How to Start a Crafts Blog

Hey Crafty Folks!

This is the first part of a 4-step series on Starting a Blog and Earning Income.  Here’s a preview of the other parts before we begin!

So… you love to craft and you’ve visited a few DIY blogs by now, including mine.  I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind, “I can do this…”  Well, I agree with you!  YOU CAN TOTALLY DO THIS!  And I can help you!  :)

I know the whole thought of starting a website can be intimidating.  But I can show you a very easy and user-friendly way to do this!  I did it, and you can too!  You don’t have to know anything about computer programming or coding.  You just need to know where to start and you’ll be off and running in just 3 steps!

Step 1:  Start at Bluehost
Step 2:  Get WordPress
Step 3:  Make Your Blog Shine!

Step 1:  Start at Bluehost

It all starts at BlueHost and it only takes 10 minutes!  Bluehost is a web hosting service and this is also where you choose your domain name (website name).  Through Bluehost, the domain is actually FREE! but you do have to purchase web hosting service.  If you’re unfamiliar with web hosting, think of it as a place on the internet where your website lives, and you pay rent for this space.  Bluehost is currently offering web hosting at $3.95/month!  That’s less than the cost of a latte!  Super cheap rent, right?!

how to start a crafts blog

Head over to Bluehost and click “Get Started Now.”  A new domain section will appear.  Type in your name ideas to check if it’s available.  I’m sure you’ve thought of a few clever ones by now!

Next, you need to choose a monthly plan.  Although Bluehost is offering a plan that is only $3.95 per month, I actually have the “plus plan” at $5.95/month because I need more GB’s.  You may have noticed that my blog is loaded with tons of photos, and they are large photos!  (I like to be extra helpful in my tutorials for you!)  These photos take up a lot of space so I have to choose a higher level plan for storage.  But since you’re just getting started, I definitely recommend the $3.95/month plan.

 

Once you’ve selected your plan, you’ll move on to create your account at Bluehost where they ask basic questions – name, address, username/password, etc.  Next, checkout and complete your plan purchase!  You now own a little piece of the internet!  Yay!

Step 2:  Install WordPress

WordPress is a blogging software used to publish posts and edit the website.  If you plan to monetize your blog, this is the way to go, for sure!  It’s FREE and you can do it all through the Bluehost website.

Go into your Bluehost account and under the “Website” section,  click “Install WordPress.”  (Yep, it’s really that simple!)

how to install wordpress

After you’ve agreed to their terms of service, just click “Install Now.”

You’ll see “Your install is complete!” and your username and temporary password will appear.  You’ll be directed to the WordPress login page.   Go ahead, log in!

how to install wordpress

Congratulations, you’re now the proud owner of a brand new blog, your very own blog – you’re a blogger!  Yay!

Step 3:  Make Your Blog SHINE!

This is the BEST part because you get to make it your own.  This is where you make your website look the way you want it to.  You get to add your personal touch and style.  Wordpress offers some really nice FREE themes that you can browse through.  I like the way many of them look but I wanted a little more customization for my blog.  If you’re looking for just a little more sparkle, as well as more built-in features, I would love to recommend two theme designers that I’ve used for my own blog:

Beautiful Dawn Designs and Restored 316

These two design companies offer really beautiful themes for your blog!  They are fresh, feminine, and inspiring!  I love all their color themes!  Everything looks so modern and professional!  Just go take a look at their websites.  I know you’ll be blown away too!  Take a peek!  Here are the links again:  Beautiful Dawn Designs and Restored 316


Additional notes and reasons I highly recommend Bluehost as your starting point for your new blog:

  1.  You get the whole setup all in one place!  If you’re worried or intimidated about all the steps you have to take, let me put your mind at ease!  It can be really confusing but at Bluehost, you do everything in one place!  Sign ups and installations are all done here and it’s not time consuming at all.  You’re only 10 minutes away from owning your own blog!
  2. Amazing Customer Service!  You get 24/7 customer service, which is something that’s extremely important to me.  If you have any questions at all, you can just call them up.  Or, if you’re like me, I prefer their option to live chat with a technician.  Super short wait time and instant answers to your problem!  They have even logged into my account to fix a problem for me while on live chat.  I was so grateful! It’s really great, trust me on it!

So, what are you waiting for?  Go and sign up now!  Become a fellow blogger today and let’s be creative together!

Are you thinking of starting a blog?  How is your startup process going?  Use the comments section below to let me know how you’re doing!

Here are the other topics covered in this 4-part series on blogging:

 

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