Quick Guide to Setting Up WordPress on BlueHost

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  1. If you don’t already have a BlueHost account, you can click on this link to get a discount: http://www.bluehost.com/track/tylerbots/ *
  2. Once you’re set up, click on Get Started Now, which will take you to a page where you can choose your plan. I usually recommend that people start with the most basic plan so you can save some money and see if it works for you. If you decide to upgrade later, you can always do that. If you need a domain name, you’ll get a free one when you use the aforementioned link.
  3. Type in your desired domain name and check to make sure it’s available. If it’s available, you’ll be taken to a sign-up page.
  4. Fill in all the fields in the Account Information section.
  5. In the Package Information section, BlueHost gives you the option for different price levels for different plans. For a 36-month plan, you’ll get the best price, but just choose whichever plan works best for you. You’ll also have the option for some upgrades. While I won’t say that you don’t need these, I personally haven’t used them. Again, it’s up to you and whatever’s best for your site – uncheck these boxes or leave them checked as you see fit for your needs.
  6. Fill out the fields in the Billing Information site, read the Terms of Service and check the box stating that you’ve read them, and then click on Submit.
  7. After you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email from BlueHost with your new username and password. When you log in for the first time, it will take you to the backend website.
  8. When you’re ready to install WordPress on BlueHost, you should already be in the Hosting section, then click on Website.
  9. The first thing you should see is a WordPress section. Click on Install Now. It will take you to a page where you can set up your WordPress site on your BlueHost hosting account. You can have BlueHost set everything up for you, but it’s quite easy to do on your own.
  10. Click on Install and choose the domain name that you’d like to install.
  11. You’ll see a directory field on the left. We’re not going to set that up, so leave it blank and click on Check Domain.
  12. You’ll be taken to a Last Step page where you’ll want to select the box next to Show Advanced Options. This allows you put in your website name, admin username, and admin password. Read the terms and conditions and check the box that confirms you’ve read them.
  13. Then click Install Now. You’ve now installed your WordPress site on your BlueHost hosting account. You’ll still need to set a few more things up.
  14. If you’d like to use on of their paid themes, click on the Find a Theme button on the next page. Otherwise, just click the x on the upper right of the pop-up.
  15. You’ll see a confirmation at the top of your page that the install is complete.
  16. The next thing you do to start building your website is to go to your WordPress backend, which should be yourwebsite.com/wp-admin.
  17. Log in using the username and password you previously set up and click Log In. You’ll be taken to your backend WordPress dashboard.

Congratulations – you’re now ready to go with WordPress on BlueHost!

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