If you are ready to start your author website, but find yourself a little out of your element, then this easy to follow guide can help you with that process. An important thing to keep in mind is that Bluehost sometimes changes the layout of their pages, so these screenshots may be a little outdated depending on when you read them.
The information listed in this guide is current as of June 2013.
How To Get Started With Bluehost
The first thing you need to do, if you have not already done so, is sign up with Bluehost. You can do so by clicking here. When you sign up, you will have the chance to get your domain name, if you have not already done so. The domain name will be free with the hosting package.
On the next screen, you have to enter in your:
- Phone Number
- E-mail Address
- Credit Card Information
- Preferred Hosting Package
The only part that might be a bit confusing is the hosting package section.
As you can see, the default settings are for the 36-month hosting plan with SiteLock Security and Site Backup Pro. You do NOT need to pay for the SiteLock Domain Security or Site Backup Pro. You can, but it is really an unnecessary expense. As for the plan, just choose whichever one that you want. It is billed in full up front, so keep that in mind.
After you have signed up and paid for your hosting package, Bluehost will send you an email with all of your login details.
Author WordPress Site Creation With BlueHost
Now that you have your hosting package, you are ready to start making that site. Look at that email from Bluehost to get your cPanel login information and go login on the site. Check out the image below to see where to login.
Just click on “Control Panel Login” and it will take you to the login page that looks like this:
Just enter in your login credentials from the email and you will be taken to the cPanel, which is kind of like mission control for your hosting package. Here is what you can expect it to look like:
If you got your domain with the hosting package, then you are ready to get started. If not, you have to add it by clicking on “Addon Domains.” (email me if you have problems with this and I can try to help you out.)
How To Install WordPress On Your Bluehost Site
The best and easiest way to make your author site is to use WordPress. It is free to use and gives you the ability to add content to your site from any internet location. And, it is super user friendly so that even the most computer shy person can use it without problems.
There are actually two different buttons that you can click on to get to the screen for installing WordPress.
Clicking on either the “WordPress” or “Simple Scripts” button will get you there. I often use Simple Scripts just because I have several domains on my hosting package. If you choose to click on Simple Scripts, you will then have to click on “WordPress” on the page that appears.
Clicking on “WordPress” takes you to this screen:
Note: this screen recently changed in early June 2013. If it has changed again by the time you read this, and you are confused, just send me an email and I will help you out.
Click on “Start” to being the installation process. When you do, this screen will pop-up letting you select your domain. You can choose to install with either with or without the “www.” (example: www.mynewsite.com or mynewsite.com). I suggest that you choose the with “www” for better results in Google.
On the next screen, you will want to be sure to click in the box by “Show Advanced Options” in order to be able to select your username and password.
Do not make your username “admin” as that is the standard default setting and one that all of the hacker use when trying to get into people’s websites. And, be sure to use a password that is difficult to crack, preferably of at least 8 characters.
Note that you can also make changes to the “Site Name or Title” when you are at this step. If you forget, you can make the changes later.
After you click “Install Now” the installation will begin with a progress bar on the page. Once it is complete, there will be a link for you to log into your new site. The page will also remind you of your login details for the site. Write this information down so that you do not lose it.
Now, you are ready to log into your new WordPress author site and start customizing it. Go to part two of this guide for more information on tweaking your WordPress settings on your new site.