★ Start a BlueHost Self-hosted WordPress Website-Blog

★ Start a BlueHost Self-hosted WordPress Website-Blog

C. Neil Linton - START A BLUEHOST SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS WEBSITE/BLOGI have survived for decades, thus far, and attempted to thrive as best I can with the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder ( with the relentless episodes of demoralizing, self-esteem sapping Depression ). As you know, it can be a difficult and lonely journey. The hardest part for me has been the debilitating, rapid cycling of chronic depression that accompanies my particular condition. But, here I am sharing and supporting with others who travel a similar path as I do, seeking answers to life’s challenges with hope, seeking a way through with a little understanding and support.

For me, it has been difficult to maintain some of the things others may take for granted, such as long-term relationships, one-on-one social interactions, and the big one – employment. When the depression hits you hard and often unexpectedly, being on the job is the furthest priority in your day; but survival, often just being in bed away from any pressures, become the priority leaving you to explain to your supervisor of boss why it is you failed to show up for the day, or week.

My solution to this social barrier was self-employment. I’ve had many businesses over the years, many successful and others a trial with a short end. But one home-based, business does work for me and allows me to feel good about myself, provide value and service to others and if I happen to need a day or week off, I DO!

I Blog for a living. It’s non-threatening, allows me to set my own pace, rest when I need to and I do what I love. To Blog for a living provides hope, security, and pride. I love it and want to share this with you – I’m going to show you how, step by step.

Most people believe that starting a Website or Blog is complicated, and expensive, that you have to have knowledge of website design and geeky coding. Well, it’s just not true!

In this article, you’ll learn how to start your own Website/Blog. It will take you about 10-minutes or less even if this is the very first time you have touched a computer.

Not that long ago, I knew absolutely nothing about website Design, Blogging, building an audience or monetizing a Website or Blog. A few years ago, I attended the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, not really to get qualified to enter the industry, but rather to keep an eye on those I contracted as they charged me many 10s of thousands of dollars to build my sites. I was not a geek, so I struggled during the coding modules. In fact, I still get dizzy even thinking about it. That’s why I need to share this technology. It does not have to be complicated and expensive, to the contrary, it’s easy and inexpensive.

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Three Good Reasons for Starting a Website or Blog

It is Fun:

Blogging can be a fun hobby, something you look forward to and love, a great way to share your interests and passion with others. But better yet, blogging can be a very lucrative home based business that provides a great lifestyle with freedom.

You can Provide Value and Service to Others:

No matter what type of blog you have, the aim should be to help others. If someone can benefit from what you write, then you have made this world a better place for yourself, and for your readers. Someone may be motivated by your blog posts, they may learn something new, or they may find enjoyment.

You Can Be Part of an Awesome Community:

As mentioned above, I’ve made a lot of good friends through my blog. And, I love receiving emails from readers and blog friends stating that what I write has contributed in a positive way to their teaching and learning. Being able to share and provide support as well as connect and learn is one of the biggest satisfactions of blogging.

5 Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Register Free Domain Name and purchase Low Coat Hosting.
  2. Install WordPress: a user-friendly self-managed website Content Management System ( CMS ).
  3. Design and create your website/Blog.
  4. Post your first Blog.
  5. Build on your Progress, research best practice, talk to others and seek advice. Your Website/Blog will evolve as you do, at your pace – called a working document.

 Let’s Get Started

Step One: Register a Free Domain Name and Purchase Low-Cost Hosting.

It would be easy to list numerous Hosting Providers for you to choose from, and I have used many over the years, some good and others not so good at all; however, listing multiple providers would also confuse the novice set-up process and we want things simple.

I highly recommend you start with a low-cost, self-hosted WordPress site from Bluehost, and to simplify this process, even more, Bluehost offers a FREE Domain Name with their start-up package through the link below.  Your new website or Blog will give you the most freedom, control, and flexibility offered on the market. Furthermore, it is absolutely easy to set-up and maintain.

Choosing your Domain Name ( URL ).

What is the purpose or intention of your website? What will be the main theme? Who are you targeting? You’ll want to do some research before you choose the perfect name or title for your Website or Blog, something that fits your intention, your character, your goals, and then match the website name or title with a unique domain name that complements the website name or title, your goals, and your qualities.

