WordPress Tutorial : Build your WordPress website on Bluehost, step by step

WordPress Tutorial : Build your WordPress website on Bluehost, step by step

In this video we’re going to set up
hosting with Bluehost. Bluehost is a popular choice for WordPress hosting and
they offer lots of additional services and help should you need that. In this
video I’ll show you how to properly setup and configure your hosting with
Bluehost as well as set up and configure WordPress so your site will be off to
the best start possible. It’s really important to have WordPress configured
properly so you’re not going to want to miss that section. To be sure we’re on
the same page use the sponsored link below this video to sign up for Bluehost. If
there’s any special deals or promotions I’ll be sure to include those below also.
Using the sponsored link costs you nothing extra and might actually even
save you some money, and it provides me with compensation so I can provide this
free tutorial series, so let’s go ahead and take the first step in building our
website by signing up for hosting and configuring WordPress. Let’s go ahead and
get started so it’s pretty self-explanatory when you go onto the
Bluehost website after you’ve clicked on the sponsored link below, you just click
on the get started now button here and then you can choose a plan. Now if you’re
going to get your domain name with Bluehost I definitely recommend if you
don’t already have your domain name just to keep your life simple to go ahead and
sign up for it with the same company that you have hosting with just because
that way you don’t remember where is my domain name hosted with and who is my
website hosted with it’s all just in one place so if if your hosting company
offers that I definitely recommend that usually the price for a new domain names
about the same whether with your hosting company or with a separate
company so just keep that in mind. So I’m actually recommend if you’re getting a
domain name that you choose the prime here because it includes the domain
privacy and the domain privacy basically means that when you sign up for your
domain name they won’t have your address they’ll have an address that Bluehost
has that’ll just keep you from getting junk mail, spam emails and phone calls
from people who you know really excited that you started a new business or a new
website and just want to try to promote themselves to you it’ll keep you from
getting all that stuff and it’s really kind of a big time-saver just not to get
a bunch of extra junk, but of course any of the plans are great they’re all gonna
work great for helping you get started building your website so just pick the
one that you think fits your budget best do keep in mind the prices that are
going to jump up to afternoon time period but hopefully that the you
know the initial time period will be enough for you to get your site at the
level that you want it to be at so that you’re comfortable paying that extra
price. So let’s go ahead and select a plan. So if you’re going to sign up with a new
domain name you can add it right here or if you already have a domain name just
type that in there so they know what your domain name is I’m going to go
ahead and create a new domain name I’m going to click Next I’m going to add in my basic information
here and this is exactly information here that Bluehost is going to help you
keep private when you sign up for your domain name and then just confirm your
plan here and to get the sort of maximum benefit from the pricing you do need
to pick three years I’m actually going to pick twelve months when you go ahead
and leave the default settings and then all I’ve got to do is just enter in your
credit card information and click sign up. Okay and then let’s go ahead and go
ahead and create a password for your account
I use it LastPass to manage all my passwords I think that’s a really good
idea for you to use some sort of password management system.
I like LastPass it’s one I started with there’s other great options like one
password and some other ones and then I’m just going to use it to generate a
password for me go ahead and enter that in. Agree to the privacy policy again. Okay and so now here we are on our
Bluehost dashboard. The next thing we want to do is go ahead and set up WordPress so
we can start building our website. Bluehost and most hosting companies these
days make it really easy to get WordPress installed because you know so
many people are eager to get started building their website with WordPress.
Okay so to get started just go ahead and click on the get started button right
here I’m going to turn off these plugins that they want to automatically install
for you I don’t think you need them and then down here these are some options
that you can use where they’ll install WordPress and configure it for you but
the whole reason why you’re watching this video is because I’m going to show
you how to do it so it’s a great savings right there. Now if you just signed up
for Bluehost and you’re eager to get started on your website
just know that it might take some time for your domain name to fully propagate
across the internet basically to fully get set up so if you’re eager to just
get started right now so if you just signed up for Bluehost
for the first time and you just added a new domain name you’re eager to get
started just know that it might take some time
even though Bluehost says that your domain is ready to go
it might take some time for your domain name to fully propagate and get fully
set up so if it doesn’t work the first time you try to install WordPress
you know just walk away for you know 30 minutes an hour and then come back and
