Without any further ado, to begin creating your WordPress blog, you need to head over to bluehost.com to pay for a hosting account. In other words, to rent a place to store your blog files online.
When you get to bluehost, this is how the page will be like. As shown in the screenshot below.
Now, all you have to do is click on the big green button on the page that says “Get Started Now” Once you click that button, the following page will show up as shown in the screenshot below.
As you can see from the screenshot above, this is the page where you have to select the hosting plan you want to pay for. There are 3 plans right there.
The first one is the Basic plan, the second is the Plus plan, while the third is the choice plus.
With the first plan, which is the basic plan, you can only create or host one blog on it. So, if you choose the first basic plan. You have the space to create only one blog.
On the other hand, the second and third plan shown in the screenshot above gives you the space to create or host as many blogs as you wish.
As a beginner, it is true that you just want to create one blog to get your feet wet in the online world. But as you go on in the online world. After creating your first blog and achieving success with it, you might decide to create other ones.
That is why it is not advisable to choose the basic plan. Personally, I recommend that you go with the second plan, which is the plus plan. As it gives you the chance to create more than one blog or websites.
To choose a particular plan, all you have to do is click the green select button on any of the plans.
Clicking that button will take you to the next page as shown in the screenshot below, where you have to enter in the domain name of the blog or website you want to create.
So, for instance if you want to create a food blog. You can enter in healthyfoods.com as shown in the screenshot above.
Normally, domain names cost about 10 dollars. But because you’re a new customer, Bluehost will give you one for free.
Now, once you enter in the domain name you want to use for your blog, just click the next button to go to the next step.
If the domain you chose is already being used by someone else, Bluehost will tell you that that domain is not available, as shown in the following screenshot.
As can be seen above, the domain healthyfoods.com is not available.
So, what you’re going to do is simply scroll down the page a little and enter in another domain name in the domain field, and click next.
I typed in the domain cheffgustov.com, and it took me to this next page shown in the screenshot below, where I have to enter in my Bluehost account information.
Once you see this next page (shown in the screenshot below), that means the domain name you entered is free, and you can start using it.
So, once you get to this next page, just enter all personal details, like your first name, last name, business name is optional. Choose your country. If you don’t have a country, you can call Bluehost and tell them (lol, just joking). You have to fill in a country.Make sure you fill everything accurately. If you don’t fill your account information accurately, Bluehost can suspend your account even though you have paid. So make sure everything is correct.
Now, once you’re through with filling the account information, scroll down the page and you’re going to come across the package information.
Here you’re going to choose how long or the duration of the plan you want to pay for. You can pay for one year, 2 years or 3 years.
For your first blog, it is advisable to pay for 1 year or 12 months first. Though you can pay for 3 years if you want to.Personally, for my first blog, I paid one year first. Then as time went on, I paid for additional years before my hosting expired.
So, choose the number of years you want to pay for and scroll down again.
When you scroll down the page again, you’re find the Package Extras section as shown in the screenshot below.
This package extras are just some extra features that Bluehost will try to sell to you. All the package extras are useful but are not necessary.
So, you can just untick the 3 boxes shown in the screenshot below, and you will not pay for those extra features.
For me, I unticked all the boxes when paying for my first hosting account. Later, after I started making some $$$ with my blog. I paid for that first extras shown in the screenshot below. Which is Domain Privacy protection.
The domain privacy protection protects your personal information online. So, that people can’t look into the personal information you filled in when creating your site.So, just intick the 3 boxes shown in the screenshot below, or leave the domain privacy protection box if you want domain privacy, and scroll down again to continue with creating your Bluehost account.
Now, when you scroll down again, you’re going to find the payment information section, as shown in the following screenshot. This is where you have to enter in your payment information to pay for you the hosting account.
You can pay with a credit card by simply entering in your credit card details in the credit card field provided, or you can click “more payment options” as shown in the screenshot below, if you want to pay with Paypal.
So, enter in your payment information, tick the little box next to the submit button that tells Bluehost that you agree to their Policies, or call them and argue with them that you don’t agree with their policies, (Lol, I’m just joking again).
Make sure you tick the little box next to the submit button that shows you agree with Bluehosts policies.Then, you can click on the submit button to submit the form and get your account created.
Once you click submit, another page will load where you have to choose a password for your Bluehost account. Make sure you choose a very strong password that includes lower case letters, capital letters, numbers and even symbols, so that no one can easily guess your password and gain access to your Bluehost account.
At the same time, Bluehost will send you an email in the email you used for registeration that looks just like the one shown in the screenshot below.
The content of the email will look just like the one shown in the screenshot below. Bluehost just want to verify that you’re the owner of the email you used for registering the account with them.
So, just click on the big green “Verify Your Email” button at the middle of the message and get your email verified.
Once you verify your email, then your Bluehost account creation has been completed. The next step you have to take now is to install WordPress inside your Bluehost account so that you can start creating your blog.
Remember, Bluehost is just a place for you to store your blog files online. You need WordPress to actually create those blog or website files that has to be stored in bluehost.
So go back to Bluehost.com and click on Login, if you’re not already logged in (as shown in the screenshot below)
Clicking on that login will take you down the next page shown in the following screenshot where you have to enter in your domain name, for instance cheffgustov.com, and your password (the password you chose when creating your Bluehost account).Enter in your domain name and password and click submit to login to your Bluehost account.
