how to start a wordpress blog step by step guide(2019)
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how to start a wordpress blog step by step guide(2019)


in this video I’m going to show you how to install wordpress on bluehost blues’ is a popular choice it’s widely recommended and it’s even one of the top recommended hosting companies on wordpress.org so it’s a solid choice for your hosting Bluehost is also a great choice for beginners because they offer lots of additional support options to help you get started what’s awesome about this video is that I’m gonna show you how to get a free Bluehost SSL certificate for WordPress and a free domain name you also find this method of installing WordPress is much faster and easier to manage than the standard Bluehost hosting plans after we install WordPress I’ll show you how to configure and set up WordPress so your website can be off to an excellent start it’s really important to make sure that you have WordPress configured properly before you start building your website i’m tim from realwebsitehints.com and it’s my mission to help you find the best and easiest ways of building websites I provide free tutorials and reviews to help you get started making your own website to get started with this tutorial on how to install wordpress on bluehost you’re gonna want to use the link below this video it’s a little bit confusing on the Bluehost web site which is the best service to sign up for so using the link below will ensure that you sign up for their WordPress hosting plan and that you get the free SSL certificate as well as the easiest way to install WordPress that blue house has to offer using the link below also we’ll make sure that you’re able to follow along with this video because the other hosting plans that Bluehost offers are have a more complicated setup process for WordPress the link below is an affiliate link and will cost you nothing extra and actually if there’s any discounts that I can include I’ll include them with the link this link also provides me with a little bit of a commission that helps me to make free tutorials like this one as well as the free how to build a website complete course that I offer on YouTube and on my website and if you’re interested in that I’ll link to that at the end of this video and in the description below so let’s dive in and learn how to install wordpress on bluehost ok so after you’ve clicked on that link below the video I’m gonna be taken to this page right here and this page here is a special page just for WordPress users you can see here says special offer for WordPress users and you definitely get some benefits by clicking on that link again to get a free domain name free SSL certificate which is something you absolutely need now on Google has basically said that they’re gonna be adjusting how they look at websites and especially if I like the Chrome browser is gonna start giving warnings if you don’t have an SSL certificate so usually that’s something you have to pay for but here blue is giving it to you for free if you use that link down below and then we’re also gonna be able to install WordPress really easily let’s go ahead and get started and so to get started you just click on the get started now right here and then you’re gonna choose a plan so if you’re building one website you know just going for the 395 a month plan it’s probably the best thing to do if you’re gonna be building you know multiple smaller websites or multiple websites you know you might want to step up to the plus it didn’t lead you think that with the plus and the premiere getting like the spam experts and the domain privacy is something I’m kind of a big fan of what happens when you register domain name is that there’s a public record of who registered that domain name so it’s gonna have your name your address your phone number I believe and your email address you might think yourself you don’t really care who knows that you own this website but I’ll tell you what the problem is if you don’t have domain privacy and it’s something that happened when I was doing another one of these videos showing you guys how to set up WordPress is that I didn’t get domain privacy and within a matter of like almost no time at all it seemed like I was getting junk mail in my mailbox I was getting email spam that’s getting phone calls about you know just chunk phone calls or robo phone calls and so for me paying a little bit extra to get the domain privacy is definitely worth it yeah so I’m definitely gonna go with the domain privacy and I think the spam experts is something that’s worth having just security of a website but definitely there’s no problem at all if you just select the basic plan so those are the things to keep in mind since I’m just showing you guys how to do this I’m not actually gonna be using this account probably I’m just gonna go ahead and sign up for the base basic account here but you might want to consider those other two things so I’m gonna go ahead and get a do new domain now it is free with Bluehost with that link so it’s definitely worth doing and it’s pretty easy to get a new domain name so okay so this is a domain name I’m gonna sign up for here and then just click on next okay and then all we need to do is just create your account so you can if Oh name address you know searches all the usual stuff the package information that you want and then down here you get some options here domain privacy protection for nine ninety cents a month I’m definitely even though just showing you guys how to do that I’m definitely gonna click on that because I don’t don’t want to have any issues with that it’s always a good idea to have a great backup of your website so it’s something probably worth doing especially as you’re building your website you know you might need to go back and change some things or undo some things something worth having there are other ways of getting site backup for example if you get the pro version of jetpack you can get a site backup and I think that’s actually maybe a little bit cheaper we’re having it through your hosting company oftentimes just sort of eliminates any confusion so I think if you want these two things here you should probably actually just sign up for that premier account there so I’m gonna uncheck this because I don’t need that right now for this website I’m definitely going to do the Des Moines Privacy Protection and I’m not gonna need the site backup probe because I’m not really building a website on this I’m just showing you guys how to sign up and set up your account but something you might want to consider getting and then one other thing to note here on when you’re signing up for hosting