Sam and I started PancakeWarriors in August of 2014 during a family beach trip. During our 4 hour drive there, Sam had been talking about all her favorite bloggers and how she thought it would be great if she could show off her own cooking skills and workouts on the web. After showing me some of these websites I agreed that it definitely looked like a lot of fun. We both have passion for health and fitness and we both enjoy sharing this with others. A blog seemed like a great way to engage others that shared the same interest!
From my past experiences, I knew that setting up a website and getting a blog up and running actually wasn’t all that difficult – minimal tech skills required! Websites pretty much go together like pre-built legos these days, no coding required. So that’s what we did, and here we are not even a year later with a great following, lots of new friends, and tons of awesome recipes and workouts, with more to come! We certainly have big plans going forward, with the support of our wonderful readers and blends “blogger friends”. We have such a great time blogging we wanted to show others how to start their very own blog.
Whether you’re into do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, fitness, cooking, photography, or are a mom with some crazy household management tips – blogging may just be for you! Below I’ve laid out how easy it is to get started in this quick how to start a blog walk through!
1. Select You Plan
Getting started isn’t as difficult as you may think. Simply head over to BlueHost (affiliate link) which is our preferred hosting service and select Get Started Now. We prefer BlueHost. Why? Because they always have great deals, have some awesome support, and will get you prorated deals so when your blog starts booming it’s easy to upgrade. The above BlueHost links will open a new web browser window for you, so you can follow along!
Next, select your hosting plan. We suggest using the Starter Plan just to get started.
2. Pick Your Domain Name
From here you get to start using your creativity and pick your own personalized .com domain name! Whether you have 2 cats and a dog in your household and want to use 2catsandadog.com or you love cakes so want bakecakesforfun.com find what fits your lifestyle, passion, and writing. This may take you a little time so brainstorm! Sam and I had a few pages of ideas on a notebook and honestly it was really difficult to pick one, that is until we came up with PancakeWarriors, it clicked with our weekend love of pancakes, and our attitude towards fitness.
If you come up with a name and it’s already registered or in use by someone else don’t get discouraged. Try to be as unique as possible or use a variation! If you wanted bakecakesforfun.com try ibakecakes or bakecakes-forfun.com. Don’t go too crazy with your domain name length. We recommend keeping your .com to 15 characters or less (excluding the .com)!
Simply type in your domain name and click next.
Once you’re all set with your domain name you get to pick your plan. You can pick 12, 24 or 36 months. The longer the length the better the deal, but the more upfront cost. We recommend either 24 or 36 months to get the best deal possible.
We also recommend adding domain privacy. What is domain privacy? Domain Privacy conceals who owns the domain if someone trys looking it up online. If you choose not to go with this option it will display the registers (your) full name, home address, as well as your email address. If you choose domain privacy, it will use BlueHost as the contact.
3. Login to Your New Site
I know you’re excited and it honestly doesn’t take too long for BlueHost to set up your new site – BlueHost will email you letting you know that everything is ready. Go back to BlueHost.com and click the login tab on the top right of the screen. This login will get you into whats called your cPanel (Control Panel). This is the back end server where we will install WordPress. WordPress is what is known as a Content Management System, its the core of those building blocks for your website – think legos!
4. Install WordPress
Once you’re in your cPanel, locate Install WordPress and click on it, this will take you to a page where we can install the latest version of the WordPress.
Click the giant green Install button – it doesn’t get much easier than that!
You can leave all defaults as is (see picture below) and click the green Check Domain. This will validate that you have no other WordPress instances already on your system, which you don’t.
Next, you can either click the green Install Now button, or check the Show Advanced Options check-box. This will give you a few more options to change. Such as setting your Blog Site Name, changing your administrator name and password, as well as your administrator email address. I would highly recommend changing the default “admin” name to something only could guess. Check out my post on How To Secure Your Blog for more information. If you choose not to change any of these things, it will take all your default BlueHost information and give you an auto generated password.
5. Login to WordPress
Installation takes a few moments, watch the progress that will display across the top of your browser. Once you get Your Install Is Complete! You’ve installed WordPress, YES! Click the View Credentials button at the top of your screen and make sure to write down all the information. Next, head over to your new site!
Login to your new WordPress install by going to www.YourNewSite.com/wp-admin/ (Your new site is the name of your new site) and login with your WordPress login credentials that you just wrote down.
If you’re looking for a great WordPress theme, you may also want to check out StudioPress to get one of the most widely used blogging themes, Genesis Framework (affiliate link). If you’re a food blogger you may want to look at the Foodie Pro Theme (affiliate link)! If you’re looking for more blogging tips check out our other blogging posts.
What About You?
- Do you remember when you first setup you blog?
- How long have you been doing your blog?