How To Set Up A Blog On WordPress in Under Ten Minutes

Many people have no idea how to set up a blog on WordPress, but they assume it’s a pretty involved and time consuming process. They put it off, because they think they need to set aside at least a day to get their blog set up. That’s simply not the case. As long as you have a few things prepared, you really can set up a blog in around ten minutes.

How To Set Up A Blog On WordPress in Under Ten Minutes

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Read this post to see the four things you need to start your blog, then get it set up with the following simple steps. These steps will show you how to set up a blog on WordPress.org, with your own paid hosting, and at the time of writing, this will cost you less than $10 (that’s US $) a month.

This is how most professional bloggers set up a blog as it gives you a huge amount of control and lots of options to monetize (something that can be difficult to do with a free blog). If you do want a free blog for now, WordPress.com is a good bet. Blogger and Weebly are also easy, user-friendly options.

Still happy to use WordPress.org and pay a few bucks each month so you can have complete control and monetize your blog easily? Great. Pay attention. This is where you’ll learn how to set up a blog, step by step, in the next ten minutes.

How To Set Up A Blog On WordPress: Step By Step

Choose Your Web Hosting

WordPress.org itself is free, but you will need to pay for hosting. I recommend Bluehost and so does WordPress. It’s reliable, affordable and, at the time of writing, includes a free domain name. And once you have your Bluehost hosting you can install your WordPress blog with one click.

Click on over to Bluehost now (that link will open in a new window so you can switch between windows to follow these steps).

Choose the plan you want. The basic plan is probably sufficient for most beginning bloggers. It usually costs around $7.99 but occasionally Bluehost have sales and it can go even lower.  I’ve checked it today and it is showing at $3.95 per month for hosting, and that includes a free domain, free site builder and 1-click WordPress installation.

Choose Your Domain Name

When you click on the plan you want, you’ll be taken to this screen.

How To Set Up A Blog

Simply put in the domain name you want. The site will tell you if that name is available and make suggestions for similar ones if it isn’t. If you already own a domain name, pop it in the second box. You’ll be able to redirect it to your new blog once it’s set up.

Order and pay

You’ll be taken to a screen where you can create your account, place your order and make payment by credit card, debit card or Paypal.

Install WordPress

Once you’ve paid for your account, you should be taken to your Bluehost dashboard where you’ll find a button that says ‘Install WordPress’.

How To Set Up A Blog

Click that button.

You’ll see a green install button on the next page. Click that.

You’ll be asked to confirm the domain name you chose. Then you should see a message that says something like “OK, We’re setting up WordPress for you.” Soon (t really should be within a few minutes) the message will read ‘Your Install is Complete’.

You’re done. You have a WordPress blog.

Next steps

Go to your WordPress admin area

The url for your WordPress admin area will be your domain name followed by /wp-admin/. So it will look something like MyAwesomeBlog.com/wp-admin/.

Get Started

There will be a Get Started section that looks like this.

How To Set Up A Blog

I suggest you do as WordPress encourage you to and add an About page straight away, along with posting your first blog post. If you took my advice and got prepared in advance, you already have the content ready.

Play around a bit

It’s daunting for new bloggers, but the best thing you can do is play around with your site a little. WordPress really is fairly intuitive. Click around to see what things do. Try some different themes. Experiment with the customization. Add an image or two. See what it looks like. Don’t worry. Nobody’s watching. Wait until you’re (somewhat) happy with your new blog before you start promoting it, or even sharing it with friends.

You’ll notice there are plug-ins and widgets and settings to play with. With blogging, as with so much in life, less is more. Don’t go too crazy. Add one widget or plug-in at a time. That way, if something causes a problem with the site you’ll know there’s a good chance it was the last thing you installed or added. Remove it. See if that helps. Take a good look at your blog at every stage. See whether you like the last change you made before you move on to the next.

So now you know exactly how to set up a blog, what next? First, get those first five posts loaded. Then check out the five best WordPress plug-ins I suggest you put on your new site. Want to grab a free workbook and some goodies to help you run your online business? Subscribe below.

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  1. Thanks perfect for me to sign post a friend to who wants to start blogging. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare
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  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Hannah.
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