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This is where we will walk you through setting up your own Hosting on Bluehost along with installation and configuration of WordPress on your Bluehost account.
- If you are not sure why you need your own hosting then please read this article: Private Hosting versus WordPress.com Hosting for your Website, as there are so many more benefits of having your own hosting service.
This guide is meant to be open in a browser window for reference while you sign up and setup your hosting account and setup the WordPress publishing platform on the hosting account.
Section One: Let’s Get Started!
- First head over to the Bluehost.com website – just click the link.
- Note: It is an affiliate link and we do get some compensation if you sign up using it. But believe me, the information in the FREE GUIDE is well worth it in savings for you if you had to pay someone to walk you through this as you will see as we progress through your installation. So please be nice and use the link above when signing up. It doesn’t cost you anything to use our link or our Guide.
- Go to the “products” category at the top of the page – see image below (you will see a drop down list but just click on the word “products“)
- You will find yourself at the page in the image below – You can click on the “learn more” buttons to get more information on the different hosting plans offered (as they offer several different plans) but we will focus on the “shared” hosting because it is the best starting point for those just starting out getting a website and hosting of their own.
- Click on the “plans starting at $3.95 per month” under the “shared” column (see image below). The price button will then turn to “Get Started Now” in green (so click on it).
- You will then see the page with the options showing in the image below. Here again, select the plan that you feel is more fit for you. Just starting out we will select the “starter” plan for $3.95 a month.
- Click the green “select” banner to proceed. (see image below)
- The next page then asks about your domain name. The domain name is the url of your website (or will be the url of your website once you have a domain name). If you already have a domain registered with another registrar then type in your domain name under the “I have a domain name” space.
- If you do not already have a domain name for your business or idea, then type in the name you would like to have and see if it is available. Many domain names are already taken, so you may have to search different names and variety of names to find a domain name that will fit your needs and is available. (see image below)
- If you click on the “.com” dropdown list, you will get a list of other “extensions” which you may want to use. This is because the “.com” name might be taken and you can find the name you are looking for by using another “extension” such as “.co”, “.org” or “.net”.
- There are many other extensions listed. Just note that the “.com” extension will be the most natural to see by your audience so most people opt for the “.com” extension. Many of the other extensions are gaining popularity though, so you might want to search using those as well if you can get the name you want.
Below I will go over an example of the domain selection process I will use for this Guide. I will also give information along the way.
- I am deciding to start a new website focusing on “hosting” and “WordPress”. So see the “key words” I’m using for my domain name search. I type in “hostingwordpress” and then click “next”.
- Here are the results (image below). Since these are pretty popular terms, I expect the domain name I entered will be already taken. I am correct in this assumption!
- Click on the Show more suggestions if the domain name you wanted was not available and they will give suggestions to alternatives you might want to choose. Or you can just search again for another domain name.
- After looking at the suggestions, I finally change my search terms to find something better in my opinion and settle on: “SetupWordpressTutorial.com” which happens to be available.
Section Two: Setting Up Your Account
- After you have found the domain name that you want and also available, here is where you setup your actual BlueHost.com account.
- Provide your account information here which is pretty self explanatory.
- Next you fill out the “package information” for the duration of the hosting. Note: for the $3.95 per month price you have to select the 36 Month deal. This is a long time to prepay but even the 12 month prepayment is only $5.95 per month. We will be selecting the 12 month Starter price at $5.95 a month.
- If this sounds like a long term contract, it isn’t. You can cancel anytime if you don’t like the hosting, which I doubt you will, in the first 30 days for a full refund. You can also get a prorated refund if you cancel for the time remaining on your prepayment for the hosting services.
- The rest of the options are just up-sells for other services Bluehost offers. Just starting out you may not need these other services at this time. If you don’t need the other services then just “uncheck” the boxes. You can also click on the “more information” links to get additional information on the add-on services if you wish to purchase them.
- Honestly, if you don’t plan on keeping your website up for one year, you probably don’t need to be hosting and creating your own website.
