Getting a WordPress blog setup is not an easy task especially if you’re not enough savvy in your market in addition you’re poor in coding, web development and website optimization areas. Though WordPress does not require your coding knowledge because most of tasks done in WordPress with plugins and themes support but it’s important that you better know your market and you’re ready to setup a new WordPress site for your business.
So here today I will go through an elaborate tutorial to create and setup a new WordPress site with Bluehost with a unique domain name that fits your business.
Why Bluehost for WordPress?
There are hundreds of thousands of web hosting providers out there; the vast majority of web hosts meet the minimum requirements of WordPress installation and website setup. And choosing one from the crowd cannot be a wise decision and may lead you a great loss in long run.
Flowers need the right environment to grow up, just like that WordPress works the best when it’s installed on a rich and evolved web hosting environment.
WordPress.org who provides the main WordPress software from their official website and they dealt with more hosts than you can imagine; in their opinion, Bluehost represents some of the best and brightest services for WordPress installation and setup.
Following are the services Bluehost.com provides
- WordPress Auto-Install — new WordPress updates are made available within 24 hours.
- Unlimited dist space
- Unlimited monthly data transfer (bandwidth)
- Host unlimited domains on 1 account
- 1 free domain name with account
- 2,500 POP / WebMail addresses
- 50 MySQL databases
- Free control panel
- Free SimpleScripts
- 24/7 network monitoring
- Free CDN services (Cloudflare CDN)
- Mirrored storage backups
- No hidden fees
+Tons of premium features for online business with Bluehost
WordPress Installation Basics
The basic steps of new WordPress installation includes following things.
- Choosing a unique and better domain name that suite your business
- Register your Domain with a reliable domain registrar
- Create a hosting account at a trusted hosting provider like Bluehost.
- Install WordPress on your hosting account using server provided WordPress installer
- Access your WordPress site account
- Install recommended plugins and themes
Complete WordPress Blog Setup
So you have learned why Bluehost is the best WordPress hosting provider and cheapest ever hosting service that you can start your online business with Bluehost without any worry as millions of your other online marketers already joined there.
So, before getting started with your WordPress blog you need to do few things that are most important for future of your business.
This is exactly choosing a unique, nice and branded domain name that can represent your online business name and fame.
It’s really hard to find a domain name that suites your business indeed you have to do brainstorming to get one from hundreds or thousands of Domain names.
If you think you can find yours then better to move forward with steps below but if you’re tired of sorting out a unique name then I suggest you to hire someone may be a gig on Fiverr can do rest of the tasks (unique domain research and registration) on behalf of you.
If you have found a unique domain name then search for DNS availability on this tool
Registering Domain with Hosting
So you have found your own domain name, right?
Now head to Bluehost.com and click on “Get started button”
On next step Bluehost offers to choose a plan from 3 different plans to register your domain and hosting account.
Basic Plan: This is indeed a plan designed for WordPress beginner which offers services for creating small business online. If you want to start with WordPress and money is a concern then choose Basic plan.
Plus (most popular): This is most popular plan to WordPress users which offers most of the premium services that are required creating online businesses. If you’re a savvy guy and professional in your market then its wise decision to choose Bluhost Plus plan which provides maximum influences of building unlimited sites with other leading internet services.
Pro: Pro is definitely a business plan that offers highest performances of hosting services including SSL, Dedicated IP, Domain Privacy, Sitebackup Pro and tons of premium services essential for big businesses online. If you’re an agency that creates multiple sites for clients then Pro is a brilliant choice for you.
Now you have understood what makes different of Bluehost three hosting plans and you have already decided which plan to choose for your business. Here at the The Wild Blogger we have chosen Plus plan and we’re happy with this service.
After clicking on select button Bluehost offers you to register a domain name for free. If you already registered your domain with any other domain registration service then choose “I Have a Domain Name” and type your registered domain name and click “Next”
In “Account Information” section provide your Name, Business name Country, Email address etc.
In “Package Information” section you can choose hosting account plan it’s set “Basic 36 months Price” as default but you can increase/decrease hosting account expiry. If you decrease hosting expiry then cost/month will increase by $1. So to save your money it’s recommended to choose extended hosting period.
Domain Privacy Protection: If you register your domain with Bluehost then enable Domain Privacy Protection to get WHOIS protection by Bluehost.
Site Backup Pro: This option should be enabled as you may want to backup your site from server side so if your site is hacked you can quickly download the backup copy of entire website files and databases and get back your WordPress site up and running within minutes.
