How To Start A WordPress Blog – Easy Guide (2018)

How to Start Your Blog or Site in 5 Minutes with WordPress

Most people out there think that WordPress is used only to create blogs as it is one of the most popular blogging platforms of all time. WordPress is actually a content management system and can be used to build blogs and websites alike effortlessly. Reading this post, you will understand how easy it is to create your own blog or website using WordPress.

Also Read : 7 Reasons why you should use WordPress.

How to choose a web hosting provider

Though WordPress can be hosted literally on any web server, giving it its required features can make it run smoothly without any glitch. That’s the reason why we should pick up a host recommended by WordPress itself since 2005.

Bluehost has been the recommended host for WordPress for more than ten years. Though this is enough to convince you, I am providing you with a few more details on why you should go with Bluehost. Bluehost offers a very good customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the staff are highly knowledgeable in WordPress. Moreover, Bluehost offers a custom easy to use control panel and their servers provide you with a reliable hosting service.

With Bluehost, you can install WordPress directly from your control panel in one click using MOJO Marketplace. You can also add unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains to your account at a price affordable for everyone. All plans come with a thirty days money-back guarantee and an option to cancel your purchase anytime.

To further sweeten this deal, if you sign-up through this post,  you will be getting a special deal – shared hosting package at just $3.95 per month for thirty-six months and a free domain name as well for a year.

To purchase a hosting plan at Bluehost, follow the steps below in order to set up your account. You can complete the whole sign-up process faster if you’ve got a domain name on your mind along with a credit card or PayPal account to pay for hosting.

Setting up your hosting account

Step 1 – Go to’s home page and click ‘get started now’. Homepage Offer

Step 2 – On the next screen, choose the plan which you feel is suitable for your site. Choose ‘Basic’ if you are just starting out with your site for the first time. Or, if your blog is already quite popular and migrating to Bluehost, choose either the ‘Plus’ or ‘Prime’ plans.

Bluehost WordPress Web Hosting Plans

If it is for a business site, select the ‘Go Pro’ plan so that you can get a high-performance server with dedicated IP, domain privacy, SSL certificate, site backup, etc.

Step 3 – Now, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you want a new domain name, you can register it for free over here; or if you already own a domain name you can sign up with it and point its DNS to Bluehost’s servers.

Register Domain Name on BluehostStep 4 – Once you have entered a domain name, click on the ‘next’ button. In the following screen, you will be asked to enter your information to fill your account details.

Enter Account Details in Bluehost and Bluehost Hosting Package Information

Once you have filled your account details, you need to scroll down to find the package information. Over here, you can choose the hosting package you want. Basic shared hosting is priced at 12, 24, 36 and 60-month terms.

To save money, choose a longer term plan as the price per month reduces as the term gets longer. When you choose the 36 or 60-month terms, you can register for as low as $3.95 per month. After purchasing & months of dedication and hard work, if your blog goes viral or site receives regular traffic from search engines and social media you can effortlessly upgrade to a VPS or dedicated hosting plan to accommodate the traffic.

There are also few other offers which you can add to your purchase if you find it necessary. These features include domain privacy protection, site backups, search engine jumpstart, SiteLock security, etc. I recommend you to purchase ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ so that your domain registration details are kept private.

Step 5 – After you have chosen your hosting package and additional features, scroll down to find the payment information form. Fill in the required details and authenticate your payment by clicking on the ‘submit’ button.

Bluehost payment information (credit card + PayPal)Step 6 – After completing your purchase, you can choose a strong password for your account. A good password should have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to protect your account from brute force or dictionary attacks.

Create Password for Bluehost Account

Accept Bluehost Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started with installing WordPress.

Login to Your Bluehost Account

Picking a WordPress theme for your blog

Once you have logged into your Bluehost account, you can choose a theme for your blog or website. Don’t worry, you can change your theme anytime after that.

Select WordPress theme on Bluehost

Logging into WordPress dashboard

Once you have chosen the desired theme, your WordPress site will be waiting for you to log in.

Login to WordPress Dashboard on Bluehost

After logging in, you will be greeted with Bluehost’s default WordPress Dashboard. Here, you can select what type of website you want to set up – whether you want a personal blog or a business website.