You can utilize the Domain Name help tool called Bust a Name to help you, but don’t purchase your domain name with Bust a Name or you will lose the opportunity for a FREE DOMAIN later during our step-by-step process. Just write your domain name down and save it for later. We’ll need it soon.

Setting up your Hosting with Bluehost.

Now that you have a Domain Name written down, you’ll need a website hosting provider ( company ). We recommend the low-cost provider called Bluehost who offer an incredible Web Hosting package for only US$3.95/month*. They also provide:

  • a FREE DOMAIN ( for the first year with a 12-month BlueHost Hosting package ),
  • FREE Site Builder Templates/Themes,
  • easy to install 1-Click WordPress Installation,
  • 24/7 Support, and
  • *30-day Money Back Guarantee – Try Bluehost and love us, or get a refund anytime. You are never locked into a contract and no hidden fees or gimmicks.

Follow these instructions

In the picture below, click on the green button that reads Get Started Now >. Once clicked, Blue Host will open in a new window. Keep reading and following the instructions on this page as well as complete your tasks with BlueHost in the newly opened window ( complete all tasks with both windows open at the same time ). Go ahead, click on the green button Now!

Hosting Plans

You will now have to choose one of four hosting plans: basic, plus, prime, and Go Pro. For most entry level beginners, the “basic” package is enough. Keep in mind that it will be a cheaper monthly option when you purchase 12-months or more. If you require an upgrade, as you build your website/blog business, you can easily do so when you’re ready and pay only the difference. I run a couple of websites so I decided to purchase the “prime” package because it was the best value for me as I expand that allows multiple websites/blogs and was only a minimal $2.00 a month extra in cost in addition to the “Prime” package being equal in price to the lesser “Plus” package.

Now that you have chosen your hosting package, it’s now time to register your previously written down domain name idea. Type your new unpurchased domain name idea in the box labeled “new domain” and then click “next.” However, if you have already purchased a domain name, then you can proceed by typing your previously purchased domain name in the — I have a domain name box and then click “next”. If you do use a previously purchased domain name, you will need to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to BlueHost ( BlueHost’s 24/7 chat support will help you if you require it ).

With your next action “package information” ( see the image with the red arrow below ), you have the option to select “Domain Privacy Protection.” Domain privacy or WHOIS protection ( sometimes known by different names ) hides the domain registrant’s [ your ] personal information from the public WHOIS database. WHOIS is an organization that manages all data regarding domain registration. This is important because scammers and spammers can look up, collect your personal data, and then bombard you with unwanted solicitation. For $0.99 per month, it is my opinion that such a fee is a good assurance in protecting and reducing the subsequent frustration and time-wasting when having to deal with these solicitations. Once again, you do not have to select this protection and although your data may be compromised by not having this protection from the start, you can add this offering at any time in the future.

Now you can add your credit card payment details. If you prefer to pay with Paypal, click on the blue highlighted link “more payment options” right below the “payment information”  heading.

Step Two: Install WordPress: a user-friendly self-managed website Content Management System ( CMS ).

WordPress is the world’s largest website/blog platform. It is the platform I use for several of my blogs. I utilize several different themes to showcase my brand. They are listed here as an example:

http://www.english-language.website – English Language Teaching and Learning

http://www.earthwalkcommunity.com – Earth Walk Mental Health Support Community, and

http://www.rural-livin.com – Rural Livin’ A homestead or hobby farm information service

Install Now. Once you have completed your registration with BlueHost, you’ll need to log onto your new website’s admin panel ( example: www. [your new domain name] .com/wp-admin ), you should default to your Cpanel and if not just click on your Cpanel. Now go down the page and locate the section called “Website.” Inside that section, you will see an icon called “Install WordPress.” Click the “Install WordPress” icon.

You will come to a BlueHost MarketPlace welcome screen. Not much to do here but for you to click the green “Continue Installation” button.

Next, you will come to the location to enter your new domain name ( example: www. [your new domain name] .com ). There is no need to enter a Directory. Now click the green “Next” button. Your screen will read, “Your install is underway!”  Wait for a while as WordPress downloads onto your account.

