How to install WordPress on Bluehost

Since I’ve received a lot of emails from my visitors about choosing the right hosting package for Bluehost, I thought it’s wise to dedicate a whole page for Bluehost signup process. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t take no longer than 5 minutes to complete registration. Simply follow the steps below.

Once you have gone through the steps, I’ll show you how to install WordPress, Drupal and/or Joomla to your domain via Bluehost “one-click-installation” option.

P.S.: When you are setting up/making a website; domain name and hosting are necessary. Otherwise you’ll be unable to set up your website for others to read and browse. This applies for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and other free website building platforms.


Go to and click on the “Get started now” button. If you use this link, you’ll be able to get a FREE domain. This discount applies to all visitors (Yay!)

Setting up your domain name and hosting



Choose the cheapest (basic) plan and a domain name for your website. It doesn’t have to end with .com, you can also use different endings (such as: .net, .org or even




Enter your personal details for completing the registration process. Add you name, address, e-mail address and choose a payment type – Credit card or PayPal.




Choose suitable hosting package (Basic) – you’ll save some cash as the Plus and Business Pro aren’t really needed for a brand new site unless you’re getting millions of visitors from day one. You can either sign up for 12, 24 or 36 months.

Don't go crazy with addons


Don’t go crazy with add-ons, you don’t need them

Most add-ons that Bluehost provides are great, but not really needed.

However, there are few that are some-what optional:

  • Domain privacy – this will hide your personal information (name & address) and you’ll likely get zero unsolicited marketing emails. If you want to keep your website/domain fully anonymous, tick that option. If you don’t want to stay anonymous, un-tick that option and you’ll save $0.99 per month.
  • Site Backup Pro – While WordPress is quite secure, it’s wise to sign up for Site Backup Pro. If you are scared that you’ll mess something up, tick that one as it’ll start taking regular backups from your site. On the other hand, if you don’t choose it, you are able to sign up for less than $60/year.

Once you have signed up with Bluehost, you are now able to start making/building websites on your domain name. Just log in to your control panel and choose WordPress, Joomla or Drupal as your website builder.


How to Install WordPress (or Joomla & Drupal) on Bluehost ‘One-click-installation’

Below are short guides for installing WordPress, Joomla or Drupal within just few seconds with the help of one-click-installation that Bluehost have provided for beginners. Just click on the preferable website software and the guide will expand (with images).

WordPress one-click-installation tutorial

Joomla one-click-installation tutorial

Drupal one-click-installation tutorial

Once you have a domain name, web hosting and website platform installed, you can go ahead and start reading my more in-depth guides for editing your website, adding new content and making it really work.

Guide by Robert Mening

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66 Responses to “How to install WordPress on Bluehost”

  1. Thanks for this. It’s finding the notification which is tricky – eg on Mojo site – but it was really useful to know that we should expect one for login.

  2. This is a really good tutorial, I love how you included all the one click installations as toggled content, I wasn’t expecting that at all, nice one!
    I am currently building a website which may be considered very similar to yours (only I will only be concentrating on WordPress, not the others like Drupal etc).

    Wish me luck 🙂

  3. If I am building a business website and taking on-line do I need to purchase the dedicated web hosting option through wordpress? Or, can I start with the cheaper web hosting options and work up to the dedicated hosting later?


    • Hi Lisa,

      Great question. If you are just starting out then shared hosting is actually more than you need. If your site grows bigger, let’s day 1 million views / month, then it’s probably wise to move onto dedicated host (which is more expensive, though).

  4. Domain privacy protection means BH does not make information about me, the owner of the website, public? This is for avoiding unsolicited marketing to “help” me get my business going, correct? Or is it something different altogether?

    Another question, the Backup Pro, is that the only backup solution available? If my site is fairly static and I only want a backup in case I need to recreate it, is there a one-time backup option? Something I could do on my own, update it if major site changes were made? Doesn’t make sense to backup monthly if the site does not change often.

    • Hey Shannon,

      Great questions!

