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How to Start a Mom Blog

So let me take a guess? You have always wanted to start a blog, but haven’t because you are too busy {story of my life}.  You love to stalk read other mom blogs, but you’ve told yourself that you just don’t have the time to start your own.

how do I start a blog

Stop procrastinating. Today is your day to start a mom blog!

Follow these four EASY steps {yes only four} and I assure you that you will have your new blog up and running before your next load of laundry is done.

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Four Steps to Getting the Busy Mom Blogging Today:

  1. Name your Place {Buy Domain}
  2. Go Shopping {Purchase Hosting}
  3. It’s Time to Accessorize {Install WordPress}
  4. Choose your Style {Pick a Theme}

Step #1: Name your Place

It’s time to buy a domain! Hopefully by now you have thought about what you want your URL to be. If not, you need to decide before going forward.

I chose http://houseofroseblog.com because http://houseofrose.com was already taken. Spend some time thinking about this part because it’s something you won’t be able to change easily {without compromising your branding}.

1. Go to Bluehost and click the green “SIGN UP NOW button.

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2. Enter a domain name in the left box under “I Need a Domain Name.” Make sure “.com” is selected from the drop down menu beside it. Click the “Next” button.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

3. Enter your account information. Make sure that you have a valid email address because this is where they will send your log in info.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

Step #2: Go Shopping

Isn’t shopping one of your favorite hobbies? I bet you didn’t realize that even in creating your own blog…you get to shop!

You need to purchase your hosting. Luckily this won’t be a purchase your hubby will fall out of his chair over {like when you brought home your last designer handbag}.   This purchase is MUCH cheaper and will only cost you $4.95 a month.

4.  Under the Package Information tab you will need to choose your “Account Plan”. Click on the dropdown menu and choose the plan that you want. I like to make sure that no other boxes are checked except the “Domain Whois Privacy” box which will keep your personal information private {I recommend that}. *Note: If you are registering a new domain this option is available, but if you have an existing domain it won’t show up.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

5. Fill in the billing information and click “Next”.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

On the next page you will be asked if you want to add on any upgrades. I recommend skipping them all. You can continue on to complete your purchase.

YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM BLUEHOST THAT WILL CONTAIN YOUR CPANEL LOGIN INFORMATION.

Step #3: It’s Time to Accessorize

Here we are going to be going over how to upload WordPress to the Server {Bluehost}. This sounds more confusing than it is…but I promise accessorizing as never been so easy.

6. Log in to your Bluehost account {you should have received an email with your user id/password information after purchasing your hosting package}. Click “Control Panel Login” and enter your user id and password.

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7. Once logged in…click the WordPress icon under “Website Builders”.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

8. You will get a window that looks like the one below…just click the green “Start” button.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

8.  Leave this section as is, with your domain showing in the dropdown menu. Click the green “Check Domain” button.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide
9. Check the box next to “Show advanced options”. Then enter your “Site Name or Title,” choose an “Admin Username”, “Admin Password” and “Admin Email Address”. Make sure you check the box next to “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2″.  Click the green “Install Now” button.

how do I start a blog busy mom blogging guide

There you have it… You are done with the hard part! See, wasn’t so hard, huh?

Make sure you remember the information you created to access your site. Your site will look VERY basic right now. You created the site, but you do not have a design yet. Follow below for my favorite WordPress themes.

Step #4: Choose your Style

Some people are traditional, some rustic chic, others contemporary. Just like personal style, blogs need personality too. This is where you will pick a theme.

There are tons of different “free” themes that you can choose from. If you are trying to save money then I suggest just choosing a free theme. I use a premium {meaning that it’s paid for} theme.

There are two that I would recommend: Thesis and Genesis. This website runs on Genesis.


That’s it!

To log in to your new site go to:

http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin

Example:  http://houseofroseblog.com/wp-admin.  Enter your unique user id/password Begin blogging!

[ois skin="Home Tour 3"]

Have questions on how to create your own blog?   Leave your comment/question below and I’ll do my best to get you started blogging today!  

For more information on blogging check out my “Pep Talk” video and our Blogging Resources page.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links.  I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. All of the affiliate links mentioned are products or services that I am recommending because I believe in them and think they are helpful not because I may earn a commission.

103 Comments

  1. Hi Mandy – I just wanted to stop by and thank you for this article! My husband and I recently started a blog and I had used this post as a reference when setting domain name and hosting. Your instructions are clear and easy to follow. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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  2. Jane says:

    Hello,
    Thank you SO much for the instructions on setting up a blog. I recently followed all the steps and it was actually very easy, EXCEPT that I seemed to get lost at step #4. I wasn’t sure where to find the Thesis or Genesis templates. Somehow I think I ended up selecting something different…which might end up being fine, but I would like to customize it to my liking and that’s where I’m a little stuck! Do you have any tricks up your sleeve you could share?

    Love your blog! Thanks for everything…janejones

    • Mandy says:

      Hi Jane! I do not have any tutorials for customizing a design for the blog. I had a designer do my header image. You can make one on Picmonkey.com for free. If you google “how to use Thesis” (or Genesis if that’s what you chose) you should be able to find tons of tutorial videos!

  3. Stacia says:

    I have been thinking of going to Thesis but I’m not sure. I have genesis but I don’t really know how to do custom stuff with it. Thesis has a skin from SocialTriggers that I think looks really clean. So hmmm… Choices ;) also I been thinking of moving to blue host from hostgator. Is there affiliate program better?
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  4. Hello there,

    I am a fellow blogger, and I am stumped on something that I am hoping you could help me with. I cannot figure out what wordpress plugin, if there is one, that I should use to make customizable buttons.

    Your blog has great ones! You know, the cute little pink circles that we click on :)

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
    Chic Family Travels
    Tamala
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  5. Donna says:

    Finally decided on a name should I buy the additional names. .net, .info, .org

  6. Rachel says:

    Hello!!! Thank you so much for this information! I am starting a blog for free on blogspot to see if I keep up with posting. Is this something you recommend??

  7. Heather says:

    Thanks so much for these steps, I have the passion – so I went for it!!! :) Now that I’ve got the tools, I followed your steps, but I’m stuck at #4. I find all kinds of themes on etsy and they all say this:

    First and foremost, this premium premade WordPress theme works for SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS BLOGS ONLY!

    This is confusing for a newbie like me, lol. I have my bluehost account, but also have wordpress – like the steps above suggested. Since I don’t have a self-hosted blog where do you find a good theme? I fell in love with a few on etsy but most say it must be self-hosted blog to be compatible. Any suggestions? I’m super excited to build my site so any help in the right direction would be AWESOME! :)

  8. Great tips of what how to create a great blog! I still enjoy the self hosting of Empower Network and it’s easy use. This is a solution that many should know their options.
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  9. Luna says:

    I love your blog! It actually inspired me to begin my blog and share my story about family building and dealing with fertility problems. Thank you!

  10. Balazs Hende says:

    Hi Mandy, I can confirm that Bluehost is a great provider :) I’ve found you blog accidentally and it’s a very nice one. Well done!
    Balazs Hende´s last blog post ..Are You Sick? Write a Blog and Get Better!

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  12. Becca says:

    I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now, and when I came across your easy how to post I just had to do it right then and there. Thank you! Now I am trying to design my website!

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