Installing WordPress with Bluehost
You should now have registered your domain name and bought hosting with BlueHost (Go back to Chapter 1 to find out how). The next step is to install WordPress on your site. Bluehost make this super-easy; in fact you can do it within a few clicks. By the end of this tutorial you’ll have the bare bones of your website live on the internet.
2. Go to the Control Panel by clicking on the first option (cPanel) in the main navigation bar.
(A pop-up may appear with 2 options. Choose to do it yourself; the other option is Bluehost trying to sell you on their set-up assistance, but for our requirements it’s so simple, you can easily do it on your own.)
3. Once you’re in the Control Panel, you’ll see a number of headings. Under ‘Website Builders’, click on ‘Wordpress’.
4. You’ll then be redirected to Mojo Marketplace. Once you reach the main screen, simply click ‘Start a brand new install’.
5. You’ll be asked to select which domain you would like to install to. If you only have one domain registered with Bluehost you won’t have a choice. If you have more than one use the drop-down menu to find the domain for your artist website and click ‘Check domain’.
6. You should then be taken to the last step before installation. Tick ‘Show advanced options’ and complete the form with your site name. Then choose an Admin Username and fill in that information – this can be as simple as your own name. A password will automatically be generated for you to log in to WordPress, but you can change it on this form to something more memorable if you wish.
Finally, fill in your current email address (which will be used for all communications from WordPress – you can always change this later). Make sure the box for ‘Automatically create a new database for this installation’ is ticked. Then tick the box next to ‘I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2’ (or click on ‘GPLv2’ to actually read the terms and conditions!!!).
Finally click on ‘Install Now’.
7. On the next page you’re taken to, scroll down to see the progress of your install. Once WordPress has been fully installed, you’ll see a message saying ‘Installation complete’. Next click on the Login URL (which appears under STEP 1) to access your site’s WordPress admin area (also called the Dashboard – this is where you’ll be creating your live site). Ignore STEP 2 for now – this is a sales pitch from MOJO for their premium themes.
8. Once you reach the WordPress Log-in page, enter the Username and Password you created earlier (in Stage 6), tick the box that says ‘Remember me’ to avoid entering these details every time you want to edit your website, and click ‘Log in’.
You’ll then be taken to the WordPress dashboard where you can start building your website.
So, there you have it – in a few clicks you’ve installed the basis for your artist website. Now we need to make it look great. The first step in doing that is installing your chosen wordpress theme.