How to start a blog in 30 minutes or less.
The ladies that I mentor always tell me that they want to start a blog, but they just don’t have the time. Well, in as much time as it takes you to watch your favorite Netflix show, you could have a blog up and running. I’m going to show you how to create a blog in 30 minutes or less. Got your timer out? Let’s hit it.
Step 1: Decide what to blog about.
Decide on why you are starting a blog. If you are a business, your blog should be related to what you sell. If you are a photographer, you will be blogging about your photography. If you are a DIY-er, you will be blogging about your latest projects.
When deciding what to blog about, it is a good idea to choose a niche so that you can establish yourself as an authority. Then you will be get your audience coming to you for specific information. (Want help choosing your niche? Come get advice in our FB group.)
Now that we know what to blog about, we can move on to getting it up and running. It really is so easy.
Step 2. Choose a blogging platform.
You can blog using a lot of different platforms. I use and HIGHLY recommend WordPress because it comes with unlimited plugins (think apps for your blog), it is easy to use and it is easily customizable.
There are two choices to start a wordpress blog: WordPress.com and wordpress.org sites.
Hosted WordPress blogs are often referred to as “WordPress.com blogs.” This means that your site is hosted on WordPress and will have wordpress.com in the URL of your blog. If this site were hosted on WordPress, our web address would be https://thewomenwithfire.wordpress.com.
Self-hosted WordPress blogs are often referred to as “WordPress.org blogs.” This means that you choose to host your website through another host (we are getting to that in the next step). I highly recommend self-hosting because your website URL will be www.thewomenwithfire.com instead of www.thewomenwithfire.wordpress.com.
Step 3. Choose a web host.
Whoah. Whoah.Whoah. What is a web host? That seems pretty complicated, right? Well, no. A web host is simply a business that hosts your website. You need a place to store the digital files for your website, web hosts that do this for you. They have big computers called servers that store your website. Think of it like a craft fair. If you want to sell things at a booth, you have to rent the booth from the craft fair’s organizer, right? Well, that is basically what you are doing. Rent? That sounds expensive. Don’t worry, it isn’t. But, we will get to that soon.
I use Bluehost to host my blogs. I really love Bluehost. They have fantastic customer service. If I ever have a question, which happens frequently, I start a chat and they walk me through every step.
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Click on the “Get Started” Button
The picture may not be exactly the same, but just click on that “get started now” button.
Next, choose a plan.
You can choose the basic plan, but I would choose the plus plan. For just a few more dollars a month, you get a lot more features. But, if your budget is a little tight, go for basic. You can always upgrade later if you need to.
Step 4. Choose a domain.
A domain is your website. So, what do you want people to type in to get to your website? Mine is iammichellegifford.com.
If you don’t have a domain, enter one in the “new domain” box. You can check to see if the domain that you want is available. Need help deciding on a domain? Here are some tips:
Next step is to fill out your account information.
Then you will select an account plan. You don’t need all of the extras. I usually do the Privacy Protection and the SiteLock Security. Under the account plan, you can choose to pay by the year, every two years or every three years.
Now enter your billing information on the next page. You will be asked if you want any upgrades. Go ahead and say, “no” to these.
Go check your email. You will have a welcome email from Bluehost. It will have all of your control panel login (cpanel) and password.
Now, go back to Bluehost.
Now enter the login information from the welcome email
Step 5. Install WordPress.
Installing WordPress sounds complicated, but Bluehost only asks you to do one simple thing: click a button.
To install WordPress, go to the cPanel, find the section called “MOJO Marketplace,” select “One-Click Installs,” and then click on the WordPress icon located at the blog section at the top of the page.
Once you have selected the “WordPress” button, click “install,” and your installation preferences will appear on the next page.
- Choose where you want to install WordPress. Select which domain you’d like to use WordPress on.
- Advanced Options. This section will allow you to set up your username and password for login. Make sure that the “automatically create a new database for this installation” box is selected, unless you have another database set up that you’d like to use.
- Indicate that you have read the “Terms and Conditions.”
Once you have followed these steps and pressed “install,” your new WordPress blog is set up. All that is left to do is log in to your new blog and start customizing the look and the feel.
And then you are done!! You can now visit your website and login by going to your site followed by /wp-admin
For example: www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin
You’re directed to this screen where you’ll need to put in your Admin Name and Password that you created two screens up.
Step 6. Design and use your blog.
Your WordPress site comes with built-in free themes. A theme is the layout of your website. There are a lot of different websites where you can buy templates. You may want to play around with the free ones before you buy a new theme. I’ll include some of my favorite beautiful, inexpensive templates to make your site look amazing for not a lot of money.
Those should get you started! And then you have a beautiful, custom website for $100 or less.
Alright, my friends, you have a website. This is a big step in your business. I am so excited for you!! Now leave me a link to your business in the comments (whether your site is new or not) so I can come visit and make new blog friends.