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How to Setup a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes

I started my blog using WordPress and I have found it a platform that makes it easy to own and publish your own content online.

It is the foundation to the success of this blog which currently receives over 300,000 hits per month.

If you’re looking for an easy way to create a web presence and start sharing your ideas online, the best way to do this is to create a blog. Millions of users around the world already express themselves and share their thoughts by means of their personal blogs.

The advantage of having your own WordPress blog that is self-hosted is that you own it.

It is good to have a Facebook “page” or a Tumblr blog but they are owned by someone else and you can have a web presence there but under their “Terms and Conditions” It is basically a rental.

Build and Own your Online Assets

To build an online asset that you control and is fully flexible and can customise as you want then you need to own your domain with your own blog (website) and host it yourself.

If you are a writer, photographer, designer or just someone who wants to write about something personal and to hear opinions of others – a personal blog is something you can find new and exciting. Cheap and efficient, too. In the modern day, no special knowledge is required to create and maintain your own website. Actually, we want to offer you a simple way of creating a WordPress blog in a matter of minutes.

In order to start a website, regardless of its nature and purpose, you need two things: a domain name and hosting.

WebHostingBuzz are a hosting company that can provide both. Most of WebHosting Buzz’s hosting plans come with free domain name registration, so that you don’t have to worry about one or another and get everything in one place, and at an excellent price.

Why WordPress?

The WordPress blogging platform is the most popular software in the world with Wikipedia reporting

  • WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites
  • It manages 22% of all new websites
  • WordPress is currently the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in use on the Internet
  • It was first released on May 27, 2003
  • By December 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 65 million times

It is also one of the easiest to use due to its flexibility and user-friendliness.

So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?

Let’s go!

Step One

Sign up with WebHostingBuzz at this link. You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details.

Webhostingbuzz start page


Step Two

Just click on the login link provided in the email and use the supplied credentials to login to cPanel.

How to blog in 5 minutes - Cpanel

Step Three

Once you are logged in, you will see the cPanel home page; just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.

Installing WordPress

Step Four

The screen below will now appear and you only need to click “Install”.

Install WordPress in 5 mins

Step Five

Although not necessary, you may want to specify some settings of your blog, such as its name, the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed and the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty.

Easy way to Install WordPress

Take note of the admin login credentials, you will need them later. Also, make sure the admin email is valid and you have access to it. In case you forget the password, the link to reset the password will be sent to this address.

Step Six

When you are ready, click ‘Install’. The installation process is quick and takes under 60 seconds in most cases. Once it’s complete, your new blog is ready to use and you may visit it right away.

Install WordPress in 60 seconds

You will be greeted with the default WordPress page.

Default WordPress Blog

Now, let’s create your first blog post.

Step Seven

Scroll down and click on the ‘Log in’ in the right menu bar to access the admin area. The dashboard should look like this:

Hover over “New” and click on “Post” in the drop down menu that appears.

Creating your first blog post

Step Eight

Enter the title for the article/post and then enter the text below that headline. You may already have an article you have written in “Word” or a text editor which you can paste (insert) using the . When happy with what you have written then it is time to publish.

Click ‘Publish’ in order for your post to appear on the site.

Your blog is now “live” and visible for all to see.

Step Nine

Customising the appearance of your WordPress blog can be done to suit your personal tastes.This is not necessary but I am sure that eventually you will want to make it suit the topic you will be blogging about whether it is photography, food or sport.

This can be done in ‘Appearance’ section of the admin menu. Hundreds of free themes and widgets are available there which will allow you to make your site look completely different and unique. Browse through them and you will surely find something useful.

Customizing and adding themes for your WordPress blog


Get Started Now!

The journey starts with doing, not thinking or over planning.

Stanley Kubrick gave this advice to aspiring filmmakers: “Get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.”* The most important thing is to just “do it”.

So start your blog and create your online masterpiece now.

