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How To Set Up A Self Hosted WordPress Blog On Interserver (A Step by Step Beginners’ Guide)

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Have you ever thought you would need a fortune before having your own self-hosted blog?

I once thought so!

Did you ever think you’ll need to be a “web-coding” expert before you could put your blog online?

So I did!

But what if there was a way you could build self-hosted blog right from scratch without any prior knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Mark Up Language) codes or any other nerve-racking technical stuff.

Well, you are in luck because that’s exactly what I’m going to show (in this post) you in a step-by-step fashion with basic screen shots to guide you along.

Hold on … one second!

Let me tell you a quick story …

5 years ago, I was once like you, a total newbie who knew nothing about website designing neither did I have a blog.

I sought for advice and help from every nook and cranny on the internet: Google, Facebook groups, forums etc. without getting a helpful guide.

It was frustrating.

The worst part was that most so-called “experts” that I contacted were scammers themselves looking for ways to swindle newbies of their hard-earned cash.

Can you imagine?

Luckily for me, a mentor (I’ll forever be grateful) came to my rescue and offered to help me.

Fast forward to today, I’ve:

  1. Helped numerous newbies who new nothing about setting up a blog with this free step-by-step tutorial without paying a dime to any fat-bellied website designer. It’s one of the most popular posts on this blog. Also, my book: “The 5-Day WordPress School – How To Become A WordPress Website Designer In 5 Days” which is a #1 bestseller on Amazon’s Content Management System category.
  2. Succeeded in eliminating the fears and excuses of many individuals who want share their ideas, improve their financial situation and make money from their writing. (This was the main motive I had when launching
  3. Earned hundreds of dollars monthly from affiliate offers and by charging individual who want me to set up a blog or website for their various online businesses. This has enabled me to sustain myself, pay my bills and live my life.

I didn’t tell you this to brag or put myself up on a pedestal.

No, far from it.

I shared my story with you to motivate you and give you a sense of believe that: you too can do this!

No matter who you are: you can set up a blog for yourself and get paid doing so.

So if you intended to use your blog to launch a product, win clients, publish a book or make money online – you’re in for a great start.

Get this straight: I’m not talking of a free-hosted blog that comes with ugly, unprofessional and long url like or

I mean a real blog just like the one you’re currently reading.

I know starting a blog on free platforms has become the norm especially for beginners.

But the truth is: most of these free platforms come with numerous downsides that will totally frustrate all your efforts.

Just incase, you didn’t know. When you host your blog on a free platform:

  1. Your blog can be deleted at anytime if you violate their ambiguous rules or their system bots mistakenly mark your blog as spam. On the 8th of October 2014, Linda Ikeji’s blog: was deleted by Google because some brands filed complaints on how she violated their copyright images and posts. But luckily, her blog was later restored. Can you imagine?
  2. You can’t place adverts on your blog when you start getting traffic or do any form of affiliate marketing which is clearly stipulated in their terms and conditions, unless you’re willing to share 50% of your profits with them – that’s cruel and humane. They also place adverts on your blog that you can’t control, which means they make money from your content while you do all the suffering without earning a dime.
  3. You can’t use custom emails like which will demean your credibility and make readers mark you as a spammer.
  4. You can’t use plugins and awesome premium themes to beautify, customize and create a cool template for your website. No wonder all free blogs looks alike.
  5. You are not really in control because you’re on a rented land and have to abide by the strict guidelines and restrictions. That’s why your blog’s url usually ends with the host’s name like or

In fact, Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, summed this up in an interview with this conclusion:

“…When you host your site on, it’s like renting an apartment, as opposed to a self-hosted WordPress blog that you outrightly own.

With a self-hosted WordPress blog, you can do anything you want. Knock down walls and redecorate it any way you want.

But you’re responsible for the upkeep as well (like security updates, feature upgrades…backups etc.). Where as with everything is done for you but you lose some control. You can’t have a yard; neither can you tear down walls …”


(Please Read: 11 Shocking Reasons Why You Should Never Start A Free Blog)

But if you are willing to get it right from the start and invest a few bucks to build an online business from your passion. You’ll definitely leverage the power of an online career to:

1. Become your own boss

With a self-hosted blog, you are in full control and independent because you own your domain. This means you can monetize your blog according to your preference without going through any form of restriction or strict guidelines.

