06 Feb How to Install WordPress with Bluehost and Pick a Theme [How to Start a Blog Video 6 of 6]
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In this video, I’ll show you how to quickly install WordPress on your new domain name.
In your Bluehost hosting dashboard, scroll down to where it says “website” and click the button for “One-click install”.
From there, it will ask you what software to install (WordPress in this case) and where to install it (on your homepage in this case).
You can also use this tool to install other content management systems but I’ve found WordPress to be the most customizable and robust platform to create on.
Once WordPress is installed on your site, you can click the link to view your Admin panel login credentials. If you open the /wp-login link and enter that information, you’ll find yourself in the backend of your very own WordPress site.
The first thing you’ll probably want to do is to change the site title, which you can do by finding the Settings menu on the left side of the screen.
You’ll notice that WordPress has installed the default theme for you, which looks pretty cool. However, one of the best features of WordPress is the giant library of free and premium themes available.
You can see some of the free themes by visiting Appearance — Themes in your WordPress admin panel. You can search by keyword if you have a particular idea in mind, or you can browse the directory, preview themes, and install ones you think look good.
Although these are designed to work well “out of the box”, you might still need to customize it a bit to make it 100% yours. This is what I’ve done with all my WordPress themes; find a “close enough” pre-written theme, and then customize it to fit my needs.
Now you’re ready to start your website!
Thank you so much for checking out this starter series and please feel free to let me know if you have any comments, questions, or feedback.
You can find more information on how to start a blog and every video in this free tutorial series at: