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Create a website in less than 10 minutes

Create a website in less than 10 minutes

I guess you have found your way here because, like me, you want to build an online presence and start making some money online.

So you have been searching for a hosting provider and really don’t know where to start. I feel your pain!  With so many conflicting reviews out there… Who do you trust? I’ve been through exactly the same torment as you. So what I’ve done is created a little tutorial on how to get started with the host that I eventually decided to go with…BlueHost. I do use other hosting providers but I’ve found Bluehost the easiest to setup and get started. In fact, you can do it in less than 10 minutes with just a few clicks.

Disclosure: Please take note that some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that if you decide to make a purchase using these links, I will earn a small commission – at no additional cost to you. I recommend Bluehost because I use their services and find them to be a good provider.

What you have got to understand is that no hosting provider out there is perfect. In fact, I’ve had issues with one the big names out there (GoDaddy) and hence I’m transferring all my sites away. So I’ve decided that the best way to choose a hosting provider is to choose one that you can easily transfer away from (at minimal expense) if you find that their services are not up to scratch or as advertised.

Let’s do a quick overview of hosting and domain names. For those of you who are new in this potentially scary arena. If you are already know about this part, feel free to skip down to the actual walkthrough by clicking here.

Firstly, What or who is a host?

A host is a company that offers a service that allows you to make a website available to the masses on the internet. There are literally hundreds of hosts out there (and that’s why this decision is so difficult). These companies own or rent servers, that make your content (website) available on the internet. Now you can do this at home and host your own website yourself, but generally it is cheaper to do it with a hosting provider and you can leverage their vast resources and technical support. Something you shouldn’t have to worry about.

What is a Domain name?

A domain name is an address. Like a postal address but for the internet. It’s what you type into your browser e.g. www.google.com. In order to host a website, you need to allow people to easily find you and instead of remembering some address like 192.123.8.33, it’s easier to remember myspecialdomain.com. Don’t worry about needing one of these, Bluehost make it really easy by including a domain name of your choice for FREE when you host with them.

How to easily create a website?

The most common platform out there is WordPress. This is infact a wordpress site.

You don’t need to have any programming skills or technical knowhow to easily get started with your website. In the following walkthrough, I’ll show you how to create an account with BlueHost, and install wordpress. The whole process will take you less than 10 minutes from start to end. I’ve done it in less than 5 minutes! Let’s see if you can beat that!.

Walkthrough Starts Here.

I’ve made this a picture and text based tutorial because I find it easier to follow than pausing/rewinding videos (which tends to happen a lot, simply because I missed a detail). Hopefully this format works for you!

I will take you through the process from start to end which will include:

  1. Choosing a domain name
  2. Creating a shared hosting bluehost account
  3. Installing WordPress
  4. Publish your first post.

For this part, I suggest opening two browser windows side by side so you can view the  instructions here, and then execute it on the Bluehost site.

Okay, the firstly you need to go to their site. If you want to use my affiliate link (at no extra cost to you) feel free otherwise, you can go directly to their site. If you do use my link, thanks for your support!

Now that you are on the BlueHost site, you will see a few good reasons as to why I chose them. I’ve circled them above in red.

  1. 24/7 support. This is essential for the beginner and for the advanced users. Experts are ready and willing to help via instant chat or by phone.
  2. Money-back guarantee. Remember I mentioned that you need a way to transfer away at minimal cost! This guarantee helps!
  3. One-click installs. This is important as it will allow us to very easily create that wordpress site as you will see later in this walkthrough.

Now click on Products in the main menu.

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So which product do you select?

It depends! If you are new to blogs and websites, I would recommend going with ‘shared’. It is the easiest and cheapest way to get online. As your site grows and traffic increases then I would suggest transitioning to ‘VPS’ or even ‘Dedicated’. For now, I’d select ‘shared hosting’. Keep in mind that the price is ‘from’ $4.95 per month. This is if you take out a 36 month contract. For a 12 month contract it’s not that much more : $6.95 – But still well worth it.

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They do have the option of going ‘pro’. It is totally up to you and dependent on the kind of content and traffic that you are going to see. Feel free to select Pro, but for creating an online presence the standard 12 month $6.95 plan will do just fine.

4-SelectShared

Click ‘Get Started’ to continue.

Now this is where you select your free domain name. Keep in mind that the ‘shared’ hosting package allows you to host multiple websites without an increase in the package price. All you have to do is to register a new domain name and create a new site via your easy-to-use control panel or cpanel for short.

The internet has been around for quite a few decades now, so a lot of the common domain names have been purchased. This page will however let you know if it is available or not. If it is, great! If not, you will have to try another name. Enter the domain name that you would like to register in the ‘new domain’ box.

5-SelectDomain

If the domain name is not available, you will see a message like the image below, and you may select a variation or click the back button to enter something different. I’ve entered ‘workonlineblog.com’ to show you what happens when the domain is not available.

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I’ve clicked the back button as I don’t want any of those variants. I want the site webstartsnow.com. Amazingly, it was available! Woohoo!.

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If you have successfully selected a domain name, you should end up at the following page.

9 - Contact details

Enter your contact details on the next page and then select your options. I’ve only selected the Domain privacy option as I don’t like my details out there. Bluehost will protect all your info from the public.

10-OptionsandPayment

 

I’ve selected the 12 month option, but feel free to select any other if you think you really need to.

