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How To Start A Lifestyle Blog

how to start a blog

Hi there! So you’ve been thinking about starting a WordPress Lifestyle Blog?

Well today I am going to show you how to do that in 3 easy steps and you’ll be on your way to creating that dream blog in a matter of minutes!

There are THREE easy Steps:

          1. Domain Name and Hosting
          2. Installing WordPress
          3. Making it look awesome

 

Disclaimer – some of the links below are attached to affiliate programs where I will receive commission. I have also personally used all of these platforms and only recommend what I know will work for you too.

Let’s get started…

1. Domain and Hosting

Firstly, you need to pick a domain. Maybe you have something in mind you like? Check first to see if it’s available. It could be your name or a business.

Once you’ve decided on your domain you need to host that domain somewhere. Like renting a space. The domain won’t work with WordPress unless you have hosting. The 2 go hand-in-hand.

You can click straight through from the above finder after you’ve found a domain you like or click this image below (Bluehost will give you a FREE domain in their starter package so there is no need to buy the domain first – you can just to check if it’s available).

You’ll only need the starter pack to get you going. You don’t need all the extras Bluehost is offering (unless you want them!). Just click all the way through to the end paying along the way. Save your account login details.

starter

2. Install WordPress

Next we need to log in to your control panel of your new Bluehost account and install WordPress. Find website builders and see this little icon below. Press that.

install

You can install it yourself easily – just click the Install button.

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It will ask you to check the correct domain. Leave the directory blank.

checkdomain

After a few seconds you’ll see this screen below. Click Show Advanced Options and you can change these details to suit you. Make sure you write them down, or save them somewhere. Click the terms and conditions, then Install Now.

credentials

Bluehost will get busy installing WordPress on to your new domain name. Once it’s done you can View Credentials just to be sure you have the correct information.

You will need to click Admin URL to log in.

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Once you’ve clicked Admin URL you will now see the login details to your new WordPress blog.

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Hooray, you’re done!

3. Themes to make your blog look amazing

Once you’ve installed WordPress you can start writing on your blog, but I bet you want it to look pretty?? So, now you might like to install a theme? You’ll do that in the dashboard of your new blog (Appearance – Themes). Here’s where you can find such themes >>

  1. Themeforest – here are a couple of my favourites – Lily, Rosemary, Florence.
  2. Restored 316 Design – you have to own the Genesis Framework to use these pretty themes. Lots of tutorials and support available on Restored 316 Design on how to marry these up.

Good luck! I have a blog design business called The Media Maid if you need a hand installing any of these things!

November 25, 2017

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6 Comments

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    Fleur | Our Urban Box

    October 21, 2015

    LOVE the rosemary theme! I’ve been looking for a new theme for a while and maybe this is the one! Thanks x x

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      Fleur | Our Urban Box

      October 21, 2015

      Duh, I meant the florence theme! I need sleep haha

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    Jennie Meiklejohn

    October 21, 2015

    Lucky you know what to do! My email will be on its way to you soon …

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    Roxanne Catch

    October 21, 2015

    Thanks for the great info Katrina ?

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    October 27, 2015

    Pamela Styling
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