In this post, I am going to show you how to install WordPress on Bluehost. Each step we will cover with screenshots, so that can be pretty helpful to anyone.
Bluehost is one of the world’s largest provider of cloud-based online solutions. It is recommending by WordPress.org since 2005. If you are going to host your WordPress on Bluehost, you will get a free domain name as a compliment from them. Unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage space, unlimited add-on websites, thirty-days money back guarantee, automated backup services, 24*7 support and 1-click WordPress install, these features are guaranteed with Bluehost. Ok, Let’s start here.
#Step1 – Go to Blueshost
On the Bluehost homepage, hover over hosting in the navigation bar and click on Shared Hosting or Click on get started now >
#Step2 – Choose your hosting plan
On this screen, you can see 3 hosting plans and the starter plan is the one I recommend for the new bloggers. You can upgrade your starter plan to a higher one anytime in the future.
#Step3 – Choose a domain name for your blog
Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you have already owned a domain name and want to use it for your site on Bluehost, otherwise type your existing domain in the right box and then click “next”. If you don’t have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign-up process, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
#Step4 – Create an account with Bluehost
After choosing the domain name for your site/blog, you have to create an account with Bluehost. Therefore, you can choose the Sign in with Google option for the ease of access or you can create manually with requested account information just below the ‘sign in with Google’ option.
#Step5 – Confirm your package information & add-ons
Now you will be prompted to choose your package information. In this step, keep in mind the following:
- Account Plan: I would suggest you select the 24 or 36 months tenures to save money, as you can’t get a discount at the time of renewal. You will receive your free domain (an $11.99+ value).
- Domain Privacy Protection: Keep this box checked. If you don’t want your account information to become public.
- You can uncheck the other payable add-ons like SiteLock Security – Find, Codeguard Basic, Bluehost SEO Tools Start etc.
You do not need those add-ons to get your blog up and running. Eventually, as your blog/website grows, you can decide if you want to add those services. Otherwise, you can always add add-on services from your Bluehost cPanel.
#Step5 – Choose the payment method
After that, select the payment method that you wish to make the payment with Bluehost – via credit card or PayPal. By default, you will see only credit card option and if you wish to make payment via Paypal, click on more options.
#Step6 – Read the terms & conditions and submit
After that click the “submit” button to complete your purchase. You will then be asked to create a password for your account.
#Step7 – Create a strong password for Bluehost account
You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.
Once you have successfully created your password a congratulations screen will pop up. Now you are ready to log in to your Bluehost account.
Now just check your domain name on a new page of the browser and you will get a webpage with coming soon message. I know this is not what you are looking for, Right? Ok, Let’s install the WordPress and set up your blog.
#Step8 – Install WordPress on Bluehost
After login to your Bluehost cPanel, look for Install WordPress option and click on the same. You can see below under the website zone, there are 2 options like install WordPress & One-Click install. Just click any one of them and proceed.
Click the Install button.
Type your domain name to install WordPress. In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog‘ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog. Next, click on ‘Check Domain’,
Maybe you will get a message like ‘it looks like files already exist in this location,’ but you can ignore this message and click ‘continue.’
If necessary, you can edit the email address, username and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings. Then go through the Terms & Conditions and check the boxes then click the Install Now button.
It will take a few minutes for WordPress to install. Once the installation processing is done, you will get redirected to your WordPress login credentials page. You will also receive a confirmation email with all of this information.
That’s it, You did it! You have successfully installed WordPress on Bluehost.
Now, its time to design & launch your blog.
With this in mind, access your WordPress blog’s admin page by typing www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain with your domain name) into the browser address bar. Log in with your admin username and password into the ‘Username’ and ‘Password’ boxes and click on ‘Login.’ Now you have reached to your blog’s dashboard.
Now you can play around here.
First of all, you need to choose a WordPress theme (some are paid, but many are free)! For that go to Appearance > Themes > Add New and then use the search box to find a theme that suits your needs or use Upload Theme option to add new themes from your computer.
Keep in mind, a majority of free WordPress themes are outdated. So hackers can find loopholes in these themes and they can easily hack into your site. Not all free themes are lead to this, but you have to research a little when you are choosing one theme for your site. You can always upgrade to a Premium theme at a later date if you would like. My websites and blogs are running with premium themes by Themeforest and Mount Moriah. They have pre-made professional themes.
Now you are ready to start blogging on your new WordPress blog! Create amazing contents, make your blog stand out from the rest, build your own network. ‘You can be different’. I wish you all the success in your blogging journey.
I hope this tutorial on how to install WordPress on Bluehost was helpful to you. Leave me a comment below with your concern or question. I will answer each one of you personally and will get back to you as soon as possible. 🙂