Self Hosted WordPress Blog
The most lovable and genuine platform in today’s world is the Web. And the fastest and easiest way to build a web/online business platform is to start a blog. Whether you can do it for free with free hosted options. But still, you can get most control with self-hosted WordPress blog. This is what most serious bloggers use. It is what I use here on my Self Hosted WordPress Blog.
However, this is where many people get stuck. They assume that the process of setting up a hosting service and installing WordPress is complicated and time-consuming. It’s not.
Step-by-Step Process to start self Hosted WordPress Blog
Step 1 Collect Resources
To set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, you will need :
- A domain name
- A Credit Card
- 30 minutes
It’s so easy to buy Domain if you don’t have Domain. It’s too cheap. I will show you how to get free Domain for yourself for your blog in the next step.
But if you already have Domain then you must have to make little changes I will explain it at the end of the post.
Step 2: Set Up a Hosting Account
This is where your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote computer), where you will rent space to install the WordPress software and manage your self hosted WordPress blog. It’s far easier than it sounds. Stay with me.
There are hundreds of hosting services available—perhaps thousands. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Bluehost. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following seven reasons:
- Reason #1: Support. Bluehost has great 24–7 support via phone, e-mail, or chat. I have personally used it several times and found the support staff to be quick, courteous, and knowledgeable. All of the company’s support staff are located in the U.S.
- Reason #2: Reliability. Bluehost is super reliable. It boasts an uptime average of 99.9%. That’s about as good as it gets.
- Reason #3: Ease of Use. Bluehost is super easy-to-use (as you can witness in the above video). In fact, shockingly so. You’ll wonder why you haven’t set up a hosting service before now.
- Reason #4: WordPress. Interestingly, WordPress itself only officially recommends three hosting services. Bluehost is number one. It hosts over 850,000 WordPress blogs.
- Reason #5: No Limits. Bluehost offers unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains (i.e., you can host multiple blogs or sites on one account), and unlimited e-mail accounts.
- Reason #6: Affordability. Bluehost is inexpensive—about $3.95 to $5.95 a month, depending on which plan you select. The longer you are willing to commit, the cheaper it is.
- Reason #7: Values. In its Terms of Service (see Section 10.03, Bluehost prohibits pornography, nudity, and other adult content. It strictly enforces this standard and deletes sites that violate it. Personally, I don’t want my blog sitting on the same server as some pornographer. If you feel the same way, you may be surprised to know that almost all of the most popular hosting services allow pornography on their servers.
By the way, Bluehost offers a thirty-day, money-back guarantee, which is written into their Terms of Service. I have personally tested this and got my money back within a few hours. So there’s really no risk on your part.
Okay, so if you are still with me, go to the Bluehost home page. Click on the Get Started Now button.
Now you need to decide on your plan. I want to suggest that you select the Plus Plan. This is Bluehost’s most popular option—and for good reason. It’s only fifty cents more a month than the Starter plan, BUT it gives you the ability to host an unlimited number of websites on this one account. I think that makes it a no-brainer.
Regardless of the plan you pick, my instructions will work for you; the math will just be different. Continue by clicking on the Select button.
Now you need to decide whether you need a domain name or you already have a domain name. I’m going to assume that you haven’t previously registered a domain, using some other domain registration service (e.g., GoDaddy.com). If you have, I will explain what to do at the end of this post.
Now enter your domain name in the left-most box, choose the appropriate extension (com, net, biz, whatever) and click on the Next button.
Fill in your account information and then scroll down to select your package. As you can see, the prices range from $3.95 to $5.95 per month. (Again, this is for the Plus Package.) It all depends on the length of your commitment.
- 12 months at $5.95 per month is $71.40 per year and $71.40 upfront.
- 24 months at $4.95 per month is $59.40 per year and $118.80 upfront.
- 36 months at $3.95 per month is $47.4 per year and $142.20 upfront.
I would not sign up for any of the other services listed on this screen, but that’s up to you.
Now enter your billing information. Confirm that you have read and agree with Bluehost’s Terms of Service, and then click on the Next button. The system will now verify your credit card information.
Bluehost will next ask you to “Select the Upgrades that Best Suit Your Needs.” I would skip all of these. Click the Complete button at the bottom of the page. Be patient. This may take a minute or two.
You should now see the “Welcome to Bluehost” screen, along with a “Congratulations” message. Now you need to choose a password for your account. Click on the Create your password button:
Now click the checkbook that says, “I confirm I have read and agree to the Terms of Service …” Then click the Create button. This creates your new Bluehost account.
Warning: You might get an error message here. It is simply because it sometimes takes a few minutes for the Bluehost robots to create your account. Don’t panic. Worst case scenario, call BlueHost Support at 1–888–401–4678.
You may see yet another upgrade offer, perhaps for Optimized hosting. Feel free to ignore this for now. You can always add it later. Instead, click on the Hosting link in the upper left-hand corner.
This will take you to the main Control Panel. You might get another pop-up. This one is offering to walk you through the process of setting up your website. You can close this screen by clicking on the X in the upper right-hand corner. I will walk you through this myself.
You should now be at the Control Panel, sometimes called the cPanel.