with Bluehost is that to get the maximum deal the best deal you can get you do need to sign up for three years of hosting I mean it is one of the better deals and if you’re committed to making a great website take you some time to get sort of the ball rolling and get things going so definitely it’s sort of locking in a low price is a good idea but if you want to sign up for a smaller amount of time you can do that it’s gonna cost you a little bit more but I think the overall the cost will be less so that’s something to keep in mind yeah so just go ahead and fill out your information below and then we’ll go on to the next step okay so then after you’ve signed up for your account um you’ll be taking this place here got the option of signing up through some WordPress help some other things I don’t think you’re really gonna need those it’s always something you can add later on just click on no thanks okay and the next thing you need to do is you need to create a password for the new account that you created definitely recommend using some sort of password management system I personally use LastPass I don’t think it matters too much which one you use I like LastPass but there’s other ones like one password when you’re building your website you’re gonna be making a lot of different new accounts and part of the thing is for your security for your website security you be using a different password for every website that way if the website gets hacked and it happens unfortunately all the time that these big companies their websites get hacked they’re not gonna have access to all of your accounts they’re just gonna have access to that one account you definitely wanna make sure you create a secure password it’s gonna do that right now and you can use LastPass to generate a password for me I’m gonna click on agree to that and then just gonna go ahead and click on login okay so now here Bluest is giving you some options for themes that you can pick I’ve got sort of a very specific theme that I like to use for word president I just think that it makes it easier to build your website it’s really flexible a lot of themes that are out there you know they look great in these demos like this but when it comes down to actually changing and modifying things even like some of the most basic things like colors can be a headache to change layouts and things like that so my recommendation right now is the Divi theme if you want to find out about Divi theme have actually got a full tutorial I’ll show you how to set up the Divi theme and build a website with it I just think it’s easier because it’s so flexible it’s easy to use it’s responsive and it just does a lot of great things so I would personally just skip all of these and you know check out my course or you know just check out the Divi theme we’ve got a review of it a link to the review top of the screen and I’ll link the review in the description below and at the end of this video and I’ve also got a free course where I’ll show you guys exactly how to build a website and set it up and I’m constantly making new tutorials I’ll show you guys how to make different kinds of pages with the Divi theme so definitely think that’s worth checking out so go ahead and skip this step and what I love about using that link that I provided below is that it just starts installing WordPress you don’t have to go to the cPanel you don’t have to mess up with a lot of the sort of things that really make hosting complicated is it just does it for you on Bluehost have made this like a really streamlined process where people want to use WordPress and it it saves you time it saves you headaches it saves you like being really confused by the back end of what most hosting companies offer or the cPanel or even like the standard Bluehost set up so definitely using the sling gonna save you some time and make a lot easier now as you see up here it says for your information we’re provisioning your WordPress installation on a temporary domain we’ll set up your website wordpress web site to whatever the domain name that you created was automatically as soon as it’s ready but what they’re gonna do right now is I’m going to make a temporary place where you can start working on your website and so we’re gonna go ahead and we’re going to do that right now and I’m gonna show you guys how to set up and configure WordPress so but to actually start working on your website with your domain you might need to wait some time some some amount of time it’s hard to say exactly how much there’s lots of variables in that what happens if you register a new domain is that it needs to propagate across the internet and get connected with all the domain name servers before we can start using it so what Bluehost has done here is our long you start working on your website until that domain gets ready and then with that domain gets ready you can start using your website with your domain name but that we’re gonna use this temporary domain name that Bluehost has provided us to start building our website with so that we’ve installed wordpress on bluehost the next thing that we’re gonna do is we’re gonna set up WordPress and now they’ve got this sort of wizard that you can use to help you configure WordPress and get started I’m just gonna skip it cuz I’m gonna show you guys exactly what you need to do is just click on I don’t need help and these are some sort of Bluehost specific items um something you can use if you want I don’t personally use this I just got at my own method to do but we’re gonna go down the list here I’m gonna show you guys some things one thing is jetpack uh-hum it’s something I actually only started using recently I just sort of you know I like to keep my websites as simple as possible and not have too much extra stuff on my website but it’s definitely something I recommend that you use and just a free version what it does is it gives you easy to read site statistics which is a great thing because just knowing you know where people are coming on your website what pages are looking at and jetpack makes it really easy to do that you can also use Google Analytics and there’s a bunch of other services but I find them to be a little bit confusing and complicated and it’s not something you need right when you get started so jetpack the free version definitely worth doing you can create an account for free and then under posts there’s always a default post and I like to keep my websites as clean as possible as I’ve said so just go ahead and trash that the default post is definitely a place where spam is gonna start showing up so when we get rid of that ok so then from the posts we’re gonna go over here to the pages and there’s