Blogging is a very rewarding side hustle that can quickly turn into a full-time business.
You can succeed by researching keywords, creating great content, and waiting for Google to find your great content.
Before creating Blackandise, I was selling t-shirts on Amazon. But I got tired of playing the damn race to the bottom game, so I decided to create a blog.
This article will go through the process of creating your lifestyle blog on Bluehost.
Starting a Lifestyle Blog
Your blog will need web hosting services and I like using Bluehost.
Bluehost is a reliable web host in 2021 for small to medium-sized blogs (basically under 100,000 visits per month).
With Bluehost you will get:
- A free domain name
- Great customer & technical support
- Freedom to install any plugin or theme
- Freedom to work with any ad company or sponsor
- Reliable & fast servers for your blogs
- 1-click installations to simply create multiple blogs or websites
- Bluehost backend system uses cPanel, which is very user-friendly
Creating a Lifestyle Blog
The first step to getting started is heading over to Bluehost to get your domain name and web hosting.
1. Registering a domain name
Before you can start a lifestyle blog, you need a domain name. When using Bluehost, you can easily purchase a domain name and host.
The very first thing you will need to do to get started is to think about what you want your domain name to be. This is quite important as you won’t have the option to rename the free one.
You can get your domain name directly through Bluehost.com and make the whole process very easy. Remember to sign up for at least 12-months of hosting to get the FREE domain name.
My only advice is to not date your domain name with the year (so please no newsite2021.com or mysite2020.com).
2. Selecting a hosting plan
To get the lowest price of $3.95 per month, you have to sign up for the 36-months plan, which is a great price. But if you sign up for a 12-month plan, then the price is $5.95 per month.
If you are unsure about starting your blog, then test it out with a 12-month plan or go with a month-to-month plan.
I know you want to learn how to start a lifestyle blog but you’ll want to take your time with this section. There are a few options under the Package Information area that you may or may not want to add.
❌ GO TO THE NEXT STEP – IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ADD-ON SERVICES
- Domain Privacy Protection
- 👍 You may want domain privacy protection. The protection will hide your registration information.
- Site Backup Pro
- 👎 Skip – Bluehost does complimentary backups, this is just an extra backup service.
- Search Engine Jumpstart
- 👎 Skip – SEO can’t be automated and these automated services are usually terrible.
- SiteLock Security
- 👎 Skip – Bluehost is already quite secure, this is just an extra charge.
- Comodo PositiveSSL Bundle
- 👍 Get – SSL is a must! The little lock in the browser shows others that you are protected.
3. Connecting Your Domain Name
3a. SKIP TO THE NEXT STEP IF YOU BOUGHT A BLUEHOST DOMAIN! Bluehost will automatically connect your new domain to your web hosting.
3b. CONTINUE IF YOU DID NOT SIGN UP FOR A NEW BLUEHOST DOMAIN: You’ll have to update the nameservers of your previously owned domain name to point to your new Bluehost web hosting. Usually, the nameservers are ns1.bluehost.com & ns2.bluehost.com.
Depending on your current domain registrar, you’ll need to update the nameservers to point to Bluehost. Contact your domain registrar for detailed instructions on pointing your domain to Bluehost.
4. Installing WordPress
After signing up with Bluehost, you’ll get your web hosting and cPanel login information.
This will be how you will install WordPress!
- Now, log in to your Bluehost cPanel account.
- Find the Website section and click Install WordPress.
- Click the Install button.
- Choose the domain name to install it to. In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the website’s main page to be the blog (blank: will look like this http://yoursite.com instead of this http://yoursite.com/blog). I always leave it blank.
- If necessary, you can edit the email address, username, and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.
- Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.
- And finally, click the Install Now button.
Congratulations, you now know how to start a lifestyle blog from scratch!
You should start writing on your blog! Eventually, you’ll want to find a new theme and useful plugins… but for now, keep it simple and write a few blog posts.