How To Install Your Self-Hosted WordPress Site

Configuring new wordpress site

Internet Marketing Lessons

Welcome to Internet Marketing Lesson #3!

In this series I’ll be going over the essential elements needed to market your services or products business online – in order from zero to your first sale! I’ll document the steps I go through and tell you which tools I use to get started, to get ramped up, and to get selling.

In today’s lesson, we focus on getting your first WordPress installation up using Bluehost’s “one click install”. See also Lesson #1 (“Lesson 1: Getting the best Domain Name and Tools to help you do it“) or Lesson #2 (Lesson 2: How to Connect Your Domain Name to Your Hosting Account).

Below are the steps to follow to set up Self-hosted WordPress on your Bluehost hosting account (via one-click):

If you would like to do a more secure manual install (instead of the one-click install), here are some links to help you through that process:

Here are the details for the one-click installation:

1) In your control panel, find “Simple Scripts” Installations and click on WordPress.

Start WordPress in Bluehost


Use Simple Scripts for Bluehost

3) Find the area that says “Install WordPress”.

One Click WordPress Install

4) Follow the steps below for the settings. I always click on advanced options to name the site or blog, to change the username and to create my own password.

Configuring new wordpress site

5) Once you press “Complete, you’ll get the details to connect to your site (you should get this via email too).

how to access wordpress

6) Here is the URL you’d go to to get access to your site.

Where to find WordPress login

7) Here’s what it will look like once you’ve logged in. This is your WordPress dashboard.

Your wordpress control panel

8) To see the actual site, click your site’s name and “Visit Site”.

How to leave the WordPress control panel

9) You’ll have a default theme installed, so here is your new site. I typically will add a premium (paid) theme from Studiopress, Woo Themes or Themeforest (make sure you choose WordPress).

Your first wordpress site


Resources mentioned in this post:

Ready to get started?

So are you ready to get started with your new website? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and please share this with your friends who are just getting started and need a little assistance!


Tom Treanor is the founder of the Right Mix Marketing blog. He’s the author of the Search Engine Boot Camp, the co-author of Online Business Productivity, and regularly speaks at industry and corporate events. His writing has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger and other leading industry blogs.


    1. Peter – fair enough. I’ve left links for the manual install in addition to the one-click option. Thanks for your comment!

      1. Hi Ryan:
        hardening = securing = making whatever is being hardened more resistant to being hacked (keeping in mind nothing is hacker proof).
        Rule of thumb:
        * All servers are insecure once turned on.
        * All operating systems are insecure unless purposely secured.
        * All server-based applications (web server, email server, etc.) are insecure once installed unless purposely secured.
        * All client-based applications (this includes WordPress) are insecure once installed unless purposely secured.
        All security is like a battery; it is never once and done.
        Security that is not monitored on a regular basis is like having security cameras set up around the house where no one looks at the footage or the monitors the cameras are connected.

        Thank you.

      1. Peter – I hear you and I think there’s a huge market for inexpensive secure installs (without locking you into a long security contract – on option is fine). I’d gladly promote that service if it was available. Good discussion.

  1. Hey Tom. This is a great article. I have a question though that I hope you can help me with. I have a blog. I purchased a domain name with them too (or did the domain mapping thing – I’m not sure what it’s called.) I want to turn that domain into a blog/website with Is there a guide that you did that covers that, or can you point me to a resource? I am having a lot of trouble with it.

    I use HostGator, and I did the installation (they have a similar thing where it’s a 1 click installation). But I don’t know what to do now. Thank you so much!

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