SiteLock Security: SiteLock security demonstrates to your customers that you are a trustworthy business by verifying your credentials such as email, phone and address.
In billing section provide your Credit card information or alternatively choose PayPal to pay for your webhosting account with Bluehost.
After payment Bluehost will provide you invoice to your email address and provide your Login information (username, password) to login your hosting account.
So you have logged in your Bluehost hosting account with your account information.
After accessing your Bluehost account you will see essential tools to manage your website, create business email address and do lot of campaigns with Bluehost suggested internet marketing tools.
We will first install WordPress to create our site, so head to “Website” section and choose “Install WordPress”
Now you will see “Do it yourself (FREE)” message that tells to install WordPress by your own accord.
Simply click on “Install” button WordPress installer will load
Choose your domain URL and click “Check Domain”
When checking is almost done check “Show advanced option” and provide your Site Name, Admin Username (choose a complex username) also check Terms and Conditions.
Finally click “Install Now” button
Meanwhile you will see WordPress installation is in progress.
When installation is done click on “View Credentials” button to see your WordPress login credentials.
Scroll down the page a little and click “View” next to show your WordPress login credentials
Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress with Bluehost now you’re ready to login your WordPress account and create awesome website or blog for your business.
Things to Do After WordPress Installation
Now I will assist you to setup your WordPress blog from primary stage and create a professional look WordPress site that matters your business.
First of all you need to install recommended themes and plugins for preparing your WordPress site.
Choose a better WordPress Theme
Themeforest: Themeforest is a giant resource of WordPress and other CMS themes and templates. You can choose any theme for your WordPress site or blog. Here at The Wild Blogger we have chosen NewsPaper theme from Themeforest which is very influential and multi-purpose WordPress theme.
MyThemeShop: MyThemeShop is also a great place to search for any theme for you WordPress site. To download at MyThemeShop you have join their membership buying any subscription package you want. You can download lots of freebies (themes and plugins) with your main theme package.
Elegant Themes: Eleganththemes is also a great place to search for your desired theme for your website. The most popular theme at Elegantthemes is Divi Theme which is a multipurpose WordPress theme and very influential to create WordPress blog or site.
Install Recommended Plugins for WordPress
Akismet: Akismet is a recommended plugin that works with almost 1+ million WordPress sites. The function of this plugin is to block automatic or manual SPAM comments from users by providing Captcha Entry. This plugin is auto installed with your WordPress Blog; you just need to activate it from Settings > Akismet and register a new Akismet account, get API key and activate your plugin.
WordPress SEO: WordPress SEO by Yoast is a complete SEO suite developed by Joost-de-Valk, an Irish Programmer and SEO Consultant. Yoast is a FREE plugin which operates with multiple SEO functions recommended by Search Engines.
Edit Author Slug: This plugin lets you hiding your WordPress account profile username and displays a custom nickname for the safety of your WordPress blog from hackers.
Breadcrumb NavXT: This plugin can help you to enable Breadcrumb for Blog posts, pages of your WordPress site. Breadcrumb is a great function of SEO since it tells Search Engines the specific path of Blog posts, defines categories path and homepage.
Contact Form 7: Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
Formidable Forms: Build WordPress forms the fast and simple way with a simple drag-and-drop interface (and a visual form styler in version 2.0).
BackupBuddy: BackupBuddy is WordPress backup software that can help you to provide real time backup services with BackupBuddy Stash Live and send your website backup files to email, Google Drive, Dropbox etc. places or instantly download from local host.
Thirsty Affiliates: Thirsty Affiliate is a great WordPress affiliate management plugin that provides all the essential services to promote your affiliate products and services and generate more income than other affiliate plugins and tools.
Permalink Structure: Permalink structure setting is also an important part that requires appropriate setup for a biggest benefit in SEO.
WordPress default permalink structure is setup to http://www.yoursite.com/?p=123 which looks very ugly also very bad for SEO. So you need to change this structure make it search engine friendly.
Simply access to Settings > Permalinks
Choose “Custom Structure” and replace the existing link structure with any of the following
To know more about WordPress permalinks head to Permalinks Settings
WordPress is very powerful content management software which is chosen over 60 million people around the globe and still counting new WordPress installations. To create a better WordPress site is not an easy task if you’re not enough savvy in your space.
The thing is that you have to understand you market also your target customers so that you can easily setup your site the way you want and your customers can navigate your content effectively and buy products from you.
This tutorial is just a purpose of new WordPress installation and setup from primary stages. I will be publishing WordPress site development guides in coming days.
Let me know what do you think about WordPress setup with Bluehost