Enter your payment info. For obvious reasons, I am not going to show you those screenshots ;-).

After successful payment, you will be presented with a few potential upgrades. Have a look through. For now you may not need any of it. They are easy to add on later. You want to get familiar with hosting before you dive in with these.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘complete’

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12-SkipOptions

This should land you on the following page where you can create your password.

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At this point, you should have received an email from Bluehost confirming the purchase and with all the necessary information for you to log into your bluehost account.

Click on ‘Create your password’. This will take you to the following page where you can specify your password.

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This will be the password to secure used to access and keep your hosting package secure. So make it good.

Once you have entered it. Click ‘Create’. You will then be redirected to a page to log in using those credentials to log back into your account. Remember, the username has been sent to you via email so use that username along with the password you just created to log back in to the site.

After successfully logging in, the page that you land on is known as your Control Panel or CPanel for short. Most vendors have similar if not identical control panels. This also makes it easy to use another host if you have to transfer away some day.

Click ‘Hosting’ on the top menu. And then ensure cPanel is selected in the lower menu.

Now, I can take you through all the functionality but that is going to take a huge amount of time and is probably best left for another article. What I will do now is show you how to create a wordpress installation in just a few clicks.

If you take a look at the CPanel, you will see a section called ‘Website Builders’ inside there you will see an icon titled ‘WordPress’. Click on that.

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You can also access the wordpress installer from the homepage of your Bluehost account as shown in the next image.

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 This will take you to another page where which allows you to import a previous wordpress installation or create a new one. We are interested in creating a new one. So click ‘Start

16-MojoWordpress

Once you click ‘Start’ you will be presented with a list of Domains that you own. This is how easy it is! Remember that you can purchase more domains via bluehost and host it here. For me, I’m going to select my ‘webstartsnow’ site. You can leave the directory empty.

17-MojoWordpress

Click on ‘Check Domain’. The site will then do a quick investigation to see if there are any files in that location that may be overwritten. This will take about 5 to 10 seconds.

You will get a warning but don’t worry as this is a clean installation.

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Simply click ‘Continue

You will then be presented with the following page where you can enter a few important details regarding your new wordpress site.

Click on ‘Show Advanced options’. This will allow you to quickly setup some information about your site.

19-MojoWordpress

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Change the details as you need to. Take note of the password. Copy it and paste it somewhere safe or enter your own easy to remember password. You will need it for later. Don’t worry too much. You can always reset it later if needs be. This will be the password used to access your wordpress administration area. It’s the part of the wordpress site that will allow you to easily configure it and create web pages or articles.

21-MojoWordpress

Ensure all the boxes are ticked and you have your password stored.

Then click ‘Install now’. This literally takes about a minute. You will see a progress bar on the next page indicating the installation progress.

22-MojoWordpress

At this time, you should have received a few emails.

  1. Telling you about your username
  2. Another email detailing your website url and where to log in to manage your wordpress site.

By now, the wordpress install should have completed. The progress bar will be full. So before we go any further, let’s take a look at what our brand new site looks like.

Open a new browser window and navigate to the domain name you chose.

For me it was webstartsnow.com and it looks like this:

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This is what a default WordPress installation looks like.

In order to edit the wordpress site and create your first post use the link that was sent to you via email.

The link generally looks like  http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin  where yourdomainname is the domain name you chose during registration. Notice the wp-admin at the end.

For me the link is http://webstartsnow.com/wp-admin

When you go to that address (be sure to use your own and not mine), you will see the following page.

24-Webstartsnow

 

Enter the username that was sent to you in the email you received regarding your wordpress installation and the password that I told you to save / remember.

If you have forgotten the password, no problem you can reset it by clicking ‘Lost your password’ and following those instructions.

Once logged in, you will see the following Admin area. Don’t be alarmed. It is really quite easy and straightforward.

25-WordpressAdmin

I’ll give you a quick overview and you can skip ahead if you already know your way around wordpress.

WordPress is a content management system. Simply meaning you store content like posts (more like articles), and pages (actual web pages). And you can tell wordpress how to show these posts and pages. You can also change the look and feel of how it shows it via the concept of themes. Many of which are freely available and can be installed with a single click (literally!).

WordPress is very very powerful and equally easy to use by anyone from a novice to expert.

Now all that’s left is we need to create our first post.

Click on Posts in the left hand menu. You will then see a list of the posts that you currently have in the system. By default, one has been created for you. Let’s delete that. Move the mouse over the title of the post and a menu will appear. Simply click ‘Trash’. Easy peezy.

Now click ‘Add New’ that is located towards the top of the page, next to the word ‘Posts’

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You will notice a blank field which is where the post title will go.

Below that you will see a larger block. It’s almost like you are typing a word document so is quite easy to generate nicely formatted content.

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Now enter some content.

Then Click Publish. And you are done! Congratulations on your first post.

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To view it, now go to your website or click the link in the top left hand corner of the wordpress admin area.

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That’s it. You have successfully created a hosting account, registered a domain and created a website!. Congratulations. A pat on the back is in order!.

So where to next? There are tons of resources out there for wordpress and the community is very supportive. Youtube is a great source of tutorials and simply googling works great too.

Good luck with your online journey.

I truly hope this walkthrough has helped!

If you are finding it difficult to go through this process. Drop me a note, I’ll be happy to lend you a hand.



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