How to Build a Blog on WordPress in 10 Minutes Without Any Tech Experience

How to Start a Blog With Bluehost in 10 Minutes

Hey friend! If you’re reading this right now, it might be because you want to start a blog. Well, you’re in for a treat because today’s tutorial will be all about how to start a WordPress blog.

And the best thing?

You can do it in less than 10 minutes if you follow my exact steps!

I’ve been blogging for 10 years and have owned at least 3 other blogs in different niches before this one. And I’ve made many mistakes so hopefully, this article will help you save time without having to go in the wrong direction.

So what do you mean by mistakes?

Well, in the first blog I’ve ever had, I hosted in on WordPress.com and that was by far one of the biggest mistakes I made. Not to mention when I finally realized that all pro bloggers who make money online with their blogs have a domain name and host of their own blogs.

Related: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: What’s the difference?

What was I doing?

Now if you’re thinking of starting a blog, you might have heard of a few popular platforms:

  • Blogspot (aka Blogger)
  • Tumblr
  • WordPress.com

These are the most common in the industry and if you have thought of starting a blog, you might have considered these. Now if you’re thinking of starting a hobby blog or a journal blog, this isn’t the article for you.

I don’t cater my content to hobby bloggers though it might work for you too. My audience mainly consists of small business owners who want to use a blog to grow their authority or grow a targeted audience and eventually sell services or digital products.

If that’s you, keep reading this article and here’s why you don’t want to waste time with those free platforms.

Free is good and it gets a lot of people’s attention, but it usually comes with two major pitfalls: you don’t end up owning your own blog and content (Ouch!) or you can’t customize any design for your own blog and brand (What the hell?!)

Blogspot (aka Blogger)

I don’t know any pro blogger who runs a Blogspot blog and makes an income online. Not to say that there isn’t any, but I know how the Blogspot platform works. Also, no way does it support all the customization a WordPress.org blog can do for you. I know because I use to have a personal blog on Blogpost where I journal for myself. It doesn’t see the day of light and I’d like to keep it that way.

Blogpost is only good if you want to run a personal blog to log accounts and stories of your own life. Definitely not the place to build your audience.

Tumblr

I had a Tumblr blog for a short while way back when it was still a trend. It definitely doesn’t have all the options it takes to build an online brand. Most articles on Tumblr, at best are short motivation quotes and stories. At the worst, they’re spam.

WordPress.com

Now we’re getting a little more serious and WordPress.com, if you’ve used it, is quite similar to WordPress.org. The biggest difference is that you can’t change your blog’s theme and look and you’re not the one who owns the blog you write on WordPress.com.

You heard that right. WordPress.com owns your blog and all the content you poured hours of sweat and blood into creating.

Now that you know the differences between the free platforms, let’s get real here. WordPress.org isn’t the only platform you can host your blog. Squarespace is another popular choice for non-technical people, but it also costs a bit more. Wix is another popular option these days.

With that said, I’m only focusing on WordPress.org in this article because that’s the platform I’m familiar with and have been using for many years now.

Let’s dive in.

How to Build a Blog on WordPress


Step 1: Start a WordPress blog with Bluehost.

If you go to Bluehost.com, go to their menu and click “Hosting” >> “Shared hosting.”Start a blog on wordpress heyjudess

Of the three hosting packages below, you want to select the “Basic” plan.

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Now if you already have a domain, you can enter your domain name in the box in the right-hand column.

Related: How to Come Up With a Domain Name for Your Blog

But if you haven’t bought one yet, sweet, you’re in for a treat today! Bluehost gives away a free domain name if you get hosted with them.

Simply type in the domain name you desire and click “Next.” If the domain name has been taken, you can choose an alternative one from their options. I recommend a domain name ending in .com or .co, but of course, it’s personal preference here.

Start a blog on wordpress heyjudess

Once you enter your account information (your name, address, email, phone, etc.), you can move down to the more exciting part!

The package information. Bluehost offers a few account plans. The basic premise is that the longer you commit to Bluehost, the more you can save. At the least, you have to commit to hosting for a year, but I recommend the three-year plan.

