How To Start an Art Blog or Website in Minutes 2017-01-17T14:55:58+00:00

How to Start An Art Blog or Website in Minutes

An art blog is the best way to brand yourself as an artist, and to market and sell your art.

Want to know how to start an art blog or website (or any kind of blog/website, not just for art) in just minutes? You’ve come to the right place!

Whether you want to work from home, author a book, get more exposure for your existing business or just write, starting a blog and/or website is highly recommended. Fortunately you can be up and running in about 15 minutes. My blog FineArtTips.com my art website LoriMcNee.com, were built on WordPress platforms…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

When I first started my WordPress sites in 2009, I didn’t know anything about blogging. Since then, I have found WordPress easy to use and a powerful way to grow my global online presence. There is no better place to connect with a potential customer, collector, or gallery other than on your own blog. WordPress can also be used for a website and not just a blog.WordPress is also a complete content management system and is an easy way to build many different types of websites. The steps below will help you get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.

Below are a just few reasons why you should use WordPress…

  • WordPress is easy to use. Quickly add new pages, blog posts, images and more.
  • Search engines including Google, love WordPress sites. WordPress coding is simple and clean which makes it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. WP is superior for SEO optimization with keywords, and image meta tags (great for visual artists). This makes it easier for YOUR site to be found on the internet!
  • You control your own site and content with WP. This is a BIGGIE. Many artists, including me, use a Facebook Business Page and other social sites as a way to connect with collectors and fans. However, it is important to understand that these social sites are in charge of our content and images. If they crash, get hacked, go bankrupt, or decide to fold, they will take our hard earned content and images with them. On social sites, we have no control over our content. With WordPress, you and I own our own sites and content!
  • Your WordPress site is 100% customizable.  You can design the look and feel of your WP blog or website. Choose a great look here > Click here to visit Theme Trust.
  • No HTML editing or FTP software is required. You can create a new page or blog post, format text, upload images (and edit them), upload documents, video files, image galleries, etc. all without the need for additional HTML or FTP software.
  • WordPress is social. It is easy to add a calendar, video gallery, Twitter Feed, Facebook Fan Box, and more to your site. WordPress makes this possible with plugins, most of which are free.

By the end of this post, you’ll have a self-hosted WordPress site, the most popular type of site around. Ready? Let’s do it!

How to Start an Art Blog or Website in 15 Minutes or Less:

Step 1: Find the Right host

Choosing the right host is an important decision. A host provides the server space for your site so you can be found on the internet. You could start an art blog using a free service, but I highly recommend self-hosting for a small fee. You will get better customer service, more customization, power and security (explained above). You truly get what you pay for!

After many trial and errors with other hosting companies, I was grateful to discover BlueHost. I am so pleased with their service. BlueHost has made my blogging life so much easier. I can vouch for them. FineArtTips.com and LoriMcNee.com are hosted on BlueHost .

BlueHost is the #1 recommended WordPress hosting for WordPress.org . Below is a list of the customer service BlueHost promises and delivers:

  • Premium customer service, reliability and usability
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
  • Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
  • Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
  • No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.

2: Set Up Your Hosting Account

Once you decide upon your hosting company, it’s time to set up your new account. You can easily get started by *clicking here to go to Bluehost* (a new link will open up so you can reference these instructions as you work). Click the green Get Started Now button.


Step 3: Choose a Domain Name

Now it’s time to choose and enter a domain name. This will be your desired web address, like LoriMcNee.com or FineArtTips.com. Here are a few tips for choosing a domain name:

  • Choose a .com rather than a .net, etc. address whenever possible.
  • It is best for artists and other public figures to use their own names as their domain.
  • If your name if taken, get creative. For instance, let’s say your name is John Doe. JohnDoe.com is taken. You could try JohnDoeStudios.com or JohnDoeFineArt.com.
  • Make it easy to pronounce and spell.
  • Don’t include numbers, hyphens, and confusing words etc.

If you have already registered a domain name somewhere else, enter it in the box on the right to identify your account. Click the blue Next button, then fill in your personal information.

Step 4: Enter your account info

On the next page, enter your account info. Make sure you use a working email address because this is where your login information will be sent. account info

Step 5: Pick Your Hosting Package

Now it’s time to choose which hosting package you want. Shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36 month plans. You will save money the longer term you purchase, plus the lower the monthly rate will be. You can get a great introductory rate of $4.95/month by choosing the 36 month hosting term. 

Pretty inexpensive for your own blog or website, right? If you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel. I usually skip the add-ons at sign up, which you can include at your discretion. But, I do recommend Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases. billing

Step 6: Enter your billing info

Fill in your billing information, confirm that you’ve read the fine print and then click Next.

Step 7: Choose a Password

You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself. It is mandatory to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order for your password to protect your account. You’ll find a welcome email from Bluehost with your control panel login info (cpanel = control panel, it provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website).Keep this information for future reference.

You are all signed up and ready to get started installing WordPress!

Step 8: Login to your cpanel

Click the Login button in the top right corner of your screen. Alternatively, you can use the link to your cpanel control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. that is linked in the welcome email. Enter your cpanel login info from the welcome email.

Step 9: Install WordPress

Once logged in, click the WordPress icon under Website Builders. bluehost-install-wordpress

Step 10: Start the WordPress install

Next, you’ll get a window that looks like this. Click the Start button to begin the WordPress installation process. install wordpress

Step 11: Choose where to install WordPress

Leave this section as is with your domain showing in the dropdown menu (unless you have a good reason to create a subfolder which is unlikely if you are just starting). Simply click Check Domain. How-to-setup-a-WordPress-Blog-9-1

Step 12: Enter your WordPress user info

Check the box next to show advanced options. Enter your Site Name or Title, than choose an Admin Username (do not use “admin” as your username) and password. These will be what you use to login to WordPress once it’s installed. Enter your email address (again, all site information will be sent here). Read and agree to the terms. Click the Install Now button. mojo-wordpress-install

Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along you are with the installation. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.

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Now you can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click “Log In.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance. Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at $4.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!

Step 13: WordPress Success!

Congratulations! Now, be sure to make note of the information to access your new WordPress site. This information will also be sent to you in an email. Click Site URL link to visit your brand new, live website! By clicking on the Login URL link, it will take you to the WordPress login page. Here you can enter your username & password and get into the backend of your WordPress site.

Now you can type your domain into any browser and your WordPress site will appear!

Step 14: Customize Your WordPress Theme > Click here to visit Theme Trust.

Now that you have installed WordPress, you can choose a great theme Premium WordPress themes that are beautiful and easy to use. Choose from a variety of different formats including, magazine, portfolio, business and e-commerce themes to fit your design tastes.

Step 15: Start Blogging!

Congratulations, it’s time to start blogging! Not sure how? Check the links below to get you started, and stay tuned for my new ebook that will help you.

Happy blogging! ~Lori 🙂

***Thanks for your visit! You can see my art on my website,  LoriMcNee.com, and let’s meet on Facebook  Fine Art Tips Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter, Google Plus and on PinterestBe sure and check out and my fine art prints and notecards on Fine Art America.! ~Lori