You Can Install WordPress using Bluehost in 5 Minutes
Just follow the instructions below
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Blogging is an amazing marketing tool. The simple act of blogging will generate tons of traffic and if you’re serious about running a business, you will want to install WordPress.
WordPress.com is completely free. You don’t need to purchase a hosting account. The downside is there are restrictions that would not be cool if you have a business. WordPress.org requires that you have a hosting account but there are NO RESTRICTIONS. You’ll have complete control of your files, as well as access to thousands of incredible plugins that will make your site do just about anything you want.
Choose a name for your brand
The name you choose for your site is extremely important. Choose it carefully. Once you’ve set up your site, it’s a pain to change it. Keep it short, memorable and in sync with what you’re writing about. Use .com. You may be tempted to use .net, .biz, .me but they’re harder for people to find. You can add your name to it to make it personal such as TravelingJoe.com if you want. Avoid making it sound too generic by only using key words like www.foodandwellness.com This may be good for search engine optimization (SEO) but will not distinguish your site. Who ever knew what a Google or a Mashable was before they became powerhouses on the Internet?
Register your domain and choose a hosting service
I personally use and recommend Bluehost to host all my sites. When you register you get to register one domain name (site name) for free. Once it’s registered you can follow the easy instructions below to host and set up your site.
Click the Green button that says Get Started Now
Select your plan
I use the Pro Plan but if you are a beginning blogger and only have 1 site to worry about the Basic Plan is fine to start with. If your traffic increases significantly or you want to add more sites, you can always upgrade. The Plus Plan is the most popular and gives you more website space. I recommend you purchase their SiteBackupPro.
Please note that the prices listed above are subject to change.
Managed WordPress Hosting
You can also choose Bluehost’s excellent managed WordPress Hosting. This is a new service and is specifically for WordPress blogs. The advantage is that your site will always be updated to the current version for WordPress and plugins and it includes SiteBackupPro.
To find this, click on the products tab and then WordPress hosting. You will probably only need the Blogger plan.
Please note that the prices listed above are subject to change.
No matter what plan you decide on once you click select you will be taken to a page to choose your domain.
If you already have a domain that you’ve purchased from Godaddy or another provider, you can enter it in the second box.
Important – A domain that has been purchased from another provider will need to be pointed to your Bluehost account. You will need to go into your registrar’s account and change the name servers to:
If you call technical support at a company like Godaddy, they will walk you through this process. However, don’t let them talk you into hosting on their site. Bluehost has a much better hosting service.
One reason I prefer Bluehost is that it makes it easy to set up a site and they don’t try to sell you a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Their customer service is U.S. based and outstanding. Bluehost technicians are always ready to help you and don’t usually keep you waiting on the phone.
You can install WordPress and get your site up in about 5 minutes by following the steps below:
The steps for WordPress hosting is slightly different but similar.
After you choose your domain you will be asked to fill in Your Account Info
You will need to use a credit card to do this. The price is stated as monthly but you will be asked to pay for 1 year all at once. Bluehost hosting is very inexpensive though and it’s a business expense that you can write off. If you’re just starting out you may only want to purchase one year of hosting and see how it goes. However, you will save quite a bit of money if you order a 3 year package.
In the Package Information form below, you may want to purchase Whois Privacy. This keeps your site info private from people you don’t want looking at it. As I mentioned above I love the Site Backup Pro option that keeps your site backed up daily in case of a mishap. Both Site Backup Pro, Whois Privacy, and Sitelock are totally optional and can be added on later. I’ve never personally needed to use the Sitelock option.
Choose a password
You will then be asked to choose a password. Bluehost will help you with your password strength. If you choose upper and lowercase letters, some numbers and a symbol, you are usually fine. Overall, you will need 8 characters.
When you click CREATE YOUR PASSWORD, Bluehost will take you to a password generator page. Enter your password there.
Step Five – Login to Your New Account
I hope you wrote down your domain name and password and are storing it some place safe. Your password is case sensitive so write or type it correctly. When logging in, your domain name should look like mydomain.com (insert your own domain name) and enter your password.
Install WordPress on your site!
After logging in, make sure you’re in what is called CPanel. If not, click on the tab near the top left of the screen that says CPanel. Sometimes a popup will appear asking you if you need help. If you follow this tutorial you won’t need any assistance.
Click on the icon in CPanel under Website Builders that says WORDPRESS. How easy is that?
From here you will be taken to the installation page. Click on the green button that says “Install.”
You will then be asked to pick the domain you want to install your site on. If your account is new, there will only be one domain available. For a standalone site, install WordPress on the root domain. That means you would simply choose www.yourdomain.com rather than www.yourdomain.com/newdirectoryname. (leave the white box on the right empty) It’s usually better to include the www.
If you are adding WordPress to an existing site on this account as an extension of that site (such as adding a blog to an older HTML site) you will want to add a new directory folder name in the white box so that you don’t overwrite the existing site.
Once you have chosen the domain name you want to install, Click the green CHECK DOMAIN button
There’s a possibility that Bluehost may detect files already installed in your domain folder. It will warn you that you may be overwriting these files. If this is a brand new account and site check the box where it says OOPS. The INSTALL button will appear.
Click on SHOW ADVANCED OPTIONS to open the form. You will be asked to fill out some info. Enter the name of what you want your site to be called. (This doesn’t have to be the same as your domain name) Enter your admin name. Do not use ADMIN as the admin name. This makes it easy for people to hack. Create your own username or use an email address. Enter the password you want to use to login to your site. Make it something easy to remember but that no one will guess. Enter the email address you want to use to receive notifications about your site. Click the check box for terms and conditions. (after reading them first, of course) Click INSTALL.
Your new site will start installing and will just take just a few seconds or possibly a minute.
When it’s done you will see your website link and the login link. Your login link looks like http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin That will take you to your login for WordPress. If you press on your site web address (http://www.yourdomain.com), you will see the home page of your new site. It will look something like this:
This is the default WordPress theme. (Twenty Sixteen) It’s nice but everyone knows it’s the default WordPress theme. There are thousands of free WordPress themes available or choose an awesome premium theme. (more bells and whistles and great support)
Guess what? You just installed a website all by yourself. Pretty cool, huh?
WordPress Tutoring and Walk Through of Your Site
Once your site is set up you will want to adjust the settings and make style changes depending on your own individual needs. You will also want to start adding content.
For a one on one “private” WordPress tutorial and walk through of your site, (using Join.me)
For more suggestions on how to jazz up your site, visit our resource page
You may also want to contact me directly:
Schedule a WordPress Tutoring appointment by clicking here.
Disclaimer – Bluehost updates it’s interface from time to time so if your experience is not exactly as described above, don’t freak out. (they probably made it even better)
This page updated 1/3/2016