START YOUR BLOG OR SITE IN 5 MINUTES WITH BLUEHOST AND WORDPRESS
Would you ever think you could have your blog or website up and running in 5 minutes or less? I’m here to tell you it is that easy. You don’t have to be an experienced coder or even have web design skills. By using Bluehost as your hosting company and WordPress.org as your FREE CMS (Content Management System) you are using the absolute best products that dominate the web development industry.
Choosing a Web Host
There are many hosting companies out there, but after a ton of research, I decided to go with Bluehost. Not only are they highly recommended by WordPress, but they also offer:
- Premium customer service, reliability and usability
- Easy-to-use control panel
- Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
- Quickly get started with our one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
- Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
- No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.
And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!
To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow the steps below (Set Up Your Hosting Account). It will speed up the process to choose a CMS (see below), think of a domain name you want to use (see below), and to have your credit card for payment ready to go before you get started.
Choosing a CMS (Content Management System)
When many people hear “Wordpress” they automatically think “blog” and they would be right. Wordpress is one of the largest platforms used for blogging but WordPress is also a comprehensive content management system allowing you to create many different types of websites. Nearly half of the websites on the internet are using WordPress because:
- No need to know HTML or any other web coding languages.
- WordPress is FREE and it has tons of different themes/layouts to choose from.
- The website you build will be responsive (displays well on mobiles and tablets).
Karla’s Making It, the website you are currently browsing, is build with WordPress and hosted by Bluehost. This article will show you how easy it can be to get your blog, or website, up and running quickly.
Set Up Your Hosting Account
Choosing a Domain Name
Next, you need to choose a domain name (YourSiteName.com) for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS (Domain Name System) pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the signup process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
I heard you. What domain name should I pick? Well, this part is actually the hardest part of the whole process. Here are a few tips for coming up with a great domain name. If you are creating a website for a business you are already operating, then you should use the company name as the domain; YourCompanyName.com. If you are setting up a website for yourself, then YourName.com is very appropriate.
If these two options don’t apply to you then you need to be more creative. You should choose something brandable. for example, if you are creating a website about pizza, you may not want to choose Best-Pizza-Website.com. BobsPizza.com or PizzaAcademy.com are better options.
Another tip in creating a unique domain name is make it memorable and catchy. People prefer short, easily understood names. If you create one that is miles long or unclear, people won’t remember it. So, if you can, come up with something that either creates a brand with your company name, or your personal name, or make it catchy and memorable like BobsPizzaAcademy.com!
Once you come up with a fabulous domain name, enter it into the “new domain” box on the left. If you are transferring your current domain name, use the box on the right to “transfer domain.”
Once you have entered a domain name, you’ll fill in your personal information.
Then, you’ll choose which hosting package you want. Normal, shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36-month terms. To help save you money, the longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate will be. For example, by choosing a 36-month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95/month. And, because you’ve chosen to host with Bluehost, if you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel.
There are few other offers provided at sign up, which you can include at your discretion. One Bluehost recommends is Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.
After you’ve filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, click the “Next” button to complete your purchase. You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.
Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started installing WordPress!
Setting Up Your CMS – Installing WordPress
Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do. If you aren’t logged into your BlueHost account, do so now. Then click Hosting at the top to get into your cPanel. In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled Website builders and click on the WordPress icon.
This will open the installation window. Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps.
Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next, click on “Check Domain,” which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
Step 2: Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. It is recommended to use a different username than “admin” and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database already set up that you want to use.
Step 3: After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”
Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
Now you can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click “Log In.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard.
From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance. That’s it!! You now have your very own website! Congratulations!!!!!
Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!