12 Days To Start A Successful Blog – Day 3: Step by Step Blog Installation

Ok, you’ve done it!

You have a domain name and you’ve selected your hosting. But, if for any reason you require some additional help between choosing your hosting and the initial set up of your blog – here’s a step by step installation breakdown, of your self hosted site plus design tips to get you started.

Day 3: Step by Step Blog Installation

Ok, you’ve done it!

 You have a domain name and you’ve selected your hosting. But,  if for any reason you require some additional help between choosing your hosting and the initial set up of your blog – here’s a step by step installation breakdown, of your self hosted site plus design tips to get you started. 

Ps. If you haven’t decided on your domain – you can type in some names below, with an Instant Response from Bluehost

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I am using the Web Hosting Company Bluehost for this example installation breakdown. The process is fairly easy and Bluehost are highly recommended for their ease of use and good customer service. Most importantly their service serves the main purpose of storing your blog on its servers and providing analytics on your site performance. Most importantly Bluehost is cos effective which is very important when just starting out as a blogger. Invest Yes, but theres no need to break the bank.

Bluehost Installation - Step 1. Visit Site

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Step 2 - Choose Your Hosting Package

Select which of the plans best suits your budget and long term plan for your blog. As this is likely to be your second or main source of income within the coming months, I would suggest the Prime package for two of the most important reasons – domain privacy and Site Backup pro. Domain privacy keeps your address hidden from view of every internet user and potential scarecrow on the web. Secondly Site Backup is essential when you begin creating content – it takes time to create quality content and the last thing you want is for it to disappear, with no way of retrieving it!

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Step 3 - Register Your Domain With Host

Now its time to either invest in a new domain or register one you created earlier. All bluehost hosting packages come with a Free domain – if you haven’t already invested in one – you can do so in the search box below, then just come back to step 2 and continue along these steps.

Once you have your domain name – type it into the box titled I have a domain name and press next

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Now enter your account information and package information

Step 4: Payment Information

Enter your card details for the amount stated – this is 36 month plan with unlimited support. You will be investing the full amount for the duration of your plan, which will leave you free to create content and get your blog/business of the ground without having to worry about  a yearly renewal cost.

At this stage BlueHost may suggest other similar/variations of your domain name that correspond with the original domain you’ve chosen. You can either choose to purchase these or you can skip this step and stick with 1 domain. Some domain owners choose to purchase the variations so that other bloggers do not use them. The other option is to come back for them at a later date; please also bare in mind they may not be available – the choice is yours.

Step 5: Set Your Password

Step 6: Choose Your Theme

You can skip this step or choose to download one of the themes offered as below or you can choose to download your own via the themes category in your back office admin panel

Step 7: Pick Your Admin Panel

You have two options:

1. Download and Install WordPress

2. Use the BlueHost (cPanel)

If you choose to go ahead with the first option your site will display the following:

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Step 8: Display a 'Coming Soon' Page

Display a simple coming soon page – then building your website from your admin panel. This will give you the chance to create Pages, a Menu,  and a couple Blog Posts in the background until you’re ready to Launch.

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Have you downloaded Bluehost, How was the process for you?
Please share your experience in the comments below
Marie tavernier
Coach/Blogger

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12 Days To Start A Successful Blog – Day 2: Hosting

Day 2: Hosting

You’ve made it to the next phase, hosting. Here’s where it gets really exciting, as you are only moments away from having a website/blog that is yours to create and share as you see fit. – So what’s next?

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Now that you have your name and have given your niche and main* target audience some thought, now’s the time to create your personal URL i.e. (www.iblog.com) which you solely own. Once again you have options:

Option 1: You can use a FREE HOSTED PLATFORM

  • Wix. Wix’s drag-and-drop system is made with HTML5 in mind. …
  • Yola. Yola boasts flexible layouts and no third-party ads. …
  • Contentful. Call your content into any design with the Contentful API. …
  • Jekyll. Make static sites with Jekyll. …
  • WordPress. WordPress is the most popular free blogging platform. …
  • Tumblr. …
  • Blogger. …
  • Medium.

Any of these are perfectly fine to use to create your web address and subsequently host your site with as some are free i.e. wordpress and are created to forfill the very thing you want to create – a blog.

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The only downside is the web address which will likely look something like this – ilovecars.wordpress.org.uk

There is nothing wrong with the latter however, I would highly recommend the following – ilovecars.com for professionalism and to keep in line with your chosen brand identity

Who should use Free Blogs?

People who are just curious about blogging and want to try it out, before making a full investment; both financially and productivity.


Option 2: PAID SELF HOSTING

Simply put, you take control over the domain name and the platform you chose to host your site with.

This is the option most bloggers go with at some point during there blogging lifetime, for a host of reasons (no pun intended). Unlike the free platform – your domain name will end in either .co.uk or com and will have the professional feel of a company with a much higher investment than yours.

 IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL!

This is the option I have chosen – with a .com domain and self hosted with a company I can get ahold of when I need to #highlyrecommended

Pros of a self-hosted blog:

You have full control over your blog, including in its layout, search engine optimization, advertising revenue, additional functions, and more.

You can install custom themes to brand your blog.

You have complete access to your backend files, which allows you to make any necessary code changes.

Using a third-party host usually costs only a few dollars per month.

Self Hosting Options

1. Tsohost – Tsohost is recommended for the initial low investment, but most importantly it is recommended to anyone based in the UK or Europe. Tsohost are a UK based company and served all my blogs and domain packages for the past 2 years. I recommend them with a trusted stamp of approval, simply because anyone who’s anyone knows, when you come into any issues with your blog set-up, email, connection or anything eles that can go wrong in the world of the World Wide Web, this company are available to answer your queries withinn your timezone – crucial for peace of mind. Also for a Limited Time Only – you now register a new .UK domain for just £1 – Hurry Whilst this Offer is Still available

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2. Bluehost – Bluehost is recommended for the initial and ongoing very Low investment as well as its high trust score and popularity among bloggers and web owners. They do offer a free domain which is likely to have a non-professional domain address, however for a domain of your choice, visit the drop-down at the top marked Hosting and scroll down to domains which will open a domain search bar where you type in the name of your blog and choose the URL you prefer or you could use the free domain search bar below – powered by bluehost. Just Click & Type “Try It”. Bluehost is an ideal hosting service for anyone based in the USA or other countries, but can also service UK residents – the choice is yours. 

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Hosting is not complicated, like most things it becomes complicated when we overthink the process. You have two options: Free or Paid - at some-point you will invest in the Paid option because blogging is a great outlet and can be a great source of income over-time. However if you're still unsure and just want to test the process, go for a free hosting package with the free domain - yes it will be slightly more restricted but the choice is yours and can be changed.
Marie tavernier
Coach/Blogger

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