April 24, 2016

How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost

Have you seen the show Daredevil? In one of the episodes, a few reporters are talking about how bloggers are now making more than double what they are! That’s the first time I’ve heard that said out loud on a TV show, but I’ve known that it’s been true for quite a while.

The fact is that blogging can be a lucrative business with the right effort and business plan, but first, you need to create a blog that looks good and functions well. WordPress is the blogging platform of choice. It is constantly updated by the creators to continuously make a stronger and better platform, and there are so many themes and plugins for WordPress that it doesn’t matter what your blog is about, you can make it look professional and create a living off it.

Bluehost hosting is one of the most popular hosting sites for WordPress, and while it may seem daunting in the beginning, it is actually quite easy to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost. In fact, they have joined forces with Mojo Marketplace that was designed to make things like installing WordPress, themes, and plugins easy and safe.

Why WordPress And Bluehost?

Before I talk about how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost, I just want to really drive home the importance of using WordPress for your blog and doing it on Bluehost. WordPress gives you complete control over your blog. What it looks like, the content you put on, the ads you put on, the tone of the blog and everything else is left up to you when you use WordPress. If you are planning to do more than just write posts about your life day after day, then you need to create your blog on WordPress right from the start.

Bluehost offers everything you need to host your WordPress blog, including 99.99% uptime – which means your blog will be visible to 99.99% of the visitors. It’s easy to install WordPress with Bluehost, as you will find out in this article on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost, and it has an affordable price tag with it. Plus, Bluehost has hosted over a million WordPress sites, so they know a thing or two about helping WordPress blogs thrive!

Note: If you have already signed up with Bluehost and have a domain name with Bluehost or pointed towards Bluehost, then skip to step 2. The first step is for people who are not signed up with Bluehost yet.
Step 1: Sign Up With Bluehost

The first step in getting your WordPress blog up and running is to sign up for hosting with Bluehost if you haven’t done so already. You can sign up for optimized WordPress hosting; however, the price tag is a little higher than regular hosting. This is because optimized WordPress hosting offers a safer, faster, and easier to use the platform. Usually, people who have been blogging for a while will want to use to optimize WordPress hosting once their blog starts to experience performance issues due to a rise in traffic or other positive issues like that. Stats have shown that this optimized hosting can drastically improve the time it takes for visitors to download a page. However, I’ve seen mixed reviews on how beneficial the optimized WordPress hosting really is.

The bottom line is you don’t need optimized hosting. If you can afford it, then you may want to but it. As of now, you pay an initial $12.49 and then $24.99 each month after. That’s not a bad price considering all you get, such as up to 100 million visitors a month, 5 managed WordPress sites and an enhanced control panel. In fact, if you can get your blog up and running quickly, and it becomes lucrative quickly, then you could be making so much money that your hosting will be peanuts in the grand scheme of things.

But, as of this tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost, I think it’s fine just to get the basic shared hosting on Bluehost. I do recommend choosing the ‘plus’ option if you plan on building more than one website or if you plan on having a lot of success with your blog (which I hope you are!)

The plus hosting package gives you the ability to create unlimited websites with unlimited email accounts and unmetered website space. You might find that creating your WordPress blogs on Bluehost is addictive, so picking the basic plan just means you will have to upgrade soon anyway. However, if you are sure that you are just going to create one WordPress site, and plan to focus on that for a while, the basic option is fine. For most people, this is all you need when you are starting out, or even for a few years after you start out. If you grow your business, Bluehost will alert you, and you will be able to upgrade.

Note: You will find that a lot of Bluehost users don’t disclose the fact that you will need to pay for 12 months of hosting. In other words, you can’t just pay the $3.49 for the basic plan and get started. You need to pay for the full year upfront, which works out to about $59.40. But, once you pay, you don’t have to pay again for a year! And, while it may seem like a lot more than the initial $3.49, I want you to look at it as an investment. You would probably spend $60 on something like a night out for supper. This will give you a year’s worth of opportunity to increase your income from the comfort of your home.

So, once you choose the plan you want, select it, then choose a domain name if you have chosen a plan that includes one for free (you may need to try a few times to find a domain name that is available). Next, fill in the account information, and choose the package information you do or do not want. You do not need the Site Backup Pro as you can do that yourself. You may want the privacy protection if you don’t want people to know your name and contact information. And you don’t need the security. That will help you cut the cost quite a bit. If you want to pay with PayPal, click on ‘more payment options’, and then pay for your new hosting account!

After that, as long as you have a domain name with Bluehost, you can move onto the next step. If you don’t have a domain name, and a free domain name didn’t come with your hosting plan, you need to buy one. A domain name is what connects with your hosting plan to create the WordPress blog. Without it, there is nowhere for your blog to go!

I’m not going to go into length on how to find a good domain for your blog on this article since we are focused on getting hosting and getting your WordPress blog up and running on that hosting. But, to find a new domain on Bluehost, go to the homepage of Bluehost and hover over products and then click on domains. Then choose a domain and follow the instructions.

