You want to build a website or blog, but the one thing that holds you back is the fear of being in over your head. Take comfort , there are tutorials available for free on the web that can take the fear factor away. In this post, I will walk you though how to setup a hosting account and install WordPress. It doesn’t take long.
Before you build your site, you have to make the decision of where you are going to host it. Having a self-hosted website gives you complete control over how you manage your site. A web host is where you are going to install the WordPress software; in other words, the server where your site/blog is stored. There are many hosting companies out there, but Bluehost is one of the best, especially for a WordPress site. Even WordPress itself recommends Bluehost as the number one recommended hosting service.
Setting up a Hosting Account
I use Bluehost for most of my hosting accounts. They have great customer service and online tutorials for most of what you want to do. If you need to talk to a real person, they have a help line, which can be invaluable if you’re stuck.
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There are a couple of things you will want to have ready as you begin the process of setting up your hosting account.
- Your domain name – if you already have a domain registrar then you may want to purchase a domain through them. If not, Bluehost may be the best option for getting your domain because with each hosting package you get a free domain for the first year. There is also the advantage of having your hosting and domain in the same place. You decide!
- Your credit card – at the end of the process you will be asked for your credit card. Be careful about buying extra services. You can always add services later if you need them, so don’t feel compelled to buy something you’re not quite sure you need.
If you don’t already own a domain name, you can purchase one now. It will be free with your hosting account purchase, as you get a free domain with a new hosting account.
Once you have entered a domain name, you will fill in your personal information. Then you will choose the hosting package you want. Normal shared hosting is priced at 12, 24, and 36 month terms. The longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate is.
After you have filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, you can click Next to complete your purchase. You will also be asked to create a password.Make sure it’s a secure password.
OK. Now you’re ready to install WordPress.
This may seem like the most complicated step. Fortunately, Bluehost has tried to make the process simple. They use the MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress (and other applications).
In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the icon One-Click Installs. After logging into your cPanel, it’s in the third section down. Click on One-Click Installs. The icon will take you to the MOJO Marketplace. Here’s a screenshot.
The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon. This will open the installation window. Click on Start a brand new installation. This is going to 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. You will want to choose the domain your main domain. Next click 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 that you have already setup and want to use.
Step 3: Check the box saying that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click Install Now. You will now 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 you 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. You will now be looking at the WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
Here’s a video of the process:
If this is too complicated or you don’t have the energy to do it yourself, feel free to contact me and one of our team members can setup your hosting account and wordpress site. We have reasonable price plans and try to simplify the process so you can focus on putting content on your site.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below. I will post more tutorials on how to begin using your website/blog in coming days.