I’m showing you how to install WordPress on the two different web hosts I recommend, Hostgator (last post) and Bluehost (this post). You’ll see that the process is very similar, and so if you’re using a host other than Hostgator or Bluehost, you’ll be able to replicate the installation pretty easily.
Soon I’ll show you how to manually install WordPress, too! 🙂
Ok, let’s get started on installing WordPress on Bluehost.
Installing WordPress, or a slew of other programs, has been made VERY easy these days thanks to “quick installers.” Almost every hosting company offers them now, and I highly recommend using them when needed, if for no other reason than to save yourself a little time.
So, to start, log into your Bluehost hosting account (the URL and login info for this would have come in your welcome email).
You’ll see a starter page of info (this is technically not the Cpanel, but notice your “cpanel” link near the top):
Scroll down and look for the “Install WordPress” icon, and click it.
Bluehost uses “Mojo Marketplace” for quick installs, and you can ignore all of it except the part you want, the big “Do it yourself” and the green “Install” button:
Click “Install,” and you’ll see this:
Select the domain to install it on (you can ignore the directory), and click on “Check domain.”
Next, tick “Show advanced options:”
And you will see this:
TIP: For Admin username, I recommend something OTHER THAN “admin” or your email. Obscure is better. Also, copy down the password.
Tick the “I have read” box then click the green “Install now” button.
Then let it do its thing!
When it’s done, there will be a message at the top of the screen to let you know. Now you can log into your brand-new WordPress!
You will be able to log in at yourdomain.com/wp-admin (use the username you set & the password it gave you).
After you install
Here are my suggestions for what to do with your new WordPress:
- Go to Settings–>General and set your site name, time zone, etc.
- Go to Users–>Your profile and either change the password or be sure to write down in several places the one that was auto-generated.
- Go to Plugins and delete Mojo Marketplace (you don’t need it), and any other “quick start” type plugins that were installed for you (there always seem to be new ones of these popping up, but I’ve never seen anyone need them).
- Turn off WP Super Cache for now (you might need it later on, but when you’re starting out, it’ll cause less issues to turn it off).
- Plugins I recommend to start with: Image Widget, WordPress SEO, Limit Login Attempts, Simple Social Icons, Akismet.
- Go to Settings–>Discussion and turn on comments (WordPress usually installs now with them automatically turned off).
- Go to Settings–>Permalinks and adjust as needed.
- Go to Pages and open the Sample Page & change its name & content (make it your About page!).
- Go to Posts and open the “Hello, world” post & change its name & content & write your first post.
- …then lose yourself in theme heaven by searching for WordPress themes around the internet. 🙂 (Even though I make themes for clients, I loooove to go looking at other themes available…sure, I get designer envy, and yes, I want to buy 50 new themes, but it’s still a lot of fun!)
And that’s it!
Happy installing! 🙂