      1) You’re right. If you tick the “privacy protection” you’ll reduce the spam/unsolicited marketing that you’ll get to your email.
      2) Backup PRO is a great add-on, but at first you don’t need. Just google for “WordPress backup plugins” – this should do the trick 🙂

  5. Hi Rob!

    Arising from your response to Lisa’s question, I don’t seem to know much about SHARED HOSTING, and sadly, not much information about it is furnished by BlueHost (except perhaps I haven’t searched well enough).

    • Hi Ejiro,

      Good question. I’ll do a quick recap for both of you.

      1) Shared hosting is the cheapest hosting solution (usually below $5 / month)
      2) Shared hosting is owned by 10 or so different users, but they all have their own “personal space” which shouldn’t be affecting you.
      3) Rule of thumb here: If you’re starting out, you don’t need more than shared hosting. If your site(s), start to generate 100k+ monthly visits, then it’s wise to move on see if there’s anything better out there. The next step is usually VPS or Dedicated hosting which is roughly $50 per month. Personally. I don’t see a point paying that much for a brand new site hosting.

  6. Thank you so much. You have been great help. I have put off building a website for years because I told myself I needed money to pay an expert. But 15 minutes ago, I had an aha! moment. I taught myself to publish my book on createspace and even laid the book out inside myself… and it looks pretty good, with a few sales so far… i think I can teach myself to create a website too.

    I googled “how to create a website with wordpress” and your website was number 4 on the search results list. And here I am.

    You make it sound and look very easy. I am getting my website up and running by end of this week. Thank you.

    • Awesome news, Maurice. Let me know how it goes 🙂 If you get stuck, you can always email me. I’ll help you out.

  7. Hi,

    thanks for all the helpful info. I’ve clicked install and now it gives me the option of ‘show advanced options’ not sure what to do here.

  8. Am I correct in assuming that WordPress is not downloaded to my PC?
    That being the case the website can be accessed for updates from any PC.

    • Hi Bob,

      You’re right 🙂 You don’t need to download WordPress to your computer. You’ll modify and update WordPress website via your web hosting (Bluehost for example). All you need is computer and internet access.

  9. You say on your first page that starting up is “less than a coffee”. But when I get to Bluehost, it seems that I need to buy hosting as well, which adds more to the cost depending on my needs. So there are different “plans” and different “products” available at Bluehost. Do I need both a plan and a product?

    Also, if I start asking them questions via their live chat option, they’ll soon realize how ignorant I am about the whole process. Are they like car dealers when they find an ignorant customer, with giant gold dollar signs lighting up in their eyeballs? Will they try to sell me lots of crap that I don’t need?

    Apologies if I sound like a cynical old man who has been screwed too many times by the 21st century service industry, but that’s only because I’m a cynical old man who’s been screwed too many times by the 21st century service industry.

    • Hi RJ,

      Great questions. When I say “less than a coffee” – I’m thinking about the monthly fee of Bluehost hosting which is less than $4. So in general, to set up a website, you’ll need hosting & domain. You can get them both from BH (I don’t think there’s much cheaper options available).

      Bluehost doesn’t have much upsells, and when you go to their customer chat they don’t usually start “selling”. They try to be helpful and give out some information about their hosting in general. So if you’ve any questions, feel free to get in touch with them. If you run into trouble, get in touch with me.

  10. Hi, your tutorial is great! But I have a question regarding installation of WordPress.
    I’m with Bluehost. The version 4.2.2. is offering “Do it yourself – Install” button and other option “Let us do it for you (Recommended)”. These two options are not connected? ”Do it yourself” option is still free?

    Thanks you very much for your time to answer!


    • Hi Dinka,

      You can do it yourself, it’s just one click and then you need to fill your website details (email and site name). There’s no need to ask Bluehost to do the install for you. I’m sure you can make it yourself – this guide should help you get going 🙂


  11. Hi Robert,
    This site you have is AWESOME!! I’m wanting to start up a type of social media website with question, answer, topic forums I guess it would be. I’m wondering what add-ons, plug-ins, etc I would have to use to input this style into my website? I am as new and uneducated about this stuff as one can be but I feel I have a pretty good idea and figure wth. Also do you think the pro version 1 or 2 yr plan would be the way to go? In case (with any luck) I have lots of traffic? Any advice would be great.

