Now, before you go and get your heart set on any of those names. Go ahead and check to see if these names are available out there big wide internet world. This will help narrow down your list. You can check to see if the name is available by visiting Bluehost . Just simply type in your possible names and check for their availability. Like such…Once you have your narrowed down list it doesn’t hurt to recruit family and friends at this point. If you have settled on your name then great skip to step 2! If you are like me, you need opinions from others. Ask your friends, your family members, neighbors! Facebook is also a great place to ask people for their opinion too! Once you have your opinions, and have slept on it- it’s time to choose! Choose. Stick with it. Love It. Proceed to Step 2… Step 2- Buy Your Hosting Once you have your name picked out, it's time to buy your Bluehost plan. When you get to this point in the process you are going to see a screen like this... My honest opinion? As a blogger starting out, all you need is the basic plan. I know they say the plus is the most popular but I do think as a blogger it's way more than you need. Unlimited sites? Yea, we don't need that. At least not for now. Of course if you change your mind later, you can always upgrade and just pay the difference. So start with the basic and see what you think. Here is my suggestion for you to quickly pick the right package for you.
- Running only one site: Pick Basic Plan
- Running more than one site: Pick Plus plan
- Need SSL and dedicated I.P: Pick Business Pro plan
- When you are in your cPanel (you will receive a link to this in your welcome email from Bluehost), find and click on the image that says “One Click Install.”.
- Then, click on the WordPress icon on the next page located under “Blogs.”
- Click on the “Start” button. This will begin the installation.
- Once in the installation process, you will have to decide which domain you will want to install WordPress on. Click the dropdown menu to the domain you plan on using.
- Now, you will see “Advanced Options.” This is where you choose your username and password for your WordPress website. You should choose something secure. Don't use “Admin” as your username. For my website, I receive many hackers each and every day and that is the number one username they use to try to hack my website. Instead, create a username that is a combination of different letters, numbers, and anything else you can use. You will want to check “Automatically create a new database for this installation” as well, unless you already have a different database (if you don't know, then you probably do not).
- Click “Install Now.”
- Remember to save your username and password.
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