How to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost?

Welcome, today I’ll be sharing some tips about how to start a blog and how a simple blog can change your whole life and career.

Whether you are a student, job seeker, running a business, housewife, job retired, or an employee of the company not satisfied with salary or 9-5 shift and wanna change your life, then trust me this is the thing you should try!

So let’s discuss few things about a blog and then further I’ll show you how to start a blog.

What is a blog?

If you’re willing to share your ideas, thoughts, or experiences with this world, then you can start your blog and share them freely with this world.

You might be surprised to know but whatever term you search on internet and get the result is either a website or a blog.

For example, Wikipedia, Facebook, Amazon, BBC News, even this blog, everything is a blog or a website.

Types of websites/blogs:

There are actually three types of websites that are found around the internet, they are:

  • Either that will be a simple website
  • Either just a blog
  • Or website and blog together.

(Almost on every popular website you’ll find their blog)

Blog and Website Difference:

The difference between a website and a blog is,

A blog is updated on regular basis and your content appears in reverse chronological order on the home screen. That means your new post or a piece of content always appears on top of the old ones.

Usually, there are 4 main parts/sections in your blog:

  • Header: The header contains the logo, navigation, search bar, and other pieces of stuff.
  • Post Area: The post area contains content, comments, author details, and others.
  • Sidebar: The sidebar contains Adsense ads, authors’ details, and recent posts, etc.
  • Footer: One can add a second navigation area, and other important widgets.

I hope now you have enough idea of what is blog and how does it looks.

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How to Create a Blog on WordPress?

Now let’s, move on to how to start a blog. So basically you need 3 things to start a blog of your choice and that are:

  • Domain
  • Hosting
  • Blogging Platform

Domain:

The domain means the name of your website like facebook.com, amazon.com, akpalkitchen.com, and so on.

The name of your domain mainly consists of two parts:

  • The name of your choice.
  • Domain extensions.

Domain Name:

  • For the domain name, you can select any topic, niche, or your name or the name of your brand.
  • You can also select any keyword which will indicate the specific niche and topic of your blog.

Domain Extension:

  • The second half is the domain extension like .com, .org. .io, .co, .net and so on.
  • If you are targeting a global audience then you should use .com, .org, .net, .info.
  • If you are targeting an audience from a specific country then you can go for .us, .in, .eu, .ca, and so on.

It might take little effort to find the domain name of your choice, as many of the domain names are already registered or sold. But still, you can find many of them if you dig well.

If you try 10-15 domain names with different domain extensions then you’ll definitely find the domain of your choice.

Make sure to add them to your wishlist so that they don’t get lost and then buy one of your choices.

By using the tool below you can easily find the domain name of your choice, so make sure to check that out:

Hosting:

Whatever you see on your desktop, mobile, or tablet whether it’s a text, image, audio, or video, they are all files.

And to store these files there is a hard disk on your desktop/laptop, memory card on your mobile phone/tablet. And only you can access those files available on your devices.

But whatever you find on the internet such as web pages, images, audio, video can be seen by anyone on this planet. And the reason is every file you find on the internet is stored on such devices that are connected through all other devices which are known as “SERVERS“.

So if you wanna start your blog then you also need such servers for few dollars. Some of them are cheap and some of them are expensive.

There are many companies which provide these facilities by providing you disc spaces or you can say they host your website. And these companies are known as “Web Hosting“.

After purchasing a domain name, you need to buy a hosting service to host/live your domain.

Types of Hosting services:

There are four types of hosting services, they are:

  • Shared Hosting: If you are starting a new blog then shared hosting is perfect for you as it is not expensive so as a beginner it’s quite affordable.
  • VPS Hosting: If you are having an established blog then you can use VPS hosting.
  • Cloud Hosting: If your blog traffic is much higher then go for Cloud Hosting.
  • Dedicated Hosting: Dedicated hosting is mainly used by big brands or organizations like Amazon, BBC news, and many more.