  12. Hi,
    If I was too early in my business idea to actually implement and put stuff on the internet, is there a way to use wordpress and start designing/building a website without actually reserving/paying for domain and hosting service?

  13. Hi, I have been trying to set up a blog website through BH but find that because I am a UK resident (I think that is the reason anyway) I need a VAT registration number. It seems silly when I am not intending on selling anything. Is there anyway round this?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Mel,

      I believe you can leave it blank and continue with your registration process 🙂

  14. Hello,
    Your site has been a Godsend! Quick question: I’m getting hung up on the Sitelock Security option while selecting my bluehost package. I know I obsess too much, but is that one really necessary when you’re just starting out? I’ve gotten suckered into different security packages for my pc so I am bit wary about any add-ons.

    • Hi McKellon,

      It’s optional. If you’re just starting out, I doubt you’ll need that. But if you site/blog grows bigger, it’s wise to tighten up your security.

  15. Hi Robert,
    Your site and step by step guide is much helpful for a newbie like me…I am stuck at a point deciding to use www. or not in my domain name. Can you please help me pros n cons of using/not using www while installing ?

    • Hey Pari,

      It’s completely up to you. I tend to use without www. (see However, I know many webmaster who take www. over non .www.
      To be honest, there aren’t any cons/pros of using one or another.

  16. Hey Robert- what’s the difference between using the free hosting on WordPress and paying for it through a service like BlueHost?

    Also, what do you think of buying the domain through something like Google Domains at $12/yr to get the free privacy, email and other services Google Domains offers?

    • Hi Wolf,

      Free hosting on WordPress will be VERY limited and only giving you a subdomain ( – this isn’t very professional, thus I’d suggest you to avoid that. Also, when you want to upgrade from free WordPress to paid WordPress – it’ll become very expensive (around $12/month). So it’s wise to start off with a self-hosted WordPress, with your own domain via Bluehost.

      As far as I know, BH also throws in a free domain, where you can also add free privacy.

  17. Hi Robert,

    Great blog. First time of me reading something like this and feeling hopeful. Can I ask if I choose a domain name through BH, is it possible to change the domain name some time later? Would it cost me something to change it? Thanks!!

    • Hey Jean,

      Choose your domain name carefully as you won’t be able to “change” it. You can, though – buy another/new one if you decide it’s not something you’d want to keep holding onto 🙂


  18. I already have a domain with, but no hosting. Can I transfer my domain to for hosting and it is difficult to do?

  19. Rob-

    Is it possible to own two domain names and have them both lead to the same website?

  20. Hi! Mr. Mening,
    I have just gone through your blog and I think it is really superb – it is very helpful, simple yet informative. It is easy to follow, even for a 60-yo absolute beginner like me.
    I have not started building my website – gone through the steps – but when I do, I will not look up any other guide but yours.
    Thank you very much for this tutorial/guide.

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    • Glad you liked it 🙂 If you need any help, feel free to shoot me an email.

    • WordPress themes are mostly free. There are certain ‘premium’ themes that aren’t free, you can find them on

  21. Thanks for the awesome tutorial and the website!

    But still I have a bit of confusion, so it’ll be a lot of help if you can clear it out!

    What I wanted to know is, when we are registering our domain name via Bluehost, are we only getting a valid domain name, email etc (things that are mentioned in their package) by paying $3.49 ? Such that afterwards, when we go on to install the CMS of WordPress in our website, will we need to make further payment to WordPress for that, or is it free ?

    • Hi Arnab,

      You don’t need to pay for WordPress install. WordPress is free. But in order to set it up, you’ll need a host and a domain name. Once you have a domain/hosting from Bluehost you’re all set. You’ll just need to install WordPress through their (Bluehost) control panel which is fairly easy – I’ve also shown this on this page 🙂

  22. Hi Robert, thank you for putting this together.
    I am confused with the place where I buy my domain name and the hosting site.
    Why are we not doing everything from one site, as wordpress? Why using bluehost?

    • Because if you buy hosting directly from or it’ll cost you much more (around $10/month). Plus, there are some limitations that Bluehost doesn’t have 🙂

  23. Hi! This has been really helpfull because I’m planning to build an online store. However I don’t have any knowledge about how online payments work. Does wordpress have a tutorial or something on how I can add payment options on my website? Thank you!

