How to Set up a Blog or Site with WordPress on Bluehost

There are many great hosting companies out there. But for a WordPress blog or site, Bluehost should be a top choice. It comes with some powerful features at a great affordable price. As you may know Bluehost is the number one hosting provider officially recommended by WordPress. And it’s been like this in the last 10 years. In this article I will show you how you can easily set up a blog or website with WordPress on this award winning host – Bluehost.

Set Up Your Bluehost Account

To get started, click on the Get Started Now button on the Bluehost home page.

Select a web hosting plan suitable for you. If it’s a new site I would recommend you to start with their basic plan first. Next, you need to choose a domain name for your website. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it in the I have a doman name field. You will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. Bluehost is currently offering a free domain with any new WordPress hosting account purchase. So If you don’t already have a domain name, you can get one for free in the sign up process.

screenshot of domain selection during bluehost hosting signup

Once you have entered your domain name, you will need fill in your personal information.

screenshot showing the account information section on the bluehost signup page

You can still choose the hosting package you want on this page. All of their shared hosting plans have 12, 24 and 36-month terms. It’s always better to go for a longer term so your monthly rate is cheaper. For example, If you go on 36-month term, you will get an amazing rate of $2.95/month. But if it’s a 24-month term the rate goes up to $3.95/month. The good thing is you don’t always have to be on their shared hosting account. If you need more resources on the server (with increase traffic and functionality) you can request them to upgrade it to a VPS or dedicated hosting account.

Bluehost offers extra addons/services at sign up that you can include in your hosting account. For example: Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.

screenshot of hosting package information on the bluehost signup page
screenshot showing the payment information section on the bluehost signup page

After you have filled in your personal and payment information click the Next button to complete your purchase. You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use this password to login to your Bluehost account.

Once you complete the signup process and are able to log into your account, you can get started with installing WordPress on Bluehost.

Bluehost WordPress Installation

Bluehost integrates with MOJO Marketplace allowing you to install WordPress on Bluehost and other applications very easily from your cPanel. Simply scroll to the section called MOJO Marketplace in your cPanel and select the One-Click Installs button. This will take you to a MOJO Marketplace page called Scripts and Platforms where you need to click on the WordPress icon.

screenshot showing the mojo marketplace interfance on bluehost

This will open the WordPress installation window. Click on the Start button to start your WordPress installation process.

screenshot showing the start page for the WordPress installation on mojo marketplace

Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or folder for one of your domains.

Step 2: Click on the Check Domain button to make sure the domain is correctly assigned to your hosting account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files. You can ignore that as long as you don’t have another website in it

Step 3: Now check the box and continue. Again this is to make sure that you are not overwriting something important in that location.

screenshot of the domain selection step in bluehost WordPress installation

Step 4: Click on the Show Advanced Options so you can set up your own username and password. Probably use a different username than “admin” and choose a strong password. Make sure that the Automatically create a new database for this installation option is enabled (unless you already have a database set up that you want to use).

Step 5: Accept the terms and conditions and click on the Install Now button when you are ready.

screenshot of WordPress installation on bluehost

When the installation begins, It will show you the status in a progress bar. Once WordPress is fully installed on your account, It will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will also get a copy of this information (except your password) in your email. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.

screenshot showing the process of an ongoing WordPress installation on bluehost

Now you can go to the admin login URL, enter your username and password, then click Log In. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. On this dashboard, you can control everything such as creating pages, writing posts, changing the appearance of your site etc.

Once you have set up WordPress on your website you might want to log in to Bluehost webmail and set up your email client. Your Bluehost webmail login credentials will be available when you have an email account with them.

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