How To Start a Blog with Bluehost
1. Find an available domain name
Bluehost offers free domain when you buy hosting with them and you do not have to deal with any change of Name Server, so the process is very simple.
2. Choose your plan
Installing a WordPress blog is easier than it looks and hosting costs are minimal.
There are thousands of hosting companies but based on my experience, I recommended Bluehost. They are in this business for a long time, they are cheap and very professional.
The Basic plan
With this plan you can host and create 1 blog, 1 domain name is included and 50GB of disk space. This plan is the most economical but you can only host a blog, to create more blogs in the future you will have to upgrade to the Plus plan.
There are 3 payment options:
12 months at $5.95 per month. $71.40 per year. (paid in advance)
24 months at $4.95 per month. $118.80 per year. (paid in advance)
36 months at $3.95 per month. $142.20 per year. (paid in advance)
The Plus plan
With this plan you get a free domain and you can host all the domains and blogs you want without restrictions. This plan also include a global CDN to speedup page loads.
The plus plan also comes with 3 payment options.
12 months at $8.95 per month. $107.40 per year. (paid in advance)
24 months at $7.95 per month. $190.80 per year. (paid in advance)
36 months at $6.95 per month. $250.20 per year. (paid in advance)
The Business Pro plan
This plan is for advanced business owners with high trafficked sites.
3. Install WordPress
Put your username and password in the spaces. In the welcome email sent to you, there is the username created by Bluehost.
Do not be intimidated by the number of buttons in this step because it is incredibly simple. Before this process was very complicated, but now Bluehost makes everything very simple. Trust me, anyone can do this.
Bluehost provide a program which makes it very easy to install third party scripts to your hosting account. If you want your website to have a WordPress blog, you can use MOJO Marketplace to install WordPress to the root of your site or to a subdirectory.
Installing WordPress with MOJO Marketplace
Navigate to the MOJO Marketplace section inside cPanel.
Click the One-Click Installs icon.
Click the Install button.
Choose the domain name to install it to.
In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog.
If necessary, you can edit the email address, username and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.
Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.
Select the Install Now button.
4. Log to your new blog
Just click on the URL of the blog. Your blog must be loaded into a new browser tab. As you can see, there is nothing very special here. WordPress uses a very generic default theme. But that’s the beauty of WordPress. There are thousands of themes.
To access the blog administration put the following in your browser
When you see the WordPress login page, then enter your username, password and click Log in.
You are now looking at the dashboard or desktop WordPress. You just have to make adjustments, change the subject and add plugins to give a professional look to your blog.
That’s it, now you can start blogging.