Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 30 Minutes or Less

In the virtual world if you want to get the attention of many you need to create your own platform. Whoah! So how will you do that? You need to make a blog. The good news here is that you can actually start a blog using a free hosted platform like WordPress.com, Blogger.com and Tumbler.com - each rank in the top 50 most popular websites. But if we are talking about serious bloggers here like me and you're one of them, too, well, you really need to purchase a self-hosted blog.

Since you've already decided to build a self-hosted blog, we can begin the process of setting up a hosting provider and installing a WordPress account. I promise it would be simple, quick and easy to understand. Ready? Great! Let's get started.

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Step 1: Set Up a Hosting Provider

Before you set up your hosting account make sure you already figured out what your domain name would be. What's a domain name by the way? A domain name is the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of your website, in other words, a URL is the unique address of your web page. Let me give you an example of a domain name; Facebook.com (Facebook.com is the domain), Twitter.com (Twitter.com is the domain). You can also use the name of your business as your domain or it can be your own name. Like in my case I used florangeles.com, "flor" is my nickname and "angeles" is my last name. My domain is florangeles.com. Get it? It's simple, right? Awesome! Another thing that you should prepare is your credit card. You need a credit card to pay for your hosting account.

A web hosting is like renting a space on a computer to hold your website. This is where your blog on WordPress lives in. Everything you put on your website is being kept by your hosting provider. There's a lot of web hosting provider out there but the one that I'll recommend to you is the Hostgator. I honestly believe that this is the best option based on my own experienced and for the following reasons:

Guaranteed Service. Hostgator is one of the 10 largest web hosting companies with more than 8,000,000 hosted domains. All their web hosting plan comes with a no contract and a 45-day money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime guarantee, not only that, it is fully guaranteed by their Chief Executive Officer himself. Amazing, right?

Support. Hostgator has a 24/7/365 premium support via phone, live chat and ticket system (via email). As of this writing, I never contacted anyone from Hostgator yet for customer support since I purchased their product. That's awesomeness! They have online support portal with video tutorials and help articles as well as forum access to the Hostgator community.

Flexible and Easy to Use. Even if you're a newbie in setting up a website, to tell you frankly you can do it without any hassles using Hostgator. The Control Panel is easy to navigate.

Unlimited Features. What can you ask for with these features; unmetered bandwidth, unlimited sub domains, FTP accounts and email accounts, unlimited autoresponders, mail forwards, email aliases and 25 mailing lists. Hostgator provides all these bits and bobs.

Reasonable Price.  Hostgator is low-cost. They offer a 20% to 60% discount on their price if you keep an eye on their website. It will only cost you about $2.78 to $5.98 per month depending on which plan you select and the term of your plan. The short term is 1 month and the longer period is up to 36 months.

​Disclaimer/ Truth: I am a Hostgator affiliate, which means I earn a commission if someone clicks on my link. My recommendation to use Hostgator is based on my experience with the company and I truly believed that Hostgator is the best web hosting provider.

​To continue, go now to the Hostgator home page and follow these instructions:

​1. Click on the "Get Started Now!" button.

2. Select the plan that you want. I recommend you choose a Baby Plan because apart from having a few dollar difference with the Hatchling Plan it has an unlimited domain. But let's say you want the Hatchling Plan, click on "Sign Up Now!" button.

​Please take note that the price above always changes depending on the promo provided by Hostgator. As I have said, their discount varies from 20% to 60%.

​3. A Hostgator Order Form window will open. The form contains the following items:

​a. Choose a Domain Name. I assumed that you already picked a domain name.

b. Choose a Hosting Plan. Select the plan based on what suits you and your budget. Please be reminded though that you'll be required to pay the whole amount for the payment terms that you've chosen in advance. That's how Hostgator works with their discounted price.

​c. Enter Your Billing Info. You decide whether to pay using your credit card or through PayPal.

