Starting A Blog – A Video Tutorial for Non-Techies

Starting a blog can be a bit confusing if you've never done it before.  Setting up WordPress, intimidating backend systems, worrying whether you need to code, can make you just want to throw up your hands.  

I remember having to force feed myself html & light css when I'd never studied it before.

As far as coding goes, you don't have to be able do that anymore; and you can still have an amazing blog.

In this video tutorial, I'm going to show you how to painlessly get over that initial, tech hump.  Just do what I do in this video and you'll be able to go from zero to working blog in less than an hour - NO JOKE.

Starting A Blog Video Tutorial Transcript

Introduction

Hey guys. My name is Donald Ash, Dash for short, with finishsomething.com. And today I'm gonna show you how to set up your blog on WordPress. 

Before we kick off today's video, don't forget to hit that like button and the bell notification so you can find out when fresh new content comes out at Finish Something.

You know what sucks? Tutorials that you can't understand for sh*t, and sometimes it seems like a lot of tutorials telling you how to set up blogs on WordPress are like that. 

(Rick & Morty screaming)

Goal of This Tutorial

But not this tutorial. By the end of this video, you're gonna go from having no blog at all to being able to have a blog that you own and control. 

So I'm gonna take you by the eyeballs. Wait a minute, that sounds kind of painful. I'm gonna take you by the hand and I'm gonna show you how to set up your blog on WordPress from scratch, even if you're a non-techie like me. 

Birdseye View

So what are the key things that you need to do to set up your blog?

Number one, you're gonna need a domain name.

Background Voice: Domain!

And that's just like your .com, .org, .biz, that kind of thing. I do recommend .com by the way. 

Number two, you need to set up hosting.
Background Voice: Hosting!

Number three, you need a way to connect these two things.
Background Voice: (singing) Connect the two.

And number four, you need a blogging platform.
Background Voice: (singing) Platform.

That's where WordPress comes in. Don't let terms like domain names and hosting confuse you. The way somebody taught it to me was think of your domain name as like your house and then think of your hosting as like the land underneath your house.  The two kind of work well being together. 

My Recommendations

My recommendations for each of these things, now you don't have to use these services. You can use other things, but these are just the ones that I use personally and they're the things that I'm actually gonna be showing you with in the video tutorial today.

Domain Name Registrar Of Choice

My domain name registrar of choice is Namecheap.com

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Hosting Service Of Choice

At the time of this video, my hosting service of choice Siteground.com

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Blogging Platform Of Choice

The blogging platform that I swear by, and a lot of people swear by is WordPress.
I'm gonna leave links to all of these different services in the description box below. 

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Visit The Resources Page

If you forget any these, don't worry, they're all listed on my Resources page.  Click the red button to go there.

Affiliate Disclosure

Full disclosure guys, I am an affiliate for Name Cheap and I am an affiliate for SiteGround. So if you do end buying these services through any of the links in my description box, I do earn a commission.

However, please keep in mind that I'm only gonna recommend these because I do personally use them and overall I've had a very good experience with them.  
So, I'm not gonna recommend you anythings that you don't need. Cool?

Great, let's get started. 

1. Setting Up A Domain Name

To get our domain name we've come over to Namecheap.com and in the search box here you can enter domain names that you're interested in. I was watching something recently about Jay-Z, so I'll enter mynameishov.com.

Jay Z:HOV, H to the O V.

Might not be available, but let's check. Wow, it actually is. Okay, so mynameishov.com and that's $10.98 a year. We'll hit the "add to cart button." Once you do that, when you see this check mark inside of your cart, it means that the name's available and it's ready for purchase.

So over here I always forget what this ICANN fee is for, but you do need it in order to buy the domain name. So the total is $11.16 and we're gonna click view cart. Alright, and once we're here it just gives you a total, a running total of everything that you've purchased. And we're gonna click "confirm order." 

Two Options

Now you have two options here. You can either create an account if you don't have one already, or you can log in to your current account.  I'm going to log in to mine here.
Once you're here you can just hit the "pay now" button. 

2. Setting Up Hosting

We're over at Siteground.com for hosting. So let's go to the hosting tab, click on web hosting. This gives you the three different plans that they have, StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek. I'm currently using GoGeek because I have several sites, one of which is a little bit larger, but for the video here we're gonna use the StartUp plan.

But if you're not sure, I do recommend going with the middle plan. So let's click "get started."

Siteground Pricing

We're gonna enter I already have a domain name. I'm not gonna use mynameishov.com. That was just for demonstration purposes, but for ours we're gonna use a name that I already bought with NameCheap, beginvestor.com and hit "proceed."

You'll fill out all of your details here, add your payment information, and just to show you pricing, you end up paying $43.08. So you pay upfront, but it gives you hosting for the entire year. Okay?

Click on agree to the terms and services and privacy policy. You don't have to click the second one if you don't want news and special offers. Hit "pay now." 

3. Addon Domain

This is where the process gets a little bit more involved, but I'm gonna keep it as simple as possible so don't worry. If you have your usernames and passwords for both SiteGround and for Name Cheap, it's gonna come in very handy right now. 

