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#2. Build Your WordPress Site
Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you. Login to your site and you will be asked to choose a theme.
All the themes suggested by Bluehost are free. Choose one or skip this step. Don’t over-think your choice, you can change or choose your theme later. Click on “Start Building”. Bluehost will now install WordPress.
Bluehost will ask if your site is for business or personal use. It doesn’t really matter which you tick but I suggest you choose business.
#3. Fill in a site name and tagline
Try and keep it simple and descriptive. The name you select will be your site title.
As you can see in the example mine is Simply Hatch which matches my domain name. Again you can change this later.
Make sure you select the blog option!!!
#4. Set Up Your Homepage
Bluehost will walk you through a series of prompts. The questions they ask keep changing so don’t panic if it’s not exactly as I’m describing. Everything is fixable!
You’ll be prompted to choose between a static homepage or for your homepage to show your latest blog posts.
You can change this easily later and most themes use a static homepage but for now you just want to start blogging.
Select the option for your homepage to show your latest posts.
#5. Final Steps
You’re nearly there! Bluehost will now ask if you want to set up a Contact Us page. It’s not a priority at the moment so select no.
You’ll be asked if you want to set up an account for Jetpack. It’s a bloated plugin that will slow your site down. I don’t recommend installing it. There are better options such as using the WordFence plugin to bump up your security. It comes with a robust free version and you can install it later.
Check your email account and find the email from Bluehost asking you to verify your email address. Do this as soon as possible or Bluehost won’t be able to set up your domain.
#6. Log in To WordPress
There are two different ways to log in to WordPress; via your Bluehost account or directly.
Log in via your Bluehost account
Go to Bluehost.com and login using the Username and password you used at the start.
Click on the blue button to Log in to WordPress.
Login directly to WordPress by going to:
#7. Change Your Username
Now you’re in WordPress check your username. If it’s set to Admin you need to change this for security reasons.
Go to Users (it’s on the side panel two thirds of the way down).
Select Users ->Add New.
Fill in all the boxes to create a new user account and select the role as Administrator. You will need to use a different email address but you can change this to your preferred email later.
Log out and log back in by going to:
(Bookmark this login page for future reference).
Go to Users and delete your old Admin username.
That’s all there is to it.