- Last, you enter your billing information which is also pretty self explanatory.
- Next you must agree to the terms of service and click the “submit” button.
- Once you provide the payment information, you are presented with another set of upgrades which you can purchase if these fit your needs.
- Again, starting out you probably will want to pass on these unless you know of or have a specific reason to upgrade.
- At the bottom of this page click on the “complete” button to complete the order.
You have just signed up for a hosting account with Bluehost!
- Click on the “create your password” button to create your password for your new account.
- This page has another “terms of service” agreement for password changes and rules for password creation. Or you can use the “password generator” to have your password automatically generated for you. Just make sure you save it!
- Next you may be presented with an option to “optimize hosting for WordPress“.
- You can explore this if you want but it is not necessary in order to use WordPress on your site. It can streamline the process for you if you wish to utilize this option, but it does cost extra. You can do this later if you chose the upgrade, but for now just choose “No thanks, I’m not interested”.
- We will continue and show you how to install WordPress for FREE!
Section Three: Welcome to Bluehost!
- You should now be logged into Bluehost and here you will find the following “Welcome Message“. (see image)
- Just click on the “i can do it” button followed by “close this guide” on the next screen.
- You should now be at the “control panel” for your account.
- Here you will see “helpful resources”, “marketing”, “email”, “website”, “files”, “domains”, and “manage my addon products”.
- There is also a hosting list of your current hosting packages.
- Below is what it should look like.
- There are many options which you can see and explore on the Bluehost “control panel”.
- Make sure you check out the “marketing” section after you complete this guide and take advantage of several hundred dollars worth of free advertising you can spend promoting your site which is really a great deal!
Section Four: Installing WordPress On Your Hosting Plan
- Let’s get you up and running with WordPress, which is why we are doing this.
- In the “website” section on the control panel, there is an option to “install WordPress“.
- Click on the “install WordPress” icon.
- You are presented with both FREE and Paid Options.
- We will use the FREE Option. (See how much this guide is saving you!)
- Click on the “install” button on the “Do it yourself (FREE)” option.
- Below is what this guide is saving you in terms of money!
- Now you need to decide if you want your WordPress installation to be in your main directory or in a sub-directory.
- In other words do you want your WordPress homepage to reside at http://yourdomain.com or at http://yourdomain.com/wordpress/
- Since most people use WordPress as the entire platform for their website we recommend it be the first option unless you have a specific reason to choose otherwise.
- So in this instance you will leave the ” / directory ” section as it is.
- Select the domain you want to install WordPress on if you have more than one domain registered with Bluehost. Otherwise just leave it as the one you signed up for in the guide which should already be pre-populated in the form.
- Next I recommend you click on the “show advanced options“
- Also you need to click on the “I have read the terms” line
- When you click on the “show advanced options” you will see of course, more options.
- Here you need to Name your Website. In my case, it will be “WordPress Setup and Tutorials”.
- Then select your “admin username“.
- Select your “admin password” or keep it as the generated one. (write it down)
- Keep the check mark for “automatically create a new database.
- Ensure you have checked the “terms and conditions” box.
- Then click “Install Now”.
- Then wait a few minutes (really a few seconds) until the installation completes.
- You will be taken to a page with WordPress themes for sale but look at the top until it says “Your install is complete!“
- Then click on “View Credentials” at the top of the page.
- This will bring you to the notifications center. Note the yellow box information!
- Click on View to see your WordPress installation information and save this information.
- Save this information as you will need it to access your WordPress Control Panel, which is different from the Bluehost Control Panel.
- Click on the “URL” above to be taken to your Brand New Website!
- It is only a placeholder for now because you have not setup your WordPress Options, but everything is installed.
- Click on the “Admin URL” and this is your WordPress Control Panel where you will set your WordPress options.
That was Easy Wasn’t It?
- You Now Have Your Own Domain!
- Hosted On Your Own WebServer That You Control! And…
- Have WordPress Installed on Your Server to Use for Your Website!
Now we need to setup the basic configuration for WordPress –