Easy Self Hosting Website Set Up
I am often asked by family and friends, “How do you build a website?” Then that’s followed by, “It seems so complicated with lots of computer jargon”, “ I don’t know code”, “I don’t have the time to learn,” “Isn’t it expensive to hire a web designer?”
It’s very easy to setup a WordPress website. If you have an extra half an hour to spare you can set up a website or blog today, in a few easy steps you can have a WordPress self hosting website or blog for a little as $3.95 (£2.58) a month.
If you are a small business and have limited funds to spend on a website presence. A WordPress site, has many options for you to promote your brand, product or services.
Want a professional looking website for your Holiday Home or Bed and Breakfast? Detailing your accommodations and location to bring in more guests.
Retired, you now have the time to take up new studies and interests. You can do the things you always wanted to do, now you’re not busy making a living. Why not start a WordPress blog? Share your knowledge, skills and wisdom with the next generation. Or maybe just share your retirement lifestyle with family and friends.
Do you have a craft or hobby that needs a shop window, to showcase your products and make you some extra income.
I am going to try to make the process as easy as possible for you all. I taught my 85 year old mother how to use her i Pad. Giving her lessons over the phone on how to use Face book and Pinterest. So I don’t see we will have a problem. So let’s get started!
Before I do that, I am going to explain a few things regarding why I choose to have a self- hosting website, and not say start with Blogger, Blogspot or WordPress.com and have a free account. I like anything that’s free, but not when it costs your time and money in the long run.
I made two mistakes when I first set up Morvan Ladies, which cost time and effort to put right. I started on Blogspot, but soon learned that I had no control over my blog. They could have deleted my site at any time, if they think it violated their terms of service. I read so many horror stories that I changed before I had even written my first-post.
So my next mistake was setting up a WordPress.com account. It seems I am not the only one to make this mistake, so I don’t feel too stupid. Many beginners get confused between the differences of WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
If you are a personal blogger who’s NOT interested in monetizing your site, then go with WordPress.com. It’s free for up to 3GB of space. I definitely considered a free option, but my web address would have included /wordpress in the url. Again I wanted to have control over my site and the branding of my site, I also hear it can be a pain to transfer you’re free blog over to a self-hosted WordPress.org site at a later date.
So let’s get started with a self-hosted website/blog and save yourself some time and money by following the easy steps below.
Lets get started setting up a WordPress website:
What you’ll need to get started.
- Pen and Paper.
- A domain name
- Credit card. It’s an investment, but you have much more options and control over your website.
What’s a Domain Name.
What’s in a name, with millions of websites and blogs out there, you need to stand out in the crowd. You need a name that best describes your website, product, or service. You may already have the perfect name. If not sit down with pen and paper and do some brainstorming….
Good, now you have the perfect name that best describes your website, you have to find out if it’s available to register. If it, then you need to register you’re new domain name.
Registering your Domain name.
This is where it can become very confusing with so many companies to choose from, with different offers, special packages and hosting plans. So let’s make it as simple as possible.
I highly recommend Bluehost. They make the whole process very easy and if you purchase 12 months of hosting up front, you will get a free domain name for the first year. Cheap and cheerful, that’s my kind of deal!
There are other companies you can use like 1 & 1 or Godaddy. I use them to check availability of domain names. This is a great way to view all the other extensions available now to you, it’s not just “.com”.
If you already have registered a domain name with another company, but are confused about hosting. You can still host on Bluehost and take advantage of all their incredible services that they offer. This is easy to do by modify your DNS by pointing the name-servers to Bluehost. This is a good way to go if you are thinking of using a country or location prefix. Like .co.uk or .fr, as Bluehost doesn’t register them. See: modify your DNS
How to Host your blog.
Hosting is like renting a shop window space on the web to display your blog. This is where your blog lives. As I mentioned Bluehost is one of the top web hosting companies. It’s easy to use and takes minutes to create your WordPress blog and offers great technical support, all for a low starting price of $3.95 (£2.58) a month. They have three main hosting plans, if it’s your first website then the starter package would be the way to go.
So lets get started using Bluehost
1.Go to Bluehost and click the “Get Started Now” button
2 Choose the plan you’re interested in.
Hosting is priced at 12, 24, and 36 month terms. The longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate is, which will save you money. For example, by choosing a 36 month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95(£2.58) a month
3 Choose a free domain name or if you already have an existing domain name enter this.
4. Enter your personal details and payment information
5.Then you will choose the Account Plan (Hosting Package) you want.
6. When it comes to add-on, they are entirely up to you. I didn’t buy any, but again it’s up to the person. Enter your credit card details and confirm you have read the Terms of Service. Press the green submit button.
7. Next enter a password, make sure it’s in the correct format.
So that was painless, you’re nearly there, your blogging days are about to start. You have registered your domain name, setup your self hosting, now you need the platform to start blogging.
1. Log into your new Bluehost account.
2. At your Bluehost dashboard / C panel you can install ‘WordPress’
3. Click on the WordPress Logo button.
4. Install WordPress and select the domain that you would like to install WordPress on
5. Check the “Show advanced options” box
6. Fill in the title ( your title will be the name of your web/blog, username ) admin username is your email address, so change this now if you want another name) and password. The username and password will be what you use to log in to the back end of your blog (your WordPress dashboard).
Also keep a check mark on ” Automatic create a new database for this installation”. Click I have read the terms and conditions. Then click “Install Now”.
Once your installation is complete, view installation credentials. You will want to make a note of the Log in URL, Username and Password. You can change the password to something more personal later, but you will need them for the first time logging into WordPress so don’t miss out this step.
Type your Log in URL (this is the one you noted down in previous step) into your web browser address bar. http://yourwebsitename/wp-admin (of course you will replace that with you’re actual domain). You will see the WordPress log in screen like the one below. Enter your username and password which you copied down from the previous step.
You did it, welcome to the world of blogging!!! I would spend some time familiarizing yourself with all the great things you can do with a WordPress.org site. Decide on that killer design, choosing one of the free themes WordPress’s has to offer or chose a premium one. See our WordPress Overview
Connecting your Domain to Bluehost, modify your DNS
*If you purchased your domain name directly through Bluehost please skip this section.*
If you purchased your domain through Go Daddy or another company then you will need to connect your domain to your Bluehost account. Here’s how it’s done.
How to modify your DNS Nameservers
- Log in to your domain companies Account Manager or C panel
- Select Manage Domains from the Domain Names drop-down menu or the Manage Your Account list.
- Select the domain name you wish to modify using the check-boxes and then click Set Name Servers.
- Enter your updated name server information in the spaces provided under the blue Name Servers heading on the right side of your page and click Save Changes at the bottom. Your entries should look like this: ns1.bluehost.com; ns2.bluehost.com.
- You will then need to add the domain you bought (such as through GoDaddy) as an add on domain to your Bluehost web hosting. You can do this by clicking on “Domains” when logged into your Bluehost web hosting account and then clicking on “assign.” Follow the steps and it that easy!
Happy Blogging! If you have any questions, please email us.