Before we go into the article, I would like to give you a glance at both the Blogging ecosystem and the BlueHost service.
A brief introduction to these two things would make you understand better about creating a blog from scratch with BlueHost.
What is a Blog?
A blog is nothing but a discussion or a collection of information site which you can publish on the Web. This thing could be mostly presented in an informal manner. Blogging is an act of creating blogs to share information in one’s mind to the world through the internet.
An important and interesting fact about blogging is you can enjoy doing work that you like more, and you can earn too. This profession doesn’t need specific timings, and you can work according to your will.
Usually, a blog can be owned by an individual or even a group or a company. You can share anything that is informative. You can add things to images, videos, animations, and articles on your blog.
A person who creates or writes content for a blog is known as a blogger. Blogs contain features like comments and links. These things may increase the user interactivity with the individuals.
Things to Know Before Starting a Blog
Earning while sitting within the comforts of your home simply by using a laptop and an internet connection; seems wonderful, doesn’t it?Everyone who plans on starting a blog works with the motive of earning a passive income; and why not?
As Warren Buffett puts it, “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”In today’s information age, creating engaging content and using it to reach a huge audience has become easier than ever before.
There are some challenges that every blogger faces on the journey towards establishing a successful blog. Blogging is an ongoing process where the more you progress, the more you learn.
If you’re planning to start a blog, here are some important points that you need to consider:
Your Target Audience
Before you start blogging, it is crucial to ask yourself who is it targeted at. Most people end up writing about topics that they consider useful and exciting. Though it is vital to write about the topics that appeal to you but writing about the interests and expectations of your target audience is primary. People visit your blog in search of a solution to their problems. Identifying your target audience and providing a solution to their problems is the key to a successful and sustainable blog.
Make it Engaging and Unforgettable
One of the most important factors determining the audience retention on your blog is the level of value they derive from your blog. Your audience will only visit the blog again if the solution you’re offering to their problems is valuable to them.
For instance, if you’re a travel blogger and you just keep bombarding your audience with promotional content, they may ultimately lose interest.
On the other hand, if you share your experiences and informative facts about different places, your audience may find it useful and keep coming back for more. Your blog should offer a combination of informative and engaging content that makes people want to visit it again.
Visual content is a vital aspect of modern blogging. From informative graphs to visually appealing statistics, images help you in providing a lot of information without saying much.
Along with adding up to the readability of your blog, inserting relevant images also contributes to the SEO of your blog with the help of ALT tags and image titles.
A mistake that most bloggers make is expecting quick returns. A new blog takes time to become popular among the intended target audience, and social media makes the process easier.
There are various social media handles that you can use to market your blog depending on your blog’s niche and target audience. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. can be huge traffic drivers to your blog.
Plan the Financial Aspects
It is completely okay to spend money before you start making money online. Initially, when you start blogging, aspects such as content, promotion, development, etc. will cost you money.
It is essential therefore to plan these financial aspects properly before starting your blog. Make a spreadsheet and write down every little expense to be incurred, in that spreadsheet. This will give you a clear idea about the investment needed and will help you in creating a timeframe to start receiving returns.
Sourcing Your Content
The content on your blog is the most important part of the whole process and will go a long way in determining the success of your blog. Decide in advance how and from where you will source the content of your blog. Initially, you can write it yourself, but eventually, you will need a team of content writers to keep the regular flow of content going.
Well, let us put it simply! Deciding everything in advance helps you to progress smoothly on the road to your blog’s success. You may face some obstacles while starting off with your blog, but if you keep these core issues in mind, the road ahead will be smooth indeed!
We have created some articles related to blogging; I’m sure those articles will help you to grow your blog.
Now let’s check how to create a blog with BlueHost
What is BlueHost?
BlueHost is one of the oldest and recommended the web hosting companies, often touted as a leader in web solutions among other service providers. BlueHost is found to be the largest web host which hosts around 1.9+ million domains along with its sister companies like HostMonster, FastDomain, and iPage.
This hosting service is one of the favorite services, which is rated high by its users. People using BlueHost says that the servers of BlueHost never get crashed, and they are found to be very much consistent in performance.
After reading these two introductory parts, you might have got a basic knowledge about them. Now, I’m going to explain you about the process of creating or starting a blog from scratch with BlueHost.
Another important thing in making a blog is WordPress. WordPress is a CMS which you can use for optimizing the look and functionality of your blog. It is known that the combination of WordPress and BlueHost is found to be more powerful and professional too.
