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 keywords like www.foodandwellness.com This may be good for search engine optimization (SEO) but will not distinguish your site. Whoever 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.
Choose your domain
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 to your registrar’s account and change the nameservers 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
Take out your credit card. 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 Domain Privacy Protection. Domain privacy, Sitelock security, Codeguard, and Bluehost SEO tools start is optional. You can always add it on later if you decide you need it.
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 someplace 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.
WordPress gets installed on your domain
Once you create your account, WordPress will be automatically installed on your site.
You can even pick out a theme to be installed with it or upload another one once it’s installed. I am a big fan of StudioPress themes because they are well coded and stay up to date.
Once the installation is ready you will receive a message to start building your site.
You will be asked some questions to start building your site.
This is your WordPress dashboard. When you’re ready, you can launch it.
Add your site title and tagline and then launch.
When you log in to Bluehost, you will see an easy to use Cpanel, where you can do additional things to optimize your site.
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 its 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 4/18/2018