Blogging Platform:

And the final step to set up and start a blog is a blogging platform. you’ll find many blogging platforms on the internet such as WordPress, Wix, Drupal, Joomla, and Blogger.

The platform which I highly recommend is WordPress as it is the easiest and best way to start a blog or website

WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS). Open source means free to use and free to modify the blog/website.

CMS means to manage or modify your blog or website with just a simple click, without any coding knowledge through plugins.

How to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost?

Choosing a Domain Name:

To start a blog you need is the name of your domain and that you can find through the tool given below:

And then after you have purchased your domain name, you need reliable hosting, and the hosting world’s popular bloggers use and I also recommend is Bluehost.

And if you are a beginner then go for “Bluehost basic web hosting“.

When you’ll click on the link give below, you will be immediately redirected to the Bluehost home page.

After you land on the Bluehost homepage, click on Get Started > choose plans/view plans > select your plan.

Bluehost Hosting Plans:

You’ll see three plans: Basic, Plus, and Choice Plus. As a beginner Basic plan is affordable and perfect.

And you’ll see more details related to plans below the plan’s pricing. So that it will be easier for you to select which plans suits you the most.

If you wanna use a single domain then Basic Plan is enough, but in case you wanna use or you’re using multiple domains then you should go for Plus or Choice plus.

After you select your plan by clicking on the “SELECT” button, then you will land on the domain selection page.

*The below chart will guide you to select your domain name.*

Bluehost Account Setup:

By referring to the above-mentioned guide select your domain name and then type the particular domain name in the space given and then click NEXT.

If you are a little confused or you wanna select your domain later, then you can also “SKIP” this step by clicking on “I’ll create my domain later>”

Immediately you select your domain name or skip the step you’ll be redirected to the “Create your account” section.

Fill all the required fields in the “Account Information” section.

Make sure to add the correct e-mail address as you’ll receive a receipt on that e-mail.

Bluehost Cost Per Year:

Moving ahead to “Package Information” you can adjust your plan according to your need/budget or if just wanna try.

You can select your plan by clicking the drop-down button in the “Account Plan” section.

There are basically three plans:

  • 12 Months
  • 24 Months
  • 36 Months

And with these plans, you’ll also get a free SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate, which creates trust in your visitors that this website is safe and secure.

Moving to “Package Extras” you can save few bucks by deselecting some of the unwanted things. (Make sure to check what you want)

Bluehost Payment Section:

And at last, you’ll move to the “Payment Information” where you need to add your payment mode. You can pay through Credit Card or via PayPal.

And then select “terms of service” and then click on the “submit” button.

After you “submit” your form, you’ll be redirected to the “success” page. And there you’ll find a “Create Account” button.

Create Bluehost Account:

Click on that ‘Create Account’ button to create a new account.

There you’ll have to enter your domain name and a new password. (Make sure your password is strong enough)

And then click on the “submit” button.

Bluehost Login:

Now you’ll be redirected to the “Bluehost Log In” section. Enter your account details and then login successfully.

After you successfully log in, you’ll see a screen asking you to create a website. Fill in the required details.

  • Add website title
  • Add website tagline (If you have)
  • Select whether you want a blog or an online store.
  • Click on “continue

Now select your favorite theme or the theme that suits your blog/website. If you don’t want to select a theme then you can skip this step.

Now, you’ll see that your hosting is connected to a temporary domain which will be further automatically updated to your custom selected domain.

And, If you have skipped the domain selection process, then also you can add it manually and Bluehost will connect it to your hosting automatically.

After that, you can click on the “WordPress” button and get access to WordPress Dashboard.

This is how a WordPress dashboard looks like and this was the final step on how to start a blog.

You can also login to your WordPress dashboard by entering “yourdomainname.com/wp-admin“, then enter your registered e-mail/username and password and login to your WordPress dashboard.

Bluehost Verification E-mail:

You will also receive a verification email, in which there will be a link to verify your email so that you can activate your domain. Click on that provided link and your WordPress website is created.

I hope this will help you with “How to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost?“.

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