So, this article would show you the clear-cut steps to start a blog from scratch with BlueHost like registering the domain name, hosting, installing WordPress, and finally creating and optimization of your blog using Plugins & other settings.
Now, let us discuss the detailed steps which are involved in creating a blog from the start using the BlueHost service. Follow these steps properly, and you will have a functional blog with BlueHost in a short span of time.
A Detailed Step-By-Step Process to Create a New Blog With BlueHost
Registering the Domain Name and Hosting
A domain name is your online identity; a string of letters which could be used to define a dimension of authority or control within the web. It is a part of the link address which belongs to a particular domain.
In simple words, the domain name could be anything that is assigned by the admin of a particular domain according to its functionality, or even much more categories.
It is used to identify the Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses. Domain names are utilized in the URLs for opening certain web page or site. These domain names are formed using a set of rules and procedure of DNS which is abbreviated as Domain Name System.
So, if you register any name in the DNS, then it is considered to be a Domain name. Now, let us look on to the procedure for registering the domain name of your blog.
Step 1: Get Free Domain Name from Bluehost
For registering a domain name for your blog, you have to open the official site of BlueHost. For that, just enter the link www.bluehost.com in the address field of your browser. The URL will open up the homepage of the BlueHost, and it would look as if shown in the image.
This page would show you the latest offers for the web hosting service provided by BlueHost.
The features of BlueHost include Free domain, free site builders, one-click WordPress install, and very importantly 24/7 support from executives. BlueHost’s customer support is an important benefit of using it. They will provide you the support and service efficiently and that too in a very short period from the moment you request any.
You could see a green colored button mentioning “get started now” which you can find on its list of features. Just click on the visual button to get into the process of registering domain and more.
The above image is how it would look when you click on “get started now” visual button. This page exhibits the packages that it contains. You can explore the features and benefits of each package. It mainly contains three different packages namely Basic, Plus, and Pro.
For the freebies, you need to buy the yearly package at once.
BlueHost packages like Plus and Pro could be very useful for well experienced and professionals. If you are a beginner, then try using the Basic pack which could give you the idea of how to use the Plus and Pro packs in future. The Basic pack is also not less, and it has all the essential things for starting a blog.
Here, in the process, we are going to click on the basic package for this tutorial. For this, you could see a “Select” option at the bottom of the package list. You have to just click on that button to choose the desired package.
You can choose any of these three packages according to your need and budget.
Once you click on the SELECT button of your desired package, you will get this page as is shown in the above image. This page prompts you to Sign up. It has two things being exhibited.
One thing is “New Domain” and the second is “I have a domain name.” In these two fields, you have to enter your desired domain name in the “new domain” option and click on the “next” option.
After you tap on the next, you will get a page to “create your account.” An important thing which you have to make sure is the notification by BlueHost. If the Domain name which you have entered in the previous step is unavailable, then it would notify you the existence and prompt you to try another name.
If the domain which you entered is available for use, then on this page you can see a message “Congratulations! The domain you have requested ‘xxx xxx xxx’ is available” thus, you can step forward to the next step.
The next thing is the account information. You have to enter your details like your First & last name, business name, country, address, phone number, and more.
Pro Tip: Search and finalize the domain name in advance to simplify the registration process.
After entering your details, you could see the “package information” consequently on the same page. You have to select the account plan, i.e., whether Basic, Plus or Pro. We are selecting the Basic package plan.
After you choose your desired plan, you have to uncheck the other checked box which you could find the account plan option.
Sequentially, after finishing the package information section, you could go on to the payment information. It would contain fields for entering the credit card number and more. You have to enter your card details in the recommended fields for the payment.
After entering all these details, just scroll down.
Sequentially, after finishing the package information section, you could go on to the payment information. It would contain fields for entering the credit card number and more. You have to enter your card details in the recommended fields for the payment.
After entering all these details, just scroll down.
Once you scroll down, you could find an agreement confirmation check box regarding the privacy and policy of BlueHost. You can go through the statement by clicking the link which provided and just check the box provided for the confirmation.
Once click on the checkbox, the next thing which you have to do is clicking on the SUBMIT button which you can find at the bottom of the page.
Once you click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page, it will open up a page saying ‘Congratulations,’ and it would exhibit some more offers for you. You can make use of it else just click on the “no thanks” option which you can find at the right bottom of the page.
At the moment you click “no thanks” option, it will open up a page showing the message “Welcome to Bluehost,” and it also notifies you that your purchase was successful and will send you a confirmation mail to the email ID which you have given during the process of registration.
