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A lot of bloggers suggest new bloggers use Bluehost as their hosting provider because they offer a one-click WordPress installation. That was good advice then, but now Bluehost is facing fierce competition from Green Geeks.
Green Geeks recently launched their Quick Launch Wizard tool that allows you to start your blog and install WordPress in seconds.
A tool like this was the one piece missing from Green Geeks in the past, and I’m over the moon they introduced it!
You can now install WordPress and start your blog in about thirty seconds flat!
With the introduction of the Quick Launch Wizard tool, Green Geeks is firmly cemented as the best hosting provider in my opinion.
- The most environmentally friendly hosting on the planet
- A complimentary caching plugin
- An extremely fast website
- Some of the industry’s best website uptime
- Free nightly backups
- The ability to install WordPress without navigating through the c-panel
All that for extremely low prices.
I honestly don’t know how they’re able to offer all of that for such a low price!
Today, I’m going to walk you through how to quickly create your blog and install WordPress with Green Geeks.
Spoiler: it is really easy!
Step One: Choosing Your Domain Name
Okay. Technically this step needs to happen no matter who your hosting provider is, but it is a very important step!
You have to live with the blog name you choose for the rest of your blog’s life.
(Unless you go through the painful process of changing your entire brand and the behind the scenes hassle that comes with that. I don’t recommend it!)
Here are a few tips to help you choose the right name:
- Using your name is always a safe bet
- Make sure it is relevant to the topic you write about
- Keep it short and sweet
- Avoid anything that sounds too similar to the big bloggers in your niche
It can be hard to choose the perfect blog name.
I like using the free tool Namelix to get some ideas for potential names.
You simply enter in a few words you want to use, and it spits out website name suggestions. I’ve never had it come up with the perfect blog name, but it has helped turn my brain in the right direction.
I would never have come up with my second blog’s name without Namelix!
Once you have the perfect domain name, enter it into Green Geeks, and you can start the process of starting your blog!
Green Geeks provides a free domain name for your first year with them.
I suggest taking advantage of that offer and then deciding if you want to keep your domain with them or move it to a different domain provider
I personally prefer to keep all my domain names with Namecheap, but you can keep it with Green Geeks if that is what works best for you!
Step Two: Installing WordPress with the Quick Launch Wizard Tool
After you select your domain name, enter your personal information, and pay for your hosting, you will be directed to the following page:
This is where the easy part starts!
Assuming you’re a brand new bloggers and are starting from scratch, you’re going to click the “Start a New Website” button.
From there, you will be directed to this page:
Most of you lovely people are going to only need to install WordPress when starting your blog.
You may want to add WooCommerce if you choose to sell a product once you’re established, and it is easy to add to your website after the fact.
So, if you’re just looking to start a blog, select “WordPress”, and you will be redirected to this page:
This is where you need to select one of the free WordPress themes Green Geeks offers.
I suggest sticking with the default theme in the top left-hand corner.
You don’t have to worry too much about choosing the perfect theme at this stage of the game.
It is incredibly easy to swap out themes in WordPress whenever you want.
I personally manually change my theme to Twenty Seventeen in the backend of WordPress because I use Thrive Architect to manually build out all my website.
Underneath the themes, there are a few optional plugins you can choose to have automatically installed.
I recommend you not installing any of them. The only option you want to keep as pre-installed on your WordPress is the Litespeed Cache plugin, which in on the very bottom underneath all the other plugins I don’t think you need to install.
Just like changing your theme, it is super easy to install plugins after you’ve installed WordPress.
Customizing your plugins is always the best choice, and even if you end up wanting one of the plugins Green Geeks suggests, it takes less than 30 seconds to install it in WordPress later.
After that, all you have to do is click “Create My Website”, and you’ll get this lovely big, green check mark once it is complete.
WordPress will be installed on your site, and you’re ready to start playing around and creating the blog of your dreams!
More of a Visual Learner? Watch the Green Geeks Video Tutorial
Yup. I promise you it is that easy!
No more fumbling around the c-panel (or having to Google what a c-panel is if you’re a brand new blogger).
You can create your site and install WordPress in less than a minute!
But the work doesn’t stop there.
Installing WordPress is just the first step. You still have to customize your theme (a.k.a. make your site look pretty), install your favourite plugins, and write your content.
Your blog won’t be ready to be launched to the world after installing WordPress. But the Quick Launch Wizard takes away a lot of the technical hassle of creating a site and installing WordPress.
Once WordPress is on your site, the fun and creativity begins!