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How To Setup A WordPress Blog In 10 Minutes

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 – [DISCLOSURE: The Daily Positive is an affiliate promotional partner of Bluehost. We receive affiliate referral commissions if purchases are made through this link. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed in this blog article are the opinions of the author alone (the Author's bio and details are provided at the bottom of this article).]
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. 

[DISCLOSURE: The Daily Positive is an affiliate promotional partner of Bluehost. We receive affiliate referral commissions if purchases are made through the links and below. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed in this blog article are the opinions of the author alone (the Author's bio and details are provided at the bottom of this article).]

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

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Choose your plan.

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.

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.

[DISCLOSURE: The Daily Positive is an affiliate promotional partner of Bluehost. We receive affiliate referral commissions if purchases are made through the above links. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed in this blog article are the opinions of the Author alone (the Author's bio and details are provided at the bottom of this article).]

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  1. 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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