If you can check your email then you can install a wordpress blog on Bluehost.
Okay. I might be exaggerating just a tiny bit, but it’s really not that hard.
This post is designed to be a complete guide for anyone looking to start a wordpress website or blog in 2013.
Of course… there’s no shortage of information on how to get this done. You can Google It and find thousands of blogs and sources showing you exactly how.
But I’ve come across a number of articles and videos on how to setup wordpress using Bluehost, that are outdated …and they really can’t be followed step by step. So, while setting up a wordpress website for a client, I decided to take a screenshot of every single step of the process.
Here are all the steps…
Step By Step: Bluehost WordPress Install
Before We Begin: Get a Bluehost Account
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve always recommended Dreamhost. They’ve been my hosting company since 2008, but I’ve recently started to outgrow their shared hosting plan.
Unfortunately, they don’t have the best upgrade packages, and recent site crashes have forced me to look elsewhere. Of course, I ended up with Bluehost, but I’m not on their shared hosting plan. I went PRO!
I won’t get into why I chose Bluehost or how I made the switch in this post, but I will say this. It has been the BEST decision I’ve ever made since I’ve stared blogging. No question…
Now, let’s move on… where were we?? - Get a Bluehost account – they’re awesome.
Step 1: Click on WordPress inside C-Panel
When you first sign up for Bluehost, you’ll get an email with all your login information. This information can be used to access your C-Panel.
Inside your C-Panel, you’ll see a section titled ‘Site Builders’. WordPress is the first on the list. Click on that button.
Step 2: Click on WordPress Once Again
As you can see, this becoming an extremely difficult process. You are now being asked to click another button, yet again.
…hehe. I’m kidding. But you really have to click on WordPress. You’ll find it under the blogs section. It shouldn’t be hard to spot, it’s labeled ‘Popular’ and for good reason.
Here’s a screenshot:
Step 3: Click Install To Begin
This is where the magic begins. Bluehost offers a 1-click installation that helps you avoid having to download a bunch of files, and upload them to your server using an FTP Program like FileZilla of SmartFTP.
This is all done automatically, without having to know HTML or write any code. So, click the green Install Button and move on to step 4.
Step 4: Choose Directory to Install WordPress
This step is easy. Just leave everything after the domain completely blank and you’ll be fine. What this is going to do it install wordpress on the Root Directory of the given domain.
Unless you already have an existing website running on the root of your domain, and you just want to add a blog to the mix, wordpress should always be installed on the root. Remember, this script is more than just a blog, it’s an entire content management system.
Step 5: Name Your Website
This step is on the same page as step 4. When naming your site, make sure to enter an SEO friendly name. Add the keywords that you want to rank for eventually.
SEO is an important part of any website, and it starts from the moment wordpress is installed. You can skip everything else on this page and move on to the next step.
Step 6: Error.. Error.. Don’t Worry It’s Nothin’
In my case, the domain I was installing wordpress on was NOT completely empty. It had files that bluehost added when the hosting plan was purchased. This may happen to you.
Don’t worry about it too much. All you have to do is click the check-box, and the installation will remove all of the files and directories that are currently there. Here’s what that error looks like:
Step 7: You’re All Done!
If you’ve reached this step then you’ve survived the madness. You have conquered a wordpress installation and you should celebrate! Woohoo!!
No… seriously. This might seem like an easy step, but it’s one many many people are afraid to take. They’re so afraid of failing, that they plan and plan and plan, and never actually DO anything. The following screenshot means you’re ready to go on a journey, and you’re committed to making it work.
Step 8: Change Your Password
Sorry, there’s actually one more step. I highly recommend changing your password once you log into your WordPress Dashboard. It takes a few seconds, but it can help against hackers.
Just go to the top right hand corner and click on ‘Edit Profile’. Then scroll down and type in your new password and click save.
I hope you found this guide helpful.
If you’ve been wanting to move to a new hosting company, I’ll be publishing a post on exactly how I made the switch. There was about 2 hours of downtime per domain, and it was a pretty smooth process that I’m happy I made.
Questions and Comments below….