Now that we’ve registered our domain name and set up our hosting, we need to install WordPress and get our blog set up. You should be logged into Bluehost and see your cPanel dashboard which looks like this:
What you want is the WordPress icon. Click that and we’ll install WordPress for your blogging platform. You’ll now see a page like this:
Click the “Start” button so we can start installing WordPress. It’ll first ask you what domain you’d like to install it on:
Of course, you’ll select the domain you created (or transferred) when you created your account. You’ll then see an installing screen. Simply wait for this to finish:
Once finished installing, you’ll be asked to enter some basic info including your desired admin username and password.
Do NOT make your admin username “admin”. Usually your first and last name are fine or your email address. Also, again (broken record) use a unique password that is not easy to remember. Then, hit “Install Now”:
Once installed, you’ll see a completion screen like this:
Now, check your email because you’ll receive a welcome email with all your relevant WordPress login info including where you need to login at. Click the URL in the email and bookmark it. You’ll be going here a lot:
That URL will take you to the WordPress login screen where you can login in with your WordPress credentials (in the email):
Once logged in, you’ll be taken to the WordPress dashboard page which is now your home for creating our blog content!
Give yourself a pat on the back, because you now have your blog live on the internet! This is a big first step to get out of the way. Of course, we’re going to keep going. I’ll show you my standard WordPress setup, which plugins I recommend you install, what theme you should use and publishing your first blog post.
So, if you’re ready to keep going, let’s jump into the next lesson: