How to Install WordPress with Bluehost

Last updated on November 1, 2016

How to Install WordPress with BluehostEver wondered how to install WordPress with Bluehost?  If you’ve made your decision to try using WordPress, we recommend hosting your WordPress site with Bluehost.

Using WordPress.org is different than using drag and drop website builders, as you will have to subscribe to your own hosting services, whereas drag and drop website builders provide hosting for you already.

Again there are pros and cons to using WordPress or drag and drop website builders, and we’ve gone over the comparisons in the articles here.

The key points to keep in mind is that drag and drop builders (such as Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, etc) are much easier to use, but they are not as flexible as what WordPress can potentially do for you.  

But WordPress does have a much higher learning curve and so you will have to invest a lot more time to learn how to use it proficiently, and you may have to hire some professional WordPress developers to help you set up more advanced features (such as customizing your design, adding custom interfaces, etc).

So to use WordPress, you need to invest time, and potentially financial resources.  But the outcome, if you are willing to make those investments, is a great website management system to help you further support your business.

 

Why We Recommend Bluehost

Bluehost is a large, reputable hosting company, with strong 24/7 support.  We have a number of websites hosted with Bluehost so we have first-hand experiences in using their live chat function to get help when we needed them.  Our experiences with their support have been a very positive one.

Further, Bluehost is actually a recommended host by WordPress since 2005 and is currently hosting more than 850,000 WordPress websites.

Installing WordPress with Bluehost - Recommended

Bluehost is owned by a publicly listed company called Endurance International Group, which also owns other large hosting companies such as HostGator, iPage, etc.  So they are not small.

 

How to Install WordPress with Bluehost

If you choose to test out using WordPress.org, you will need to get your own hosting services.  In the following video, I will walk you through how to set up your WordPress website with Bluehost, and will try to answer some of the common questions you may have.

Remember, Bluehost has a pretty strong support function and so if you run into any issues in trying to set up your WordPress site, you can call them anytime, or use their Live Chat function to get further assistance.

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Some WordPress Resources

As mentioned in the video, here are a couple of great resources to learn more about WordPress:

 

Want More WordPress Videos or Discussions?

If you liked the video above, and would like to see more videos or discussions on WordPress, leave a comment in the comments section below and let us know!  Feel free to ask what types of videos or discussions you would like to see more of.

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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17 Responses to How to Install WordPress with Bluehost

  1. #

    you’re installing via wordpress.org is that correct?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Vanessa,

      Yes, the discussion above is based on WordPress.org.

      Jeremy

  2. #

    I recently purchased a domain with WordPress and began doing some customization through the WP site. If I want to use Bluehost as my hosting site but still use WordPress do I need to transfer the domain over to Bluehost or is thee another way?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Micky,

      Under normal circumstances, you won’t need to. You can just disconnect your domain name to your previous website and re-connect it to your new website.

      Have a look at our domain name guide for beginners here. You’ll find some practical tips about how to manage your domain name.

      Jeremy

  3. #

    I am Using Bluehost Hosting and I have no issue from BH, and I’ve been a customer for nearly 4 years. After I’ve been take the few week to reads so many comments in blogger and forum. I can say Bluehost Hosting may be is not the best web hosting if comparing to Hostgator, But it is also a good web hosting I’ve been used.

  4. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Very nice and informative article.
    You mentioned that Bluehost is the best option to use for a website hosting.

    Whereas, I am using Justhost and it is providing very good plan for unlimited domains.

    My question is, how it will be helpfull for me if I change my hosting from Justhost to Bluehost?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Daniel,

      If JustHost is working out for you just fine, then I wouldn’t suggest you move hosting services. As the saying goes, why fix something if it’s not broken? : )

      I haven’t used JustHost before and I’m sure they’re fine. I’m not entirely sure if there will be any significant differences between them and BlueHost. Perhaps on the customer service level.

      But if you are looking for managed WordPress hosting services, take a look at WP Engine.

      Their support is first class and are provided by people who are very familiar with WordPress and use WP themselves (whereas support from JustHost may not be WP users themselves).

      WP Engine’s services are all about WordPress only, so their focus is very narrow, and are considered as WP specialist. That’s why they cost a bit more, but their support is very helpful.

      Jeremy

  5. #

    The problem I am having is that the install only gives me access to wordpress.com and not .org so I don’t have access to plugins I need

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Lisa,

      If you use Bluehost as your hosting service, you should be getting WordPress.org. You only get WordPress.com if you sign up with WordPress.com directly.

      You should reach out to Bluehost’s support to see what is happening?

      Jeremy

  6. #

    I have plans to create a data driven website with wordpress and use bluehost to host it.
    Now I need to set up advertisements such as Adsense etc or maybe contact an advertiser for options. He/she might give me a script which I can place on the site that will display the ads. So are there any issues withis approach via bluehost+wordpress ?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi PM,

      You can definitely do that with Bluehost + WordPress. I think there are a lot of websites that are doing what you’re thinking of doing already.

      Jeremy

  7. #

    Hello,

    I’ve been an avid reader of your website and l love the content that you publish. I am however a little confused with setting up my own self-hosted website.

    Recently, I decided that it was best to stop using wordpress.com and start a new website via wordpress.org. This way I will have full control and will be able to monetize my future content much better. I then decided that Bluehost was the best service for me to self-host my wordpress.org website. I signed up for BlueHost and installed wordpress via the CPANEL. Now for my question.

    Is there a difference between:

    #1-installing wordpress vis Bluehost
    #2-installing wordpress via wordpress.org and connecting to bluehost?

    What does the mysql and php on Bluehost have to do with wordpress.org?

    I just want to make sure I am running wordpress.org and NOT .com but that I am using the BlueHost webserver since I am running from a laptop and dont have a server of my own.

    Best,

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Matthew,

      I’m not sure if there is a difference between the two methods you described, but WordPress.org require you to get your own hosting services, and I think the majority of the reputable hosting companies (such as Bluehost) will allow you to install a WP site through cPanel. So I think you’re on the right track already.

      Jeremy

  8. #

    Am I able to setup my wordpress website under bluehost on my smartphone? Is it possible to do everything on my smartphone?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi April,

      I think WordPress has an App (iOS I think) that you can use to perhaps do some basic WordPress work (approving comments, etc). But in terms of setting up an entire website including configuring the hosting, it’s probably best to do that on your desktop.

      – Jeremy

  9. #

    Why dont you guys ever talk about Volusion? I used to be a web designer & did massive research on Volusion, Shopify, & Big Commerce and don’t understand how this wouldn’t be in your top 3?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Mandy- we just haven’t had a chance to use Volusion yet, so we’re not familiar with them to comment on their pros and cons.

      But perhaps one day we’ll give them a try on a project so we’ll get a much better sense of what they’re capable of!

      – Jeremy