For example, I’m a website designer and I sell my competence to business owners, schools …etc. easily by showing them samples of website that I’ve built and make cool cash from it.

2. Customize your blog’s design

There are several thousands of themes and plugins available for use on a self-hosted blog for added functionalities and features.

No knowledge of coding is required, as most plugins comes with few-click-installation process to help boost your search engine optimization, improve your blog’s speed, embed a forum on your blog, create a membership site and other amazing features that is practically impossible to add on Blogger or

You just pick up your thinking cap and you can do anything online with a self-hosted blog.

3. Boost your credibility

As you share valuable insights on your blog to your audience – this sends a positive signal to your audience that you know your stuff and positions you as an expert in your niche.

But a free-hosted blog tarnishes your credibility and makes people think you aren’t serious.

For example, if you are a new brand or own an e-commerce site, you can win the heart of new customers by leveraging blogging to your advantage above your competitors that just slap up traditional static web pages.

This will build your authority, make customers trust your services and willing to pay for it.

And you know the best part?

You don’t need to break the bank to get started with a self-hosted blog or website.

With just few bucks (just $5 per month) and some clicks away – you can get started right away.

No overwhelming, complicated or nerve-racking codes to cram.

Just follow the steps below:

Please Note: If you get stuck while setting up your blog with the steps below, feel free to get in touch with me via or +2348039185233 or leave a comment at the end of this post and I’ll more than willing to help you out.”

How To Start a Self-hosted WordPress Blog: The Basic Resources You Need to Know

Here are the four basic resources you need to start your website:

1. Domain name

This is the web address of your blog, which is what people will type into the browser to access your blog. For example, my domain name (of this blog you’re reading) is

When choosing a domain name:

  1. Keep it short, simple and easy to remember. (3 words is best)
  2. Avoid the use of dashes and vague symbols, as this causes confusion.
  3. A .com is most preferable because people are more familiar with it.
  4. Spend some time to decide a good name but don’t dwell on a perfect name.

To register a domain name, it would cost between $15 and $20 a year. But have no worries – I will show how to get it at a discounted rate (just $1.99 per year) when you buy a web hosting account with my recommended web host. (I’ll show you how to go about it below)

I advice you read this post: How To Choose A Good Domain Name For Your Blog, it contains 8 well detailed guidelines to choose a good domain name that ranks well in search engines.

Once, you’ve chosen a good domain name of your choice. It’s time to move to the next step (number 2 below) which is web hosting.

2. Web hosting

Web hosting simply means acquiring a space or home for your blog on the internet.

Hosting your self-hosted blog requires a hosting package from a reputable web hosting company.

Without a web hosting service, your blog would be inaccessible and non-functional.

Below are basic features of a good web hosting service:

  1. Reasonable amount of disk space: Disk space is the web storage capacity (the content you add to your blog: posts, images, videos, banners …etc.) that has been specified for your blog. Interserver, the web hosting service I use for this blog, offers a whopping 10GB of disk space for starters which is very massive.
  2. Good monthly bandwidth: Bandwidth is the amount of data that has been allocated for different activities that will be carried out on your blog. These activities could be: when someone visits your site, opens a page, downloads your ebook or images, view your slideshows or watches a video on your blog…etc. So, choosing a good monthly bandwidth is very important in order to avoid it from being exhausted before the end of the month.
  3. User-friendly control panel: The control panel of your web host should be user-friendly and easy for beginners to navigate for easy access of the various tools, apps and services offered by the web hosting company.
  4. Effective technical support: A good rule of thumb is to patronize web hosts that offer a life-chat support system through which you can have a live chat session with one of their staffs whenever you encounter a problem. Most web host could be non-responsive to your issues, so choose your web host wisely.

