There are several web hosting companies that include a One-Click WordPress Install. In this article, I walk through the install on Bluehost to show how easy it is to install WordPress and get your blog ready to launch.
Both Bluehost and Site Ground, the two web hosts I recommend for beginning bloggers (read How To Pick The Best WordPress Hosting), both offer so-called “One-Click” WordPress Installs. However, what they mean by “one-click” and the reality of installing a WordPress website are two different things. Don’t get me wrong. Both offer easy installs of WordPress. But there is more than one step to get your blog up and running.
The initial install of your WordPress blog should take under 15 to 20 minutes. But once the basic blog is installed, you will need to customize it and add some content before you actually launch your site. I will cover those topics in a future post.
If you have Bluehost follow these steps to install your blog. SiteGround also has an easy process for installing WordPress and I’ll cover that in a future post. So let’s get started!
I recommend that you set up your WordPress site on a desktop computer. It will be easier to see the WordPress admin page. Later, if you want, you can add posts and update your site on your mobile device. The install instructions are based on a desktop view.
Log In To Your Account
- Goto the Bluehost home page
- Select “login” from the menu at the top right of the page
- Enter your domain name or username and password that you set up when you created your hosting account
- Click the “Submit” button
- Select “WordPress tools” from the menu near the top left of the page
- Select “New Install” from the top of the menu in the left-hand column
- On the right side of the page, you should see a form with your domain name selected. If you are hosting more than one domain on your account, select the appropriate domain.
- Fill out the form
- Give your blog a title. You can change this later. I usually give it the name of my domain. For instance, Website Buoy.
- Enter an admin username and password. This is a new and different username and password than your Bluehost account username and password. People often get them confused. You can make them the same as your Bluehost account but for security reasons, I recommend that you make them different
- Enter an admin email address. Make sure this is an email address you already have. If you lose your username and/or password, a reset email can be sent to this email address.
- Click “Install WordPress”
- Wait for the “Pending” indicator to complete
- When the install is complete, there will be a message that says “You are up-to-date”.
In theory, you have now completed the WordPress install of your website with “one” click. However, let’s go through the rest of the steps you need to follow to actually have a basic WordPress set up.
From here it isn’t really obvious on what to do next. You’ve installed WordPress and gotten a success message. But what next?
Log Into Your WordPress Account
- To find your admin login page go to your domain name. A “Coming Soon” page will be displayed. Click “Admin Login”.
- The admin login page will be displayed. You might get a security error because the install of your SSL takes some time. Don’t worry about it and continue.
- Now enter the admin username and password that you filled out in the form in the previous step.
- Click “Log In”
- You are now logged into your WordPress admin
The layout of the WordPress admin on desktop consists of two columns. On the left is a menu of all the functions you can do. On the right is the work area where you will make updates. When you log in the right side will display a welcome message.
Follow the next step to get your site ready for launch.
Launch Set Up
- Below the welcome message, click “Business” or “Personal” to indicate what kind of site you want to set up. I recommend “Business” if you are planning on having more than just a personal blog. The following steps assume you have selected “Business”.
- On the next step, the title you entered when installing your WordPress site will be in the “Site Title” field. You can change it or leave it as is for now (it can always be updated later). Add a site description. This can also be changed later.
- Click “Next Step”
- Click “Yes”. This will allow you add blog posts to your site.
- Skip the next step. By default, your home page will show your most recent posts so you don’t need to select that here.
- Click “No Thanks” for the “Contact Us” page. This can be added later.
- Click “Not Now” for adding JetPack.
- If you have a business address, fill out the form and click “Next Step”. Otherwise, click “Not Now”.
- Click “Not Now” for selling online.
- A page with a message “Great Work” and a list of the previous steps you completed will be displayed.
At this point, you have a WordPress install and an un-launched WordPress blog. It is set up with your basic information and has a default generic look and layout. If you were to log out and go to your home page, you’d see a “Coming Soon” page.
This is a good thing. You really aren’t ready yet to have your website out there.
However, you are able to see how your site looks as long as you are logged into your admin page. Enter your domain name in your browser and your home page with a sample post will be displayed.
If you do want to launch your site now (which I don’t recommend), click on the “Bluehost” menu item at the top of the left-hand menu. Click on “Launch”. Click “View Site” to be taken to your Home page.
Want to put back the “Coming Soon” page? Clck on “Settings” towards the bottom of the left-hand menu. Scroll to the bottom and click “On” next to the “Enable” label under “Bluehost Coming Soon Page”. Click “Save Changes”.
Once you have completed your WordPress install, you will need to do some more customization of your site before you launch. And you will need to add some content by creating blog posts. I’ll be covering these topics in future posts.
Read Learn WordPress: Getting Started With The WordPress CMS and Top 7 WordPress Tips For Beginners after you complete your WordPress install to get started.
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