How to Set up a WordPress Blog - dummies

How to Set up a WordPress Blog

By Wendy Piersall, Heather B. Armstrong

WordPress is very widely used by mom bloggers. When your blog is set up on your own hosting account, you have 100 percent control over what you do with your blog.

Every hosting company is a little different, and there are thousands of hosting companies to choose from. The WordPress team has a list of hosting companies that make WordPress easily available to their customers. They frequently feature Bluehost as one of the top recommendations.

Their team is very knowledgeable and helpful with WordPress setup support, and they offer so-called 1-Click Auto WordPress installation, which is well documented on their site.

When your WordPress blog is set up, you will get an e-mail with your login URL, which is usually When you log in to your blog for the first time, you see the WordPress Dashboard.

The WordPress blogging platform Dashboard.
The WordPress blogging platform Dashboard.

From here, you should enter your blog’s name and tag line right away before you start blogging:

  1. From your WordPress Dashboard, click the General link under the Settings menu.

  2. In the Site Title text field, enter your blog’s name.

  3. In the Tagline text field, enter your blog tag line.

    The tag line is also your blog description.

You also need to know how to install a theme and a WordPress plugin. Be thankful at this point that WordPress has improved so much over the years, because this used to be a hassle for new users. No more! It’s now a simple point and click process.