How To Setup A WordPress Blog In 10 Minutes

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Are you a passionate writer? Do you have a story that needs to be told? Do you want to generate passive income for your family?

Starting a blog might be your answer.

Blogs are no longer just for the “professional writer”. They are for the thinker, the designer, the mother, the craftsman, and the teacher.

In 2013, I decided to start blogging and building my personal platform. It's now become my full-time career and its allowed me to make a living from the things I am most passionate about.

Sadly, I see many people not chase their dream because their either don't know where to start or the “setup process” is too complex.

But its not. Below I have outlined an easy step-by-step guide to getting a domain, setting up hosting, and installing WordPress in 10 minutes or less.

There are many ways to setup a blog but you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress blog. This is what most serious bloggers use. This is what I use here at DalePartridge.com

IMPORTANT: The first step for setting up a blog is buying a domain and setting up hosting. If you are not sure about the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress, I found this helpful infographic that explains it well. My verdict… stay away from WordPress.com. It's limiting and does not allow your blog to scale well.

To Get Started You'll Need 3 Items:

1. A Credit Card (don't worry this will be cheap 🙂
2. A Domain Name
3. Setup Hosting
4. WordPress
5. A Theme To Install

Step #1: Buying A Domain Name

The domain name of my blog is DalePartridge.com. That’s where people find me on the web. Choosing a good domain can be tough. Your domain can either be your name (like mine) or a branded domain like TheDailyPositive.com. Luckily, the hosting company I will recommend in step #2 provides you a free domain when you sign up.

Step #2 Setting 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 blog. It’s far easier than it sounds. Stick with me.

There are a hundreds of hosting services available. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Bluehost. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following several reasons:

  1. Bluehost is large and well known.
  2. They offer excellent customer service (located in the US).
  3. Their packages are highly affordable.
  4. Their service provides extremely fast page load times.
  5. Bluehost is very easy to use.

ACTION STEP: Click HERE to buy your domain and signup for hosting with Bluehost. I have provided a visual guide of the steps below. 

Bluehost Step #1

Visit This Link (the same as the one above) and Click “Get Started Now” button.

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Bluehost Step #2

Choose your plan.
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Bluehost Step #3

Choose your free domain name or bring over your current domain. Both are very easy processes.

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Bluehost Step #4

Place your order and pay for your plan.

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Bluehost Step #5

Once you've logged in, you will be taken to your Bluehost dashboard where you can install WordPress (the software that runs your blog) in a few simple clicks.

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Bluehost Step #6

Click the the green install button.

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Bluehost Step #7

Choose the domain you just registered or the one you brought over.

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Bluehost Step #8

Check the “Show advanced options” box and fill in the title, username, and password. Your title will be the name of your blog (mine would be Dale Partridge). The username and password will be what you use to login to the backend of your blog (your WordPress dashboard).

IMPORTANT: Save this information somewhere where you won't lose it. You will need it for step #10

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Bluehost Step #9

Bluehost will install WordPress on your server and let you know when it's complete.

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Click the “View Credentials” button on the top right.
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Bluehost Step #10

Click on “Admin URL” (located below the green box) and enter your WordPress login credentials from step #8. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress dashboard is where you will do almost everything on your blog. From writing articles to changing design.

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Final Step

This is your WordPress Dashboard. You can either begin blogging or upload a new theme for your blog. I would recommend purchasing a new WordPress theme at Themeforest.net. At ThemeForest, in the navigation go to “WordPress” in the upper left section of the page. Then choose your theme type and begin exploring thousands of themes. After purchasing your theme from Themeforest, you will return to your WordPress dashboard and click “Appearance” > Themes > Upload a New Theme. Here you will upload the .zip file of the theme your just purchased.

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Lastly, you will then follow your theme's setup features provided by the person who developed your theme. This is where you will upload your logo, change colors, add pages, and more.

87 COMMENTS

  1. How fortuitous! At the top of my ‘to do’ list today is: purchase domain/hosting/transfer wordpress site. You’ve just saved me a good few hours messing around myself trying to figure everything out. Thank you so, so much!