In this page, you can also see an option for choosing a password for your account. This process has to be done before you login to your account. You could see a visual button mentioning “Create your password.” Just click on that button.
You can also preview your account details by scrolling down on this page.
After clicking on the “Create your password” button, it will open up a page as is shown in the above image. This process has two fields such as new password and retypes new password. Below that, you have two hyperlinks mentioning display character and suggest password.
Display character can be used to show the password which type while suggest password will help you by providing a password by default. You can use this option, or you can type your own thing and click on the NEXT button.
Note down the password or use software like LastPass to save all your passwords, not only this, securely. It’s free of cost.
Once you click on the NEXT, it will take a little time to accomplish the process. After that, it will show you a page as is shown in the image. This page will show you that you have created a new password successfully.
Below that, you could see a virtual button named “Log in.” The next thing in progress is you have to click on that button.
The image shown above is how it would look when you click on the Log in button. This screen is the dashboard of BlueHost which you could after you login to your account.
In the dashboard screen of BlueHost, you have to navigate downwards by scrolling the screen. While you scroll down, you could see a tab named “Website.” You could see many option icons like website manager, install WordPress, WordPress Themes, Use Weebly, and much more.
Just Click on the “Install WordPress” icon for initiating the process. Before installing WordPress make sure you wait a while after the hosting process initiation as it may take a while to render.
Once you click on the “Install WordPress” option, it will open up the screen like the one shown above. It may show a message if you immediately install WordPress after the process of hosting. If you get any message, you can try to login by clicking on the link “Click Here “provided below the message.
This thing will initiate the login Process, or just go back to the dashboard and click “Install WordPress” once again.
This procedure will open up the WordPress installing page. You could see options such as Install and Import. You can also see the package plans for WordPress. It contains plans such as WordPress All-in-one, WordPress Pro, and WordPress Starter.
You can select according to your need or just click on the INSTALL button as if shown in the image.
Once you click the install option for installing WordPress, a few seconds later it will open up the screen as if shown in the image. In this page, you could see a field which would show your domain name which you have entered before.
Below this field, you could see a virtual button named “Check Domain.” Just click on that button.
Once you just click on that button, it will start loading for verifying your domain. This verification is the second stage as is the one which we did before during the process of registering the domain name.
This process of loading may take a while as it would check little deep for checking the availability of the domain of yours.
After the loading ends, you will get this screen which resembles like the one which is shown in the image above. You have to check the box with the message “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2” and Click on the button INSTALL NOW.
Once click on the INSTALL NOW button, the installation process of WordPress will get started. The page with the progress of installation will also get opened. This stuff may take a little bit time for completion.
The installation progress can be monitored through the progress bar at the top right of the screen. This bar gets filled with green loading stuff by the progress of the WordPress installation. You have to wait until it gets fulfilled.
Once the installation process gets over, you will get a message that “Your install is complete.” This thing notifies the completion of the installation process. This message would also have a virtual button mentioning “View Credentials.” Just click on that button for the further processes.
Once click on the VIEW CREDENTIALS option, it will open up a page. You have to scroll down to the page for checking the Notification Center. It would notify that your WordPress process is finished.
To the right of the alert message, you could see an action mentioning VIEW. Click on the VIEW link for the further process.
The VIEW option which you clicked before will take you to the page as if shown in the image. This page will show you the Installation credentials. Below that, you will get the details regarding the information related to login.
It exhibits the details to you like URL, Admin URL, Username, and the Password for accessing the site. Make a note of the details for easy access.
Building your Blog
For customizing your blog, you have to make use of the Admin URL which they had given before. You have to click on the link or enter the link in the address bar of your browser. This link will open the page as is shown in the image.
It prompts you to enter the Username or Email and the password for logging into the admin panel of your site. After entering the details, click on the Log In button given below the page.
Once you login to your account of WordPress, it will open the page as is shown in the above image. This screen is nothing but the Dashboard of WordPress which has various functionalities and features. You are going to use this page for various operations like optimization, posts and much more.
To make your blog look good and professional, WordPress provides you various themes for setting it to your blog. There are a vast amount of themes that are available on the web which can be used to customize the look of your blog.
You might think on the factor about choosing a right theme for the best exposure. Before you choose a specific theme, you have to look on to the factors like the category of the blog, budget and much more. Among these, the category to which your blog is going to function is very much vital in choosing an apt theme.
The categories may be like Magazine, food blog, Designer Blog, Video Blog and much more. One has to choose according to their need. According to the category, each theme would have distinct functionalities. For example, if you are going to choose a Food blog theme, its functionality would be surrounded in the regards of food and recipes.