some really important stuff coming up I’m just sort of getting the basic stuff out of the way so we’re gonna trash the sample page because we don’t need that I’m gonna make our own pages comments usually there’d be a comment in the hair but because it would be under the post but since we trash the post it also trashed comments and then the next thing here is under settings so settings we want to create a site title you don’t want your site to be called welcome he wanted to be called whatever the name is of your website or whatever the main you know whatever your business name is call this real website templates and then a tagline for your website so it’s a little bit more of a description about what your website might be about okay and then here we’ve got the you WordPress URL and WordPress idea just don’t do not mess with those once your domain name gets set up it should automatically change this over if you mess with this it can break your website and if for some reason after your domain name is live and active and again that might take up to 24 hours if it doesn’t change here you might need to call Lulla support but I’m pretty sure that they’re gonna make this automatically change for you so just don’t worry about that leave that alone don’t touch it because it’s gonna mess up your website here for the email address you’re gonna want to add an email address that you have access to so since you probably haven’t set up email for your domain name just make it and you know your default email address that you actually get mailed to now and this is gonna give you information about new comments on your website and anything else that your website needs to communicate with you it’s gonna be through this email address it’s really important that you have access to that email address now and the rest of these settings are fine the one thing you might want to change here is the date format depending on where you are you might be used to a different type of format and then of course the time format which day the week starts on I like it to start on Sunday and then up here we’ve got the time zone so we’ll just sort of wherever you are if you scroll up farther on this you can start getting to you know see cities it’s going to scroll up here normally in the los angeles area right now on the East Coast so I’m gonna set it to the New York Times own and then really important whenever you make changes in WordPress you want to scroll all the way down to the bottom and you want to click on Save Changes okay then I’m gonna go into writing here if you want to hit create later on and you’ll be creating post categories so if you want to change what the default category is instead of uncharacterized it’s got whatever the default subject is for your site you can change that here nothing else we need to worry about here and then under reading nothing you really need to change here one thing you want to make sure is that we’ve got this box here which is discouraged search engines from indexing the site right now the default position is where you want it which is unchecked so what this gonna do is it’s gonna sort of if you check this box it’s gonna discourage search engines from indexing your site so if you don’t want your site to be found it’s gonna help that basically there’s no way to stop search engines from indexing your site but if you click that box it will ask them not to and they probably will anyways but it asks them not to but basically if you want to make sure your website is being found you want to make sure that’s unchecked so that’s really important by default it is but just something to double check and then the last thing and they’re really probably the most important setting here is the permalinks the default is sort of this date name and then post name but really what you want to have is is have it set to post name here so we can click on post name and what that’s gonna do is give what they call a pretty link once your domain name is all set up is gonna have your URL here and then just slash the name of your post and that’s gonna make it easier for search engines to understand what your pages and posts are about and it’s gonna make it easier for you to share your content because our going to be able to have an easier to read link to the different pages on your website so definitely click on that don’t forget to click Save Changes and now let’s go ahead and look at the plugins and I like to just get rid of any extra plugins that I don’t think that we’re gonna need just click on plugins and then scroll down here so the AK is most definitely something I recommend having you can get your API key for that believe it’s the same API key as you use for jetpack if you sign up for that but I’m not sure on that and that’s something that you do need to step up to the next level of the pack service to get so I’d leave that alone hello dolly thing it doesn’t really do anything so just go ahead and delete that it’s a jetpack definitely something I would leave on there and use Mojo marketplace is not something I use because I’ve got my own recommendations for themes and plugins for your website so if you want to you can leave it on there if you think you’re interested in the themes and plugins that they might offer I don’t use it so I’m going to get rid of it so to do that you just click on deactivate and then it deactivates the theme and then you’ve got the option to delete it if you use optinmonster you can leave this on there I don’t use it so I’m just going to deactivate it and delete it and the WP forms light is something you might want to use it sort of makes it easier to make contact forms for your website the Divi theme that I recommend actually has its own contact form builder built into it so I like to use that someone else so deactivate this but it’s something that you might be interested in if you’re using a different theme okay there we go so now I’ve showed you how to install wordpress on bluehost I’ve showed you how to set up and configure WordPress we’ve got everything ready to start building our site so if you want to continue along with me and you want to see how to install a wordpress theme and a theme that I really like which is the Divi theme and see how to like start building your website with WordPress and the Divi theme check out the link at the end of this video and I’ll link to you my free tutorial series that will show you how to do that and if you want to find out more about building your website and we’re find more free tutorials be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel and visit me at real website hints.com thanks for watching [Music]

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