Registering your very own custom domain name (e.g. yourname.com) along with your very own blog online is very easy. I will demonstrate step-by-step how I set-up a new website in less than 3 minutes.
I will set-up WordPress for the new website (automatically done for you) as it is the number one most popular and well supported blogging system out there. You may hear the acronym CMS sometimes (Content Management System).
WordPress has many free templates available. Also as a bonus, for those of you who feel you aren’t comfortable with all this “web stuff”, I will show you how to publish directly to your new WordPress website using Microsoft Word.
See my step-by-step instructions below in red (easier to spot with all the screen captures I provided).
CLICK HERE to open Bluehost with discounts. This is step 1!
(Here is a discount link to HostGator if you would rather use them. The instructions below would be different for setting up the HostGator account however the same once you are logged into WordPress. HostGator also has a 1-click WordPress install.)
Click on the green “Sign Up Now” button.
Enter in a domain name that you would like to register. You may have to try a few times if the custom domain name has already been registered by someone else. Many people like to blog under a topic name or their own personal name.
– Fill out your account information, select the package you want.
– I unchecked all of the additional options so I ONLY had the basic account plan selected.
– Complete your payment information and click the blue “Next” button in the bottom right.
I did not select any additional upgrades.
Go to the bottom of the page and ensure it says “$0.00” if you do not want any additional features.
Click on the blue “Complete” button.
Congratulations, you just registered your own custom domain and now have your own website.
Now click on “Create your password“. Write down this information! This is how you will access your Bluehost control panel. This is where you manage the billing information, domain renewals and website hosting.
Your website is now live. If you go to it, you will see a Bluehost banner and a blank white site. We now need to do something with it (i.e. install WordPress). There are 2 methods of accessing the WordPress installation in case you have troubles with one of them. They both end up the same.
(to install WordPress)
After you log into your new website on Bluehost, go to your control panel (cPanel) and click on “WordPress” under the Site Builders section.
Click on the green “Start” button.
You have the choice of going with a “www.” in front of your custom domain or not. I am choosing not to. People can still go to www.the3minuteblog.com but it redirects you to the3minuteblog.com as this is how I chose to install it.
(to install WordPress)
When you first log into your Bluehost account, click on the “Home” menu item in the top left. You should see the items listed below. Click on “Create Website” under the Getting Started section.
Now choose “Use WordPress”
Choose “WordPress” under Blogs section below. Note that many people run their entire websites using WordPress. It is not just a blogging platform.
You have now ended up in the same location as Method 1 above.
As per method 1, you have the choice of going with a “www.” in front of your custom domain or not. I am choosing not to. People can still go to www.the3minuteblog.com but it redirects you to the3minuteblog.com as this is how I chose to install it.
Also your username and password is located here. Write down this information! This is how you will administrate your new WordPress website. You will use this information a lot.
If you now open your new website in your web browser, you will see a default WordPress installation with the Hello world blog posting (which you can delete from inside your WordPress administration panel).
Open in your web browser www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ to log into your WordPress administration. Note this is different than your Bluehost control panel. You will use the WordPress administration to do anything regarding the content on your new website (make blog posts, change templates/colors, post images, etc).
Once you log in, you will be presented with your WordPress dashboard. Click on the big blue “Customize Your Site” button to name your website and choose some different colors.
You can also choose to install different WordPress themes. There are many free ones available and even some extremely professional themes that are inexpensive to purchase.
Under the “Customize Your Site”, I am change the title of my site and placing a tagline. I also changed the Colors.
Click on “Write your first blog post” to enter in your very own first blog post.
I recommend you choose the “Visual” tab just above toolbar for typing in to your new post. Type in a title at the top, something into the body of the new blog post, and when you are done, click on the blue “Publish” button on the far right side.
Now visit your website once again and you should see your new blog post! Congratulations!
Let’s get rid of that Hello world post. Click on the “Posts” menu option in the top far left of your WordPress dashboard.
Now hover over the title Hello world! and you should see “Trash” as an option. This will allow you to delete that default blog post. You can also manage and edit your own blog posts from this screen. You can create draft posts and edit your existing posts here.
This concludes setting up your very own custom website with WordPress for blogging or whatever else you want to have on your own website.
(using Microsoft Word to post blogs)
For those of you who are more comfortable with Microsoft Word and would like to publish directly to your new website this way, here is a way that works for Word 2010. It may be different for other versions.
(publishing directly from Word into your new website)
If you have an existing Word document, click on your “File” menu option. Then click on “Save & Send“. Then choose “Publish as a Blog Post“.
If this is the first time you are trying this, it will prompt you to Register a Blog Account. Select “Register Now“.
Now choose “WordPress” from the choices.
Now enter in all your information: your website address along the username and password to manage your WordPress website.
NOTE: Your WordPress website must have /xmlrpc.php added to the end of it with no spaces. This is important and how Word communicates with your website automatically.
After you have chosen to publish as a blog, it will open up Word into a different view with the following menu tool bar.
If you click on Publish, you have the choice of publishing it live right away or as a draft. Going as a draft is nice if you want to schedule it, continue to edit it, etc. You can log into your WordPress dashboard and go to “Posts” and you should see what you Published from Word.
Word is easy to work with if you want to place images and such in your blog posts.
(Using cut-n-paste from Word directly into WordPress)
Here is another method if you want to cut-and-paste from Word directly into the “Edit Post” within your web browser (and logged into your WordPress dashboard). This does not involve publishing directly from Word (as per method 1).
Click on the square icon with all the dots in it on the far right of your editing post toolbar.
This is a toggle that will display a second layer of tools.
One of the tools is “Paste from Word” (the icon with the W).
If you COPY information from Word and want to PASTE into your web browser to WordPress, select this button as it will format things to be more web-friendly. Otherwise Word will insert a lot of extra junk that will cause you problems.
I hope your enjoyed this article on how to get your very own website up and running.