How to Set up Your Blog with WordPress (the Easy Way!)

There are many different ways to create a blog, and many different platforms out there. WordPress is the most popular, and it’s the platform I personally use. If you’re interested in installing it – without stress! – then this post will show you how.

WordPress.com vs. .org

Before we get started it’s important to realize that there are two versions of WordPress. One you can sign up for at WordPress.com, the other you can download and install yourself at WordPress.org. It’s the latter version we’re interested in, as it’s the one that works on your own domain name and gives you way more freedom. Confused? Click here to read a separate blog post I wrote about the two different versions of WordPress.

What Do You Need Before You Can Install WordPress?

Before you can install WordPress on your website, make sure to read the following blog posts about domain names & hosting:

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Installing WordPress is Easy (Thankfully!)

Now that you’ve got everything in place it’s time to install WordPress. I know this step may sound quite technical and put some people off, but the good news is that it can be super, super easy. And once you’ve done it once you’ll easily be able to do it again for future websites.

Option 1: Easy Installation Via Your Web Host: Most web hosts offer easy, automated WordPress installation – it literally takes a few minutes. All you need to do is enter your desired admin username and password and then you’re good to go.

  • Hostgator* is a good choice of web host for those just starting out (Get your first month for $0.01 with this coupon: ONECENT) Click here to see how to install WordPress on Hostgator
  • If you use another host, check their support FAQ or ask live chat. This is a very common request so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the info.

Option 2: Manual Installation: I urge you to use option 1 if possible, because it almost always is possible! But if you want to go the manual route it isn’t too difficult as long as you can follow instructions. Click here for the official WordPress documentation.

Option 3: Managed WordPress Hosting: This last option is the one I now use, as I have switched to WP Engine* as my web host. This means that all the WordPress installation and setup is done for me. This is, however, a lot more expensive than using a regular web host as I described in my post on web hosting. The reason I use this kind of host is for the benefits of a very speedy website. It’s not essential or even really recommended for new blogs due to the cost, but I wanted to include it as an option for more established bloggers.

Logging Into Your New WordPress Account

Once you’ve installed WordPress, note down the admin login URL you are given at the end of the installation. It’ll be something like this: http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/ Note down this URL as you’ll be using it every time you want to access the backend of your new blog!

Next Steps…

Congratulations, you’re done with the basic setup (I told you it was easy)! Now it’s time to think about changing the basic settings, and choosing a theme for your new blog, which I cover in separate blog posts in the Blogging Basics series.

Remember, if you want more help getting your blog set up without spinning your wheels then I actually have a FREE 1 week course to get you set up the right way…

Click here to sign up to my FREE 1 week blog course... & get your blog set up the right way

*Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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