So, you keep seeing all these awesome websites on business, entrepreneurship, and self-development, and you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey, I can do that!”.
Well, I’ve got news for you…you can!
I started Attitudes 4 Innovation when I just 17 years old (although it had a different name back then), and I was certainly not a whiz kid. I was just a dude with a passion for reading about self development and wanted to turn that passion into little online venture.
Starting a blog or website on entrepreneurship or self development is a great way to earn some extra income and have fun doing it. And with today’s technology, it has never been easier. Put the next 15 minutes on hold, and get your own website up and running!
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1) Get Your Domain Name & Hosting
This is the part I always like the best. Picking a name! I was always a creative kid, so thinking of names for my websites & businesses was always fun, even if I never ended up going through with the idea.
I suggest brainstorming as many different names as possible, by thinking about exactly what you want your website to be about, and then writing down all the “cool” words that come to mind when you think of that specific topic. If you are starting a website about business or entrepreneurship, you may want to think of using the word “entrepreneur” in your domain.
Make it unique. Something that people will look at and say “Now, that’s a clever name. I wish I had thought of that”.
Once you’ve chosen your name, head over to BlueHost to grab the domain before someone else takes it. If it’s already taken, see if you can get the same name as a .net or .co…but it may be best just to choose a different domain. I suggest using BlueHost because of the easy to use practicality and the cost efficiency. You won’t find cheaper hosting.
When you’re asked to choose a specific plan, you have a few options. If you really are just “testing this thing out”, then go with the option that allows you to pay month-by-month. But if you know you’re going to be doing this for 3 years or longer, then go with the plan that has you pay in one lump sum. The latter cuts the long-term price nearly in half when it comes down to it.
What’s cool about BlueHost is that if you choose to use their services then they pay for your first domain name! Saves you anywhere between 12-500 bucks!
How bout that for a deal?!
2) Install WordPress
Wordpress is what we use here at Attitudes 4 Innovation. It’s the blogging software that I use for all my websites and that 95% of successful bloggers use for their websites.
Wordpress is the coolest thing on the internet. Before WordPress was created, building a website was incredibly complicated. Now, a 5 year-old could manage to put up a beautifully designed site.
It’s super easy to install once you’re set up with BlueHost.
Login to BlueHost and find the Website Builders section. Click on the WordPress logo.
Click “Install” on the next page. Then find the “Check Domain” button & click it.
Check the necessary boxes & click “Install Now”.
The next page will share with you that your install has been complete. You’ll want to find the “View Credentials” tab and click on it to grab your credentials needed to access your WordPress site from the backend.
Type in the Admin URL, which will take you to a page that displays the below image. Enter in the Username & Password that is given to you.
You’re all set and logged in to your brand new WordPress site!
3) Installing a Theme
Your next step would be to install a theme to your new WordPress site. WordPress has a variety of (ugly) themes available for free here, and you can check them out. But they really don’t look that nice and you shouldn’t expect to get any traction from a website that is built on a free WordPress theme. It looks unprofessional and people will know you didn’t invest much care into the website.
I suggest investing $30-75 in a premium theme for your new website. Trust me, it is well worth it and I think you’ll agree with me when you have your brand new, beautiful site up and running. Below are a few of my favorite places to get quality themes at a good price:
2. Elegant Themes – This is another place that has a good selection of themes for you to use. For just $69, you can get access to their entire library of 87 themes. What I like about this deal is if you put up one theme and don’t end up liking it, you have paid access to 80+ other themes to try out.
3. Genesis Theme – Simple, yet lovely theme. This is what you would want if you don’t want a lot of clutter around your content. Simple blogs are in many cases the best kind of blogs out there, so consider this avenue.
4. My Theme Shop – I found some really cool themes available at great prices here. Consider browsing this marketplace for some gorgeous looking, magazine style themes.
4) Start publishing!
Now that you have your name, hosting, and theme all set up, it’s time to start publishing some content. To publish your very first post, log in to your WordPress backend and click on the ‘Posts’ tab on the left hand side. Then click, “Add New”.
You can publish videos, articles, podcasts, and just about any other type of media you want within’ your posts, and you don’t have to be a developer to do so. Just make sure you are in the ‘Visual’ tab of the post, not the the ‘Text’.
Having some HTML skills can be useful in WordPress, but not necessary. In most cases, you can find any kind of coding instructions online in less than 5 minutes when you need any kind of special work for the site.
If you would like to learn more, please email me and I will walk you through the process of setting up your website (just promise me you’ll give it your best shot on your own first!). This is an exciting time, and I wish you the best with your brand new website!