How to Start a Second WordPress Website on Bluehost
Are you looking for a simple way to start a WordPress website without paying for a premium one? Bluehost is a reliable web host that provides exceptional customer service and great value for its users. Their shared hosting plans are popular because of their simplicity and their affordability. You can get started with a new WordPress project on Bluehost for just $2.95 per month.
In this article, you’ll learn about:
- How to install WordPress to your new server
- The different types of shared hosting available on Bluehost
- How to create a blog using WordPress
- The importance of having a professional-looking blog
- How to install a WordPress toolbar to make your blog more accessible
Step One: Install WordPress To Your New Server
Once you’ve sign up for a Bluehost account, you’ll be served by a friendly customer service rep who’ll walk you through the process of installing WordPress to your new server (this is completely free).
To get started, click on the button that says Launch Installing WordPress, which will direct you to the WordPress installation page.
On this page, you’ll find a brief tutorial on how to create a WordPress website. Begin by giving your new site a professional-looking name (this name will be your web address or URL) and clicking on the Use this Theme button. This will take you to a page with several free WordPress themes that you can choose from. You can find and download these themes from Themeforest, a WordPress theme marketplace.
If you don’t want to use one of these themes, click on the Custom Build button, which will take you to a page with several different pre-built WordPress templates. You can click on any of these templates to be taken to its customization page. Here you can make changes to the template’s layout and color scheme.
Once you’ve made the necessary changes, click on the Save Changes button to complete the process.
Bluehost will now install WordPress to its Cloud9 environment, where you can monitor its progress by checking the status bar at the top of your browser. When the process is complete, you’ll be taken to a confirmation screen where you can read through a short tutorial on how to use your WordPress website.
Congratulations! You’ve just set up your very first WordPress website. You can continue adding additional content to this site via the Add New button on the dashboard, or you can login to your WordPress site via the Dashboard icon in the top right corner of your browser.
Step Two: Activate WordPress
In order to make your WordPress project accessible to the public, you’ll need to activate it. To do this, you’ll need to visit http://wordpress.com/setup in your browser.
When you arrive at this page, you’ll be presented with the option to create a new WordPress account or login with an existing account. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll use the first option and create a new WordPress account.
After creating a new account, you’ll be brought to the dashboard, where you can see a list of your new WordPress projects. To activate your WordPress account, simply click on the Activate button next to the project you want to use.
With your WordPress account now activated, you can add content to your site by visiting http://wordpress.com. You can also logout of your account at any time from the logout button at the top of your WordPress dashboard.
Step Three: Configure Your WordPress Account
After setting up a new WordPress account, you’ll need to visit the Tools menu and click on the Settings tab. Here you can find a list of all your WordPress settings. You can also access these settings via the Settings gear icon in the top right corner of your browser.
The next step is to visit the General Settings page, where you can change your site’s title, description, and keywords (these are the meta tags that will be associated with your content).
You’ll also need to set your WordPress site’s language here. Depending on the kind of content you publish, you may want to choose between English or Spanish. Don’t worry, if you’re using WordPress for a language translation project, you don’t have to choose between these two options, you can use any language you want.
The Reading Time setting determines how long the posts on your site will appear in a casual reader’s (usually Google) search results. You’ll typically want to set this to somewhere between two and five years. Just remember that whatever you set this value to, you’ll need to maintain it throughout the life of your site. Setting this value too high or low may result in your posts not being found when searched for later on.
Last but not least, let’s configure the Automatically Publish New Posts option. Normally, when you log in to your WordPress dashboard, you’ll see a new post waiting to be published. This option determines which of your posts will appear on your site without your intervention. You’ll typically want to keep this option at its default value of All Posts, which will publish every new post you make.
You’ll also need to update posts on a regular basis. To do this, visit the Posts menu inside your WordPress dashboard and click on the Edit button next to a post you want to update. You’ll then be presented with the option to make some necessary changes to its content.
You can view all your posts in a calendar format, which will list the latest 20 posts on your site. To see a post in its original format, you can click on its time stamp. If you decide that some of your posts aren’t suitable for public viewing (e.g. you want to keep them as drafts for future reference), you can click on the Unpublish button found on each post’s page.
Step Four: Create Your WordPress Blog
Now that your WordPress account is configured, you can create a blog for your site. To do this, head back to http://wordpress.com and click on the Create New Blog button. In the next screen, give your blog a unique name and click on the Create Blog button to proceed to the next step.
The next step is to choose a theme for your blog. The theme you choose will determine the look and feel of your site. You can choose between the Twenty One theme, which is a popular free theme from Themeforest, or you can download the Bootstrap theme from WordPress.org.
The Twenty One theme is a clean, minimalistic blog theme that was designed to integrate well with the popular Magento CMS. It features a neat little button bar at the top of each post that allows for easy navigation throughout your site. This theme is extremely popular because it’s so easy to customize.
Both of these themes are open source, which means you have access to the source code for these themes. This will help you customize your website even more if you want to. For more information on open source themes, you can read our in-depth review of The Twenty One WordPress Theme.
Once you’ve decided on a theme for your blog, you can click on its tile to be taken to its customization menu, where you can make changes to its appearance.