Have you ever wondered How to Start A Blog on a budget? What is a Blog? People ask all the time. I started blogging in 2010 on the Blogger platform. Although when I started it was just a hobby and place to put things down so my kids would have a visual journal one day.
My blog has evolved since I started and I know there is no one size fits all resources for all blogs, but I wanted to start with things that the everyday blogger might need and hopefully, they wouldn’t make all the same mistakes I did and give them resources once they started.
How to Start a Blog on a Budget
Why Start A Blog
- A Hobby
- To Make an Income
- Write a Book or Become an Author
- Leave a Legacy to your Family
Each of these above ideas is a great reason to start your blog. Now let us get started on how to start a blog on a budget.
4 Things You Need to Start Your Blog on a Budget
- Website Hosting
- Choose a Domain
- Install WordPress
- Start Using WordPress
Step 1. Start by Website Hosting
One of the great things about Bluehost is the price. For less than $4 a month you can be up and running is less than an hour following these guidelines. Bluehost is one of the top hosts for start-up bloggers.
There are many reasons for why you may want to choose Bluehost for your WordPress blog. These reasons include:
- It’s easy to use. Yes, ANYONE can create a WordPress blog easily with this tutorial
- Bluehost makes it very easy to create a WordPress blog.
- Bluehost web hosting offers technical support.
- Bluehost is extremely affordable and they offer cheap web hosting. You can have a blog of your own and the only real expense you need to pay is the cheap blog hosting which starts at just $2.95 per month.
- You get a FREE blog domain.
- WordPress through Bluehost is FREE.
- Bluehost offers a guarantee in case you determine that it is not for you. If you sign up for Bluehost, but you are confused for any reason (such as how to set it up, picking a plan, pricing, etc.), you can always send me an email or contact customer service.
- You will be self-hosted. If you want to monetize your blog, then you will want to be self-hosted.
- You will appear much more professional to readers, companies, and so on if you are self-hosted on Bluehost than being on Blogspot.
Ready? Once the page opens, click the green Get Started Now button.
Step 2: Select your plan
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Choose the plan you’d like to start with. I would start with the Plus plan. All plans come with one free domain.
If you feel more comfortable you can choose the Starter plan. You can upgrade at any time.
Just click one of the green “select” buttons to move to the next step. I would also choose the yearly plan as you will get a free domain with it, and if you forget to renew on the monthly plan, your site will go down. You will also save by choosing the monthly plan and we are trying to do this on a budget so saving money is good.
Step 3: Choose a domain
Your domain is a web address. Adayincandiland.com is my domain. You may or may not already have a domain. On this screen, you’ll either choose a brand new domain or enter your existing domain.
If you don’t have a domain, enter a new domain name on the left. (See tips for choosing a domain below). Make sure to choose a .com or the correct extension of your choice is selected from the drop-down menu beside it.
If you’ve already registered a domain name, enter it on the right (don’t worry, it won’t mess things up if you’re using the domain elsewhere, this only identifies your account).
Click the blue Next button.
Tips for choosing a domain name:
- Go with a .com whenever possible.
- Make it easy to say and spell.
- Don’t include hyphens, numbers, obscure terms or confusing strings of words.
- If you’re not sure what to use, your name is a safe bet to start.
- Be creative and try a phrase if you’re having trouble finding an available name.
- When deciding on a name, you should also choose all social media platform names now to make them alike, even if you are not going to use that platform.
Step 4: Enter your account info
On the next page, enter your account info. Make sure you use a working email address because this is where your login information will be sent.
Step 5: Choose a hosting package
Under Package Information, choose your Account Plan from the drop-down menu. Choose a package based on how far in advance you want to pay. Please note, Bluehost bills a year at a time, but as you can see, it works out to a very reasonable monthly amount. Not bad for your own blog or website, right?
I always skip the other add-ons except for Domain Privacy Protection which keeps any personal information private. The only time I would skip domain privacy is if you are using a business address and don’t mind if it’s visible to anyone who looks up your domain. If you’re using your personal contact info (home address, phone, etc.) to register your domain, I highly recommend domain privacy. Note: the Domain Privacy option only shows up if you registered a new domain in Step 3 above. It will not show up if you used a transfer domain.
Step 6: Enter your billing info
Fill in your billing information, confirm that you’ve read the fine print and then click Next.
Step 7: Skip the upgrades & check your email for login info
Continue on to complete your purchase. You’ll be asked if you want to add any upgrades. I just skip them.
After completing your purchase, check your email. You’ll find a welcome email from Bluehost with your control panel (cpanel) login info. Keep this information for future reference.
This completes the process of purchasing hosting. Now we have to install WordPress on your new site…
Step 8: Login to your Bluehost cpanel
Go to website builders and click Install WordPress.
On the next screen, click install or start.
Choose Where to Install WordPress
Choose your domain from the drop-down menu if it’s not already chosen for you. Leave the directory field blank unless you have a good reason to create a subfolder, which is unlikely if you are just starting. Click Check Domain.
Enter your WordPress user info
Check the box next to show advanced options. Enter your Site Name or Title (e.g. A Day in Candiland, Candi’s Blog, A Blog Life, etc.). This is different than your domain which ends in .com or something similar.
Choose an Admin Username (do not use “admin” as your username, this is a permanent name). Choose a password. These will be what you use to login to WordPress once it’s installed. Write it Down.
Enter your email address (again, all site information will be sent here). Read and agree to the terms. Click the Install Now button.
Note your WordPress login credentials
After WordPress has been installed, you should see the “Status: success” indication. Take note of the information to access your new WordPress site. This information will also be sent to you via email.
At this point, you will have received two welcome emails. The first is the login info for your Bluehost hosting account. The second is the login info for your WordPress account. Keep both, although, from this point forward, you’ll be using your WordPress login information much more frequently.
Now that you have set up WordPress and hosting with Bluehost you can upgrade from a free WordPress theme to a paid one by Using the Genesis Platform and a Restored 316 Theme like mine if you want to upgrade.
I am so excited you decided to sign up to Start a Blog on a Budget.
If you have any other questions, you can email me or leave a comment.
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