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Have you always wanted to start your own blog but aren’t sure where to begin? The idea can be daunting, but it’s easier than you think!

Do you dream of sharing your photography with the world? Wished you could wow the masses with your stellar recipes? Or do you simply want a little slice of the web to call your own? Follow these 4 basic steps to get your blog up and running in no time.

1. Choose a domain name and web hosting service

Upon choosing a domain name and ensuring that it’s not already taken by someone else, you’ll need to secure a web hosting service. Web hosting is similar to renting a storage space where you’ll keep all of your site’s files.

We recommend two web hosting services: Bluehost and Media Temple.

Bluehost is the cheaper solution starting at just $7.99 per month. You’ll receive a great hosting package, a free domain, and other helpful tools.

Media Temple is a bit more expensive, from $20 per month. That being said, their services and support are impeccable. With 99.9% uptime and 24/7/365 customer support, it’s hard to go wrong. We exclusively use Media Temple for all of our hosting and highly recommend them. They even won the 2014 Stevie Award for best customer service!

With both hosting services, you’ll get to choose a domain name upon signing up.

 

2. Installing WordPress

Both Bluehost and Media Temple offer a “1-Click Install” tool which makes installing WordPress a piece of cake.

You can find Bluehosts’s video tutorial here: How To Install WordPress.
Alternatively, Media Temple’s tutorial can be found here: How do I install WordPress using the 1-Click Applications tool?

 

3. Choosing a theme for your blog

Themes are beautiful things– they not only change the aesthetic look of your website but can also add functionality beyond what the standard WordPress themes provide. Having decided what your blog will focus on, you’ll need to choose a theme that will best showcase your content. From theme marketplaces to premium subscriptions to freelance theme developers, the choices are nearly endless.

Solo Pine currently has 10 themes crafted to handle nearly any content genre you can dream up:

Cassia: Elegant and rock-solid, Cassia’s clean lines and premium features expertly handle photography, videos, and much more with cool sophistication.

Hickory: Hickory’s sleek and classic design ensure an unparalleled display experience, chock-full of options to allow you to tailor it to your specifications.

Hemlock: A clean yet visually arresting blog theme, Hemlock is a perfect partner in presenting your content with contemporary class.

Florence: Florence is a bright and airy theme for those who love crisp presentation, loads of customization options, and a straight-forward blogging experience.

Willow: Featuring a robust, striking aesthetic, Willow is a one-page multi-purpose workhorse.

Rosemary: Rosemary is a light & bright blog theme, tailored to showcase your content in an effortlessly timeless style.

Redwood: Boasting a bold, fresh design and bountiful features, like its striking slider and promo boxes, Redwood is guaranteed to make an impact.

Oleander: With clean lines, loads of lovable features, and the option to create your own web-shop, Oleander is the perfect blend of form & function.

Sprout & Spoon: Whipped up with food bloggers in mind, Sprout & Spoon is packed with foodie features guaranteed to make you drool (maybe just a little)!

Laurel: Pack a visual punch with Laurel’s variable Featured Image sizes and create vibrant category indexes. The perfect balance of polish and wow.

All of the themes are customizable and offer a plethora of exceptional features, not to mention their responsive design and top-notch tech support guarantee.

 

 

4. Installing and setting up your theme

Have a theme picked out for your blog? Great!

There are a number of ways to get your theme up and running in WordPress. A great resource is the WordPress Codex.

All Solo Pine themes will include detailed documentation which will help explain the step-by-step process of installing as well as the basic points of setting up your theme. And, should you have any questions regarding your Solo Pine theme, you’re always welcome to contact us via our support desk. We’ll be happy to assist!

Once completed, all you need to do is fill your site with your photos, music, videos, ideas, or whatever it is you’re passionate about. Happy blogging!

  • Kai Rafanan

    I love your themes especially Rosemary but Good Lord, there’s always a payment :(

  • http://www.keep-up-with-the-jones-family.com/ KeepUpJonesFamily

    Hi! I have a five year long blog and I so want to install your Oleander theme but I’m terrified I will lose all my content – do you have anyone you can recommend to install themes? Thank you so much!

    • SoloPine

      Hi there,
      I’ve replied to your email with more details, though also wanted to reply here :-) If you’re currently running a WordPress.org blog all of your content should be safely saved in your WP database which is hosted on your server. One of the beautiful things about WordPress.org is that you can install and activate another theme and all of your posts, pages, images, etc. will be right there. We like to recommend regularly making backups of your WP database to be doubly-sure your content is safe, though.

      While we don’t have a freelancer we personally can recommend for installing themes, we like to encourage customers to take a look at the installation article and see if it’s something they feel comfortable doing themselves ( Oleander’s is here: https://solopine.ticksy.com/article/5898/ ). It’s quite easy!
      Cheers!

  • Jordyn Dick

    can you help? ive downloaded one of your themes and dont know how to download it to my account with blue host? im so confused and am about to give up. i have the theme rosemary

    • SoloPine

      Hi Jordyn,
      We’d be happy to help! Have you installed WordPress onto your Bluehost server yet? If you haven’t installed WP yet, Bluehost has a video on how to install the WP platform here: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/wp_install

      Once you’ve installed WP and you can access your WP Dashboard, you can then follow the theme installation steps for Rosemary in this article: https://solopine.ticksy.com/article/3821/

      If you find yourself with any questions with the theme, you’re very welcome to head over to our support site at https://solopine.ticksy.com and open up a new support ticket. We’d be happy to assist.
      Cheers!