How to Setup a Self Hosted WordPress Site

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Many readers have emailed us throughout the years on how to start a RV travel blog so in this post I will walk you through the steps we took. Keep in mind, the information is focused on how to setup a self hosted WordPress site, which is different from a hosted website. The main benefit of a self-hosted WordPress website is having full control and the ability to customize it the way you want to.

How to Setup a Self Hosted WordPress Site

When we first launched this website, we made the mistake of signing up for a hosted WordPress site, but quickly realized we wanted a self-hosted WordPress site and made the switch. The steps on how to setup a self hosted WordPress site will take about 15-30 minutes depending on experience.

Step 1: Register Your Domain

When you decide to start a blog, figure out what you want the name to be. Check to see if that domain is available then get it registered.

There are several companies you can choose from to register your website domain. The company we use is GoDaddy.

Save up to 30% on new products at GoDaddy!

Step 2: Sign Up for a Web Hosting Service

A web hosting service will provide the necessary services and technologies to make your blog available on the internet. There are many web hosting providers out there with varying features. Figure out what features are important to you and pay attention to the renewal price for the hosting service.

The first company we used was Bluehost with an affordable introductory price.

Now we use Flywheel, a managed WordPress Hosting provider.

Hosted on Flywheel

Learn more about why we switched web hosting providers in our Flywheel Hosting Review.

Step 3: Create a WordPress Site

Once you sign up with a hosting provider, check their help section for instructions on how to create a new WordPress website. Each hosting provider will provide instructions specific to their service on how to install WordPress.

There are many guides and how tos on every step involved with creating a self hosted WordPress website including WPBeginner.com.

Step 4: Choose a Theme

There are many free and paid WordPress themes available for your self-hosted website. Once you pick out the theme you want to use, follow the instructions on how to install your WordPress theme.

When we launched this website, we started with the free Twenty Eleven theme by WordPress. Then we moved to a paid theme by MyThemeShop.

Now, we use GeneratePress and are glad we made the switch. The help section also offers video documentation on how to install GeneratePress.

Step 5: Create Content

Figure out a handful of content you want to start your blog with. This can include your first blog post and an about page to explain who you are and what people can expect from you.

Perform a search query on “how much content do i need to start a blog?” and you will find a abundance of articles that will help answer the question. We went with the “just go for it” method, but that may not be ideal for your blogging goals.

Step 6: Launch Your Website

When you’re ready to launch your WordPress site, point your DNS at your hosting provider. Your hosting provider should have instructions on how to complete this step.

Good luck and have fun!

Bonus Step: Blogging as a Business

If one of your goals for your RV travel blog is to make money, check out the course Blogging as a Business by The RV Entrepreneur School. The course curriculum covers topics including:

  • When to monetize your blog
  • Legal considerations
  • Monetization strategies

Receive a $10 discount on the course by using discount code RUSSOS10.

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12 thoughts on “How to Setup a Self Hosted WordPress Site”

  1. I making plans to retire early and roam around in a Class B RV. I’ve been doing a lot of research over the past year, which has led me to a lot of your content. I live in San Antonio, TX. You are welcome to park your van at my place anytime. You can use my house if you want to. And I have a couple of motorcycles Joe can ride!
    Neil Hammond.

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  2. Hey guys! Question for you … I was trying to sign up with GoDaddy for domain name, email, hosting, managed wordpress and somehow I messed up when the internet lost connection. I had to have GoDaddy help, I forgot to mention to them that I was signing up thru your affiliate links. May I ask what your affiliate link info is for GoDaddy? I’ll contact them back and have them make sure you get credit for that, if that is at all possible.

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  3. Is there a preferred way to start to learn WordPress and build a blog website without having it be “live” initially?
    Thanks for the info and safe travels!

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  4. We will be going full time in February and I’ve been trying to gather information from various sources – thank you for sharing all this information in one place!

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  5. I guess one big reason that wordpress.com was not adopted is that they don’t allow you with any affiliate links. So self hosted WP is the only option.

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  6. I was just going to ask for suggestions/advice on how to start and this post came. Thanks so much. I will read and re-read and possibly sign up for a pay interview. Thanks for that offer and for the wonderful post.

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