Start a blog on wordpress heyjudess

You really don’t want to be dealing with hosting or tech stuff at all during your blogging journey and blogging goes by quicker than you think. If you’re not someone who is on top of reading emails and paying bills, the last thing you want is your site to go down only because you forgot to renew your hosting plan.

But if for whatever reason you want to go with the 1-year plan, it’s available too.

Now for the other options, I do recommend “Domain Privacy Protection”, which hides your name, address, and private information from the public.

Also, since you want your site to be backed up every month, you want to select “Site Backup Pro” as well.

Once you’re done, enter your credit card details, and check “Agree” on the terms and services and click “Submit”.

And yo, you’re all ready to go!

(If you prefer a video tutorial, you can follow the one below to sign up for Bluehost account.)

Video Tutorial: How to Sign Up For Bluehost

 

Step 2: Install a WordPress Blog on your Bluehost account.

The next step is to install WordPress on your blog — and really this is so easy. It’s almost like cheating.

You can follow the video below to install WordPress with just one-click. No kidding, that’s what they really call it: “One-click Install.” You must install WordPress before you can publish your first blog post.

Before you install WordPress, choose your WordPress login details. For example, your login username and your password. You can use your first name or domain name as your username. Don’t forget to write this information down so you don’t forget it.

I personally have a spreadsheet where I house all my login details.

(If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it below on how to install WordPress on Bluehost)

Video Tutorial: How to Install WordPress on Bluehost

(updated video as of November 19, 2017)

What’s next?

Once you’ve installed WordPress (takes less than 2 minutes), you can head on over to the WordPress admin area to log in.

The link to that will be: http://YOURDOMAINNAME.com/wp-admin”

Enter your username and password and you should be all set to log into your WordPress account.

Inside, that’s where the real fun begins! You can finally publish your first blog post and get your content into the world.

Happy blogging!

If you want to be ninja about this, I have a workshop that helps you get your blog design, content and your first freebie up in two weeks!

When I launched this blog, I gave myself a month to do it. My goal was to write 20 blog posts, fully customize my blog’s design, and create a few freebies to grow my email list. At the end, I was completely burnt out and almost gave up on launching this blog.

Imagine it never happened and you won’t be reading this right now. (Lol)

So I really help you cut to the chase and give you the technical skills and step-by-step walkthroughs that will help you get things done. Most new bloggers think they can do it alone, but they get stuck in the learning phase for too long. Then by the time they’re ready to take action and do the work, they’re completely burnt out from learning.

If you want the shortcut, Blog Successfully can help you get there in 2 weeks!

Related Posts

Here is a curated list of blog posts that can help you pull together your blog after you set up the tech.

What To Write in Your About Me Page For Your Blog: 7 Steps to Get Started

5 Things to Add to Your Blog’s Contact Page

9 WordPress Blog Plugins to Grow Your Readership

6 Things That Will Make Your Blog Content More Amazing

How to Write Blog Posts Fast (in Less Than 1 Hour)

11 Content Creation Tools I Use to Run My Blogging Process Smoothly

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(I’m affiliated with Bluehost and if you use my link to purchase your hosting, I’ll be getting a small commission. You don’t have to, but it’ll be greatly appreciated!)

Judy

Hi, I'm Judy! I've owned at least four blogs over the last 10 years, from general lifestyle to skincare to blogging. Combined with my experience in digital marketing tech startup, I give away all my blogging and productivity tips and secrets that will make bloggers and creative entrepreneurs successful online.

  • Laura Fudge

    Darling thank you so much for this post! I followed the link and signed up with bluehost today. I just wanted to let you know that your step-by-step instructions on installing wordpress are not up-to-date with the Bluehost updates! I figured it out anyway, but I figured since they’re no longer valid that you’d like to edit them or something. <3

    • You’re welcome, Laura! I’m glad this was helpful for you. And thanks for letting me know. I’ll be sure to update it soon. 🙂

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