Learning how to install WordPress in Bluehost is a fairly straightforward task. It is also the foundation of your new website or blog and therefore a pivotal step as you start developing a platform to build your online brand and to share your voice.
If you’ve been following my training series, and have made it this far, congratulations!
You already know more than the majority of new entrepreneurs and are starting to realize that getting started with building your online business is equally as doable, as it is empowering.
Let’s recap on where we’re at:
At this point, we’re hovering between ‘Step 2’ and ‘Step 3’.
How to set up GoDaddy Nameservers
Back to homebuilding metaphors:
In my first post, I discussed how deciding on a domain name is kind of like securing a house number. You still don’t have a house (website), and you’re not yet paying rent or a mortgage (hosting), but it’s a great first step.
Getting hosting was the next step of the process so you can check your house number and your mortgage payment off the list (wait! I’m paying mortgage on a house that doesn’t exist?! – well, kind of, but this process is much quicker, not to mention, cheaper ;) ).
Now, we need to attach your house number (domain name) to the actual property so that the two can become one. We’re simply going to go into GoDaddy where we purchased our domain name and change the name server address to point from GoDaddy (by default) to Bluehost.
It sounds complicated, but it’s extremely simple.
Here’s how we change nameservers:
- STEP 1: Head over to GoDaddy and sign in on the top right of the screen. You should already have an account if you registered your domain name, but if you haven’t, or still need to decide on a domain name, be sure to read my first blog post in this series.
- STEP 2: Click on the ‘Domains’ heading to manage your domains. A dropdown list will open and your domain name(s) will be shown.
- STEP 3: From here, you’ll find your domain name and click on the green button, ‘Manage DNS’.
- STEP4: On the new screen, click ‘Change DNS’.
NOTE: I’ve already changed my name servers to point to Bluehost. In your case, the nameservers will be set to GoDaddy’s by default:
You want to change these to:
You may have to toggle the dropdown menu on this screen from ‘default’ to ‘custom’ first so that you can edit the nameservers.
- STEP 5: Hit ‘SAVE’ and you’re done!
Your domain name (GoDaddy URL) is now communicating with your host (Bluehost). NOTE: This may take a few hours to take effect – don’t worry.
Now we’re ready to have some fun!
First off, what is WordPress?
WordPress, by simple definition, is a free (open-source) platform on which you can build your website or blog.
I want you to simply think of WordPress as an online editor that empowers you to manage all of the content of your website from a very simple-to-use ‘dashboard’ or online editor.
In fact, if you can type and edit in a program such as Microsoft Word, then I have full confidence you’ll be able to manage your own website.
How cool is that?
Check out my WordPress dashboard from this very post:
WordPress is Kind of Like Getting A Free House
I also want you to think of WordPress like someone gifting you a house that’s in the ‘lock-up’ stage. It’s like buying a plot of land and waking up to find a foundation poured, walls in place, roof on, and it’s all buttoned up with doors and windows — all for free.
WordPress is that kind of gift! Developers from around the globe contribute to making this open-source platform available to all – it’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
A Quick Note on Themes
In addition, WordPress comes with a few free themes, so once we install WordPress in Bluehost, you could be writing content right away, which I’ll get into in my next post. However, my suggestion is to be patient as we walk through theme selection to separate you from the crowd.
Simply put, you can think of themes as the paint, carpets, tile, curtains and custom finishes that will dress up your free WordPress site; It includes the colors, layout, photos, titles, fonts and so forth that make your blog or website best showcase your brand.
Don’t worry – I’m going to walk you through choosing a WordPress theme through Themeforest, setting up some core elements for your blog or website, and get you writing content like a pro, so stick with me.
OK – back to the the task at hand…
How to Install WordPress in Bluehost
Once you have your domain name secured, your hosting in place, and your nameservers (DNS) pointing to your host, you’re ready to jump over to your Bluehost control panel and start breaking ground.
Do you feel that…?
That’s potential bursting at the seams – you’re doing great!
Here is a step-by-step on how to Install WordPress in Bluehost:
- Head over to Bluehost and log-in to your account (top right). NOTE: If you haven’t purchased hosting yet, click the ‘Get Started Now’ button, first. I wrote a blog post on the topic, here.
- Log-in to your account and hit ‘submit
- Welcome to your Control Panel, or ‘CP’ for short.
- Scroll down to the ‘Website’ section and then click ‘Install WordPress’
- From here, I recommend you stick to the ‘Do It Yourself’ section because a) knowledge is empowering, and b) You Can Do It!
NOTE: If you do decide to pay to have it done, consider hiring us as I’ve been a designer and developer for over 15 years. You can contact us for a competitive quote to get you up and writing content in no time.
- Next, you should see your domain name in the list. In your case, it’s likely the only name in the list. In the example you’ll see my domain name, ‘bodycoachcanada.com’. In most cases you’ll want to install WordPress in this ‘root’ directory – in other words, leave the ‘directory’ field blank and hit ‘check domain’.
NOTE: if you do want your website installed in a subdirectory, just type the name of the ‘folder’ in the ‘directory’ field.
- Once your domain name check is complete, click ‘advanced options’. You’ll want to change your site name to something that makes sense for your blog or website (don’t worry – you can change this later if you need to). You can also change your ‘Admin Username’ and ‘Admin Password’ if you wish. Make your password something good – you may want to search Google for a password generator and then save it somewhere!
- Tick the checkbox to agree to the terms of the GPLv2 and hit ‘Install Now’
Nicely done! Time to Crack a Cold One!
Low-carb of course ;)…
OK – the WordPress fairies are doing their work in the background and you will receive login confirmation via email that will allow you to access your WordPress dashboard. Congrats, you’ve just learned how to install Wordpress in Bluehost!
We’ve covered a ton of ground so far and you should feel pretty proud of yourself!
The fun is just starting, so hang around, comment, ask your questions below, or feel free to email me as I’m more than happy to help get you up and running.
I hope you’ve found my article on ‘How to Install WordPress in Bluehost’ helpful and that it will help move you toward your goals.
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