then see if it’s working it’s just sort of a tip it happens with all hosting
companies just the domain names take some time to set up and it can take longer
sometimes depending on you know where you are on the world and how fast the
domain name propagates across the internet so just keep that in mind. And
down here we’ve got a marketplace with a bunch of different themes but I already
have a great recommendation for a theme that we’re going to install later on in
this series so if you up here where it says installation complete and we’re
going to click here to view our credentials and we’ve got as messages as
your installation was successful and our we can access our website here using
this link here and we want to make sure you remember that URL so you’ll be able
to use that URL later to access your site and then we’ve got our username
that we send up with and our password here just go ahead and go to the backend
of our WordPress web sites let’s click on this and it said before you’re going
to want to remember this actually you don’t need two slashes you just need one
slash this is going to be your domain name slash WP dash admin and that’s how
you’re going to log into the back your site back end of your site and we’re
going to use that email address and password that we set up click login and
since we’re watching this video and I’m guiding you guys through this whole
process on this is sort of a tutorial that you can go through the Bluehost is
set up but you don’t need that because I’m going to show you how to do
everything that you need so just click on this I don’t need help okay so here
we are on our dashboard we’ve got an ad up here for help which I guess is
through Bluehost so if you wanted that you can just close
it by clicking this close button right here
and then we’ve got just a few settings that we want to adjust on our website
typical WordPress installs don’t have this marketplace this is something added
by Bluehost and I’m gonna use our own theme and our own setup so we don’t need
to worry about anything in the marketplace there so let’s see which
plugins Bluehost is installed for us okay so under our plugins here a few
things we can get rid of so we can get rid of this Hello Dolly plug-in the
jetpack plug-in is something you may or may not want so you can choose to leave
it in here or deactivate it and add it in later we’re not going to discuss that
in this series it’s not something I personally use but there are a lot of
benefits to it if you’re interested in it and we’re also going to remove this
Mojo marketplace thing because we just don’t need it I’ve got some great
recommendations for plugins and and a great recommendation for a theme for you
to use and the great thing about WordPress is that there’s just so many
options out there and so many great tools and you’ve got access to them just
through the regular internet so I’m going to go ahead and remove that and
Akismet um is a great service I use it on my website and it does help protect
your site from spam I don’t think it’s something you need to have right when
you first set up your web site cuz it takes a while for people to find your
website and then also for spammers to find your web sites if you’re trying to
save money in the short term there’s a fee for it I do recommend it but it’s
not something you need right when you first start out with your website base
if you’re starting to notice you’re getting a lot of spam comments on your
site and it’s something you’re probably going to want to activate and install
I’m going to leave that installed and leave jetpack because I think that
those are good options for you to look into to see if you’re interested in it I
definitely use Akismet, I highly recommend it and jetpack I don’t use but
it is definitely very useful for some people and something I kind of debate go
back and forth on whether I want to use it on my site or not. Let’s go ahead and
deactivate these two so you do it by clicking the deactivate button here
or you can do them both together by clicking deactivate up there and then
clicking apply and then after they’re deactivated we can delete them by
clicking on those buttons there and then just clicking delete and then clicking
apply yes okay there we go now let’s go ahead and go down here to settings and
we can see here we’ve got the title / website if we wanted to have a
special tag line up here we can add that right there it’s not simply it usually
displays prominently on your site but you do want to have it set up because it
might show up in search engine results and then whenever you change settings in
WordPress you also make sure you scroll down to the bottom and click the Save
Changes button so the next thing we want to do is want to go down here to perma-links this is probably the most important setting to change on your
website this is going to really help your search engine optimization
automatically and what we want to do is we want to change it to post name and
what that’s going to do is when you create a new page or a new post on your
website it’s going to use your URL and then plus basically the name of your
post or page right up here and if you created a great title for your post one
that’s got search terms built into it it’s going to help search engines to
find that content on your site it’s really important to make this change so
click on post name here and then click Save Changes okay and then that’s it now
we’ve got the basic set up for WordPress and we’re ready to install our theme so
the next video I’m going to show you how to install a theme and I will also
introduce you to one of my favorite themes for building WordPress websites
that makes building WordPress websites fun fast and easy so head over to the
next video