Step 3: Install WordPress
Don’t be intimidated by the number of buttons in this step—it’s amazingly simple. The process used to be complicated, and you had to be a semi-geek to pull it off. But Bluehost now makes it super-simple. Trust me, anyone can do this.
Scroll down the page to the “Website” section. Click on the Install WordPress logo and wait for the new page to load. Be patient. It might take a minute.
A new “WordPress” screen appears. Simply click on the Install button. That will bring you to a new screen. Now select the domain on which you want to install WordPress. It should default to the correct one. Click on Check Domain.
The next screen will say “The last step, you are almost there.” Click on “Advanced Options.” Type in your site name or title. (Don’t worry. You can always change this later.) Accept the “Admin Username” and “Admin Password” that Bluehost suggests.
Now click on the item that says, “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2.” Now click on the Install Now button. The installation process should begin and will keep you updated on the process. Be patient, this will take a minute or two to set up your self hosted WordPress blog.
Bluehost might then offer you another upsell. (I realize this gets annoying. Hang in there. You are almost done.) Just close the pop-up if there is one. You can usually do so by clicking on the X in the upper right-hand corner of the pop-up.
You should now see a progress meter at the top of the screen. Again, this will take a minute or two, depending on how busy the Bluehost robots are. It will eventually say, “Your install is complete!”
Now click on the View Credentials button. This will take you to the Notification Center. Click on the View button.
When it is done, you will get a screen with your Blog URL, Login URL, username, and password. Bluehost will also e-mail this information to you, but I like to have a backup. I would write it down or take a screenshot. Also, copy the password to the clipboard.
You’re making great progress! You have completed the most difficult part of the process. Now things will speed up considerably.
Step 4: Log into WordPress
Now enter your username and password. (Remember, you wrote these down in Step 3. You also copied the password to the clipboard.) Click on the “Remember Me” checkbook and then click on the login button.
You should now be looking at the WordPress “Dashboard.” Sometimes, bloggers refer to this as the WordPress back-end. The front-end is what your readers see—your normal blog site. The back-end is what you see—how you control what appears on the front-end.
You might see a welcome screen or an offer for JetPack. Don’t worry about these now.
Step 5: Write Your First Post
Click on the Posts | Add New option in the left-hand side menu. You should now see the New Post screen.
Enter the title of your post, perhaps something like, “Welcome to My WordPress Blog!” (I know, clever, right?)
Now write your first post in the field directly below the title. Perhaps you could explain why you are starting your blog, the topics you plan to write about, and how often you intend to post. (Tip: under-promise and over-deliver.)
Now click the Publish button. This literally publishes your post for the world to see. You might see a message that says, “Your site is currently displaying a ‘Coming Soon’ page. Once you are ready to launch your site click here.” If so, click on the “click here” link.
Congratulations! You have just published your first post on your very own self hosted WordPress blog.
Step 6: Load Your New Blog
Simply click on the “View Post” link. Your new blog should load in a new browser tab.
As you can see, there’s nothing very fancy here. WordPress uses a very generic theme by default. But that’s the beauty of WordPress. There are thousands of themes available. I will recommend one in a minute for your self hosted WordPress blog.
Step 7: Bookmark Your Blog
You’ll want to come back to your blog on a regular basis, so it’s a good idea to bookmark the two main pages: the front-end and the WordPress back-end.
In case, you have already closed the page to the back-end, you can re-open it by going to http://[the name of your blog]/wp-admin.
If you have followed my instructions, you now have your very own self hosted WordPress blog. Pretty exciting, huh?
Learn More About WordPress
If you want to learn more about WordPress, I recommend WP101.com. This is a tutorial site with hundreds of videos on every aspect of WordPress.
Optional: If You Have Already Registered Your Domain
What if you have already registered your domain name on another service? No big deal. The first thing you will need to do is to point your domain name to the Bluehost servers. This will vary depending on where you registered it. Bluehost describes the process here.
For example, at GoDaddy, where I have some domains registered, you log in, then go to Domains | Domain Management screen:
Now click on the domain name you want to point to Bluehost. You should now be looking at the “Domain Details” page. Scroll down until you see a section called “Nameservers”:
Click on Set Nameservers. A new screen should pop-up.
- Enter ns1.Bluehost.com in the field for Nameserver 1.
- Enter ns2.Bluehost.com in the field for Nameserver 2.
Click OK. That’s it. Now log out. It typically takes 24–48 hours for these changes to take effect. You might get lucky, and it will start working in an hour or two.
Please note: Bluehost or your Registrar (the company from whom you bought your domain) may change their procedures from time to time. If you have any problems, please check with them. I do not provide technical support for this process.
Once you have done this, you can begin the process of setting up your self hosted WordPress blog. In Step #2, after you click Sign Up Now, you will need to enter your domain name in the right-most box that says, “I Have a Domain Name.”
Now click the next button. Everything else should be the same. If you get stuck, you may need to wait for the change in your Nameservers to take effect before proceeding. Be patient. After that, your own self hosted WordPress blog is ready and live.
In case if you have any other question about Self Hosted WordPress Blog, feel free to ask me via comments. If you have any additional tip to share, let me know via comments.