Once WordPress downloads, you will get a new notification that will read, “Your install is complete.”

Now click on the “View Credentials” button. Note down your admin URL, Username, and Password.

Step Three: Design and create your website/Blog.

The previous should have taken about 10-minutes. Let’s carry on with some other core set-up actions. When you log into your website/blog’s WordPress Dashboard ( example: www. [your new domain name] .com/wp-admin ), you will see the WordPress main menu options on the left. Click “Appearance” and then “Themes”.

This will take you to the Appearance section of your website/blog. To find a new theme, choose Add New.

You can search for a new theme by clicking the different categories listed such as featuredpopularlatest, etc. You can also refine your search by using the Feature Filter, sorting through the options by color scheme, layout, features, and much more.

Once you choose a theme that you like, click the Install button that appears when you hover your mouse over the theme. It will take just a few moments.

Now that the theme is installed, you can click Activate to immediately make your site start using this theme.

NOTE: Your new theme may appear a little strange at first. The reason for this is that you have yet to create your content and write text, upload images, install menus, widgets, and plugins.

A Pre-purchased Theme

If you have already purchased a theme, you can install it on your WordPress site in a similar manner to the process above:

When you get to the Appearance section and click Add New, you will choose the option Upload Theme.

The theme folder needs to be in a .zip format. Choose Browse and locate the theme on your computer. Then click Install Now.

Once the theme is installed, you can click Activate and your site will now be using this theme.

Step Four: Post your first blog.

Do you need hosting for a new or existing WordPress site? Sign up at BlueHost.

With an install of WordPress on your account, you may want to let people know about updates in your life or news that is happening to your business. Making a post can help you be able to do that. This tutorial will be a guide on how to make a simple post for a site.

Logging in to the WordPress Dashboard

To get started you would need to login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Log into your WordPress Dashboard by typing your new domain name and then adding /wp-admin to the end of the URL ( example: www. [your new domain name] .com/wp-admin ).

Enter your admin’s Username and Password.

This will bring up the WordPress Dashboard.

Adding a New Post

On the left, you will see a menu with options for Posts. Click Add New.

This is the interface used to compose the post. HTML code can be inserted. Media files can also be added.

This works similar to most word processing programs. It allows to bolditalicizes, set alignment, add links, etc. To insert images click Add Media. Once you have uploaded the image you can place it where you want in the post.

Comments are not able to be disabled from in here by default. What theme and/or plugin you install will give that option.

Selecting the Category that you would like to have it associated with will help with organizing.

Adding Tags will help with searching for the article and relating other articles. When the post has been composed, click the Publish button.

Your WordPress post has now been published.

Editing a Post

So, you have made a post and need to edit something in to make it more relevant or there is a spelling mistake you need to fix. Editing the post will save your life, or at least save your post.

On the WordPress Dashboard click All Posts under Posts. This will list all the posts that have been made, whether published or drafts.

In the search field at the top right-hand corner you can type in the post you would like to remove or you can scroll through your posts.

Mouse over the post that you need to edit and click Edit when it appears. This will open the editor for the post.

When finished with the edit click Publish.

Removing a Post

Sometimes a post is too old or you just do not like it anymore. You will need to remove the post.

On the WordPress Dashboard click All Posts under Posts. This will list all the posts that have been made, whether published or drafts.

In the search field at the top right-hand corner you can type in the post you would like to remove or you can scroll through your posts.

Mouse over the Post and click Trash.

Step Five: Build on your Progress, research best practice, talk to others and seek advice.

You and your Website/Blog will evolve over time, at your pace. It will be an evolving working document. There is so much to uncover, such as functionality and strategies. As a new blogger, it is advised that you not attempt to publish 7 articles per week regardless of how good of a writer you are ( or think you are ), instead focus on the quality of your content. It’s better to write one article a week over 52 weeks than to drown your audience with muck.

Having a blog and posting great content is not a guarantee of success. Being active with consistent well-placed actions and a solid strategy does create a higher percentage of success.  Learning how to attract and promote the right traffic ( following ) is critical.

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