Interserver is the web hosting service I use for SmartBloggingTips and it’s quite a great service. Interserver is a foreign web hosting company and I love their services because they give me:

  1. Efficiency: 99.9% uptime is not something many hosts can guarantee and provide.
  2. Speed: Interserver makes your website or blog load so fast and this helps to boost your search engines rankings and reduce the bounce rate of your blog.
  3. 24/7 customer service: Some hosts could be terrible when it comes to giving assistance to their customers. Some hosts could reply to emails after 3 days, when you’ve been totally frustrated and never bother to pick your call. I once had a challenge logging into my admin-dashboard and when I contacted Interserver, it was fixed within some minutes. How soothing!
  4. Affordability: Despite all the great value it provides, Interserver is one of the most affordable hosting providers you can find around. They are currently running a promo with an amazing discount, so you pay only $5 per month. Frankly, most reliable web host don’t come this cheap.
  5. Free website transfer: Most web host will charge you up to $100 for transferring your blog from another hosts to their server but Interserver value their customers so much that they offer this service for FREE.
  6. 30 days money back guarantee: Because of the quality of services they offer, they offer an iron-clad 30 days money back guarantee. This shows that they are confident of their services – so, you can just test-drive their service and if you’re not satisfied within 30 days, you can ask for a refund. You got nothing to lose.
  7. Price lock guarantee: Unlike other web hosts that offers a discounted price for a month or year, then increase the price when you renew your payment – Interserver is different. Once you sign up for a discounted price, you’re locked in that price for life. Even you intend to renew your hosting.
  8. No Limits: You can host multiple websites on one account and unlimited e-mail accounts. In fact, with the starter plan: you can host up to three website with the plan without additional charge. Can you beat that?

Since, I’ve discovered the great service Interserver offers, I’ve never had any issues with them.

Right now, Interserver is running a promo which offers a hosting plan for $5 per month plus a discounted price for domain name registration.

Now, that’s awesome!

So grab this chance while it last. When you’ve decided your web host, it’s time to move to number 3 below…

3. Installing WordPress Content Management System

WordPress content management system is a blogging software that makes it possible for you to write on your blog.

This is exactly what I use for SmartBloggingTips. If you host your blog or website with Interserver, you’ll definitely have no issues installing the WordPress software, as this took me 10 minutes to install the software on this very blog.

So how do you go about it? Simple!

In 3 easy steps, you can set up your own blog in 30 minutes or less (no prior knowledge is required).

Step 1: Get a hosting account from Interserver

  1. Go to: Interserver official website (don’t worry, the link will open in another window so you won’t lose this tutorial)
  2. When the page loads, click on the “Buy Now” button.
  3. On the next page, enter the domain name of your choice (if it’s available) and click on “Continue”. You can see the discounted price (which is $1.99) for domain registration in the image above, right?

4. Enter your best email address (make sure you’ve access to it because that’s where you’ll be sent your login details) and choose a password.

  • Agree to the service of agreement by clicking “YES” and click on “Create and Continue”.

  • On the next page, enter your name, company name (if you have one), street address, city, zip, country, phone number and fax.

  • On the next page, choose your billing interval. If you choose: YEARLY, you get a 10% discount off your charge.
  • A 24 Months billing interval offers a 15% discount while a 36 Months billing interval offers a whopping 20% discount on your charge.So, take advantage of these discounts while it lasts.
  • Choose your preferred payment: Credit Card or Paypal.
  • Then click on “Place Order”.

You should see a pop up message that your order was successful.

Please Note: Interserver will send you an email containing receipt of your order, your hosting details and your username and password. You’ll need this when logging into your control panel, so keep it safe.

So your next step is to install the WordPress content management system on your domain name. This will enable you write on your blog.

If you encounter any problem here, just give me a call on +2348039185233 or contact me at and I will be more then willing to help you out.

Step 2: Install WordPress on Your Domain

The next step is to install the WordPress content management system on your domain. This will enable you write on your blog.

Let’s get started:

  • Visit your domain/cpanel. (Replace “yourdomain with the domain name you registered)
  • Enter your username and password which was sent to you by Interserver.

You’ll be directed to your control panel where you can install the WordPress content management system.

  • Scroll down and locate the “Softaculous Apps Installer” and click on WordPress.

  • On the next page, click on “Install” and wait for few minutes for installation process to start.