  2. What are the benefits of WordPress over Blogspot? I have been using Blogspot for the past 5 years. Is it worth it to switch to WordPress?

    • You don’t own your blog when it is on blogspot. (Which is blogger right?) Google can delete your blog whenever it chooses. If you buy hosting and run a wordpress site then you own everything and are in control of what happens to your site.

      There are also a ton of features on wordpress. Different themes, plugins, and so forth.

  3. Affiliate marketing!! I have thought about becoming an affiliate for my hosting company or for aweber but I have yet to do it. I hear it works for people as a good form of passive income.

  4. Just FYI, I chose to take the advice listed in this post. Of course, this is ultimately my fault, for not doing my part in reading more of the details, but I was charged over $300 when starting my blog with bluehost. I assumed the $5.95 would be broken down per month…. but they charge you the yearly fee at once. I understand this is my fault at the end of the day, but I, of course, was very taken back to see that I was charged a few hundred dollars, rather than the $5 I thought I would be charged. Not trying to complain, only trying to help others who may not desire to spend hundreds if they think they will only put out a few dollars 🙁

      • Hello! I just set up a blog utilizing these instructions, and I too, was charged over $300. They have listed on the page where you select additional options that the charges for services they list are applied and charged annually. The 5.95/mo rate is the rate you receive if you purchase 36 months up front, and they charge you for all 36 months up front. I intended to purchase what I purchased, but it is a little mis-leading. I appreciate the transparency you offer on your website regarding how you make your money, and the tips you offer are very helpful for someone looking to break into the world of social entrepreneurship. Thank you!

  5. i’m a little confused here…i currently have a WordPress blog (not my own, still with the .wordpress domain), but i know there’s an option to pay for my own domain. what’s the difference between doing that and using Bluehost? or am i supposed to do both?

    • You have to pay for your own domain. When you purchase hosting, you will also buy a domain name along with it.

  6. I just bought my domain on wordpress before reading this article. I’m a bit confused why just using wordpress won’t work and why I have to bring my domain to another host. Does bluehost offer different money making options? As WordPress does only offer its beta, wordads… I’m worried I made a mistake by buying my domain on WordPress…

    • Ya. That’s a bummer. WordPress.com limits you quite a bit. You should be able to transfer it to a self hosted wordpress account in 90 days.

  7. I have tried all three options for uploading what I downloaded from Envato and it says download failed due to style.css stylesheet????? I am totally confused! I have followed your steps to setting up a blog

  8. So, currently my blog is on Blogspot and I would like to move it to Word Press so that I can have more control over it. What steps should I take to do this? Do I have to repost every single post onto there? Would hate to start from 0 again. Thanks!

  9. I finally took the plunge and started my own blog! Thank you Dale, not only for this easy to follow article but all the uplifting messages you share. I hope you continue to do so and always maintain integrity and purity amidst your growth in influence and power.

  10. I read the comment below which says two people were charged $300 for setting up their blog using your instructions. I wanted to set mine up but I want to confirm first that I won’t be charged like they were?

    • Hey Jen, It depends on which package you sign up for it’s $3.95/m if you sign up for 36 months. It’s $5.95/m if you sign up for 12 months which is about $72. You make the call 🙂

  11. Dale-

    Thanks for this great info!! This is absolutely helpful and I’m excited to get my blog launched. I have three questions about your blogging process-

    1. Do you have a process for how you put your content together? (Do you write what comes to mind or do you have some kind of writing process that helps you to craft your content for that day)

    2. How do you decide what you are going to blog about?

    3. Do you schedule out your blogs so you don’t spend time wondering what you are going to blog about for that day?

    Thanks so much!
    -Jason

    • Hey Jason. Thanks for the question but this reply is too long for a comment. You might want to schedule a consulting session with me for this one. Talk soon.

    • I don’t know a lot about iPage but I know it does not offer the level customer support and advanced functionality that Bluehost offers.

      • I second that! Bluehost customer service has always been crazy awesome for me. One time they stayed on the phone with me for about an hour helping get something fixed (that was my fault in the first place!)