What If Your Domain Name Is Somewhere Else?

If you already have a domain name on Godaddy or somewhere else that you want to use for your WordPress blog, then you need to follow that site’s instructions on how to get your domain hosted on Bluehost. For the most part, you will need Bluehost’s nameservers, which can be found at https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/1. They are ns1.BlueHost.com and ns2.BlueHost.com

Sign into your account where your domain was bought, click on the domain and then look for ‘Nameservers’. You should have a ‘Manage’ link or something similar. Click on that link and then change your nameservers to Bluehost’s. This may take some time to go through. On some sites, it can take up to 48 hours to completely change over, so be patient and work on your WordPress blog plan in the meantime. While it can take anywhere from 24-48 hours, you should be notified of how long it will take.

Step 2: Log In To Your Control Panel

Your Control Panel is where you will set up your WordPress blog on Bluehost. And it is where you will do other things once you get your blog started, such as create an email address and check your email, plus, most importantly, you will find all of your WordPress blog’s files here, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with it. I suggest taking some time each day to go through the functions and learn more about them.

For now, you are going to log into your Bluehost account and click on ‘hosting’. You will see a link for the control panel, and you will want to click on it. After, if you want to access your control panel more quickly, you can type in your domain name and then add cpanel at the end. For example, http://myblog.com/cpanel/.

Step 3: Get Your WordPress Blog Up And Running

You will be amazed at how easy this is, which is why Bluehost is one of the top recommended hosting sites for starting a WordPress blog. On other sites, you need to go through a variety of steps, such as get your domain name hosted before you add your WordPress blog to it, but on Bluehost, it is very easy. There are two different methods to do this.

Method 1:

– In your control panel (cpanel), go to the website builders section and click on Install WordPress.

– Click on the ‘Install’ button.

– Select the domain that you want to install WordPress on from the drop down box.

– Leave the directory blank.

– Click on ‘show advanced options’ and fill in the name of your site, as well as create a unique admin username and password. The username and password will be needed to log into your WordPress blog so you can get access to the admin area where you will do all of your blogging, so make sure you write it down somewhere.

– Click on ‘Automatically create a new database’.

– Click on ‘I have read the terms and conditions’. (You may want to read these too!)

– Click on ‘Install Now’.

You will probably get a popup that asks you to check out some themes. This is not necessary to do, although you can. Your WordPress blog will come with the standard WordPress theme for the year, which means you can start blogging as soon as your WordPress site is set up. However, you can also look for themes from various places, such as StudioPress or Thrive Themes.

You will be notified when your WordPress site is set up through email and through a notification bar on the top of Bluehost. Just stay on the page after you close the theme popup and wait for it to finish installing, then click on the ‘view credentials’ button where the notification bar was. There you can click on the Admin URL and log in to your new WordPress Blog!

Method 2:

– In your control panel, navigate to the Mojo Marketplace section. (Mojo Marketplace is a separate company that integrated with Bluehost to make it easier for Bluehost users to get what they want faster. It doesn’t matter how little experience you have with building websites or control panels, Mojo Marketplace strives to make it easier. But, as far as I’m concerned, method 1 is very similar to this ‘easier’ option.)

– Click on one-click installs.

– Click on WordPress.

– Click ‘Install’.

– Choose the domain name that you want to install WordPress on from the drop down menu.

– Leave the directory blank.

– Click on ‘show advanced options’ and fill in the name of your site, as well as create a unique admin username and password. The username and password will be needed to log into your WordPress blog in the admin area, so make sure you write it down somewhere.

– Click on ‘I have read the terms and conditions’.

– Click on ‘Install Now’.

Obviously, both methods are quite similar, and once you do one, you will do that same method for your next blog. It’s easy and quick and painless!

How To Log In To Your WordPress Blog

As said, you can wait for your WordPress site to install and then just click on the Admin URL in the page Bluehost gives you to be taken to your new WordPress blog. However, there are a few ways you can access the admin area without having to come back to this page or even keep this page open as you wait for it to load. Just remember you username and password, and do one of the following.

1. You can always log into your WordPress blog by adding wp-admin after your blog name. For instance, http://myblogname.com/wp-admin/. That will take you directly to your WordPress login page, or if you are already logged in, it will take you directly to your WordPress dashboard.

2. Click on ‘WordPress Tools’ in your Bluehost account, click on the login link, choose the WordPress install that you want to log into using the drop-down button, under the heading WordPress users find the user you want to log in as, and then click on the log in button that is by that user.

That’s pretty much all there is on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost. It’s quick and easy, and depending on where your domain is, you can be up and blogging within a few minutes from signing up and getting hosting. If you have any hosting problems, Bluehost has a number you can phone, live chat, and an extensive list of resources to browse through. You can also create a ticket using the support button at the top of the screen.

Disclosure: This article on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost contains affiliate links, which means that I will earn a commission if you purchase from BlueHost after clicking on those links. Please know that this doesn’t affect my article in any way, and it doesn’t affect you or the cost you pay in any way.

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