24 thoughts on “WordPress Tutorial : Build your WordPress website on Bluehost, step by step

  1. This is a great tutorial. I was going to do a video for our theme documentation but I would just include your video in our doc.

    Want to mention about an issue that we ran with one of our client with Bluehost. We use BlueHost VPS and we didn't have that issue but on client server they are Cloud Hosting. When they installed WP they did one-click setup and along with it came all the plugins incl. hidden plugin called "endurance page cache", you can google that it's on github managed by BH.

    So two recommendation on Blue host. One is to disable Cache Control under performance on Cloud Hosting and if you do 1-click install delete additional plugins like you mentioned in the video plus it will add "endurance page cache" and "mu-plugins" which will not be visible from wp backend so you will have to use ftp and find under /wp-content

    I was on call with BH for an hour trouble shooting this issue but they didn't mention to me about "endurance page cache" I had to figure it out my self.

    The issues we ran into was the Add to Cart button wasn't showing up for starter plus there were bunch of issues. Also they mentioned if cache is enabled it takes upto 3 hours to refresh the changes.

    Any ways after a week of providing support we were able to solve 99% of the client issues.

    I mean honestly the theme we sell is around 50 bucks and technically the client was having server side issues so as per the policy we don't really have to resolve this issue but as Product Manager I wanted to get to the bottom of the issue and make sure it works for the customer even if it wasn't the issue with our product. I really gave hard time to my engineering team coz i didn't take an answer that the issue was on our side until I was 200% sure.

    Sorry for the long story but I hope this will help someone else too.

  2. Tim, as i mentioned earlier in my comment i have added your video in my doc. You can check it here: http://docs.cridio.com/xdocs/45/#step-1-check-system-requirement


  3. Hello! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I am doing research about which site to choose for buying my domain name and hosting it. I am just starting out so I don't expect anything fancy, just the bare minimums to establish my identity. If things go good I can always upgrade 🙂 I saw several people recommending bluehost as it is very easy and they offer great support.

  4. I'm hoping to start making a little bit of money with a review blog of reviewing skincare and maybe makeup products with affiliate links.

    Question – I have a domain name I bought from godaddy and signed up with bluehost but have yet to actually get to the next step which I guess would be installing WordPress through Bluehost. How do I add an online page on my website to show affiliate links as "products " and is it free to do this part?

  5. Does this mean if I buy from Bluehost I can have access to the WordPress plugins or do I still have to buy the business plan from WordPress in order to install those plugins, which costs around $245 a year up front? A bit confused about this. As a complete newbie it looks like I can buy web hosting BUT I still have to buy the business plan in order to use the plugins and a small handful of plugins are important to have on a blog/website. Hope you can help 🙂

  6. bluehost is the worst ever, my website was down for 3 weeks and they didn't do anything, than i ended up moving to another hosting company

  7. Bluehost Very bad servers the sites in WP are always slow and when you report your problems they tell you it is not from their end. I will never go back to them.

  8. Blue host is the worst hosting company they hack peoples websites put malware they force you to by site-lock I have worse experiences with them and they are being sued now coz they do this to many many people, I'll never go back to blue host again.

  9. do you think bluehost is the best option to host my wordpress site for a podcast or libsin? im very confussed i have bluehost now

  10. I just bought my WordPress website through Bluehost the other day and I keep getting this:

    For your information, we’re provisioning your WordPress installation on a temporary domain. We’ll update your site to poemsauce.com automatically as soon as it is ready.

    How do I get it ready? Any help is appreciated.

  11. Sir, I think you should compare Bluehost with RedserverHost. RedServerHost is also a quite popular hosting company which provide services on the world wide web.

  12. somebody is right. listen dear friend if you are. But , number 1 YOU have to buy The Domain name and wait a least 48 hr. before start up and no information in this website. YOU need setup again your video because some works and the other parts did not work well.

  13. Don't use Bluehost, and don't trust their billing. I cancelled my site
    over a month ago, but I just got the news that they billed me anyway,
    and they are refusing to refund the charges. Completely unreliable as a
    business, regardless of how well they do the rest.

  14. Don't use Bluehost, and don't trust their billing. I cancelled my site
    over a month ago, but I just got the news that they billed me anyway,
    and they are refusing to refund the charges. Completely unreliable as a
    business, regardless of how well they do the rest.

  15. Don't use Bluehost, and don't trust their billing. I cancelled my site
    over a month ago, but I just got the news that they billed me anyway,
    and they are refusing to refund the charges. Completely unreliable as a
    business, regardless of how well they do the rest.

  16. Don't use Bluehost, and don't trust their billing. I cancelled my site
    over a month ago, but I just got the news that they billed me anyway,
    and they are refusing to refund the charges. Completely unreliable as a
    business, regardless of how well they do the rest.

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