How to Quickly and Easily Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost 42

How to Quickly and Easily Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost - let's reach success start a blog with one click easy setup

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In order to set up a site, you need a few elements. That’s a domain name, a hosting provider, and a content management system (so that you don’t need to use any code to have a functioning and beautiful site).

In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to get the 3 right and do it using some of the best platforms out there.

When it comes to choosing a hosting company, the options are many. Some are popular, others are new. Some are cheaper, others offer more options and plans.

Something you can’t go wrong with, though, is Bluehost.

That’s what I’m using here on Let’s Reach Success, that’s what most of the sites you’re visiting daily are hosted on, and that’s what experts refer to as one of the top hosting companies of 2017.

What’s more, once you create a profile, you get a domain name for free for the first year (so that makes one of the 3 elements of your new site a no-brainer), and there’s a one-click install for WordPress.

WordPress is the best open-source content management system, offering hundreds of customizable themes, designs and technical elements that will turn your site into a professional platform where you can sell your products, start a blog, offer your services, build your brand, and engage an audience.

Wondering why you need a hosting provider and to pay for this service?

Well, it’s the surest way to know your site will be up and running every morning when you wake up, and that its data will be stored in a secure server, being handled by the specialists of the hosting company of your choice.

It’s about safety and performance.

Why Bluehost?

Again, with their package, you get a free domain and a free one-click installation of WordPress so that you can create your site and blog, and they are trusted by most of the marketing and online gurus, and power millions of sites on the Web.

So, without further ado, let’s see how to set up your first WordPress site on Bluehost and get started with creating things online and building a name for yourself:

Your Guide on How to Start a WordPress Site on Bluehost

Step 1: Sign up and get your domain name.

Go to Bluehost and click the ‘Get Started Now’ button.

1. Choose your plan.

Your Guide on How to Start a WordPress Site on Bluehost Step 1: Sign up and get your domain name. Go to Bluehost and click the ‘Get Started Now’ button. 1. Choose your plan.

Assuming you’re just starting a website, be it to have a blog, begin making some money online, offer your freelance services, sell products, or have a platform on your own online to build your brand, go with the basic plan.

2. Choose a domain name.

Here’s what you’ll see on the next page you’re taken to:

set up a worpdress site on bluehost - tutorial choose a domain name for hosting with bluehost

You should have thought about it already. If not, take your time now.

The easiest option is to use your real name. But if you’re more about creating an authoritative site in a certain niche, much like Let’s Reach Success, get creative and brainstorm some ideas.

It must be related to the field, short and easy to remember and spell.

If you already have a domain, you can use it now and still get a WordPress site on Bluehost in a matter of minutes. Just use the second field on the scree.

3. Create an account.

The next page you’ll be taken to is where you’ll add your information and chose a payment method.

Note: You should sign up for at least 12 months to get the other benefits Bluehost offers. But also to make sure you give your site a year to rank in Google and become a trusted platform. It’s not worth paying for just a month or a few.

What’s more, that’s the only way to ensure your domain name is yours and yours only.

Then, check all the details you just filled in, together with the final price, and complete your Bluehost registration to proceed with the next step.

Note: There are some add-ons that will be recommended to you and even included in your package. These are things such as Domain Privacy and Site BackUp Pro. You can easily uncheck them if you just want to test things with this first WordPress site of yours and see how serious you’ll get about it.

Congrats! You now have a domain name and a hosting provider.

Let’s install the actual site on them and create your own digital empire.

Step 2: Install WordPress with the One-click Installation of Bluehost.

When you’re logged in your Bluehost account, click on Hosting in your Cpanel.

  Install WordPress with the One-click Installation of Bluehost. When you’re logged in your Bluehost account, click on Hosting in your Cpanel.

Note: You can always log in at my.bluehost.com

Scroll down to the ‘wordpress’ section and click Install WordPress.

how to install wordpress with bluehost to start a blog - one click installation tutorial

The next screen will give you a big ‘Install’ button.

You’ll now need to select which domain to install it to from the dropdown menu.

Bluehost also gives you the option to decide whether to have www. in the url or not. The shorter, the better.

By clicking ‘Show Advanced Options’ underneath it, you’ll see a few more fields.

These are your site name, admin username and admin password.

The first you should know by now. The other 2 should be secure enough so that hackers can’t easily guess them.

That’s how you’ll be entering the back end of your site once it’s installed, after all.

Note: Remember to save these for future references.

Also check the field saying “Automatically create a new database for this installation”

After that, you’re ready to hit the ‘Install’ button and see the creation of your site.

Give it a minute or two. Close the window only when it says that the installation is complete.

You must have received an email from Bluehost that very minute too.

Congrats! You’re the owner of a WordPress site on Bluehost hosting now.

And your online journey is about to officially begin.

If you have any specific questions about setting up a site using these two platforms, feel free to shoot me an email. Use the ‘Contact’ tab in the menu.

I’ll gladly answer or give you a good resource to read about it if it’s not something I’m familiar with.

And here’s a post to check out my exact experience with WordPress and Bluehost and what it looked like back in the early days when I was just starting out.

What’s Next After Having Started a WordPress Site on Bluehost

The email you just received includes 3 important things.

Your username and password for entering the dashboard of your new WordPress website, and also a special admin login url that no one else will have.

Save these as you’ll be using them often.

So, you log in and see a dashboard. Now what?

If you’ve never used a content management system like that, or even seen a dashboard, no worries. It’s pretty easy and soon you’ll do all the possible things on WordPress effortlessly.

From now on, and what would possibly become your hobby and main free time activity over the next few weeks, you’ll be creating content and adding widgets and plugins to your site to let it do all the amazing things that it can.

Hit ‘New’ and choose ‘Post’ now and give it a title and some text. Publish it to see how it looks. Or use this opportunity to have an introduction post and write some stuff about you and what the blog will be about.

While you’re at it, create an About page (click ‘New’ again, but choose ‘Page’ this time). It’s a key element of your brand and what people will want to check out once on your website.

Another thing to add soon is the Contact page, and – of course – the first few articles on your blog.

Something you’d want to do now (or maybe leave it for tomorrow morning if it’s late, as you might invest more time in it once you see how many options there are), is to choose a theme for your site.

That can happen by clicking Appearance, then Themes, on the sidebar on the left. Now click ‘Add New’ on the page.

Although you’re already given one of the default ones, there’s a huge number of free ones out there that will answer your needs better.

choose your first wordpress theme, bluehost tutorial

A theme is basically the layout of your site, the design that’s already coded for you and which you simply install and activate.

Use filter to see only the magazine-style blogs, business websites, news sites, or templates for specific niches such as restaurants, travel, photography, hotels, etc.

You’ll be amazed at what’s out there that you can use right away at no additional cost.

As for widgets and plugins, these are the applications that give your site functions such as opening an online store, adding an email signup or a contact form, installing a security system, including social media share buttons on your posts and pages, and so much more.

These can be found in ‘Plugins’ in your left sidebar.

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So, I think that’s enough for a start.

Considering you didn’t know how to set up and run a site, and what WordPress and Bluehost were till recently, and now own a website and are ready to make it professional and beautiful, that’s a pretty good beginning.

Wish you the best of luck with your own digital platform where you can freely share your opinion, build an audience of like-minded people, create and sell products, offer your services, and become an expert in your niche over time.

All that is possible. Give it some time, though.

Google will soon start giving you free organic traffic from search engines if you get serious about blogging and create content consistently. And clients will start finding you, together with people who’ll become fans of your work and mindset.

Don’t let them down. Do your best and stay consistent with growing your website.

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Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.