Install WordPress with BlueHost [step by step] | WordPress Websites Course

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Install WordPress with BlueHost [step by step] | WordPress Websites Course

Lecture description

To build a WordPress website that is live for the world to see, you'll need to purchase hosting. WordPress hosting can be purchased from a number of websites from BlueHost or HostGator or even GoDaddy. We'll walk through how to start a WordPress website when hosting with BlueHost in this website. 

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You will know how to increase social sharing of your posts and pages with free plugins.
You will know how to set up comments and contact pages, while blocking spam.
You will know how to speed up your website with caching plugins.
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The first thing you need to do if you want to build a WordPress site that's live for the public is to purchase hosting. Hosting is the back end of your Web site where your actual files are saved. Wordpress is the framework that allows you to edit your website but it's not where your files are hosted. There are many different hosting services out there. I've used BlueHost for a number of years for all of my web sites and I can recommend it. There's other ones out there that other people recommend like Host Gator but I'm going to show you how to install WordPress with BlueHost because it's what I would do if I were you. Now for other people if you're using another post I'll try to include resources for how to install WordPress on those hosts as well. So to get started I'm going to actually walk through the entire process. If you go to BlueHost.com, what you're going to want to do is click get started now. You can select your different plans. These different plans have different options. So if you go with the basic plans you only get one Web site. You have a limited amount of space for that website. Even though 50 gigabytes seems like a lot, it potentially could get filled up if you end up having a huge web site with lots of files, photos, those kinds of things that you upload to it. You can only have up to five domains, 25 subdomains. These are things that as you grow you might want to consider upgrading and that's another thing you can upgrade to any of these accounts later on. These other ones include different types of things like unmetered bandwidth and space and websites. But for this class I'm just going to go with the basic one just to get started. If you already have a domain name you can submit it here on the right and you're going to have to transfer it. Say you purchased a domain name from GoDaddy.com or NameCheap or another domain registrar, you're going to have to transfer it to BlueHost. If I want a new one, then I click over here and I can choose a new one. For this website test, I'm going to create a Web site based off of my very simple woodworking designs. So I'm going to call it Ebner designs. Now .com is the best one, but if I want something cheaper just to play around with I can use .site or some of these other different domain extensions. So Iet's just click next to make sure that this domain name is available. It looks like what is available. So the next thing you would do is fill out your name and all of your information and then under your package information you can choose which package you want. So for example on BlueHost there's different packages. And the deal gets better the more months that you pay for up front. So choose the price that fits your plan. Now there's different options that you might want to consider. One is domain privacy protection. This is really important and if you click any of these more information buttons it will give you more information about it. If you don't have domain privacy protection then your address and your e-mail address are actually out in the public, once you register for your domain name. I would consider that one. The other one site backup pro, search engine jumpstart, site locks security, all of these things we're going to be learning how to install plugins that do just the same thing but for free and some other options so I wouldn't recommend not using any of these over here. Lastly you put your payment information and then click submit. So go ahead fill this out and purchase your hosting before moving on to the next step. Once you have signed up for blue host log into your account and under hosting, Click on see panel then click install WordPress. It'll take you to this new page and say get started. You're going to choose the domain name that you just registered. For me I have different domain names that I've purchased. I'm actually using my main account for BlueHost now because I can purchase multiple domain names under the same host. So now I can click EbinerDesigns.com which is the new Web site that I want to build for this course. Select that domain and leave the directory empty. Unless you want it to point to a separate web site so if you typed in home for example then when you go to EbinerDesigns.com it would take you to EbinerDesigns.com/home. So leave it blank so people can get straight to that domain. Click next and then it will show you your admin user name email address and password. Check these two boxes saying that you understand that the install will take place on this domain and that you've read the terms. Then click install. Once you get this installation complete banner up here you're ready to rock and roll. You'll also receive an email with the web address and your information for logging in. So go ahead and go to the Web site address which will be your domain name dot com or whatever your extension is. /wp-admin This is how you log on to your wordpress site. Now input the user name or email address and password that you were given in the last step of installing WordPress. Great. Now you have WordPress installed for your brand new website. Now to log on and to edit your Web site, Always remember that you're going to go to your websiteurl.com/wp-admin and then put your username and password the blue host account or your hosting account is separate and you might have to log into that to adjust things to register new domains or things like that. But for the rest of this class we won't be dealing with hosting as much as just with your web site itself. So whether you're using the free option of serverpress or a hosting option like blue host we now have WordPress installed and are ready to start building our own Web site.