​d.  Add Additional Services. If you think you don't need any of the additional services it's alright, just un-checked the box. I didn't avail any of them either.

e.  Review Order Details. Take time to review the total amount that you need to pay.

f. Enter a Coupon Code. It will automatically be reflected on the box if you click on my affiliate link. You can take advantage of the discounted price by doing so.

g. Click on the Terms of Service, Cancellation Policy and Privacy Policy box, then click on "Checkout Now!" button.

4. You need to look at your email after clicking "Checkout Now!". You're going to receive two emails from Hostgator, "Thank you for choosing Hostgator" and "Your Account Info". The important email that you should look here is "Your Account Info". If you don't find it in your inbox go to your spam folder, I saw mine there. You can find in that message the link going to your Control Panel as well as your username and password. Keep in mind that every control panel link is unique for each Hostgator customer. This is what a Control Panel Log In window looks like.

The Hostgator Control Panel is where you'll install your WordPress account.

Step 2: Install WordPress

If you already entered your username and password in the Control Panel, you'll be directed to the Control Panel window. By the way, you can change your password anytime because the one in your email is a bit complicated and hard to remember. You can go to the "Preferences" part of the Control Panel and there you can find the "Change Password" icon.

To install WordPress, you need to scroll down from the top of the Control Panel window until you reach the "Software/ Services" part. Then look for "Quick Install" icon and click it. 

The "Quick Install" window will open. Go to "Install WordPress" logo, then click it. 

You'll be directed to the WordPress window where you can now install your account. You'll be offered two alternatives either to install your account for free or take the premium options which is somewhat expensive. Go and choose the free installation. You can set up WordPress by yourself, fast and easy-peasy. Click on "Install WordPress" button.

Here you'll see a form and you'll need to enter some information. You don't have to enter anything on the "install/path/here" part. If you're finished, click on "Install WordPress" button.

From the WordPress window, look at the top part and there you'll see the installation process.

And if your installation is already complete, click on "My Installs".

You'll be led to your "My Account" window, click on "Admin Login". The WordPress Log In window appears. Enter your username and password. Your username is the "Admin User" you've written when you install the WordPress. Can you recall? Great! But in case you forgot, don't worry, this will be emailed to you by "Quick Install powered by Mojo" same with your password.

After you click on the "Log In" button, your WordPress Dashboard will open.

You can also change your password in your WordPress account. On your Dashboard left-hand side, you can see all the menu, look for "Users", then click on "Your Profile", scroll down until you reach the "Account Management" part where you can generate your new password. Remember to write down your username and password in your notebook or in any secure place where you can easily access it.

Step 3: Write Your First Blog Post

Look for "Posts" on the menu, click on "Add New".

The "Add New Post" window will open. You can start writing your first blog now.

You can publish your article once you're done by clicking the "Publish" button.

Step 4: View Your Blog Post

On the right-hand side of your published post, click on "Preview". You will now have a glimpse of your post.

You need to customize your site this time by adding a theme and design. You can go to  "Appearance", then click on "Themes". When you're in the "Themes" window, click on "Add New". Select what theme you prefer, then click on "Install". After the installation, click on "Activate". If you view your site you can see how it looks like with your new theme installed. You can always change your current theme if you want to.

I don't use any themes in WordPress. I choose to purchase my own theme in Thrive Themes because they have a content builder with a drag-and-drop feature which is easy and simple to use. I don't spend a lot of time when it comes to editing my article because of that drag-and-drop element. I can put my image and text in my post wherever I want, resize it, change its appearance and many others without difficulty. Honestly speaking, it's a great product!

Another thing that I need to mention is that if you closed your site and want to re-open your dashboard again just type this in a new tab, http://[your domain name]/wp-admin. 

There you have it! You have now your own first hosted blog post in WordPress. Yippiiii! Wink! 

You can also check below the tutorial in slide presentation that I did.

 

If you have any queries or concerns on the method of setting up your blog. Please feel free to contact me at florangeles08@gmail.com. I’m here to lend a hand.

Cheers! 😀

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  • Flor
  • March 31, 2016

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