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How To Make A Fashion Blog In 15 Minutes

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The rise of the fashion blogger has seen more and more people interested in creating their own blog, but lack of time or technical knowledge quickly puts people off.

Well in today’s article (and video) I wanted to solve both those issues, by showing you how to set up a fashion blog with no experience needed… in less than 15 minutes.

With a video demonstration, alongside a visual step by step guide making your own fashion blog has never been easier.

To get started, you’ll need:

1. A Domain Name & Hosting I get both from Bluehost.com.
2. A Topic For Your Blog
3. A Spare 15 Minutes
4. $17 For Set Up Fees

By the end of this tutorial, you’re going to have your own blog set up and ready to start blogging. You’ll have your own .com domain, and it will be run on the ever popular platform WordPress.

If you’re ready to set your fashion blog up, here’s the steps you need to take.

1. What Are You Going To Blog About?

Tutorial aside for the minute, what is your blog going to be about?

To be a successful fashion blogger, keeping your blog fresh and updated really is key. Therefore you need to base your blog around a topic you’re passionate about.

You also need to think about how broad your topic and blog posts are going to be. The more specific the better. Instead of deciding to make a blog about ‘women’s fashion’, why not create a blog around a specific trend or target a certain demographic (e.g. over 40’s).

The more specific the direction of your blog, the better chance of success.

2. Register Your Domain Name & Hosting

The second step is to buy your domain name.

I always suggest not settling for anything less than a .com. Yes, your desired name might not be available but don’t settle for a .org, .net or .info. Is there another alternative domain you like available as a .com?

The shorter the better, and the more rememberable the better.

Also if you’re looking to target just a specific country, opt for that domain (e.g. .co.uk if you’re targeting UK visitors).

Head over to Bluehost.com and hit Get Started Now.

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You’ll then be prompted with their packages. I always advise going for the ‘Plus’ package as you get quite a bit more for the extra $3 a month.

The Starter package is fine though, and as I’ve recommended before starting basic and then upgrading when you need too often is a sensible approach.

Preparing a launch or expecting a lot of traffic when your blog goes live? Invest in the Business Pro or even a dedicated server so your blog doesn’t crash.

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Hit select on the package you want.

You’ll then be directed to the Domain registration page.

Enter in the blog name you want and select .com. You’ll be advised via Bluehost whether the domain is available or not.

If you’ve registered your domain name somewhere else, type it in to the ‘I have a domain name’ field.

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For this demonstration, I’ve registered the domain name 10minuteseveryday.com, and in the future I’ll build a ‘Habit’ blog on it.

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Hit ‘Next’.

You’ll then be prompted with a registration form and payment form. Simply complete the required fields.

3. Hosting Set Up Completion

After registering, you’ll be offered with various up-sells. I tend to un-tick all of these, but sometimes (depending on your needs) you might want to purchase them.

Hit ‘Complete’.

fashion blog set up
 

Your set up is then complete, and you’ll see the following message.

4. Set Up Your Hosting Password

Next you need to create a password for your hosting account. Just click ‘Create Your Password’.

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Remember to use something you’ll remember, and keep it secure by including a capital letter, a number and special characters.

You can also use the Password Generator provided by Bluehost.

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5. Login To Your Hosting Control Panel

When complete, you’ll then be taken to the hosting log in screen. Simply enter in the password you just created.

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Hit ‘Submit’.

6. Install WordPress

The next step is to install WordPress. This is the blogging platform we’re going to be using, and again it’s extremely easy to use and set up.

When logged in to your Hosting Control Panel, you’ll see the option ‘Install WordPress’.

You guessed it, click the icon.

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You’ll then be prompted with the following screen, allowing you to choose a paid service provided by Bluehost where they’ll set up WordPress for you.

For this we don’t need this, and we’ll simply just click ‘Install’.

wordpress install
After clicking ‘Install’, you’ll get to customise your installation.

To start with, choose where you want your blog to be hosted.

If you want it to sit on your main domain name (most likely) leave the ‘Directory’ field blank. If you want something else stored on the root domain (like a holding page, a services page or a online store) type the desired installation directory into the ‘Directory field’. For example: /blog.

I normally just install it onto the main site as WordPress has unlimited capabilities for any type of website. Therefore I leave the ‘directory’ field blank.

Click ‘Check Domain’.

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Next you’ll want to give you Blog a name, and set a username and password for managing it.

I click ‘Show Advanced Options’ and fill in the required fields.

Remember the username and password, as this is what you’re going to use to log in to your blog to make changes and publish posts.

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Agree to the terms and click ‘Install Now’.

Your WordPress installation will automatically happen. There’s nothing more to do there 🙂

You might want to browse through some of the themes from MOJO, but in this case I skip them as I’m going to use a free theme from WordPress.

choose a theme
There we have it, WordPress is installed and you now have an active blog.

You’ll see the following screen, and the next step is to click ‘Admin Login’ and start making changes.

fashion blog set up

7. Customise Your Blog

Now we need to customise the way your blog looks, and most importantly, start publishing our blog posts.

Once you click ‘Admin Login’ you’ll be directed to the WordPress admin panel.

You’ll want to provide the username and password you previously created.

You can also go to yourblog.com/wp-admin (replace yourblog.com with your domain name) for future access.

wordpress login
Enter your username and password and click ‘Log In’.

That’s it! Your blog is now set up and you’re ready to customise the way it looks and start blogging.

8. Change The Theme

The built in theme isn’t the best, so we’re going to change it.

There’s a lot of themes online which you can download and install, but I’m going to use one which is already provided by WordPress.

On the left hand panel, go to Appearance and Themes. You then want to choose Add New.

fashionista theme
Search for ‘Fashionista’.

Click ‘Install’ and then ‘Activate’. This simple change will redesign the look of your blog.

fashion blog
If you don’t like any of the provided themes, head over to ThemeForest for thousands of highly professional WordPress themes. For external themes, simply download the .zip file and Upload it via WordPress.

9. Personalise The Theme

Once installed and activated, click Customize.

customise theme
This will allow you to make changes to the theme, such as adding your own logo, changing the layout, colour schemes, fonts plus more.

customise fashion blog
Once you’ve made your changes, you’ll need to adjust some more WordPress settings.

10. Change Your Permalinks

Permalinks is basically the URL structure of your blog.

You don’t really need to understand it, but failing to change it will leave you with some ugly looking URL’s for your blog posts.

Go to Settings > Permalinks.

blog permalinks
Choose the option ‘post name’ and click Save Changes.

11. Add Required Plugins

WordPress offers a wide variety of plugins to improve your blog. Plugins simply are additions to your blog, and all serve different functions.

There’s plugins for SEO management, social media integration, fashion plugins and more.

Search through and to add one simply click ‘Install’.

wordpress plugins
I recommend by starting by installing the All In One SEO Plugin which will help you optimise your blog and posts for the search engines.

12. Add Your First Post

To add your first blog post, go to Posts > Add New.

add fashion blog post
You’ll then be taken to the Editor screen.

It really is easy, similar to a word document, what you see is what you get.

add first post
I’ve just added a bit of text, given it a headline, added an image and created a hyperlink.

I can Add it to a category, add tags, add a featured image and then Publish it.

publish post
That’s it, my first post is created and it’s live on my blog.

published fashion blog

13. The Finishing Touches

Of course, this is done extremely quickly by me and isn’t the standard I’d leave it with.

I recommend creating a menu, customising the theme further and adding some more blog posts in.

Create an About page (very important), a contact page and more.

Easier than you thought?

Any questions, comment below.

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Paul McGregor
Founder of MFM, Lecturer at the London College of Fashion and Online Consultant.
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