How To Start A Blog - Landscape

To Blog or Not To Blog?
So many people – myself included – hmm and haa over whether or not to start a blog. Should I…shouldn’t I? Will anybody actually read it?
Blogging is a lot of fun, and I am so glad that I took the leap and began my blog. It is so motivating writing all of your thoughts and ideas down, and having other amazing bloggers comment on your posts and offer advice.
Being totally honest and putting yourself out there is good for your own accountability. You are much less likely to slip into bad habits if you are sharing them with the world!
I started my blog because I was getting very serious about paying down my debt and sorting myself out financially. I wanted to share my point of view from being a stay at home mum, part time student with a part time job. I would definitely recommend starting a blog today!

 

Choosing a Web Host

There are lots of hosting websites to choose from, but after looking into them, I personally decided to go with WordPress. I love it! And can definitely recommend it. There are lots of various reasons why you should choose Bluehost as your host for your WordPress blog, such as :

  • Bluehost is very affordable and has different payment packages. You can sign up for as little as $3.95 per month through my link.

  • Bluehost has amazing technical support who are available 24/7. They are very helpful and friendly, and respond really quickly.
  • WordPress is FREE through Bluehost.
  • Your blog domain is also FREE.
  • With Bluehost and WordPress, you will be self hosted. You should not use WordPress.com as this will mean you are not self-hosted. With Bluehost and WordPress together you will be in total control of your own blog. If you use a free blogging system, this will be a pain to transfer over at a later date, especially if you wish to monetise your blog.
  • There are no contracts – there is a 30 day refund policy, and you have the option to cancel at any time.
  • Lots of people are using WordPress and Bluehost, so you can get great tips and information from other users in your blog niche.

To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below:

Set Up Your Hosting Account

To get started, go to Bluehost’s homepage and click ‘Get Started Now’.

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The next step is choosing the payment package. You will only really want to start with the most basic package, but if you would prefer a higher package then that is obviously up to you.
The basic package is $3.95 per month (due upfront) through my link. When you pay for a full year, you will receive your domain name for free!

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Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. You can get your domain name directly through Bluehost, and it’s free if you buy 12 months of Bluehost website hosting.

I would advise sitting down and really brainstorming as many ideas as you can for your name. It’s going to be hugely important, and very difficult to change. You want to stand out, and to let people know what your blog is all about – just from the name! Have a look around at other similar blogs and see which kind of website name appeals to you. Something that is easy to remember is also a good thing, because if someone can’t remember your website name, it’s much less likely that they will come and visit again. Also you will want to check that there isn’t already another website with the same name out there!

3-Domain Registration

Once you’ve entered a domain name, you’ll fill in your personal information.

4-Contact Info

Then, you’ll choose which hosting package you want. On the basic package that we are looking at, the longer the plan that you buy, the cheaper it works out. So 12 months works out at $5.95 per month, 24 months works out at $4.95 per month, and 36 months works out at $3.95 per month.

All of the package options are very reasonable, and don’t forget you will get your free domain name even if you sign up for the 12 months deal.

Don’t panic either, there is a cancellation policy where if you cancel within the first 30 days you get a full refund, and after that time if you wish to cancel it is done on a specific refund basis.

5 - Choose Plan

5-Choose Plan

6-Billing InfoAfter you’ve filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, click the “Next” button to complete your purchase. You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. Make sure you use a good one, as you don’t want to be hacked.

Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started installing WordPress!

Installing WordPress

7-cPanel

You will be using MOJO marketplace to set this up – check your email for the link.

  • In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the “One-Click Installs” button.
  • This will take you to a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.
  • This will open the installation window. Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps.

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  • Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains.
  • Next, click on “Check Domain,” which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account.

 

9-Install WP

  • Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. IT is recommended to use a different username than “admin” and a very strong password.
  • Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database already set up that you want to use.
  • After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”

10-WP Login

Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well.

WordPress Install Progress Bar

Now you are able to log in. Once you are taken to your dashboard, you can edit the appearance and various settings of the blog however you wish.

Congratulations on setting up your new WordPress blog!

If you would like any tips for changing your blog theme etc, please let me know. It can be quite overwhelming to have this new system that you don’t really know what to do with! I’m still learning and everyone is very helpful, so I am happy to pass on any tips and tricks that I have learnt.

How to Start a Blog

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