Disclosure: BlueHost compensates The Blog Starter when you purchase with this discount link, so all of my help is free of charge to you! Contact me if you have any trouble starting your blog.
2. Select your plan. The basic plan is the one I recommend for new bloggers. Click “Select” to choose your plan.
3. Type in your domain name in the left box and then click “next” to see if it is available.
If you already own a domain name and want to use it for your blog, type your existing domain in the right box and then click “next”. Only use the right box if you have previously paid to register a domain!
4. If the domain is unavailable you will be given a list of similar domain names that are available. You can choose one of the suggested domains or type in another name to try.
5. Once you have found an available domain name you will be taken to the registration page where you will put in all your billing details.
6. You will also need to choose your hosting package and options.
The 36 month package gets you the lowest monthly rate, while the 12 month package has a lower up-front cost. There is no contract, so you can cancel whenever you like.
I uncheck the boxes next to the other products except for Domain Privacy, which I recommend since it keeps your name, phone number, and email address hidden from a public database of domain owners. This helps reduce unwanted spam.
7. You will then be prompted to create a password for your account. When that’s done you can login to your account at BlueHost.com. You can then click “skip this step” on the next few pages.
Your WordPress blog software will now be installed. When it’s finished click the blue “WordPress” button to login to your blog.
The domain name for this blog is theblogstarter.com. If you type that domain name into an internet browser anywhere in the world you will be sent to this site.
Good blog names are unique and descriptive, so your audience will immediately know what your blog is about.
Another option is to simply use your own name. For example, I have registered scottchow.com. You can also add your middle name or middle initial if you find your name is already taken.
Many of the top bloggers use their own name as their domain name. This has the added benefit of preventing someone else from registering your name, allowing you to secure your “virtual real estate”.
Need help finding a name for your blog? Message me and I will help you personally (for free)!
Once you have some blog name ideas you will need to choose a domain extension. .com is the gold standard, but .net and .org work just as well. I would suggest staying away from other extensions like .us or .biz, as they are not as familiar to most people.
You may find that the domain name you want is already taken. This happens to all of us. In fact, it happened to me with this site. Blogstarter.com was already taken, so instead, I chose theblogstarter.com. If you find that your desired name is already taken you can try adding simple words like “the”, “a”, or “my” to the beginning of the name, or you can try adding dashes between words such as the-blog-starter.com.
See if your domain is available
Note: You cannot use any punctuation other than dashes in a domain name.
2. Choose a web host.
A web host is a company that stores all of the files for your blog and delivers them to the user when they type in your domain name. You must have a web host in order to have a blog.
Choosing a bad host will doom your blog from the beginning. Users will be frustrated with slow page loading times and you may often find that your blog is simply not working at all (yikes!).
There are hundreds of different web hosts you can choose from, but my recommendation for your blog is BlueHost. In fact, BlueHost is the web host I use for theblogstarter.com. I have been very happy with BlueHost for many years now, and recommend them for all new bloggers because:
They offer a free, simple installation of all the popular blogging tools, including WordPress (the one I recommend and show you how to use in this guide).
They have been recommended by WordPress since 2005 and currently host over 2 million websites.
They offer industry leading 24/7 customer service via phone, email, or web chat.
They offer a 30 day money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
Because BlueHost is a top-quality web host they cost a bit more ($5.99 per month) than low-quality hosts. There is a way to get a discount though. If you use one of the links on this site you can get BlueHost’s high-quality service for just $2.75 per month (for 36 months), including a free domain name.
Disclosure: When you use these discount links BlueHost compensates me, so all of my help is free of charge to you!
Click on the next step for a complete step-by-step walk-through of how to register your domain name and setup your blog. If you have any issues during this process you can always contact me for free help.