How To Install WordPress With Bluehost

Last updated on November 8, 2018

How to Install WordPress with BluehostWondering how to install WordPress with Bluehost? You’re in the right place.

In this guide we’ll walk you through the process step by step, with screenshots of when we did it.

We’ll answer some of the big questions around WordPress and Bluehost and provide expert tips along the way!

If you’ve decided to use WordPress.org, rather than a drag-and-drop website builder like Wix, you’ll need to sort out hosting.

Hosting refers to where your site lives on the internet – like a street name and number for a real-life property.

We recommend hosting your WordPress site with Bluehost.

Why?

Bluehost’s plans will provide hosting, bandwidth, storage and more. But they also come with one-click WordPress set-up. Learning how to install WordPress with Bluehost is very straightforward. It’s one of the easiest ways to get your WordPress site up and running.

Plus, Bluehost is a large, reputable hosting company with 24/7 support. We have several websites hosted with Bluehost, so we have first-hand experiences in using its live chat function to get helpOur experiences have been very positive.

Bluehost is a recommended host of WordPress and is currently hosting more than 850,000 WordPress websites.

So you’re in good company!

If you’re worried WordPress is a little complicated to use, BlueHost is a great solution. Its seamless integration with WordPress.org makes hosting your site a piece of cake. It will save you time, money and a whole lot of stress!

By the end of this guide, you will know how to install WordPress with BlueHost. Follow our five steps and you’ll be able to connect Bluehost to WordPress in less than five minutes.

Let’s get going.

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Video: How To Install WordPress With Bluehost

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Visit Bluehost.com

Bluehost is our hosting provider of choice because of how painless its WordPress installation is.

Sign up to a Bluehost account and a free one-click WordPress installation is included. It’s all taken care of in your Bluehost registration.

Here’s how you do it: visit Bluehost.com and hit ‘Get Started Now’.

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Bluehost usually has special introductory deals, but bear in mind that once the offer period ends you will have to pay the normal rate.

If you already have a BlueHost account, head down to step 5.

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

There’s also a handy money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with Bluehost and cancel within 30 days, you’ll get your money back. There’s no financial risk learning how to install WordPress with Bluehost.

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Pick A Hosting Plan

Next up you need to pick a Bluehost plan.

If you’re just starting out, the Basic plan is more than OK. The Prime plan is more powerful. It comes with:

  • Domain privacy – you can hide your domain name from public view. This can protect against domain hacking and minimize spam.
  • SiteBackup Pro – backs up your account’s files, emails and database, so that you can reuse them if something goes wrong. Think of it like a safety blanket.

There’s also a GoPro plan that comes with security certificates. But if you just want to install WordPress with Bluehost, then the Basic plan is right for you. As your site grows, you can decide for yourself when to upgrade to a plan with more added-value features.

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Choose A Domain Name

Once you’ve picked a plan, you need to enter your domain name.

Here’s what the page will look like on Bluehost:

BlueHost WordPress Installation Domain Name Choice

On the drop-down menu next to the name box you can choose whether your domain ends in .com, .net, .org or another variety. Think about which option is most relevant to your site and who you expect your visitors to be.

Don’t worry if you’ve already got a domain name, you can enter it into the box on the right.

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Create Your Bluehost Account

The fourth step to connect Bluehost to WordPress is to create your Bluehost account.

Fill out the details on Bluehost’s form…

BlueHost WordPress Installation Create Account

…and double-check your package information:

BlueHost WordPress Installation Package Information

Watch out for pre-ticked add-ons. If you don’t want the optional extras, make sure you uncheck the boxes.

The added Bluehost features are pretty solid. Having good search engine optimization (SEO for short) as you try to grow an audience can be a massive help. The higher your site appears in search engines like Google, the more visitors you will attract

Whether these extras are worth it will depend on your personal circumstances.

  • Are you looking to sell on your WordPress site?
  • Is this your first time using WordPress.org and Bluehost?
  • What kind of audience do you hope to reach?

Working out your targets will help you figure out whether Bluehost’s ancillary services are necessary.

If you just want to connect Bluehost to WordPress, we suggest you keep it simple. You can always add more features at a later stage.

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Launching Your WordPress Site With BlueHost

Congratulations, you’re nearly there. Now you’ve signed up with Bluehost and have WordPress installed, it’s time to make use of that one-click set-up. This is what makes installing WordPress with Bluehost so seamless.

At this stage, where you’ve just installed WP, your site isn’t live. It will just show a ‘Coming Soon’ page.

You still need to set up and design your WordPress site, before launching it through Bluehost.

