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You can start a website in 5 minutes with WordPress.
Yes, 5 minutes!
WordPress is my #1 recommended website platform. I have been with them for 8 years now! You are on a WordPress website now of course.
WordPress is one of the world’s largest blogging platforms and is also a complete content management system. It accounts for about 30% of the WORLDS websites.
This article will show you how easy it is to get your website, or blog, up and running quickly. And, since I’ve been with them for so long, I get to give you a discount!!!
On your website, you have the option to include a blog or not too. Blogging truly is one of the best ways to keep your search engine optimization (SEO) fresh, and that makes you rank higher online. A blog is also where you can send people to from your social media posts to grow a loyal following. You are only limited by your own creativity in your blogging space. So click here to start your site and then use the tutorial below for the easy directions.
One more note: if you are a freelancer, or you are planning on turning your blog into a for-profit machine, having a self-hosted site is a must. If you want your business to thrive, do not go using those free sites. You literally cannot do proper SEO, and any advertisements you want to run become almost impossible because affiliate programs and advertisers do not like non-self-hosted sites. Also, Bluehost is pretty inexpensive, so there should be nothing stopping you!
CHOOSING A WEBHOST
There are many hosting companies out there, but for a WordPress site, there are so many reasons why you should use Bluehost. Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress and has been the number-one recommended hosting service for their platform for almost 10 years! 10 Years! That is a long track record in the digital age! Here are a few of my favorite benefits:
+ Premium customer service, reliability, and usability. They email you if there are ever any issues
+ Easy-to-use control paneL (yes, that is a capital L)
+ Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
+ Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
+ Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
+ Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
+ You appear much more professional to hopeful clients if you are self-hosted. Trust me, there is a big difference
+ No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time
And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special offer! Just for Monkey Fist Media readers! Loyalty does pay off! 🙂
To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below. It will speed up the process to think of a domain name you want to use and to have your credit card for payment ready to go before you get started.
SET UP YOUR HOSTING ACCOUNT
(so easy, even do this over your morning coffee in bed if you wish)
Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site.
I’m sure you have a bunch of business names scribbled down somewhere. I know I always have a list going.
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. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign-up process, and the best part is, IT COMES FREE with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
Once you’ve entered a domain name, you’ll fill in your personal information.
Choose which hosting package you want
Normal, shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36-month terms (for me, I like to do 24 months at a time). 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.
To help save you money, the longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate will be. And, because you’ve chosen to host with Bluehost, if you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel (too much techie talk?). It’s simple, I promise.
There are few other offers provided at sign up too, which you can include at your discretion.
After 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. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account. Do not even think of using something silly like Password1234.
Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started installing WordPress!
This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do by using the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress and other applications.
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.
Step 1: 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. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”
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. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
WooHoo! Get your war paint face on. It’s time to change your life!
Now you can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click “Log In.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
Time to start writing!
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WORDPRESS TIPS:
+ Always update your Plugins and delete any you don’t use
+ Activate JetPack, some things you are going to want hide in there
+ Add a ‘Coming Soon’ page up while you work on your site. Check to make sure it’s compatible with your theme and version of WordPress. Extra Important.
+ Create a Gravatar account and associate the same email on your new WordPress site
+ Of course always keep your copyright updated to current year
+ Download these Plug-Ins immediately: Yoast SEO, TinyMCE, and Contact Form 7
+ Consider using the Genesis Framework – this is built on one!
+ Make sure to always use your power categories
+ Play around with widgets and use 10 or less
+ Keep your ‘Media’ folder, on the left-hand side, nice and organized
Have a fantastic self-hosted WordPress journey!
I can’t wait to hear about your new site! Leave a link below, or let me know if you have questions.