If you read my post about the three different blogging platforms and decided that a self-hosted WordPress teacher blog is right for you, this post will walk you through the steps to purchase your domain name and hosting. This is the next step in creating the teacher blog of your dreams!
Setting Up a Self-Hosted WordPress Teacher Blog
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To set up your self-hosted WordPress blog, you will need hosting. I recommend that you use Bluehost to purchase your domain name and get hosting for your blog. The steps below will walk you through the process from start to finish.
Step 1 – Go to the Bluehost Website.
When you arrive at the Bluehost website, click on the green “Get Started” button.
Step 2 – Select a Plan.
To get started, the Basic Plan is what you need. You can always upgrade later if you find you need some of the other features. Click the green “Select” button to choose your plan.
Step 3 – Choose Your Domain Name
If you’ve already purchased your domain name, you can just type it in the “I Have a Domain Name” box.
If you don’t have a domain name, this is where you will choose it. Your domain name is your blog name. If you already have a Teachers Pay Teachers Store, you probably want your domain name to be the same thing or something similar to build your brand.
When you type in the name you want, Bluehost will tell you whether or not it’s available. If it’s not available, you will be given other suggestions. You can use the same name with a .net or .org ending or you can choose a similar name that has the .com available.
If you filled out my Teacher Blog Planning Sheet, you should already have a name in mind. If not, that’s okay. You can download it at the bottom of this post, and you can wait to choose your domain name by clicking “Choose Later”.
#4 – Create Your Bluehost Account.
You can either “Sign in with Google” or enter your information to create your account. All of your login information will be sent to the email address you choose, so make sure it’s correct.
#5 – Choose Your Blogging Package.
Now you will select how you want to be charged for your blog hosting. You can choose to pay for 1, 2, 3, or 5 years. The fewer the number of years you choose, the more you will pay per year. If you can afford it, I suggest you choose the 3 or 5-year package, since they will save you the most money.
In the “Package Extras” section, I suggest you add on the “Domain Privacy Protection”. That will keep your personal contact information private.
#6 – Enter Your Billing Information.
Enter your credit cart information, and click the box to say you agree to the terms of service. Then, click “Submit”.
#7 – Set a Password for Bluehost.
Click the “Create Your Password” button, and set up your new password for Bluehost.
Then, click the “Log in” button.
#8 – Celebrate Because You Have a Blog!
You can choose a theme now from the screen that shows up, or you can wait. You will want to take some time to look through all the available themes for WordPress. The theme you choose will greatly affect the look of your blog.
Click the “Start Building” button to log into your WordPress site. To get back to your blog, type in www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Enter your domain name in the url.
Your blog name may not show up at the top yet. It may take a few hours to be fully registered. You will have a “Coming Soon” page on your blog for anyone who visits before you push the button to publish it.
This is what your dashboard will look like when you are logged in.
Now that you have a blog, you might want help setting it up and learning all about the features of WordPress. Let me help you with my course, Start Your Teacher Blog. I will walk you through the steps to design your blog, write the perfect blog posts, and add plugins. If you’re interested, check it out here.