In your control panel on the left hand side, select ‘My Sites’.

BlueHost WordPress Installation My Sites

From here, you can log in to your existing WordPress site, which will be on the domain you gave Bluehost. Or you can select ‘Create Site’ and build a new site using WordPress.

If you didn’t select a theme during the Bluehost set up, one will have been chosen for you. Don’t worry you can change it at any point in the Themes section of your WordPress editor.

Continue to follow the steps and enter the right information to launch your website.

Select whether you want to build a ‘Contact Us’ page and whether you want a static or rolling news welcome page. Here’s the key difference:

  • Recent news or updates – new posts will appear on your homepage. Good if you want your site to favor recent updates.
  • Static welcome page – displays the same page each time. Good if you have a more permanent offering.

You can then choose whether you want to connect to WordPress.com and WooCommerce (if you want to sell products online).

If you don’t have a WordPress.com account, you can create one for free at this stage. Signing up with WordPress.com will give your site extra functionality.

Signing up with WordPress plugin Jetpack is recommended. It improves security and, very importantly, cuts the time it takes to create your site by offering marketing and design help.

To launch your site into the world, go back to your WordPress control panel and click Bluehost in the top left corner.

You can then hit ‘Launch’ to share it with the world.

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Conclusion: How To Install WordPress with Bluehost

If you’re looking to launch your site on WordPress.org, Bluehost is a super convenient route.

With WordPress.org sites, hosting is your responsibility. Bluehost is a great hosting solution and its one-click integration with WordPress (as well as other tools like Droopal) makes it stand out from the crowd.

This really is hands-off WordPress installation. You don’t have to mess around with code or get lost in a control panel or a marketplace.

Learning how to install WordPress with Bluehost is as simple as following the steps we’ve outlined in this guide.

There’s no hidden pitfalls and no hidden costs. Wih our steps you can setup WordPress on Bluehost, no matter your technical level.

If you do get stuck, Bluehost’s customer service is top-quality. So if on any of our steps you hit a roadblock, contact Bluehost on LiveChat or over the phone. 

The premium plans cater to more advanced (or ambitious) users, so whatever you want for your site Bluehost can sort you out.

All in all, Bluehost is an excellent solution for users who need hosting and want to run a site on WordPress.

Jeremy

About Jeremy

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

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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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29 Responses to How To Install WordPress With Bluehost

  1. #

    Thanks for sharing .. you really help me alot

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    Thanks for sharing this awesome article

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    really simple and easy. I have found Bluehost changing interface all the time which is not good 🙂 . just a suggestion

    • Fred Isaac
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      Thanks for the comment Sara!

  4. #

    Thanks a lot
    Found this really helpful

  5. #

    Great post. Thanks for sharing best information about hosting. I’m just start
    thinking for opening a blog.
    So good and usefull. Good job!

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    I am very concerned about the shared plans offered by the hosting providers… i am not sure how slow they are and performance and speed.
    For a new small business, is it good to get shared plan from hosting company or go with website builders like wix?

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello Carl,

      As I understand it, internet speed performance is as much to do with each individual computer’s hardware and internet connection, as it is to do with the number of companies sharing the same server.

      Servers are very powerful and shared ones tend to be quite industrial in size – so I’m sure the knock-on effects would be almost non-existent unless someone had a sudden crazy burst of traffic.

      Wix offer hosting as well, so it’s worth considering a Wix premium plan (which provides hosting free of charge!) and seeing how you get on. In the worst case scenario, you find that the Wix premium plan doesn’t work for you and then this will indicate that using a platform like WordPress with a third party hosting plan might be more aligned with your needs.

      Hope that gives you some food for thought!
      – Tom

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        Thanks for comment.
        The problem i have with wix is that they don’t provide email account. Ive contacted g-suite, it’s 5 dollars for every single email account per month.

        Tough choice!

        • Tom Watts
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          Hi Carl,

          I guess an alternative would be to just use a free email account and keep it separate from your Wix account?

          You’d just have to ensure that you put the correct email address on your website so that people can get in touch!

          – Tom

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    Hi Jeremy, thanks for this article.
    Quick question, when you get bluehost and install wordpress, is it wordpress.com or .org that’s installed?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Wats,

      It will be WordPress.org. This version of WordPress require you to get your own hosting provider.

      With WordPress.com, you don’t need any hosting services.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  8. #

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

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Vanessa,

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

      Jeremy

  9. #

    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
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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

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    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.

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    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
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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

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    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
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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

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    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
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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

  14. #

    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
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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

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

    • Jeremy
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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

  16. #

    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