So, you want to start a blog? People ask me all the time how to start a blog, so I figured it's about time I put together a post for you all! I started blogging more than 2 years ago and it's changed my life. Not only is it a place where I can express myself creatively, it's also allowed me to make additional income - a huge plus since we now live in New York.
You can easily make money blogging within the first few months and you can start with only a few dollars. Today I'm sharing how to easily start a blog on WordPress with Bluehost. You can start your own blog with Bluehost for as low as a few dollars per month and when you sign up you'll get a free domain and free site builders.
1. PICK A NAME
Choosing your domain name is super important. When I chose mine, I picked something that was simple, but unique - Peaches+Salt was actually inspired my two cats! You can click here to purchase a domain name and create a blog, then continue to follow the easy steps below.
2. CHOOSE YOUR PLAN
To get the lowest price, select the 36 month plan, you will save you money and you don’t have to renew your blog every year. If you don't want to commit to 36 months, then at least try the 12 month plan so you can still get your FREE domain name. Bluehost offers refunds, so you're not locked into a contract and it’s pro-rated!
Again, you should purchase at least a 12 month hosting plan. By signing up for a minimum of 12 months, you will receive a free domain name, lower pricing, and you won’t have to deal with an expired website after each month. Month-to-month is less effective and more time consuming, for example, if hosting is not renewed then your website will be down and you'll risk losing business (visitors/traffic) - it's just a bad look overall. It’s also exceptionally more expensive to pay month-by-month rather than in one lump sum. The longer your plan, the more you save.
Blog hosting will most likely cost you around $59 a year on average, or $99 for 3 years, which is a great deal! Other domain and web hosting sites charge upwards of $99 per year! If you purchase a 12 month plan, your total price is only $59 a year, which is a great price.
When you are ready to create your blog, follow the steps below to buy hosting for your blog.
3. CONNECT YOUR DOMAIN TO WORDPRESS
Yay! If you followed the first 2 steps then, it’s time to install WordPress. Bluehost makes it super easy to create a WordPress blog and they handle the heavy lifting for you!
In Bluehost, click on the hosting tab and then the cpanel tab. Scroll down and select Install WordPress.
Use the drop down box and select your domain name.
Fill out your information in the form below
YAY! Congrats, you did it and started a blog!
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