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STEP ONE: DOMAIN NAME + HOSTING
I always recommend signing up for hosting with Bluehost because of their top notch 24/7 support team, the simple one-click WordPress install and you get a FREE domain name when you purchase hosting. Not to mention, hosting is only $3.95/month.
Choosing a domain name is important- don’t rush it! It won’t be easy to change later. Once I had a few domain name ideas in mind, I checked to see if they were available with this handy dandy domain name checker. You can check to see if the domain names you’re interested in are available too.
When purchasing hosting, I recommend choosing the Basic package for small blogs, but you can purchase whatever package you prefer.
Below is a screenshot of what I recommend purchasing when registering domains & purchasing hosting with Bluehost.
Note: the Domain Whois Privacy shields your personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public and prevents telemarketers from calling you.
STEP TWO: INSTALL WORDPRESS
Bluehost has a wonderful “one click install” for WordPress. You can find this by going to Bluehost > hosting > website builders > install WordPress. Once wordpress is installed, you will be prompted to create your wordpress login information. Once you have set up your account info, your domain name + “/wp-admin” at the end will be the link to your new WordPress dashboard. (ie: example.com/wp-admin)
STEP THREE: PURCHASE A THEME
Love Riot is creating bold & stylish WordPress themes for bloggers & creative babes. Head on over to the Shop to find the perfect theme for you + your blog.
STEP FOUR: INSTALLATION
Once you have purchased a Love Riot theme and you’ve downloaded your theme files, you can now install and setup your theme. I include informative and thoughtful setup guides with each and every theme so you can get blogging in a flash.