  • When it completes, you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this image below:

Here’s how I recommend you fill the details in the specific field:

Software Setup

  1. The protocol box should be http://
  2. The domain box should be your domain name.
  3. The directory box should be left empty.

Site Settings

  1. Fill your site name and site description.
  2. Uncheck “Enable Multiple (WPMU).

Admin Account

  1. Fill your Admin Username and Admin Password. This will be the details you’ll need to enter to log in to your WordPress Admin dashboard to write blog posts and make other necessary changes to your blog, so keep it safe. When choosing your Admin Email make sure it’s an email address you check frequently.
  2. Check the Limit Login Attempt (Loginizer) box. This helps to protect your site against brute force attacks by limiting the number of login attempts for your WordPress installation. If selected Loginizer plugin will be installed and activated with your installation.

Important Note: Do not choose “admin” or your domain name as your admin username because this is what hackers first try out when they intend to use brute-force to log into your website. Also, make sure your Admin Password is very strong.

Advanced Options

Click on it and fill the details as follows:

  1. Check the “Update Notification box”. This will ensure you receive email notifications whenever there is an update for the installation.
  2. Check the “Auto Upgrade”. This will ensure that this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when a new one is available.
  3. Check “Auto Update Plugins”. This will ensure all the active WordPress plugins installed for this installation will automatically upgraded to the latest version when they are available.
  4. Check “Auto Upgrade WordPress themes”. This will ensure all the active WordPress themes for this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when they are available.
  5. Check “Automated Backups”. This will ensure Softaculous will take automated back ups via CRON as per frequency you select.
  6. Choose for “Backup Rotation”. If the backup rotation limit is reached, Softaculous will delete the oldest backup. The back ups will utilize your space so choose the backup rotation as per the space available on your server.
  • Then choose any theme of your choice and finally click on “Install”.
  • When the installation process complete, the next page should look like this:


If you’ve finally reached this stage, congratulations! You’ve just installed WordPress on your domain name.

Your administrative url is where you visit to make changes to your blog and add content.

Step 3: Login to Your Brand-New WordPress Site and Publish Your First Post.

It could be scary at first but the post doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be published.

So go ahead and share your thoughts to the whole world.

Here’s how:

  • Go to (Replace “yourdomain” with your domain name).

  • Login with the username and password you chose when you installed WordPress in step 2 above.


  • The next page displays the dashboard, which is the “back-end” (only you can access this) of your website from where you set everything that appears on the “front-end.”
  • On the left side of your dashboard screen are menus. Position the mouse on “Posts” and click “Add New” from the sub-menus that will pop out.

  • On the next page, enter the title of your post in the first tab and paste the content of your post in the second tab. Click “Publish”.

  • On the next page, click “View post” to see the post you just published on the front-end of your website or self-hosted blog as it will appear to your visitor.

If you’ve successfully reached this stage, congratulations!

You can now start spreading your thoughts and website links to your friends, family and to the whole world in less than 30 minutes.

NB: The whole process above took me only about 9 minutes. But if you’re not familiar with steps, 30 minutes or less is fine for you.

Fun fact: Minutes after opening my web hosting account with Interserver, they called me on phone, thanking me for using their service and offering to help if I have any challenge. How sweet!

Need Help?

If you encounter any challenge while following the above steps, you can leave a comment below or contact me at and I’ll be more than willing to help you out.

Can you afford to miss this?

The price is a special promo which may close at anytime. You have today. So go to Interserver right away, if you think this is something you might need.

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Can You Start A Free Blog? 11 Reasons Why You Should Not Start A Blog On A Free Platform

Posted on - in Blogging Platform, Blogging Tips

Starting a blog requires a platform.

A platform that allows you write on your blog, build an audience and ultimately build an online business from your passion.

And to choose a blogging platform, you have to decide to either go the free platform route or the one that require an investment.

But here’s the thing that marvel me a lot:

Most people love free things and the word “free” is really enticing and this also attracts individuals who want to start a blog too.

Free domain name. Free web hosting. Free automated blogging software. Free traffic generating tool. Free ways to make money online.

