How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost
WordPress is one major platform that allows you to start a blog and Bluehost is one of the companies that give allowance to host websites on the internet. Although you would need to pay to host your blog, with Bluehost, it is worth it. You can choose to make a monthly host plan or a more extended option like a 12 month or 36-month plan. There are certainly other companies that offer web hosting services for probably cheaper, but they are not recommended for blogs looking to monetize eventually. The very many advantages of hosting with Bluehost are its ease of use, price-friendliness, you’ll enjoy self-hosting (flexibility and customization), a free domain name for the first year and free WordPress in one click.
The first step to starting your blog via Bluehost is to create a Bluehost account which would require your personal and payment information. The current monthly price for web hosting with Bluehost is at $2.95 which gives you access to free domain and SSL, easy install of WordPress and 24/7 customer support to help with any form of technical difficulty you may experience. It is a good investment. Bluehost offers three types of web hosting plans to begin with- basic, plus and prime. The basic plan goes for $2.95 monthly and is recommended for a start.
After selecting a web hosting plan, you’d need to provide a domain name to Bluehost to move on. This is a crucial aspect of your blog as your domain name is your blog’s identity and address. Although you could always change your domain name later, it is better to get it right the first time and build your blog’s brand with it. Picking a domain name could be tasking as so many short names have been taken already, but there’s always a way around it that would end up with you having an excellent name for your blog. Bluehost gives you a free domain for a year, but there’s the option of getting your domain name via other platforms like GoDaddy and then still hosting your site with Bluehost.
Bluehost offer additional services like search engine jumpstart and site back up after you have picked your domain name. They may be useful, but not necessary for you so no need to pay for them; uncheck the boxes and proceed to create a secure password for your Bluehost account.
After you have created your secure Bluehost password, log in to your Bluehost account. You would then be required to choose a theme from an array of options (you can always change or adjust your theme). After you select the theme, select the “start building’ button which is the one click necessary to have WordPress fully installed on your site. You may then be asked to set up username and password or have it sent to your email. Again, choose secure username and password as it protects you from attacks. You would be required to provide this information whenever you need to access your blog.
Now you have started your WordPress blog on Bluehost, take a few more steps before publishing your first post. WordPress is like a whole blog world where you could carry out as many experiments as you like.
Take the time to explore the themes available, colors, structure and any other design option that could contribute to enhancing the look and feel of your blog.
Install plugins to give you and your readers maximum experience and ease on your site. Plugins are great tools that you could take advantage of on your blog. From security, providing ideas, creating room to connect with your readers easily, plugins are essential recommendations for any serious-minded blogger. WordPress has over 45,000 plugins available from which you could select the ones that meet your needs, and some are free! Some plugins that you need are;
This is an anti-spam plugin that automatically gets rids of spam comments from getting posted on your site.
Protects your site from being attacked by hackers.
Great way to collect contact information from your readers and allows them to contact you as well, plus get rids of spam emails.
Invest in creating your first post and include pictures. Remember it takes time to build an empire- take your time but put effort into your blog and enjoy the ride.