Apart from them, there is number of common themes too which you can use it for multipurpose uses. Some of the themes are also available for free on the web. So if you are a beginner, try some of the free themes and make little experience before you go on to the pro versions.
In this step, we are going to guide you through the process of setting a theme for your WordPress Site. For this, in the Admin Dashboard, you can see an option called APPEARANCE. Once you click on this tab, it will show you the drop down options like Themes, Customize, widgets, and much more.
Just click on the THEMES option.
Once you select the THEMES option, it will open up the page as if shown in the above image. It would show you some of the default themes. You can search more themes from Premium themes, WordPress.org themes, or even the third party themes.
Themeforest.net site is one of the best places for getting various amounts of themes with distinct categories. You can make use of it for simplifying your search.
Here in this article, we are going to use the free version of a theme Called Astrid. It is quite simple and found to be very simple and could be easily installed and customized. It is a general purpose theme, and it is mostly used for Business sites.
It contains various features like color options, custom widgets, blog options, full-width header image, and more options. You can download this theme from the link WordPress theme directory, or you can try any of the themes that best suits your dream.
After you download the theme file of the desired one, just place it in the location which can be easily retrieved for the later use. Once you all set the theme file, go on to the Admin panel, and open the themes page. In this page, you can see a virtual button “UPLOAD” on the top of the screen. Just navigate to it and click on that button.
Once click on the upload button, it will show you the page which I have mentioned in the image. You could see the topic as “Add Themes” on this page. This page will also have various themes that are available on the web. As we have downloaded separately, we need to click on the UPLOAD button once again, which you can see at the same spot as if before.
After you click on the UPLOAD button, it will show things as the image shows. The theme file will be in the ZIP format. You can upload only that thing in this place. Click on the Choose File option which you see on the screen and select the theme file from the file location at which it is currently saved and click open in the dialog box.
Once the file is uploaded, it will show you the file name with the ZIP extension. This thing indicates that the file is properly uploaded to the WordPress. After that, you have to click on the button INSTALL NOW for installing the theme to your WordPress Site.
The installation process would take a little time to get completed. It would show you the process of installing the theme on your WordPress site in step by step manner like unpacking the Package, Installing the theme, and finally, Theme installed successfully.
The last message shows that your theme has been installed on your site. After you see this final message, you can use options like Live Preview, Activate, and return to themes page. Live preview option can be used for previewing the themes look before you activate it.
If you are satisfied with the theme preview, just click on the ACTIVATE option which is next to it.
The moment you click ACTIVATE, it will open up the Themes page. In this page, you can see the theme which you have currently installed and activated. You could find the status as “Active: XYZ” under the currently active theme.
On the same, you can also see a button named as “Customize.” Just click on that button for customizing the theme.
Once you select the Customize option, it will open up the page as if shown in the image above. This page is the theme panel dashboard which you can use for optimizing your theme consequently your blog.
It has many customization options like Site branding, Header area, blog options, fonts, colors, menu, and more things.
Go to Site Branding option in the theme panel dashboard for customizing the Site branding objects. In that, you can see options like Site Title, and Tagline. You can enter your preferable Site title and taglines to show to the visitors.
Above that, you could also see a tab for Logo. You can upload your logo to the site using this option.
For uploading a logo, you need to click on the virtual button named as SELECT LOGO. This option could be utilized only if you have a logo readily. Once you click on this button, it will open up library page where it would have some of the logos if you already uploaded before.
If you are going to do it freshly, you can choose the file (generally image file) from the stored location. For making your unique logo, you could design by your own, or there are many sites for instantly making logos according to your wish. One of the best free logo designing sites is Squarespace.
You can use this site for creating your unique designed logo.
Once the logo image is uploaded to the library, you can choose it and click the SELECT button which you can find at the right bottom of the screen. Once you click on the select button, it will open the logo image and prompt you to crop the image accordingly.
You can use your mouse for cropping the image. After cropping the image, you have to click on the CROP IMAGE button at the right bottom of the screen.
Once you click on the CROP IMAGE button, you can see your Logo on the homepage of your blog. The above image illustrates the Logo of the blog at the top center of the Page. This is how it would exhibit after you crop the image of your logo.
After previewing your logo display, you can save your work by clicking on the “Save & Publish” button on the Top left of the screen. This button will save your logo and also publish it on the blog.