I look forward to hearing about your blogging success. You can get started today from only $4.95 per month.

Note: This blog is sponsored by WebHostingBuzz.com and powers jeffbullas.com 

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  • Thank you for explaining the difference between WordPress and Tumblr, I’ve been wondering about that! I have a question though – do you think it makes a big difference if you buy a domain name as opposed to just using a free account? I’m just getting started with WordPress and still learning the basics and have been toying with the idea of buying a domain name.

    • Thanks for the question Kimberly.
      Buying a domain name enables you to “own” your own name online rather than building up the assets of the free network that you are using. Having your own domain allows you to build up your “Google juice” for yourself. You can also then take your domain name to whichever hosting company you like. If you look at your Tumblr name it will be a subset of their name. eg http://jeffbullas.tumblr.com/
      That is why creating a self hosted blog with your own domain named gives you ultimate flexibility and ownership.

  • Great information Jeff. I really want to move my Blogger account over to WordPress. Is that easy to do?

  • As a long time WordPress user/designer I can’t recommend it highly enough. WP is great for blogs, websites as well as combination of the two. Great article, Jeff!

    My advice to Laurie is to start fresh with WP 3.4.1 and just rewrite about 6-10 your latest/most important posts. You can give them the exact original publication date if you want.

  • Jan

    Why go through WebHostingBuzz.com? I went directly to WordPress.com and started right away. WordPress is free. WebHostingBuzz.com is $4.95 a month. I don’t get it.

    • Thanks Jan for the question. It comes down to flexibility, control and the level of customization.
      1. Monetization and Advertisements: WordPress.com does not allow you to include advertisements of any kind.
      2. Customization: WordPress.com provides a limited amount of space and customization options (although enough for most beginner bloggers).
      So It maybe a good place to start but if you want to get serious you need to have a self hosted blog with your own domain. If your traffic starts building it then transferring it can be a bit of a task.

  • Simple and straightforward. I love it! Nice screenshots, too. Definitely sharing this!

  • Mordechai Schiller

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have a Blogger (Blogspot) blog now. I’ve been thinking of moving it to my own domain. Could I start a WordPress blog and migrate my old Blogger posts?

    • Thanks for the question. It is better to start with a clean slate and copy and paste them over. If that task is too big for you outsource it to Freelancer or Elance.

  • Juergen Thulke

    This is really simple – thank you for this post!

  • If I start a blog in WordPress.com, mainly for cost reasons, is it viable to move it later to a self hosted (say WebHostingBuzz.com) or is it a copy/paste task? Thank you.

    • You cam transfer the blog over without to much difficulty generally to a self hosted WordPress site. So you don’t have to copy and paste, but I would recommend that you get someone like a web company to do it for you or someone who understands WordPress and hosting to make sure you keep your data. That is actually what I did . You would not have to cut and paste and it would make sure you don’t lose all your articles and comments.

  • Awesome walk-through tutorial ! I am wondering if one can start with abc.wordpress.com blog and then later on use the above services to setup the domain and the website and migrate? Is it possible?

  • Thanks for this idea. When I first added these links ( I added both in my wordpress admin site and in my ecto preferences) I noticed a boost in traffic. In the last week or so, I have not seen much traffic at all. Granted I am real new to this but I’m still trying to figure out If I might be shooting myself in the foot by having these ping links in both ecto and wordpress.

  • Marsha Ingrao

    I love my WordPress blog, but for beginners it is not quite this simple. I ran into all kinds of snags along the way, and since I started with WP, no outside web hosting, I was pretty much on my own, except that the WP community pitched in to help me. I documented most of my problems and frustrations along the way on my blog, http://www.tchistorygal.com.

  • Having a blog on your business website is very helpful these days as it helps you reach out to your target audience.
    If you have a WordPress website and your theme doesn’t have blog support then follow this tutorial and learn how to create WordPress blog on your website.

    Here are the details: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/how-to-setup-a-wordpress-blog-for-business/