Now that your domain & hosting account are active, it’s time to set up your blog. We will use WordPress as your blog software because it’s the best and almost all successful bloggers use it. Plus it’s FREE and easy to install.
To get started, you must login into the Bluehost control panel. Click here go to Bluehost and at the top right corner, you will see the “Login” tab, click that to continue.
You will see the Bluehost login page. Enter your username and password, then click the “Submit” button. (Your username is sent to your email address, or you can use your domain name as your username)
Once you’re in the control panel, scroll down to the “Website” section, then click on the “Install WordPress” icon button.
There will be a message that ask if you want someone at Bluehost to install WordPress for you (for a fee of course) or you can do it yourself. Choose “Do it yourself“, it’s free and really easy. Now you will see the following page, click the “Install” button to continue.
Next page will ask what domain you want to install WordPress on. If you only have one domain name, it’s usually already selected. Click the “Check Domain” button to continue.
On the next screen, check “Show Advance Options” to expand the options. You can choose your blog’s title and also create a username & password for your blog adminaccount (this can be the same are your Bluehost account, or it can be different, it’s up to you)
Leave the box checked for “Automatically create new database for this installation.”
Check to confirm you read the terms and condition, and click on “Install Now” to continue.
A message box will appear confirming that your WordPress installation is being set up. You can close this message box by pressing the “X” button on the top right corner.
Once your WordPress installation is complete, you will see a message at the top. Click the “View Credentials” button to see your WordPress Admin information.
The Notification Center message appears. Remember this information will be available only for 12 hours, so you might want to write it down for safe keeping. Click the “View” link to continue.
Now you can see your credentials including your Admin URL where you can login to manage your WordPress blog.
You will also receive an email with your credential information.
When you visit your blog at http://www.yourdomain.com/ you will see a “Website Coming Soon” message. That means your account is active and WordPress is installed correctly, but you haven’t launched your blog yet.
To login to your blog, go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and you will see the WordPress login page. Enter your username and password and click “Login“.
When you enter the WordPress Dashboard, you will see a message telling you that you haven’t launch your blog yet, that’s why you are seeing the Coming Soon message. Click the link that says “Click Here” to launch your blog.
Now you will see a message telling you that your blog is now live. You can click the “Click Here” link to view it, or you can type http://www.yourdomain.com in your browser.
Now you can see that your blog is live. It is using the default theme, and it also has a default blog post and a default comment. These are just examples and you can delete the blog post and comment in the admin area. (A theme is the design of your blog. You change the theme of your blog anytime. In the next step, I will show you how to install new themes, there are over 1000 free themes available)
Ready to Configure your Blog? Continue to Step Three
In step three, I will show you how to configure and customize your blog.