How to Start A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog With Detailed Guide

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WordPress

Starting a WordPress blog is amazingly simple, although it can also be a terrifying thought to those who are not geeky. It take just a few click away to build your online presence with WordPress and the process is very simple

Note: Don't get confuse, see The difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.

There are a few things you need before you start your new wordpress blog.

1. You need a domain name idea ( like blogtrovert.com ).
Your domain matters a lot in building your online presence, thus, try as much a possible to choose the right domain. One that wouldn't lose value to you.
2. A web hosting account (Without this, you can't host your blog)
3. Your attention.

Creating a WordPress blog doesn't take the whole day and there are a few things to learn in here that would aid your blog creation and make it faster.  WordPress is free but to use it, you need to pay for a domain and a hosting plan.

A domain name roughly costs between $10 to $14.99 / year, and a web hosting costs $7.99 / month, depending on the webhosting company. sometimes, you can get a free domain from webhosting companies like bluehost, ipage and Hostgator.
If you have come up with a good domain name, you can go ahead to register it.
I will be giving a tutorial on Bluehost wordPress hosting.

bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best WordPress host compared to most others.

Bluehost is giving out a Special offer for WordPress users. you can Start your blog with just $2 .75 a month,get a Free Domain as earlier mentioned, and a 1 Click WordPress Install. 

So to grab this opportunity, 


Visit Bluehost, click on the green get started Now button. on the next screen, choose your hosting package. Basic and plus are the most purchased plans. 

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After that, you will be redirected to a page asked to enter the desired domain name for your website and click next.

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You will taken to a page where you will need to add your account information and finalize the package info to complete the purchase. You will see optional extras. You can choose to purchase these extras or not as they aren't compulsory. 


After purchasing your hosting plan, it is time to install wordpress In the cPanel, you will see lots of icons for different uses, services and features. You may never use 95% of them. your only concern there is getting WordPress installed to your new domain. Scroll down to find an icon called Install WordPress . This amazing software lets you install WordPress on your host with just a few clicks.

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Once you click on the icon, you will be redirected to the Quick Install screen for WordPress. Click on the Get Started button. On the next screen, you will be asked to select your domain for installation.
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 Choose the domain from the dropdown and then click Next.
After that, you need to enter your Site Name. 

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Then choose a username, and a password for your admin login ( use a complex username (not admin) and password). Check all the checkboxes and then click Install.

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Once WordPress get installed, you will see the success notice. your unique login url is yoursite.com/wp-admin. this url gives you access to your admin panel. make sure you write down your username and password. 

Now that You've successfully installed WordPress you will need to install a beautiful new theme design. The default look on your blog isn't appealing so you need to change the look asap by logging into your admin panel via yoursite.com/wp-admin using your username and password.

wordpress theme

There are thousands of pre-made WordPress themes that you can install on your site. Some are free while others are paid. You can change your theme by going to your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance » Themes, then click on add new.

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In here, use the search function to find a theme that suits your needs. There are tens of thousands to choose from. once you find a theme, you can install and activate it. 

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Now you are all set! You can start blogging on your new WordPress blog! 
If you follow this guide, getting a WordPress blog will take just a few minutes of your time and if you bump in to any problem, you can always ask one of amazing live support crew in Bluehost for help. They are there 24 hours a day.

To write your first blog post, click on the Posts » Add New menu in your WordPress dashboard.

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