They virtually want everything for free.

I know …free is good.

And most free platforms allow you to create your blog without spending a dime. 

No wonder the likes of and are getting popular by the day.

But if you actually want to build a blog that’ll fetch you good money. 

You need to avoid starting your blog on a free platform.

Why exactly?

Here are my reasons:

1. It demean your credibility

When you start a business offline, you actually offer quality services and products to build credibility, increase your sales, win the heart of customers and beat your competitors at the very best.


And the same process goes online.

You have to make yourself different from the norm.

But when you run a blog on a free platform you’re definitely going to be marked as a spammer and no one will listen to you.

Or how will you explain the fact you can’t use a custom email address like or your blogs url reads:

This really demeans your credibility as it doesn’t reflect the actions and voice of an expert in a particular niche.

2. You can’t really make money from your free blog

This is the 21st century and as the time of writing this post, there’re hundred of thousands of blogs on the internet – all trying to make money online just like you.

In fact, Wikipedia says: there’re over 156 million blogs on the internet.

So, to really separate yourself and boost your success in the hefty competition you’ve to actually bring in a unique flare and perspective in the focus of your blog.

And if you eventually succeed at this to build an audience on a free blog, how exactly will you make money from your blog when you can’t place advert on your blog or do any form of affiliate marketing (especially on

That murders the essence of blogging in the first place.

How exactly are you going to pay bills and enjoy what you’ve worked your ass off to build?

3. Search engines hate free blogs

If you’re a user, you should already know this. 

But just incase, you didn’t know: most free themes on actually discourages search engines from indexing your blog.


Your blog is virtually unknown online.

Now tell me:

How exactly are you going to get consistent traffic when your blog isn’t even known by the almighty Google or other search engines?

This means you’re to work your ass off to gain traffic, attract readers and win the attention you deserve. 

And to be realistic: you’re unique and deserve not be a slave.

Or don’t you think this is actually a deliberate effort to compel you to buy their expensive premium themes?

Also, free blogs are generally ranked lower in most search engines result pages (SERPs) which devalues the content on such blogs.

4. You can’t give your blog an amazing design

If you’re a good observer, you should notice that: most free blogs usually have the same design and always look alike.

Can you imagine?

You can’t customize, edit or even beautify your blog. 

Despite the fact that it’s yours!

C’mon, how would you make readers stick and fall in love with your blog when your blog carries no unique design and professional look?

That’s actually the beginning of your failure if any visitor bounces off from your website almost immediately.

5. You’re robbed of your hard work

Most free platforms place adverts on your blog which you can’t actually control. 

Despite the fact that you’re restricted to place adverts, they on the other hand benefit from your content and hardwork.

That’s like: “Working your ass your ass off for someone else to reap the benefits.”

Although, you could get an upgrade to remove the ads but it’s damn expensive.

Even when you’re allowed to place advert on your blog, you must share 50% of your profits with them.

Isn’t that cruel?

C’mon, you deserve something better.

6. You’re not really in charge

You might think you’re the owner of your blog but wake up and listen: the blog is not actually yours!


It’s well stipulated in their “dumb” terms and conditions, which explains why the url of your blog usually ends with the host’s name like or

So, you’re actually working on a rented land and if the owner wakes up one morning and kicks you out – you’ll definitely cry out your eyes and see all your hard work crumble before you.

Think smarter!

7. It doesn’t makes you serious

Of course, any thing that comes free usually comes with the perception that underrates its value.

Since you got the blog for free without spending a dime, you’re not motivated, determined and focused to reach your main goals which will definitely delay your success online.

But look at this: if you had invested some cash to start your blog – you’ll definitely put in all your effort to make sure you build it to a profitable and well-established blog.

Even if you don’t see typical result, you’ll not want to see your money go down the drain. 

So the determination will always be there until you reach your main goals.

 But on a free blog?

No way!

8. Readers won’t listen to you

If you’re a good teacher or have a knack for a particular topic that people are interested to learn – a good way to showcase your skills is to start a blog and share your ideas, right?

But most people make the mistake of starting on a free blog, which tarnishes their credibility.

