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Monday, 1 February 2016

How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost

Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost
So you want to start a WordPress blog? The first thing you need to do is, select a proper host for your blog.
There are thousands of web hosts claiming to meet the WordPress requirements. Choosing one WordPress web hosting among them can be a hard and time-consuming task.
But you have to make sure that your blog is on the right place. The success of your blog primarily depends on the web host. If you choose a bad web host, it won’t let you sleep easy.
When it comes to choosing a reliable WordPress hosting, I’d suggest you to go with what WordPress recommends you.
WordPress officially recommends 3 web hosts – Bluehost, Dreamhost, Laughing SquidBluehost is the number one WordPress recommended hosting.
I’ve been using Bluehost WordPress Hosting for more than one year. And I am really happy with its services. I’d highly recommend you to host your WordPress blog on Bluehost. In this post, I will be sharing How to Start a WordPress blog on Bluehost. (With Pictures)

Why Bluehost for WordPress blog?

Before moving further, I’d like to give some reasons to go with Bluehost for WordPress hosting.
  • Bluehost is recommended by WordPress.org since 2005.
  • Bluehost WordPress Install makes it easy to create a WordPress blog.
  • It offers a free domain name for a year.
  • It offers 24/7 WordPress technical support.
  • The price is very affordable.
  • It has a money back guarantee in case if you think Bluehost is not for you.
Now let’s see how to get started with Bluehost.

Sign Up for Bluehost (With Free Domain)

Creating an account on Bluehost is extremely easy. Just follow these simple steps.
At first, go to Exclusive offers for WordPress Users page. It’s a promo link. If you follow this link, it will show discounted $3.95/month instead of $5.99/month.
Click on green ‘get started now’ button.
Special offer for WordPress users
On the next page, you need to select a plan. Bluehost offers 3 plans on its shared hosting – Starter, Plus, Business Pro.
If you are going to create only one blog, then you can go with Starter plan. But if you are planning to create multiple blogs, then go with Plus plan. Business pro plan is mainly for business site.
If I were you, I would select the Plus plan.
Bluehost plans
Then you need to enter your desired domain name. Your domain name should be simple, easy to remember and easy to spell.
Bluehost offers a free domain name with your hosting package. Take this advantage. Enter your domain name and click on ‘next’.
Bluehost free domain name
On the next page, you need to enter you account information, billing information, and package information.
On account information, give your Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address etc. Make sure you put all information correctly. Sometimes they may verify the details.
Bluehost account information
On the package information, select your account plan. If you buy hosting for the longer period, you will save more money. I’d suggest you to go with 36-month plan. Make sure to Uncheck the options from Domain Privacy, SiteLock, Search Engine Jumpstart etc. You don’t actually need those.
Bluehost package information
On the billing information, select your payment method from Credit card or Paypal. If you don’t see the Paypal option, click on ‘More payment options’.
Bluehost billing information
Click on ‘Next’. And you will be taken to the Paypal payment page or Credit Card order page.
Complete your payment. Your account will be activated automatically and you will get a confirmation message to your email. You will also get your cPanel login information to your email.

Install WordPress on Bluehost

With One Click WordPress Installation, Bluehost makes it insanely easy to create a self-hosted WordPress blog. You don’t need to have any technical skills to create your first blog. And it won’t take more than 5 minutes to setup your blog.
Now go to Bluehost Login Page and login to your Control Panel.
Once you’ve logged in Bluehost cPanel, scroll down and click on ‘Install WordPress’ under ‘website’.
Install WordPress
Then click on ‘Install’. You can do it yourself.
Then select your domain name where you would like to install WordPress. It allows you to select domain with WWW or Domain without WWW. Personally I prefer domain without WWW, So I’d suggest you to do the same.
Click on ‘Check Domain’ button.
Check domain
If everything is OK, it will ask you to install WordPress. Check ‘Show advanced options’ and enter Site Name, Admin username & password. Click on ‘Install Now’.
Install now
On the next page, it will start installing WordPress on your server. Don’t close the page until it shows ‘Your install is complete!’ on the header.
An email will be sent to your email address with login information. Now login to your WordPress dashboard.

Installed WordPress…Now What?

Once WordPress is installed, your blog looks like a typical WordPress blog. To make it awesome, here are few important things you need to do after installing WordPress on Bluehost.
However, if you want to learn more about WordPress, you can read our ‘WordPress Guide for Beginners‘.
Over to You
Hope this post helped you to setup WordPress blog on Bluehost. If you need any helps regarding this, feel free to ask me via comment.
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