The New Guide To Installing WordPress On BlueHost

This guide will show you the easiest and fastest way to install the WordPress CMS platform on BlueHost and other Fanstastico enabled cPanel hosting providers (such as HostGator).

It’s quite a simple process, so I won’t fluff it out too much. If you need more help, Bluehost support is quite responsive to any queries you might have.

It first starts by going to Bluehost.com and logging into your cPanel administration area.

Scroll down to find your Fanstastico De Luxe utility listed under Software/Services and click on it. Fantastico is a great way to install applications under cPanel. It takes the mystery away from it, and makes the process a lot faster.

Bluehost cPanel - Fantastico
Bluehost cPanel - Fantastico

There is now also a new way to do this called SimpleScripts. SimpleScripts does a similar job to Fanstastico and I’ll be posting a new guide on that here soon along with a guide on how to convert your existing Fanstastico installation to a SimpleScripts installation for easy uninstall later on.

So at this stage we should be presented with a screen like this.

Bluehost WordPress Installation
Bluehost WordPress Installation

From here it’s a simple 4 step process and by clicking on the Install button as shown above, you’ve already done the first step.

After you hit install you will be shown a screen like this.

Bluehost WordPress Installation - Configuration
Bluehost WordPress Installation - Configuration

This step allows you to configure your WordPress installation including what domain it’s going to install on (if you use multiple domains under the one hosting service), which directory you are planning on installing on, and general administrator information.

The directory you wish to install in greatly depends on how you want to access it. Anything you put in this directory will be added to the end of the domain. So for example, if I were to type “blog” in here. The final address would be https://www.codemyownroad.com/blog.

Administrator username and password should not be “admin”. Choose a descriptive name, and a difficult password with numbers and letters and a mix of upper and lowercase. Obviously batman isn’t my final choice 🙂

The base configuration just refers to the default information attached to the WordPress administrator user. You can change this information later, so don’t worry if you don’t want this to be the final info you provide.

Click on Install WordPress as shown above.

This next page is more just for your information. It contains some thing you might want to write down such as the access URL, and the MySQL database user (in case you need it). Click on Finish Installation when you’re ready.

Bluehost WordPress Installation - Database Info
Bluehost WordPress Installation - Database Info

The last page will present you with the final information such as the username and password to access your WordPress administration pages. It also contains a form to input your email address so these details can be sent to you.

Bluehost WordPress Installation - Admin Info
Bluehost WordPress Installation - Admin Info

And that’s the whole process! Hope you enjoyed this guide. All that is left is to navigate to your wp-admin area as shown in your last step and you’re ready to login to WordPress.

Happy blogging!

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Josh Kohlbach

Josh is a software entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. He spends most of his time helping e-commerce store owners. This is his personal blog where he shares his thoughts and other tidbits on online business and life in general.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Does Bluehost charge anything for using this feature?

    I know it's WP and its supposed to be free but I don't want any hidden fees or surprises if I install it.

    jim

    1. Hi Jim,

      You’re right to be concerned, but I can confirm Bluehost definitely does not charge to use this feature.

      Cheers,
      Josh

  2. Hi Jim,

    You're right to be concerned, but I can definitely confirm that Bluehost does not charge to use this feature.

    Cheers,
    Josh

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