Blogs are not just for the “professional writer” they are for the dreamers, travelers, mothers and business owners.. People with a passion to do more of what they love.
There are many ways to set up a blog but you will have best control using a self-hosted WordPress blog. This is what most serious bloggers use, and what mileslacoste.com is built on.
NOTE: The first step for setting up a blog is buying a domain and setting up hosting. If you are not sure about the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress, I found this helpful infographic that explains it well. My verdict… stay away from WordPress.com. It’s limiting and does not allow your blog to scale well.
TO GET STARTED HERE ARE A FEW QUICK STEPS:
- Getting A Paid Hosting Account (don’t worry this will be cheap)
- Buying A Domain Name (Domain Name is what you call a web address i.e. mileslacoste.com or .net / .co / .info)
- Setting Up Hosting
- Installing WordPress
- How To Install A Theme
STEP #1: BUYING A DOMAIN NAME
The domain name of my blog is mileslacoste.com. That’s where people find me on the web and is the HUB of my business. Choosing a good domain can be tough. Your domain can either be your name or a branded domain like mine. Luckily, the hosting company I will recommend in step #2 provides you the ability to buy a domain for $11.99 (which is cheap) when you sign up.
STEP #2 SETTING UP A HOSTING ACCOUNT.
This is where your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote computer), where you will rent space to install the WordPress software and manage your blog. It’s far easier than it sounds.. Stick with me.
There are a hundreds of hosting services available. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Bluehost. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following several reasons:
- Bluehost is large and well known.
- They offer excellent customer service (located in the US).
- Their packages are highly affordable. If you sign up with the link below, I’ve actually locked my readers a $3.95 per month fee + a free domain! That’s the price of a coffee where i’m from.
- Their service provides extremely fast page load times.
- Bluehost is very easy to use.
BLUEHOST STEP #1
BLUEHOST STEP #2
Choose your plan.
BLUEHOST STEP #3
Choose your free domain name or bring over your current domain. Both are very easy processes.
BLUEHOST STEP #4
Place your order and pay for your plan.
BLUEHOST STEP #5
Choose your plan, and any extras which are optional but not necessary.
BLUEHOST STEP #6
Enter billing information to complete the registration.
BLUEHOST STEP #7
Once you’ve logged in, you will be taken to your Bluehost dashboard where you can install WordPress (the software that runs your blog) in a few simple clicks.
BLUEHOST STEP #8
Click the the green Start button to auto install.
BLUEHOST STEP #9
Choose the domain you just registered or the one you brought over.
BLUEHOST STEP #10
Check the “Show advanced options” box and fill in the title, username, and password. Your title will be the name of your blog (mine would be Miles Lacoste). The username and password will be what you use to login to the backend of your blog (your WordPress dashboard).
IMPORTANT: Save this information somewhere where you won’t lose it. You will need it for step #10
BLUEHOST STEP #11
BLUEHOST STEP #12
Click on “Admin URL” (located below the green box) and enter your WordPress login credentials from step #8. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress dashboard is where you will do almost everything on your blog. From writing articles to changing design.
This is your WordPress Dashboard. You can either begin blogging or upload a new theme for your blog. I would recommend purchasing a new WordPress theme at Themeforest.net. At Themeforest.net, in the navigation go to “WordPress” in the upper left section of the page. Then choose your theme type and begin exploring thousands of themes. After purchasing your theme from Themeforest.net, you will return to your WordPress dashboard and click “Appearance” > Themes > Upload a New Theme. Here you will upload the .zip file of the theme your just purchased.
Lastly, you will then follow your theme’s setup features provided by the person who developed your theme. This is where you will upload your logo, change colors, add pages, and more…