The previous steps regarding the themes and logos are a mere part of customizing the look of your blog. It has much more stuffs to work on optimizing the look of your blog. Many themes contain a lot of attractive look features like unlimited color options, background image, widget areas, video backgrounds and much more thing.
For the advanced customization settings, you have to try for the premium versions which have a lot of stuff that is required for both the look and the functionalities.
Let us go on to the next important option of customizing your blog. Yes! I’m mentioning about the Pages option. This tab is an important thing which you need to utilize to showcase certain things on different pages. This option can be used for viewing all pages on your blog, or even you can add more pages to your blog. Now, I’m going guide you in adding pages to your blog site.
For this, you have to navigate to the Pages option which you can find it on the left side of your page. After reaching that, click on the PAGES tab which will show out a drop down options which include “All Pages” and “Add new.”
When you click on the ADD NEW option, it will show you the page as if shown in the above image. You can add a title in the first field, and you can enter articles like texts, images, and videos in the second field.
Once you enter all the essential things on the page, just click on the PUBLISH button which you can find it on the right side of your page. You can use this method similarly for adding multiple pages to your blog. This thing could be very much easier and simple to execute.
Once you enter all the essential pages for your Blog, you can PREVIEW on them for checking how it looks and also for checking the errors before you publish it lively.
The above image is how it would showcase the different pages that you have added to your blog. You could see the pages in tabs on the top right of your screen. In this example, they have added four pages such articles, products & programs, etc.
This is how it would show a preview when you click the PREVIEW option. After the preview, you can publish it for making it live.
After adding pages, now we are going to look into the option of POSTS. This option can be utilized to create posts on your Blog. Your post could be anything from images, texts, and videos. You can see the POSTS option on the left-hand side of the theme dashboard.
Once you navigate to the Posts tab and click on it, the drop-down options will get displayed. The options in this list include All Posts, Add new, Categories, and Tags. Each option can be utilized for different kind of operations. The thing which I have described is shown in the image above.
Adding new post page could be most similar to that of creating a page. It has the same field structures like Title and Body of the article. I will show you in detail about creating a post with title, content and adding an image.
Initially, you have to click on the ADD NEW option for creating a new post for your blog. This thing will show you the page as if in the above image. Once you get this page, enter the name or topic of the post which you are going to create.
Type down the article in the space provided. It could be anything according to your wish and Idea. Make sure you don’t copy things from other posts and contents of another website or blogs. This will degrade your ranking among the other sites.
Create unique stuff when you write any article. You can change the alignments, fonts, font colors, and much more to exhibit in an attractive manner.
Once you enter all the texts to your post, you can also add image regarding the post. For this, you have to scroll down to the bottom. At the right bottom of the page, you can see an option called FEATURED IMAGE. Just click on that option for initiating the process of adding an image to your post.
Once you just click on that option, it will open the Featured image page. In that, you will be having two option tabs such as Upload files and a Media library. For uploading a new image, you can make use of the upload files option or just drag & drop the image which you want to include in your post.
If the image which you have uploaded is very big, then it may matters while loading for the users. To omit this issue, you have to click on the Edit Images option which you will find on the right side of the screen.
It will open the edit image page as if shown in the above image. You have to minimize the size by reducing the dimensions of the image. Once your image size becomes small, click on the Save option which you could find below the image that you are editing.
Once you click save, it will bring you back to the Featured Image page. After all processes regarding the image, you can click on the SET FEATURED IMAGE on the right bottom of the page.
The previous step would combine the image with your post. After that, just click on the UPDATE button on the Right-Hand side of the page. This option would update all changes that you have made while editing your post.
Once you update using that button, just click on the Preview Changes button which you can find the Update button.
Once you click on the Preview Changes, it will show you the content as if how it would look after publishing on the Web. You can make use of the preview option for making certain changes in the post before publishing it on the Web. Once you are sure about your article, you can publish it on the Web.
The above mentioned detailed steps which are involved in the starting a blog from scratch using the BlueHost web hosting services. We hope you found our tutorial useful.
The important things behind creating a blog include selecting a right domain name, right hosting service and using an effective theme. These are the vital factors that do matter in the growth progress of your blog. This article might have shown you only a little in the fact of creating a blog.
There are other vast things that are necessary for optimizing your blogs. Another important component which you can include using for optimizing your blog is plugins. Plugins extend the functionality of the WordPress blogs.
Some of the essential plugins which you can utilize for the progressive growth of your blog include Yoast SEO, Black Studio Tiny MCE widget, page builder, and much more. You can become expert in these aspects once you keep on practicing regularly. All the best!