  12. Have finally created my own Poetry website, these steps made it so simple, affordable and it was easy to import the wordpress posts i had already created to my new website. Thank you for your help!

  13. Your blog has become one of my absolute favorites to read. Do you have any recommendations for blogs that you like?

    • Sure. You can find a theme with a store or you can create store.yourdomain.com and add a shopify store there.

  14. I have a pretty decently going blog on WordPress with the url ending .wordpress.com .. Can I switch that into a pirate domain with BlueHost? Will I lose all the progress and comments in the process?

  15. The payment plans seems to be annual instead of monthly as described by the website. Am I wrong? Is there anyway around paying for the entire year of service?

    • You’re correct. But if you break it down, the monthly fee is accurate. That’s how you get the incredible pricing. Most quality paid monthly hosting is upwards of $29/m

  16. I was doing a bit of research on other options besides BlueHost; and I’m a little overwhelmed. You recommended BlueHost. Is it a shared hosting package? VPS? Is there any point for someone who is just getting started to have a VPS? What about the “cloud hosting” (I think that I’m saying that right) that Amazon offers for free for the first year?

    Is it a bad idea to go with a cloud hosting site? Is it a bad idea to have a shared web hosting account?

    • They offer both. I would start small and as your traffic grows you can quickly upgrade to a dedicated server. Shared hosting is fine for 95% blogs.

    • Hey Elizabeth! Weebly and Blogspot really limit your control over most aspect of you blog. WordPress is usually the standard for serious bloggers because usually you have full control of anything from blog structure to email subscription setup etc… I personally have used blogspot before (when I first started in 2008) and it was a great little beginner. But if you can swing the small price, invest in your future with WordPress.

      Weebly… just stay away from that!! 🙂

  17. Hi Dale –
    i set up my site and downloaded a theme but i can’t seem to change the header of the theme. Any thoughts?

  18. Hi Dale is it important to have the paid host account? I use only wordpress, but I’ve never paid for it? I just wanna know what the difference is?

  19. Hi Dale, I am new at this and a little overwhelmed about it all. I just set up a website with “webs” and it allows me to have a blog too. Is this a bad choice? Should I prefer wordpress?

  20. I followed your link to bluehost and it’s not giving me the $3.95 price. Only a $3.49 and two higher ones. Help! How do I get the price of $3.95 and which “package” from bluehost do I select to get this price?

  21. I Attempted to follow this procedure- blue host is a SCAM! beware my total should have come to $10.13 and my card was run for over $200, the $159 and again for $90.

  22. I would like to delete mine and I cannot seem to figure out how. Does anyone know how to delete it and be done so they will stop taking money out of my acct. I did not have a problem with it. I just found something I like better.

  23. Dale, I keep returning to this article. I want to provide my experiences with those seeking refuge about particular topics but yet I feel that I do not have what it takes to be successful at doing so.

    What do you think?

  24. Great tips but I have a problem with grammar. I’m a geek about it. I see gaffes and it’s like a musician hears a sour note. You incorrectly write “setup a blog” but correctly write “setting up.” You wouldn’t think to write “settingup” but “setup” is just as glaringly wrong. You “set up” a blog (verb phrase) but might the unwitting victim of a “setup.” (noun phrase)

  25. Great tutorial. I read many on Pinterest, and this was the clearest. The screenshots were especially helpful. However, I would delete the line about “don’t worry it won’t cost much”. Depending on what the user wants, it could cost quite a bit. I spent $356 to purchase all but one upgrade that I wanted (and I’m probably going back tomorrow to buy it).

  26. Benicio Farina

    I was so excited with this, follow the link, bought a domain, made a mistake, and 20 minutes later still waiting for customer service, so frustrated already.

  27. I just spent $300+, bluehost didn’t confirm price before charging, and I got an error message trying to set up a wordpress. I know it will work out, but this part is a bit unpleasant.

  28. Hi Dale. Thanks for the tutorial. It was helpful. Though, I would like to know if you think the Constant Contact, Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart or SiteLock Security – Find are necessary? Thanks for your help.

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