Now, once you’re logged in, the page you see should be like the page shown in the screenshot below. If it’s not like that don’t panic.
You just need to make 3 clicks as shown in the following screenshot. At the top of the page, you’re going to surely see “hosting”. Click on it. Then click “cpanel”.
Once you’re in the cpanel, then you’re right where I want you to be. The page will look just like the screenshot below.It will look confusing, but again, don’t panic. You just need to look for the “website” section I labeled 3 in the screenshot below, and look for “Install WordPress”, then click on it to install WordPress inside your hosting account.
Clicking that “Install WordPress” will take you down to this next page shown in the screenshot below. All you have to do on this page is click on select domain to select your domain name, which is the domain name you chose while you were registering the account.
In this particular instance, I’ll be choosing one of my domains called sevoon.com which I already have in my Bluehost account.
Now, once you’ve selected your domain, click next. Remember to leave the “Directory” empty. Don’t fill anything there.
Clicking that next button may or may not take you to this next page shown in the screenshot below. If it takes you down to this page shown in the following screenshot, just tick the box that says “I confirm it is safe to override any content in this directory”.
Then click next.
When you click next, you’re going to find the following page shown in the screenshot below. This is where you have to fill in your WordPress installation details, such as your site or blog name, your admin username, admin email address and admin password.
Your site or blog name is simply your domain name minus the .com part. For this particular case, I’m installing wordpress in one of my domains called sevoon.com. So, I just filled in Sevoon in the space for Site Name.
I filled in my user name which is brightochuko, and I filled in my email address in the admin email address space. Finally, I filled in a very good strong password.Then I clicked on the next button to proceed.
Once you click on the next button, you’ll see the page showing “Wordpress is Installing” as shown in the following screenshot.
When you see that, just hold on until it finally shows installation complete as shown in the following screenshot.
Ladies and gentlemen, once it shows installation complete, then your wordpress installation is finally complete. Now, you can go on and login into your wordpress site for the first time.
To login to your wordpress site, all you have to do is visit your domain.com/wp-admin. So for this instance, my domain is sevoon.comSo, to login to my wordpress site, I just have to visit sevoon.com/wp-admin on my browser. When I do that, the following login page will show up.
Now, you just have to enter in the username and password you chose while installing wordpress. Then click the “Log In” button to get logged in.
When you login for the first time, you’re going to see the following page shown in the screenshot below. That page is known as your “Wordpress Dashboard”.
As you can see from the page, Bluehost is still asking you if you need help to set up or customize your site. Well, we don’t need the help of Bluehost to do anything again.
Right now, don’t even click “I don’t need help”. You’re seeing this because there is a Bluehost plugin in your wordpress site.
Plugins are just like apps which you can add to your wordpress site to add more functionality. Think of WordPress like your Android phone, or iPhone, and Plugins as the apps in your wordpress site.You know when you buy a new phone, there are always apps that come pre-installed or bundled with the phone, which you most likely do not need. Think of wordpress that way. Any time you install a new wordpress site, some plugins always come pre-installed in it.
What we need to do now is go over to the plugins and delete the plugins that came pre-installed in wordpress.
We don’t need this plugins for now. We’re going to install other plugins.
So, click on plugins, as shown by the arrow in the screenshot below, to open the plugin page.
The page will look just as shown below when you open it for the first time. Don’t worry about any of the things shown at the top. Those are caused by the pre-installed plugins which we don’t currently need.
So, just scroll down the page until you see the plugins. Then click on the little box at the top of the plugins as shown by the arrow in the following screenshot, to mark all the plugins.
Then click buck action and select deactivate from the dropdown shown. Click Apply to deactivate all the plugins.
Mark all the plugins again and click delete to delete all of them. In another post, I will show you the recommended plugins you need to have for any wordpress site and why you need them.
For now, just go back to your wordpress dashboard by clicking dashboard at the left sidebar as shown in the screenshot below.
The dashboard will load again and it will look just like the page you see below. Now, you see that the Bluehost page is no longer there.
Now, you see a box containing “Welcome to WordPress!” and some other boxes scattered all over the page.
All you need to do now is click “dismiss” at the top of the big box as shown by the arrow in the screenshot below.
Also click the tiny arrows facing up as shown in the screenshot below to close those boxes.
Once you click and close those boxes you’re have a clean looking dashboard for you to work from as shown in the screenshot below.
Remember, it is through your WordPress dashboard that you’re going to do everything pertaining to what people or visitors see in the frontend.
For instance, you can create posts, create pages, and customize the looks of your site or blog by changing and customizing the theme of your site through the dashboard.We’ll talk about all of that in another posts.
For now, you can simply visit your site on your browser by typing sevoon.com on your browser and clicking enter to see how your site looks.
Or you can also visit your site from your WordPress dashboard by simply clicking your site name at the top of the dashboard as shown in the screenshot below.
When you go to sevoon.com now, it will look like the page shown in the screenshot below.
Now, it is official. If you’re able to arrive here, then Congratulations! You have just created your first WordPress blog or website.
That is how to create a standard wordpress blog from scratch using WordPress and Bluehost. In another post, I’ll talk about creating quality posts, adding necessary plugins, changing and customizing themes and much more.
If you have any question or observation, please use the comment section below to air your thoughts. Until next time!