Take for instance, if you intended to start a blogging business around a particular topic (like writing and editing tips) and your website url reads:,will your audience take you serious?

Though you’re an expert on the topic but you’ll definitely be mistaken for someone that’s not serious.

9. You blog can be deleted anytime

Now, this is the one that really drives me crazy.

Most free platforms come with ambiguous rules that if you mistakenly violate could see your blog deleted in matter of minutes, even without informing you.

You know the worst part?

Their over-zealous spam bots could even mistakenly delete your blog.

Yes, it happens.

For example,, a technology blog of over 4 years hosted on blogger was mistakenly deleted in October 2013.

Though, the blog was later restored after a month but he lost a lot of revenue and he was definitely very lucky.

Many bloggers have lost all their efforts within a twinkle of an eye!

Now, that’s not the end!

It was also mistakenly deleted by Blogger spam bots in 2014 (a year after) and restored back after 4 days.

You can read the full story as explained by Jide Ogunsanya and what he did to bring the blog back online.

If your blog would be brought down because you actually violated their terms and conditions, that wouldn’t have been a problem.

But, where it gets disturbing is when your blog is deleted even if you play by their rules and abide by their regulations.

That’s unacceptable!

And many individuals have lost their blogs after working hard to build it to a ripe stage without going against their rules or doing anything wrong.

Can you imagine?

Also, Linda Ikeji’s blog:, was deleted by Google because some brands filed complaints on how she violated their copyright images and posts.

But, the blog was later restored after some days when the allegation was confirmed to be false.

Think about this: “Isn’t it bad that the blog was deleted even before verifying the authenticity of the accusation?”

That’s terrible, if you ask me.

In other words, “haters” of your blog could deliberately accuse you wrongly and your blog could be no where on the internet anymore.

10. You’re compelled to spend more money

Though, everything is done for you: free hosting, security, spam protection, automated backups etc. 

And your focus should just be producing valuable content for your blog, right?

That’s actually a good deal and could make you feel on top of the world but in true reality you’re compelled to spend more.

Now, you tell me.

To get a custom domain for your blog, aren’t you going to part with some cash. On, this could cost anything from $18 and this could be more, depending on the extension.

Also, the free themes on these platforms carry no unique look and without any form of customization.

Have you ever wondered why most free blogs look alike?

The answer: no customization, no flexibility and no tweaking to fit your taste. What you see is what you get.

And don’t even think of buying their premium themes because you’re definitely going to break the bank.

So, the bottom line is: these upgrades are strategic “tactics” to rip you off and compel you to spend, spend and spend some more.

You aren’t that dumb, are you?

11. Your domain name is confusing and looks ugly

When you start a blog on a free platform, your blog’s usually comes with the host’s name at the end. Now, take a look at this url: or

Isn’t it ugly?

To me, it is.

Besides, it too long, looks unprofessional and confuses the hell out of readers (including you).  You can imagine someone trying to visit your blog and forgot to put the .blogger (or whichever extension you use) part.

They head straight to your competitors and what that means is: you’ve just lost a reader!


Now, this is just a candid advice. Though, I started on Blogger myself but I’ll never advice anyone to go down that road because of the numerous downsides that will totally alter the growth of your blog.

Of course, if you want to blog for fun where you share your personal stories once a month with your friends and family… a free blog should suffice.

So when you wake up one morning and your blog is no where to be found, you won’t have to cry out your eyes because it was just a hobby you did at your spare time.

 You’ll have nothing to lose.

But if you intend to start an online business, build a profitable blog and make money online – you need to start your blog on a self-hosted platform, preferably on WordPress.

And what exactly is a self-hosted blog?

In simple terms, a self-hosted blog don’t use a free service. 

So you would buy a web hosing service from a reputable web hosting company to host your blog and also gain control over it.

That way: you’re independent, become your own boss and make money from your blog without any form of restrictions.

So, how do you start a self-hosted blog?

I’ve written a super-detailed guide for you : The 5-Day WordPress School – How To Become A WordPress Website Designer In 5 Days

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Do you run a blog on a free blogging platform? What has been stopping you from moving to a self hosted platform? Share your thoughts!

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