This step is really important because we're gonna be connecting our domain name to our hosting. 

Logging Into Your cPanel

So I want you to go into your SiteGround user area first and let's go to my accounts.

We're gonna log in to our cPanel. If you've never done this before and you aren't sure about what your username is and password, you can actually click on the information and settings and it'll show you your cPanel username, and then you can change your password.

If you have any issues with this, you may want to contact Site Ground's customer support. They're available 24 hours a day and are very, very helpful. So let's go ahead and log in.

Don't Be Intimidated By Your cPanel

Alright, you want to access the cPanel securely, most definitely, so make sure that's checked. Click "proceed." Enter your password and log into your cPanel. This is the back end of your site or sites and I don't want you to worry about anything here.

It looks a lot more complicated than it really is. 

We're just gonna click on Addon Domains.  Here, I want you just to type in the name of the website that you just purchased.  In my case, it's beginvestor.com.

Please make sure this is spelled correctly or it will cause you a little bit of trouble later. Okay? Beginvestor.com. And just click.

Addon Domain Added

The next two fields will fill out by themselves, and I want you to enter a password. Okay, once you have your password, please make sure you write it down somewhere so you don't forget it, somewhere safe, and we're gonna click "Add Domain."

Alright, and you'll see these two green boxes. We aren't gonna do that.
That lets you know that it worked. We're gonna go back and you should see your Addon Domain in your list here.  Beginvestor is there, so it worked. 

4. Namservers

Next let's set up our name servers, and that just means we're gonna make sure our domain name is pointing to the right place.

We're gonna go to SiteGround again, just the main user area, and I want you to go to my accounts, information settings and then we're gonna look right next to account DNS.

I just want you to copy the first one, and I want you to copy to the point before the parenthesis and numbers. So you just need the letters. Okay?

We're gonna copy, go to NameCheap, find the site name that you just bought and let's click manage. Okay, we're gonna go to name servers and change it from Name Cheap basic DNS to custom DNS. Paste in your first name server, go back to SiteGround, copy the second one.

Go back to NameCheap, do the very same thing.

Copy and paste, and click the check mark to save.

5. Setting Up WordPress

Let's finish this up by setting up WordPress. So you'll log back into your cPanel. Click on the WordPress icon. And then I want you to go to install now, and I want you to click http, and I want you to find your website's name, beginvestor for me.

If you like, you can go ahead and enter the name of your blog and the site description. I'm gonna do that a little bit later. Very important here, please make sure you remember your admin username and password. You'll need it to log in to WordPress.

Set those up, install, and let this load fully to 100 percent.

You'll get this message, the congratulations message, and you're gonna want to remember this URL because it's how you're gonna log in to WordPress. 

6. Did It Work?

If I've done everything correctly, then we should have a site that is working right now.
 
So, I'm going to open up a new tab and I'm gonna look for beginvestor.com. That's the name of my site. You'll enter the name of yours. And wallah, this is it. 

I'm going to go to beginvestor.com. It says my blog and my WordPress blog because I didn't enter in those details that I talked about, but that's easy enough to fix.  

If you scroll down, you'll see this is what your stock WordPress installation looks like. Alright? So there's a lot of promise here guys. There's a lot you can do with your own site.

One Last Thing

I'm gonna show you one last thing because I don't want to leave you hanging. I'm gonna show you how to log in to WordPress from here. So you're going to go to www.thenameofyoursite.com/wp-admin. Okay?

Next, I want you to enter that username and password that I said were super important. This is where you'll enter them now. 

We'll log in to WordPress and there you go. You now have access to your WordPress dashboard and you can tinker around with things. You can add posts and pictures. You can start playing around with your site, because now you have a site that you own and control.

Wrap Up

Well now you have a shiny new WordPress blog.  Congratulations!

Hopefully you got something out of this tutorial. If you did, if you enjoyed it, please don't forget to like, share, comment and subscribe. This is a brand new channel and it really does help me out if you do those things, so thank you in advance for those who do.

If you do better following written instructions over video, I did make a long form post about how to set up your WordPress blog over on finishsomething.com, and I'll leave a link to that in the description box below, along with the links to NameCheap and Site Ground if you're trying to really set up your site. 

A Question for You

I want to finish today with a question. I want to know

Why Are You Starting A Blog?

Are you starting a blog because you want to make a business out of it?
Blogging for fun? Some other reason I don't know about?

I'd love to hear about it. So you can leave your comments in the comments section below and I'll catch you guys in the next one.

Peace.

Prefer a Written Blog Tutorial?

If you're starting a blog, but you do better with written instructions, I have a detailed post to show you how.  Pictures, photos, arrows, everything you need to get set up.  You can click the red button below to check out that post.

Donald Ash

A content creator from Atlanta, Georgia who has been living in Japan for the last ten years. His current obsession is to take a business that has consistently been earning a bit of income every month and turning it into a full-time business that his readers love just as much as he does.

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