Chapter 2

How to Start a Blog – 2016’s Free Guide [with Pictures]

In this section, I’m going to show you how to setup your blog:

  • How to get a domain name
  • How to sign up for the best hosting plan (with our discount)
  • How to install WordPress in just one click

1,000s of people have used this guide to start a blog, and you can too.

P.S. If you get stuck anywhere, send me an email and I’ll help get you up and going.

Important: InMotionHosting changes their signup process slightly, but the steps are always the same.


Step 1: Click here to visit InMotionHosting in a new window, then click “ORDER NOW”

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Visit the InMotionHosting signup page:

https://wisestartupblog.com/go/InMotionHosting

Once on this page, click on “Order Now” and proceed with filling out your contact information.

Remember: I’ve negotiated a special deal to get your blog setup for just $4.19, so make sure to use my link when signing up.

Step 2: Select Your Pricing Plan

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To get the best deal, select the 24 month hosting plan.

Once you’ve made your selection, click on “Continue“.

Step 3: Choose Your Domain Name

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Already have a domain name?

Enter it into the box, and you can move to the next step (WebHostingHub will help transfer your domain name over for free!).

Need a new domain name?

Enter in the name of your website, WebHostingHub is going to help you purchase the domain name along with helping you host it online for everyone to view it. In step 1, I covered ideas for thinking of your domain name.

In my case, I selected “AwesomeDomain15.com” to show you when I purchased my domain.

If your domain name is taken, you will be given a list of suggestions and alternate endings.

Step 4: Upgrade to the Power Plan

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This is recommend if you plan on launching 6 or more different blogs.

If you just want your 1 blog, then you just need to hit “Continue” to skip this step.

Important: WebHostingHub offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose by signing up.

Step 5: (Last Step) Enter Your Billing Information

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Select “No Thanks” for Domain Privacy unless you want to protect your private information

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Install BoldGrid, powered by WordPress. BoldGrid makes it easy to customize your WordPress website

Okay, these next steps are really important, here’s what you want to select:

  • For Domain Privacy, if you want to keep your private information hidden, select this option. Otherwise you can select “No Thanks”
  • For Content Management System, click “Install WordPress”. This will automatically install your blog for you

Once you’ve made these selections, enter your billing information and click “Purchase Account”.

Remember: You can cancel within 90 Days if you are not happy with your blog. InMotionHosting makes it super easy to cancel.

Bonus Offer: When you register your blog, you’re going to get $450 in marketing credits which can be used to drive traffic to your site.

So your hosting plan will pay for itself for the first 4 years.

I recommend a couple of their Website Essentials to go along with your basic hosting plan.

Next Section: Setting Up WordPress on InMotionHosting


Step 5: Check Your Inbox & Setup Login Info

Now that you’ve completed your order on InMotionHosting, they are going to send you a confirmation email.

Look for the subject line: Your InMotionHosting Order Confirmation & Login Info.

This email contains your username and password for InMotionHosting as well as a link to your cPanel.

If you can’t find a link to your cPanel, you can easily access it by going to your site name and adding /cPanel to the end. So, for example, if your site is www.twitterverse.com, your cPanel can be found at www.twitterverse.com/cpanel.

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The login details for your cPanel will be the same as they are to log into InMotionHosting.

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Once inside cPanel, you will see lots of small icons to choose from.

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Under the Services/Software tab, you should see Softaculous. Click that and it will bring you to the WordPress installer.

Click Install and you will begin your WordPress installation.

At this point, you will be asked to include all necessary information for your blog. Just to help you along, “Protocol” can be left as HTTP and the domain should default to your only domain on the hosting account.

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Site Settings is where you will really need to start filling out important information.

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Your blog name and description can be changed at any time, but you still want to name them something catchy and interesting.

Once that is taken care of, you have to create a WordPress username and password. This is how you will log in to your blog on a daily basis, so make sure it’s something that you remember. You will also be asked to enter an email address. This is how you are going to receive notifications, so it needs to be an email that you check frequently.

Finally, all that’s left to do is choose the installation language of your choice and click Install.

 

Step 6: Enter Your Login Credentials

Once your installation is finished, you’re going to want to log in to your WordPress account to get posting.

To get to your WordPress account, all you have to do is go to your WP url and add /wp-admin/ to the end of it.

For instance, to reach my dashboard I visit: http://wisestartupblog.com/wp-admin/

Yours would be: yourdomain.com/wp-admin/

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This will take you to the login page, which then requires that you enter the WordPress username and password you just created.

Once you are logged in, you can get to posting!