Warning! This is not a get rich on the internet Article. This is just a step by step of how I’ve managed to start and run this website using just my phone.
I’ve learned a few tricks along the way and thought it would be fun to share. It does include some affiliate links for some of the products mentioned, but it’s all based on my experience so far.
This is Part I and is mostly about getting started and is not too specific to using your phone.
In Part II I will go into detail about how to do all the things you need to do on your website from your phone.
If you’ve ever thought about building a website or starting a blog but thought you didn’t have the right equipment, this article is for you!
If you’ve already started a blog or website and find that things like real life and work are making it hard to make progress, then this article is definitely without a doubt for you!
If you’re ready, let’s get started!
Starting a Website is Easier Than You Think
Newsflash: It’s 2017 and you don’t need to know how to program a computer in order to build a website.
You also don’t need an expensive computer with a wall full of monitors. Everything you need is in your phone, your head and your thumbs.
In fact, you could read this article, follow the steps I set out, and have your website up and running before lunch. Unless you’re not a morning person. In that case, pretty quick after you start.
There are a million different ways to do this, but I’m going to show you the quickest way to get from point A to point B.
The best part? You can do all of this on your iPhone (and probably your Android phone too, I’m just not as familiar).
Even better than that? You can do all of this while you’re waiting on line, killing time at home or work, or just about anywhere you can think of. Some of the things I’ll show you don’t even require data.
Beware Rabbit Holes and the Ones Selling Picks and Shovels
The biggest danger in this whole process is research and knowledge. If you start researching how to start a blog online, you will fall into so many rabbit holes that it will be 3 years before you are done digesting all that content.
It’s all very fascinating and interesting but the main thing it will do is delay you from starting and fill your head with doubt about your current path.
It’s like jumping into a cold pool and ripping off a band aid! Less thinking, more action.
The other danger of research is getting lured in by the people selling picks and shovels. Huh? What am I talking about?
They say during the gold rush it got to the point that so many people were chasing the dream of gold riches, that it was more profitable to be in the business of selling gear to those people.
The internet is remarkably similar. The “make money online” industry is huge. Everyone will tell you need something different. Some are legit and helpful, but for now, you don’t need the latest and greatest shiny object, you need to start.
So let’s get started!
The Roadmap to Make Your Website and Create Your Blog
Ok, here’s the big picture. You need the following:
1. An Idea ( or a vague notion) of what you are going to put on your webpage.
2. An iPhone with an internet connection.
3. A credit card or prepaid visa, etc. card.
4. A domain. (I’ll explain more later).
5. A web host. (More later).
The first three of these steps are self explanatory. The idea is important, but not as important as you might think. Don’t let the pressure of committing to some big concept for your site lock you up and keep you from acting.
Remember, this is the Internet, not stone tablets. If your initial idea doesn’t pan out very well, you can reshape it or even delete it.
Which leads to step 4. When you pick your domain name, pick something that is relevant, but that can potentially be flexible if you have to change course.
You can register a domain name through a lot of different companies on the web. Many of them are great. For the sake of simplicity, I am going to show you how to combine steps 4 and 5 and get up and running as soon as possible.
You can use the box below to check the availability of a domain idea you have:
Registering Your Domain and Getting a Webhost
Ugh. Technical jargon. What is a webhost? It’s basically the computer that your webpage will be stored on. Once you have one, you will log on and publish things to your website.
Bottom line: if you want your own website you need a webhost.
Again, there are lots and lots of web hosting companies out there, but I’m going to walk you through set up with Bluehost. It’s simple, straightforward and good for first timers.
And the best part? It combines two steps in one. You get a free domain registration when you sign up so you don’t have to worry about doing that separately.
It’s getting close to go time, let’s keep going!
Costs of Hosting with Bluehost
Bluehost offers web hosting for an affordable price. They have three levels of membership to choose from, and they are all different from one another to meet the needs of individual web hosting situations.
First and foremost is the Basic plan only works for one website, and it provides 50 GB of space. It provides one domain, five parked domains, and 25 subdomains. It also offers 100 MB of storage for each of the five email accounts that can be associated with the website.
The Plus membership covers an unlimited number of websites, but they only offer one domain. They have unlimited parked domains and subdomains. The storage for website space is unmetered, and there is unlimited storage for the unlimited number of emails that can be associated with a domain. This membership also offers SpamExperts, too.
The Prime membership offers the same things as the Plus membership. However, it also offers Domain Privacy and a site backup method that the other two memberships do not offer.
Getting Started with Bluehost
After a plan is selected, the next step in the process is to either pick a new domain name or to provide another one for transfer from an existing domain host. If a given domain is already taken, then suggestions for a new domain name will be given. These domain names are similar to the ones originally provided.
Website domain types are multiple. They include .com, .net, .biz, and so on.
This website can be linked with any Google account rather easily, too.
Final Registration Steps
Once the plan and domain name are accepted, a registration page will appear. This step is the final one to solidify the domain name and membership plans that are chosen. The increments at which the membership cost is also chosen at this point. A credit card is required at this time to make initial and reoccurring payments for the hosting service.
Right now there is a promo for $2.95 a month for the most basic plan. The regular is $7.95. You can get higher level plans for a promo price of $5.95 that goes up after the promo period.
At this point, don’t get bogged down in all the differences. Unless you have a good reason, just stick to the basic plan. It will be just fine to get you started.
After you choose, you will then type in your domain name. If it’s not available, it will give you suggestions.
Once you complete signup, you will get an email from Bluehost with your account information. Usually you are ready within an hour if not sooner.
Whiz, bang, you are now the official owner of a website!
But you’re not quite done. The final step is to install WordPress. “Install” makes it sound more complicated than it actually is.
WordPress is the program that is going to make it easy to publish on your website and make it look good too!
1. Log in to your Bluehost account. https://my.bluehost.com/cgi-bin/cplogin
2. Find the Website section and select “install WordPress.”
3. Choose the website you want it installed to.
4. Click “Install.”
You now have a website that is up and running! Now you need to put some stuff up there!
In the next part of this series, we’ll cover how to do that. More importantly, we’ll show you how to do it using just your iPhone.
Alright! See you at the next post!