Today I’m going to show how to start a blog using WordPress and Genesis Framework for less than $300USD upfront.
Overview of expenses
- Domain – $11.99USD/year at godaddy.com
- Hosting – $142.56USD/3 years
- Genesis + theme – starting at $99.95USD
- WordPress – FREE
5 Easy Steps to Start your Blog
Step One – Buy a Domain
Even if the hosting company you choose offers a free domain when you buy your hosting, it is not worth the extra work and delay down the line if you ever want to change host. You would only be saving at the most $11.99USD.
Buy your domain separately by going to GoDaddy and enter a domain name you would like, hit the search button to see if it’s available. If it is, great, follow the steps to buy it. If it’s not available, try another one until you find the perfect domain.
Try to stick to 3 words at the most and get a .com if possible.
Step Two – Buy Hosting
Two years ago, after searching around for a reliable and more affordable host, I switched over to GreenGeeks. I’m very happy with them, especially that I am paying the same price for 3 years that I used to pay for one year at Bluehost!
If you go ahead and sign up for 3 years, you will pay upfront a total price of $142.56USD. (The normal renewal price is $178.20USD).
You can have unlimited websites on your one hosting account.
Once you have your hosting done, you will need to go back to your Godaddy account, go to your domain, under settings, then Nameservers, click Manage, and you need to change that to the Greengeeks’s one, which are:
Or if you are using another host, you’ll have to find theirs.
Step Three – Install WordPress
From your cpanel on your hosting, find the Softaculous installer (all the way at the bottom) and click on the WordPress icon and fill out the info needed. The system will install it for you and give you the url and login info to your new site. Please note it might take a few hours for the domain to propagate through the web.
Step Four – Buy the Genesis framework and your theme
Genesis is the best framework as far as I’m concerned and that’s why I only work with it on my site and install it on my clients’ sites. You buy it once and can use it on unlimited websites.
Head over to StudioPress.com where you can buy the Genesis by itself for $59.95USD and get a theme somewhere else (make sure it is one built for Genesis) or if you get both Genesis+a theme, the total is $99.95USD for their own themes, or if you choose a ‘third party’ theme, you will pay $129.95USD.
Download both to your computer and keep them in zip format, do not unzip.
Step Five – Install Genesis and your theme
Login to your WordPress dashboard, in the left sidebar, find Appearance ->themes – add new, upload the Genesis in zip file, do NOT activate. Repeat: add new, upload the theme in zip file and activate that one.
You now have your WordPress blog installed.
Each theme comes with documentation on how to set it up to help you along.
I will probably go into more details for each step in future posts, but in the meantime, if you need help, please ask in the comment below.