  24. when I log-in to it ask me to enter password but i do not know what is my password..
    Because I didn’t mentioned any password.

    Thank You!

    • They usually send you an email where you can set up yourself a password 🙂 If not, just get in touch with their live customer support.

    • “Basic” will be just fine. No need to pay more for expensive packages…

  25. Hello, and thank you for all you’re help. I have not done anything yet, but you make it sound so simple that I might just try and give it a shot. Quick question or two though:
    1. If you use bluehost for domain and hosting and then wordpress to build your site (basically following your instructions on how to do all this) and decide to let ads go on your website by, for example, “adsense”, or google ads, or whatever; do you get to keep the revenue from this or does Bluehost take some or all of it? And if yes, then how do you prevent that from happening?
    2. Also, say you do all this and build your website- now how do you market your business and website and have it show up in google searches, or any internet search engine for that matter?
    Thank You,

    • Hi Tony,

      #1. When you sign up with Bluehost or any other web hosting provider, you’ll be the FULL owner of your site. Meaning that no-one can take down your site or add unwanted ads (like Wix or Weebly does). You are feel to add Google Analytics, Banner ads or whatever you fancy.

      #2. I assume you are referring to SEO, more information on this can be found on – He teaches you how to get more traffic from search engines.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  26. Hello,

    Great Article! I had a couple of questions for you. I already have my own domain which I purchased from another provider.
    (1) Do you have to switch the domain over to Bluehost in order to have the web hosting plan from Bluehost? Or can I keep it with the place I originally purchased the domain from?
    (2) If I went with the plan with the free domain, but wanted to sign up with my current domain. Can you get the free domain at a later time?
    (3) Finally, if you have two websites and they are both under Bluehost under the unlimited websites plan. Do you pay double the amount for Bluehost? Or is it the same plan for the unlimited websites?

    Thank you for your time! I am new to all of this. I have a blogger website that I’m looking to switch over to and it feels overwhelming.

    • Hey Sara,

      Good questions, I’ll answer them 🙂

      #1: You can keep your CURRENT domain with your CURRENT domain registrar. Once you’ve signed up with Bluehost, all you need to do is to change domain nameservers (

      #2: From Bluehost you’ll get a free domain. So pick something you might want to use later (in case you already have one).

      #3: No, you only need to pay one fee (unlimited domains/website), no need to pay double.

      Hope that helps.

  27. Before I found, I was wandering through the setup jungle alone. It took me 2 weeks to sort out my web hosting and domain name! Now I feel able to take the next steps using your guide – you truly understand that there are people who know NOTHING about setting up websites – can’t thank you enough.

  28. If I select the privacy option am I giving Bluehost the rights to my domain? It certainly seems as though I am with all information being in their name.

    • No, you’re not.
      You’re just hiding your personal information from

  29. Hi Robert,

    I already have a domain which is registered through and when I am installing wordpress I get a message stating, “We noticed the domain you are installing at is not set up yet with your hosting provider.
    We can still install this, then once your domain is set up you will be able to see your installation.”
    What does this mean and what should be done next?

    • Get in touch with Bluehost live chat – I’m sure they’ll help you out 🙂
      You’ll just need to merge your current domain with Bluehost account.

  30. hello, im currently trying to set up a website but i am abit confused. if i use and pay for bluehost, does that include the wordpress? or do it still need to pay the wordpress fees AND the bluehost fees altogether?

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Thanks for the really informative tutorial!

  31. Hi Robert,

    Very nice instructions! Like most people here I have my own burning question. When you register a domain, whether free or not, are you then the sole owner of that domain until the end of time, or are you actually renting the domain for a period of time? If you walk away from these particular companies in the future, what control do you have or the your domain? Is there any prof of purchase indicating ownership.

    Sorry if this sounds a bit fundamental to some, but I’d to clarify what your rights are when registering.

    Kind Regard,


    • Chorf,

      You’ll be the sole owner of your domain as long as you pay for it. You can move your domain between different registrars, too (if needed).