How to Start a Party Blog using Bluehost

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Do you spend a fair amount of time decorating for parties and events? Are you looking for a way to share your ideas online and express your creativity?

If your answer is yes, a party blog might be the perfect option for you. 

In 2016, I started a party blog as an outlet to share my creative ideas. For 5 years or more, I’ve been hosting parties for my kids and decorating for other family events. After each event, I take pictures of my parties and write a blog post about it.  As a party stylist, I decorate party tables, create custom party decorations, create backdrops and more. I love the details of an event!

Starting a blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Although the technical parts of building a blog or website can seem intimidating, it can be done! I assure you I am not tech savvy and yet I was able to start a blog without too much stress! Almost anyone can set up a blog and there is so much support out there from other bloggers. Just follow my step by step instructions to start your own blog!

1. Choose Your Domain Name & Web Host

2. Step by Step Instructions (set up your own blog)

3. Select a Theme (make your blog pretty)

4. Create Helpful Content

5. Other Useful Tips

Are you interested in a different blog topic or “Niche”? You will still benefit from following along with my step by step tutorial on how to start a blog!

How to Start a Party Blog using Bluehost

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1. Choose Your Domain Name & Web Host:

To start out, brainstorm a domain name for your blog. This step is very important so take your time and choose a domain name you really like. I chose my website name Joy in the Commonplace because I wanted to portray finding joy or happiness in every day, ordinary life. 

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org (self-hosted)

When I first started my party blog, I began with the intent to eventually start a business. I’m an entrepreneur at heart! My step by step tutorial will teach you how to set up a WordPress.org, self-hosted website. Self-hosted just means that you own your domain name. For example, my website is www.joyinthecommonplace.com, which costs me a small yearly fee to host on bluehost.com. 

If you just want to start a hobby blog and share your creativity without spending money, you can look into a free WordPress.com option. However, if you choose the free blog, the options are limited. The limitations include not owning your own domain name, not haveing many choices on advertising, and not being able to upload plugins, just to name a few.  You website URL will appear like this: www.yourwebsitename.wordpress.com.

I recommend Bluehost for these reasons:

  • FREE domain name with a 12 month purchase
  • Affordable pricing with WordPress Install
  • Great technical support
  • High customer satisfaction
  • Easy Installation

2. Step By Step Instructions: (set up your own blog)

1. To begin, click here to sign up for bluehost and you will arrive at bluehost.com. I am an affiliate partner with Bluehost, which means I will receive a small commission if you use my link to sign up. If you choose this option, I appreciate your support!

 

2. Select which plan your prefer. I chose the basic plan which is $3.95 per month. This should be all you need to start a blog. If you need more space later, you can always upgrade to plus. 

 

3. If you have chosen your domain name, enter it into the new domain box. 

 

4. Enter in your account information.

 

 

5. Next, choose a web hosting package. The best deal is the basic 36 month price. You can leave the check boxes unchecked for now and go back and change the settings later. I would recommend paying for Domain Privacy Protection, which helps keep your personal information private.

 

 

6. Have your credit card handy for this step. Enter your information, check the box once you have read and agreed to the terms and services, and click “submit”.

 

 

7. Click to create a secure password for your account.

 

 

8. Create a secure password for your account. It’s important that you write your password down somewhere.  To keep all my passwords in one place, I use this handy password printable from the blog Clean & Scentsible.

 

8 Password Step 2

 

9. Congratulations! You’ve created your new password. Click to log into your account. 

 

8 Login

 

10. Select a theme for your website. For now, you can just pick one that stands out to you. You can always go back and change this later. 

10 Pick Theme


11. Click “Start Building” to work on your WordPress blog.

 

11 WP Login


12. You’ve arrived at your WordPress dashboard. You are given the options: business, personal, or I don’t need help. Choose which option applies to get started.

 

12 WP Dashboard

 

13. Click “Launch” to set up your website.

 

13 Bluehost Tools

 

14. To launch your new website, enter in a site title and description.

 

14 Launch Site

 

15. Log in to your WordPress website! You can also access your WordPress dashboard at any time by typing in your URL which is www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin. 

 

13 Bluerock Cpanel


16. To write your first blog post, click on Bluehost<<Home on the left to find useful tools for building your website.

 

16. Click Bluehost

 

17. Click on Blog Posts<<Add New Post.

 

17. Click Add new Post

 

18. Way to go! You’re ready to write your first blog post! Enter your post title and start writing. Once you’re finished, just hit “Publish” and your blog post will be on the web!

 

18. First blog Post


3. Select a Theme (make your blog pretty):

If you haven’t selected a theme, I would highly recommend Felicity by Georgia Lou Studios. This theme is for self-hosted WordPress.org sites only. You can buy this for a one time fee of $39.00.  

When I started out, I used a free theme with very few capabilities. Eventually, I outgrew this option and upgraded to a paid theme, which helped me push my blog to the next level. You can definitely get by with a free WordPress theme, but I would recommend paying for a responsive theme if you eventually plan to make money from your blog.

What I love about Felicity theme:

  • Full Responsive 
  • Pretty layout
  • Easy to customize colors & fonts
  • Multiple blog layout options
  • Great support and help documents
  • Top bar with social media icons + search bar
  • Photo gallery sliders
  • MailChimp newsletter service integration

Felicity theme

4. Create Helpful Content!

Now that you’ve started your blog, it’s time to compile a list of possible blog post ideas. Think about what you enjoy but also what your audience will want to read. As a party stylist, I love to post about my party themes and decorations. Also, I enjoy sharing themed gift ideas and DIY party ideas. Other ideas you could try are holiday themes, entertaining tips, DIY tutorials, recipes, crafts, and more!

I’ve found that writing often improves my skills and helps me brainstorm new ideas.  When I write a blog post, I make sure to upload a several pictures to enhance my writing. A picture is worth 1,000 words and most people love to see your designs! 

5. Other Useful Tips:

Back up your blog:

Over time you probably will put a lot of effort into your blog! Be sure to back up your website! I use a free plugin called UpdraftPlus Backups. There is also an upgrade version but the free one works for me. 

Set your permalinks:

A Permalink is the URL of your blog post. For example, this blog post appears like this: http://www.joyinthecommonplace.com/how-to-start-a-party-blog-using-bluehost. To get your URL to show up in this format, go to your WordPress dashboard on the right hand side and click on Settings<<Permalinks and select “Post name.”

Download useful plugins:

On your WordPress dashboard, select Plugins<<Add New. Here are a few plugins I would recommend:

Jetpack:

Offers social media sharing, website security, site statistics, shows related blog posts 

Yoast SEO:

Offers useful insight on Search Engine Optimization and gives useful advice on how to get your blog noticed on search engines

Askimet:

Helps filter comments on your blog that look like spam

Sign Up for Social Media Accounts:

Sign up for Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, etc. and add social links to your website. I would suggest setting all of your social media account usernames as your website name. For example, my name on social media is “Joy in the Commonplace”.

Personally, my two favorite ways to advertise my party blog are using Pinterest and Instagram. Facebook would be a great platform to advertise for a local party business.

Thanks so much for reading along! If starting a blog is for you, click here to sign up for bluehostStarting a party blog was a positive decision I made over a year ago. I hope that you can learn a few tips from my experiences and start your own! I know the technical parts of started a blog can seem overwhelming at first, but I want to encourage you to keep following your dreams! I knew very little about website building when I began but I kept pushing through my fears! You’ve got this!

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