Ultimate Guide: How To Launch Your Very Own Wordpress Website
The easiest way to build a platform in today’s world is to start a website or blog. While you can do this with free hosted options like WordPress.com, TypePad.com, and Blogger.com, Weebly, Wix, you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress.
This is what most serious bloggers and online business owners use. It is what I use here on this site ...and all of my websites.
I know that starting a website or blog can be a terrifying thought specially when you are not that technical. Guess what – you are not alone. Having helped thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners start a website, I have decided to create the ultimate guide on how to start a WordPress website/blog without. No technical knowledge required.
Today, you will learn how to easily create a website/blog on your own.
The moment I learned how to quickly setup my own sites, my life changed. I was suddenly able to launch a new website and start making thousands of dollars a month, all by doing something that I love.
You can start a money-making website for just a few dollars a month!
Below, I have included the ultimate guide on setting up your Wordpress website.
Reasons Why You Should Use BlueHost To Host Your Website
There are many reasons for why you may want to choose Bluehost to host your Wordpress website. I honestly believe they are one of the best web hosting providers we can choose.
These reasons include:
1. Register your domain name
The very first thing you will need to do when starting a WordPress website is to think about what you want your domain name to be. This can be tough, and I would give some serious thought to this.
You can get your domain directly through Bluehost and make the whole process very easy. If you do this, you can get a FREE domain for the first year as long as you buy 12 months worth of Bluehost web hosting.
This makes it well worth it to sign up for at least 12 months of hosting as you will be saving a good amount of money this way. You also get a cheaper monthly price when you buy at least 12 months of hosting, so the free domain just makes it even better.
If you decide to get the free domain, just continue to the next step as you can buy your hosting and get the free domain all in one step.
2. Buy hosting for your blog
Like all hosting companies, you have choices.
I recommend the "plus" option for most everyone as it gives you the ability to host unlimited sites and space giving you the most flexibility. However, if you are only going to have 1 site the basic should work just fine.
3. Connect your domain and your hosting
Note: You can skip this section (Section 3) if you buy your domain directly through Bluehost.
If you buy your domain through Go Daddy, then you will need to connect your domain to your hosting account. Go Daddy has a full support page for setting nameservers for your domain names. Below is a snippet:
“When you register a domain name with us, we set it up on our parked nameservers so a temporary page displays when visitors go to your website. After you determine which hosting provider to use, you can change your domain name’s nameservers to remove the parked page and activate your domain name.
If you registered your domain name with another provider, you can still purchase a hosting account with us, use our Off-site DNS services, or use our CashParking® or Quick Content services. If you do any of those, you must view your nameservers in your account with us, and then set the nameservers with your domain name registrar.”
How to modify your DNS Nameservers when you are using Go Daddy for your domain and Bluehost for your hosting.
Log into the GoDaddy.com Account Manager.
Select Manage Domains from the Domain Names drop-down menu or the Manage Your Account list.
Select the domain name you wish to modify using the checkboxes and then click Set Name Servers.
Enter your updated name server information in the spaces provided under the blue Name Servers heading on the right side of your page and click Save Changes at the bottom.
Your entries should look like this:
You will then need to add the domain you bought (such as through GoDaddy) as an addon domain to your Bluehost web hosting. You can do this by clicking on “Domains” when logged into your Bluehost web hosting account and then clicking on “assign.”
Follow the steps and it is very easy!
4. Install WordPress on Bluehost
Now that you have chosen your domain name and selected your hosting plan, it is time to install Wordpress.
In the cPanel, you will see dozens of small icons for different services and features. This can be a bit overwhelming, so ignore 95% of them because you will never need to use them.
Scroll down to the website section and click on the WordPress icon.
You will be redirected to the Bluehost Marketplace Quick Install screen for WordPress.
Click on the Start button.
On the next screen, you will be asked to select your domain name.
Choose the domain from the dropdown and then click Next.
After that, you need to enter your Site Name, username, and a password for your site.
You also need to check all the checkboxes and then click Install.
The QuickInstall will start installing WordPress. The marketplace will prompt you to browse WordPress themes, while WordPress is being installed.
No need to do that right now. I will show you how to get free WordPress themes in the next step.
Once WordPress is finished installing, you will see the success notice in the top header bar.
Click on the Installation Complete link, and it will take you to the screen with your WordPress login URL and password.
Congratulations, you have created your WordPress site. That wasn’t too bad right.
Your WordPress login URL will look like this:
Click on the WordPress login link to login to your dashboard.
Now we’re ready to customize your site’s appearance and start blogging.
5. Choose a Wordpress Theme
The visual appearance of your WordPress blog is controlled by themes. When you first visit your blog, it will look something like this:
Now don't worry, I know this is not very appealing to most people.
Customizing the look and feel of your website/blog is by far one of the most exciting, and rewarding part in the journey of creating your website.
There are thousands of pre-made WordPress themes that you can install on your site. Some of them are free, while others are paid.
You can change your theme by going to your WordPress dashboard and clicking on Appearance » Themes.
Go ahead and click on the Add New button.
On the next screen, you will able to search from the 4100 free WordPress themes that are available in the official WordPress.org themes directory. You can sort by popular, latest, featured, as well as other feature filters (i.e industry, layout, etc).
My favorite themes can be found here.
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6. Next Steps
Once you have completed the first 6 steps, you will want to focus on 2 things:
1. Creating Contenta
2. Getting visitors to your site to Opt-In to your email marketing system (ie. CONVERSION)
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