Majority of the blogs you see online are powered through a platform called WordPress. WordPress is separated into two platforms, free and self-hosted.
The instructions below will explain how to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog using BlueHost as our Hosting Company.
Don’t get me wrong, free is never a bad thing but I feel like it’s something that you don’t want to use when it comes to using your blog to build a business. A self-hosted WordPress blog gives you the ability to customize your site to any way you want it, you can use it as a business to make money, and it’s something that you OWN. If you don’t own your site, then you run the risk of getting your site shut down with no warning.
We don’t want that to happen. You’ll end up losing all of your hard work, followers, or worse…you might end up wasting more money trying to get it all back.
To prevent the worst case scenario from happening, let’s go with self-hosted.
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Step-by-step guide on how to set up WordPress using BlueHost
Register your domain name and set up BlueHost
Have you gotten a Domain name yet? If not, feel free to play around with the search bar below. Pick a name that is catchy and yet easy to remember.
Once you selected a name, let’s make it official.
As an example, I’m going to sign up as mommywantsabreak.com and compare prices with GoDaddy. As you can see below, BlueHost ends up being a good deal for me.
You are offered 3 plans to choose from. I would suggest the Basic Plan as start. It’s a great plan if you don’t want to dump in a lot of money yet. You always have the option to upgrade later, or if you are not happy with it, you have within 30 days to cancel.
Complete all of your billing information, but before you hit the button to submit all of your information, wait a bit. No joke, just let it sit there, don’t do anything. This is what I did when I first signed up because I had to pull out my credit card.
A Special Offer window pops up. Click ‘CLAIM SAVINGS’.
You now got your hosting at 65% off.
Awesome, we’re a step closer to having you start blogging! Here’s how to install WordPress once you completed purchasing a host.
By now, you should be logged into your BlueHost account. In your account, go to the Website section and click on the ‘Install’ button.
Follow the instructions on continuing the installation. As part of your account, you have access to Bluehost Marketplace, Powered by MOJO. Mojo marketplace offers a lot of themes, plugins and professional that you can purchase to use with your WordPress account.
I didn’t go with MOJO for my theme, because again, I wanted to follow my favorite blogger and get what he had. I bought my Anni theme from Themeforest.
The reason why I went with a paid theme is because I’m not coding savvy. I’ve tried designing my own blog before but because I was limited to what I knew on how to code, the quality of my work wasn’t the best.
So to save my sanity, and hopefully yours, I would recommend purchasing a theme. Another great thing about purchasing a theme is that you can reach out to the author of the theme for additional support.
While we’re still on the topic of setting up our WordPress blog, I would like to suggest some plugins to you that I personally use.
Just keep in mind that I recommend not having too many plugins. It may cause your site to load a lot slower and we know how it’s like with technology nowadays. It’s all about instant gratification and a slow website will not do.
YOAST SEO – This plug in helps you with the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This helps you write better content and it analyzes your page such as checking to see if you have a focus keyword. I’ve used it before when I first started blogging and loved it and I still continue to using it now.
SumoMe – Free Tools to automate your site growth from Sumo.com
Akismet Anti-Spam – The best way to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.
JetPack by WordPress.com – Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. JetPack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
WP Broken Link Status Checker – Check and manage HTTP response codes of all your content site links and images. This is something I recommend on having. Nothing like a broken link that would ruin your SEO.
My last words on setting up your WordPress blog
Yes! You’re done!
You can finally start blogging.
Just a few last words of advice before you leave.
I just want to share with you 3 things on the mistakes I did with my blog.
First Mistake: I didn’t set up a schedule for new posts
I must admit that I still am struggling with this. It’s all about making the time to write, edit, and post. I have to say that I have gotten better. I started writing at least 500 words in an outline form on whatever topic comes to mind. It definitely helps get the ball rolling and it’s a matter of editing it and posting.
Second Mistake: I didn’t do any SEO
I don’t know why, but I completely forgot about doing any SEO when I started blogging. I only remembered after the fact with I looked through old notes about blogging when I created my first blog. SEO is important if you want your page to rank and search engines to find you.
Third Mistake: I didn’t work on bringing in traffic
I didn’t do this right away. I actually took my time on this because I had to find the time to work on my blog. And even though I took the time to create an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page account, I was mainly active on Instagram. Don’t forget to use social media to actively bring in traffic.
There you have it. My 3 biggest mistakes that I made with my new blog that I really hope you can avoid. Here’s to setting you up for success!
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