Looking to get your own WordPress site up-and-running over on Bluehost? You’ve come to the right place. Bluehost is a reliable provider that continues to gain new fans every single day, while WordPress is one of the best platforms to manage and control your site.
It’s entirely free and comes with countless themes and plugins to improve the look and functionality of your webpages. In this article, we’ll be going through each step of the process in an easy-to-understand guide. Fortunately, it really isn’t too complicated to get your site working with Bluehost’s services, but it’s still good to follow a guide so that you don’t make any mistakes along the way.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve bought your domain name and signed up for one of Bluehost’s plans, as you can’t go any further until you’ve completed those fundamental steps. Once you have, you can head into your Bluehost account and click to the hosting area of your account’s control panel.
There, you should be able to see a button labelled ‘Install WordPress’, and you simply need to click on this. You’ll then be taken to the Mojo Marketplace to proceed with the installation. On this marketplace, you can also browse around for various themes and plugins to improve your site, but that’s something you can do by yourself later on.
On the Mojo Marketplace, under the heading of ‘Website Builders’, you should see WordPress. All you need to do is click on that and then click on the big green button labelled ‘Start a brand new install’.
You will then be asked to choose where exactly WordPress gets installed. The options here are to install WordPress to the ‘www’ variant of your domain or the one that doesn’t include the ‘www’. It’s important to make the right decision here, as these two different URLs are actually classified as unique by Google and can affect the reliability of links to your site.
At first glance, you might not think that this step is of much importance, but it can actually have some influence on different aspects of your site. You can pick either one, but be sure to remember it and use it for all links to your site that you decide to create in the future. Once you have completed this part, you can move on to the final step of the process. You’ll be glad to know that the whole thing is nearly over, all you have left to do is enter some basic administrative information.
So now we come to the admin area. Here, you’ll want to enter a name or title for your site. This is entirely up to you, so try to think of something creative and relevant to your site’s subject matter. After that you’ll have to enter a username and password for your administrator account. This is an important step and shouldn’t be overlooked.
If someone was able to hack into your admin account, they could edit the content on your site or even delete whole pages at will. There are many incidences of hacking and other malicious cyber-attacks every year, so it’s important to keep your data as secure as possible.
We recommend choosing a unique username and a very complex password. Don’t use things that are easy to guess or that people close to you might know. The Mojo Marketplace platform does actually offer some assistance when it comes to creating a tough password, so you can make use of this functionality as well.
In addition to your username and password, you will also have to enter an email address, and once again we recommend using a secure address that only you know about, for security reasons. Once all of this is done, you are very nearly finished with the installation. You’ll just now need to tick the box that says you’ve read and agreed to the terms and conditions. Then, you can double check that everything has been filled out correctly and click the green ‘Install Now’ button.
That’s it. As soon as you’ve clicked the install button, the process will be more or less finished. You might have to wait another minute for everything to get updated, and you’ll be sent an email confirming that the installation was successful. You really will not have to wait long at all to get this email, and you can then feel free to login to your admin account using the name and password you just created.
You’ll then be given full access to all of the features and functions of WordPress on Bluehost. Hopefully, with this guide, the whole process shouldn’t have taken you too long to complete. At this point, the more enjoyable side of site ownership can begin and you can start improving your webpages and making new content.