Almost 10 years ago I started a blog.
Just for fun and in hope of getting maybe a few people to read what I wanted to write about.
This has today grown into something much bigger as this blog and the small business that is built around attracts over 1 million visitors per month and has become something that I am lucky to be able to do full-time.
But it started just as a thought and an hour or two or so of setting up online.
Nowadays, things are much easier.
But people still contact me all the time with questions about blogging and running an online business.
And they often get stuck in the first idea phase because they are afraid that they won’t be able to figure out the technical set up of the website or they think it’s just too much work and start procrastinating.
And that’s a shame.
Because I know that there are a lot of people out there that have something important that they want – and need to – share with the world. And because I know how taking that first step and just getting going can be a life-changing thing down the line.
So I’ve put together this simple guide that will get you over that first technical hurdle and help you to set up your first blog or website in about 5 minutes.
NOTE: This quick and free guide contains affiliate links. So I earn a commission if you decide to purchase via one of them. If you do, you’ll not pay anything extra but will in fact save money (read on to learn more about that…)
Step 1: Choose your webhosting.
Now, I use a Swedish webhost called Oderland. But if you don’t live in Sweden I wouldn’t recommend it.
I would instead recommend Bluehost. Why?
- Recommended by the best. It is recommended by WordPress themselves and by some of the most respected and best bloggers there is like Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income.
- One-click installer. A second important reason is that they have what’s called a one-click installer. And that’s exactly what it sounds like. You press a button and then you have a WordPress blog/website just like mine set up.
- 63% off for Positivity Blog readers. A third reason is that Bluehost has been kind enough to offer Positivity Blog readers a 63% discount + a free domain name for anyone who sets up a WordPress website or blog. So you can get started at only $2.95 per month.
And then just follow the simple step-by-step instructions below that’ll guide you through the 5 minute set-up process.
Step 2: Buy your hosting package.
I use images from the Bluehost website during this step to make things easy to follow.
Click the green Get Started Now button in the new window you just opened.
On the next page choose which one of the 3 webhosting plans you want.
After you’ve done that you get to choose your own domain-name on page shown below (use the new domain section).
And then on the following page you simply type in your account and payment information and choose if you want any of the extras like domain privacy or site backup – I’d skip them but it’s up to you – and then you put in your payment information and click submit.
Step 3: Set up your WordPress website/blog by using the one-click installer.
You’ve now purchased your domain name and hosting package and you have gotten access to what’s called the cpanel (this is your control panel for your webhosting account).
As you log into the cpanel you may see a message that tells you that you can have Bluehost install the WordPress website for you.
But that comes at a cost and it’s very easy to do it yourself for free.
- First, find the blue Install WordPress icon on your cpanel page and click it. This is the one-click installer.
- On the next page simply fill out the few options there. Be sure to set both a complicated Admin Username (do not use admin as a username) and Password. This will make your website a whole lot more secure against attacks. Write down the username and password on paper and keep it somewhere where you can easily find it when you need it.
- Then click the Install button and your website/blog is created instantly.
- You’ll then get the website address for where you log into your website. There you simply type in your admin username and your password and then you’re ready to start writing and shaping your very own website or blog.
I hope you’ve found this quick guide helpful and if you want to discover much more about what I’ve learned about blogging and running an online business in the past 10 years then check out this article: