Choosing the Right Domain Name & Hosting
The next step is to actually set up hosting and then install WordPress.
I realize this isn’t a “sexy” step that gets you excited… but see how much you like spending months working on a free blogger or wordpress.com blog only to wake up one morning to it not existing anymore. Free blogs get erased all the time for one reason or another.
Having your own hosted blog gives you so much more control and versatility, and it can’t vanish unexpectedly.
I’ve only ever used Bluehost for my sites, and what I know for sure is that I’ve never had any problems with any of my sites. They have 1-click WordPress installation, and everything I’ve needed to do has been easy to figure out. Whenever I’ve had a question or an issue I just email support and I always hear back quickly.
When I was looking into hosting my first time, I spent weeks researching all the different web hosts out there, and Bluehost was most consistently ranked number one from everything I could find… so I went with them, and I’ve never used anything else.
Also, when you sign up, your first domain is free.
Click here to open Bluehost in a new window so that you can follow along.
Once you’re on the Bluehost site, click on the “sign up now” button in the middle of the page. Then you’ll this screen.
I’ve always just registered my domains through Bluehost because it’s easier, and for dot com’s it’s a dollar less than GoDaddy. To choose your domain name, you simply pick the best of your money keywords that you’ve found. If it’s available, go for the complete phrase with no hyphens such as: www.organicdogtreatrecipes.com.
If .com isn’t available, .net or .org is just as good, but don’t choose any besides those three, because they’ll be harder to rank for. If those three aren’t available, then try your domain with hyphens in between each word, such as: www.organic-dog-treat-recipes.com. If none of those are available, then try your second best keyword phrase, and so on. Once you’ve got your domain, you just go through the checkout process.
Now, I’m just assuming that you’ll want to use WordPress. That’s all I ever use now, and it is the perfect fit for this type of site.
If you haven’t yet, go to Bluehost and setup your hosting account.
How to Install WordPress Inside of Bluehost
Now that you have your hosting account, it’s time to install WordPress. When you first login to Bluehost, scroll down until you see this:
Just click on the WordPress icon. Then you’ll see this:
When you click install, you’ll see this screen:
You’ll choose your new domain from the dropdown menu, and then you’ll go down, check the terms and conditions box, and then click on ‘Complete’.
When you do that, it installs WordPress, and then instantly gives you your login information, and a link to click to go to your new WordPress site.
The next training will show you how to choose a theme for your blog to customize its look. I have one that’s completely free that I use on a lot of my blogs, and then a premium theme that I use for certain types of blogs.
The appearance of your site is extremely important. If it looks crappy, people instantly exit… they don’t even give your content a chance.
This step is crucial, for reasons I’ll explain in the next training…