How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less

QUOTE: Michael Hyatt:  The easiest way to build a platform in today’s world is to start a blog. While you can do this with free hosted options like,, and, you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress. This is what most serious bloggers use. It is what I use here at However, this is where many people get stuck. They assume that the process of setting up a hosting service and installing WordPress is complicated and time-consuming. It’s not.  [1]

In the video above, I show you how to setup your blog in twenty minutes or less. As a bonus, I explain to you how to write and publish your first blog post. If you don’t need this information yourself, perhaps you know someone who does. Please feel free to pass along the link to this post. The good news is that you won’t need any technical expertise to set up your blog. This tutorial is simple. I walk you through the process, once click at a time. If you prefer to read about the process rather than watch a video, you can do that too. I have written down all the steps here. [2]

NOTES: Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, is well known for blogging. His blog provides excellent advice to beginning writers and bloggers. He also uses Evernote to write. [3]

It’s helpful for you to know the name of your blog, or the URL or the internet address of your blog. It’s wise to use .com as the extension for your blog; most persons looking for your blog will assume that .com is the extension. Play around with different names and come up with a list of five or more possibilities that are available to you. Ask others if they are attractive. Google them … and notice what other sites come up that are similar. (You don’t want to be living next door to a blog or commercial company that is unattractive or confusing to those who are looking for your blog. Examples: a URL that is similar to a pornography site, a commercial site, or anything that would confuse your reader.)

Rather than Bluehost, I use, which charges $6 a month for no limits service plus complete support. I know of no reason why you would not wish to go with the recommendation to use Bluehost.

Happy blogging!


QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
What does this say?
What does this say that I need to obey?
Who needs to hear this?



[1] How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less by Michael Hyatt, at

[2] Ibid.

[3] How I Organize Evernote: A Peek Inside My Personal System by Michael Hyatt, at

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