Did you know you can setup a blog with Bluehost in less than 10 minutes? Seriously. I use Bluehost’s amazing Cloud solution for The Birch Cottage and I couldn’t be more pleased with my hosting or with the customer service I’ve received to date. Top notch! I know this post is a little technical, but if you’re considering starting a blog, I thought it might be helpful to know how to setup a blog with Bluehost. Your blog will be up and running in 10 minutes!
On March 3, 2015 I launched The Birch Cottage blog. It’s hard for me to believe that I will celebrate my two-year blogiversary! Isn’t that exciting! For two years now, I’ve been sharing family favorite recipes, easy DIY projects, adorable (if I do say so myself) printables, our home renovation journey and glimpses of our family life.
Family is important to me, as I’m sure it is to you. We all have responsibilities that take us away from spending as much time as we’d like with our families. My husband and I have truly downsized our activities, spending habits and lifestyle in order to be more present with our family and create the lasting impression on our children’s lives and, hopefully, memories that they will cherish long after we’re gone.
It is my hope that by sharing our do-it-yourself lifestyle with you that it will inspire you, give you hope and encouragement and make a difference in your life so you can make a difference in the lives of the people you care most about. Isn’t that what life’s supposed to be about?
It seems appropriate to me that I would also share with you how pleased I have been with my hosting provider, Bluehost. I’ve had to upgrade my account to their Cloud service and even had to talk to customer support a couple of times. They were absolutely great to deal with. Not at all what I expected!
Since I have had such great service with Bluehost, I have elected to become a Bluehost Affiliate. What this means to you is that if you click on one of my Bluehost links and sign up for their hosting service, The Birch Cottage will earn a small commission. This is, of course, at no additional cost to you. Actually, you’ll be helping to support The Birch Cottage and my family!
How to Setup a blog with Bluehost
I know you’re probably a skeptic that you can really setup a blog with Bluehost (or anybody) in 10 minutes and have a functioning site up and running. I was skeptical, too, when I was researching hosting providers. The process, however, just couldn’t be simpler.
- Premium customer service, reliability and usability
- Easy-to-use control panel
- Custom-built servers to provide the most stable and reliable hosting environment
- Quickly get started with one-click WordPress install provided by MOJO Marketplace
- Expert, in-house technical support provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Unlimited websites, email accounts, and domains – all on one account at an affordable price
- No gimmicks, no contracts. Enjoy the peace of mind of a 30-day money back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time.
And to sweeten the deal even more, if you sign up through this tutorial for Bluehost hosting, you’ll get a special offer of shared hosting at $2.95/month, as well as a free domain name for a year!
To set up your hosting account with Bluehost, follow these simple steps below.
Helpful Hint: Before you get started, be sure to have your domain name picked out and to have your credit card ready for payment.
Setup Your Bluehost Hosting Account
To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “get started now.”
Next, you will select your domain name for your blog. If you already purchased your domain name, you can simply enter it here; then you’ll have a couple of extra steps to through to make sure your DNS is pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign up process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
Once you’ve selected your domain name, you’ll enter your personal information.
After you’ve selected your domain name and entered your personal information, you’ll select your hosting service or package and enter your billing information. To take advantage of the lowest rate, select the 36 Month Price. The longer the term, the less you’ll pay!
You may receive or see a few other options that you can purchase at your own preference, like Domain Privacy, which Bluehost recommends.
Once you’ve selected your package, options and entered your billing formation, simply click the “Next” button to complete your purchase. You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account.
So, that should have taken all of like five minutes. Next, you’ll want to install WordPress. This is super duper simple!
In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the “One-Click Installs” button.
This will take you to a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. Under the Blogs section, just click on the WordPress icon.
This will open the installation window. Click on the green “Start” button that will 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. Next, click on “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 already set up that you want to use.
Step 3: After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”
Now you’ll see the Install Processes 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 to 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.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance.
Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at $2.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!
You can find full support, video tutorials and more on the Bluehost site, if you need assistance with your installation.
My best advice, allow yourself plenty of time, follow the step-by-step instructions, take a deep breath and do it! Like I tell my kids, “you got this!”
Setting up a WordPress blog on Bluehost may sound intimidating, but trust me, it’s really a simple process. I hope this tutorial will help you if you’re considering setting up a WordPress blog.
Building a Framework
If you are looking for more information on setting up your blog, Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog has put together a fantastic eBook (actually, I think she has a revision coming out soon that promises to be even better) called Building a Framework that covers everything you would possibly want to know about creating and setting up the perfect blog for you!
Learn how to setup a blog with Bluehost in less than 10 minutes!
I thought it might be helpful to have a copy of the instructions on how to setup a blog with Bluehost that you can easily print and follow along with. Just click on the image of the book above or click here to access this instructional PDF, How to Setup a Blog with Bluehost. You can then save the PDF document to your computer, print it or view it on your device (tablet, iPhone, Kindle, etc.).
I hope this post has been helpful to you! If you have any questions, I’d be glad to attempt to answer them!
Til next time…