Bluehost Custom WordPress Dashboard

Configuring WordPress using Bluehost tools

Though many people think it is difficult or confusing to install and set up WordPress on their server, it is quite simple actually. Bluehost offers its users access to MOJO Marketplace from where users can install applications such as WordPress in just one click. Clicking on the ‘Launch’ button fires up the WordPress configuration screen.

Launch WordPress Site on Bluehost

On the next screen, enter your site title and site description. For example, ‘Antony Agnel’ is my site title and ‘Marketing | WordPress | SEO | WebPerf’ is my site description. The site title is what people call your website and site description is a tagline or short description of what your website is about.

Bluehost WordPress General Settings

After entering the required information, click on the ‘Next Step’ button. Your WordPress site is now fully configured and your site & admin page URL, username and password will be displayed. A copy of this information will be mailed to you as well.

Bluehost WordPress General Settings

You can now log in to your site by clicking on the ‘Log into WordPress’ button and entering your username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be taken to your WordPress Dashboard from where you can control your site.

And hey, do not forget that if you sign up through this tutorial you will receive a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95 per month for 60 months, as well as a free domain name for a year. You might now be interested in installing the best WordPress plugins for your site. Thus I hope that you learned how to start a blog in five minutes with WordPress.

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16 thoughts on “How To Start A WordPress Blog – Easy Guide (2018)

  1. Hi. Susie said I should ask you for help. When I go to WP, it gives me a long blue screen, then my posts lined up to read with a search line on top. It won’t move from there. I can push all the buttons, edit, view, etc, doesn’t move. Been about a week of this. Any ideas?

    1. Hey there, I’m not sure I can understand your query properly. If you don’t mind, can you send me a screenshot of that to hello[at] I’ll have a look at it and get back to you.

  2. For the website, it wasn’t actually 5 minutes. It was more like 5 weeks. I was transferring a blog to a website, and the transfer of domain name, etc. took a lot of time. The biggest problem for me was and still is choosing the theme, I tried at least 4 paid themes and it all looked nice until I realized that they were not what I wanted. So, I just stuck with twenty seventeen, and I don’t want to undo everything, therefore, it’s going to be like that for a while. I find that Bluehost was a wrong thing to choose, but I again do not want to go through all troubles again, but other than that I would not choose Bluehost if I was doing the same right now.
    WordPress blog is a great thing, therefore, I actually regret moving my art blog to a website. I still have a lifeschool blog, so, yes, WordPress blogs definitely work and they take 5 minutes to create.
    I believe it is good to either start a new website or a blog using WordPress platform, but transferring very large blog with extremely many images and links is a nightmare. Your post leads through all the necessary steps, it will certainly help somebody. I’d just add: think right right away whether you are fine with blog or you would rather have a website. It was intended so that I do not lose followers, etc., but I did to a big extent because as it appears WordPress Reader only makes visible new posts from blogs, not self-hosted websites. That is probably the biggest issue.

    1. Hey Inese, I can totally understand what you are trying to say. But this post is just for helping to people to get started with their first blog/website, not on how to guide them to transfer it to another web host. Transferring a website from one host to another is always a headache, and that’s why I would like to introduce you to SiteGround. They allow you to request for a free website transfer to their hosting servers without any additional cost.

      Regarding WordPress themes, you have done the same mistake as as other new website owner – premium themes do not always mean that they are ‘the best’. There are many other free themes available out there which perform even better than the premium/paid themes. But if you would still insist on going for premium WordPress themes, I would suggest you to go for Elegant Themes or StudioPress Genesis Framework.

      Coming back to web hosting, Bluehost is not bad at all for the price you pay for their web hosting services. They charge way lesser than many web hosting providers out there. Either you can upgrade to their premium plans or totally move out to a premium web host like Flywheel or Dreamhost. Now, that’s your choice. And yes, is always better for blogging but it isn’t enough if you need more control over your content and customization of your blog. Oh by the way, you can transfer your subscribers to your self-hosted blog using the Jetpack plugin for WordPress. Here’s a tutorial for that.

      Hope I have answered most of your questions. If you’ve got any other doubts or queries, feel free to reply to this comment or you can contact me using the contact form on my website.

    1. Hey Angel Lou, thank you for nominating me for the blogger award. It shows how much you value my content and I’m grateful for that. But unfortunately I’m not into these blogger awards stuff, sorry for that.

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