Now that your domain hosting account are active, its time to set up your blog. We will use WordPress as your blog software because its the best and almost all successful bloggers use it. Plus its FREE and easy to install.
To get started, you must login into the Bluehost control panel. Click here go to Bluehost and at the top right corner, you will see the Login tab, click that to continue.
You will see the Bluehost login page. Enter your username and password, then click the Submit button. (Your username is sent to your email address, or you can use your domain name as your username)
Once youre in the control panel, scroll down to the Website section, then click on the Install WordPress icon button.
There will be a message that ask if you want someone at Bluehost to install WordPress for you (for a fee of course) or you can do it yourself. Choose Do it yourself, its free and really easy. Now you will see the following page, click the Install button to continue.
Next page will ask what domain you want to install WordPress on. If you only have one domain name, its usually already selected. Click the Check Domain button to continue.
On the next screen, check Show Advance Options to expand the options. You can choose your blogs title and also create a username password for your blog adminaccount (this can be the same are your Bluehost account, or it can be different, its up to you)
Leave the box checked for Automatically create new database for this installation.
Check to confirm you read the terms and condition, and click on Install Now to continue.
A message box will appear confirming that your WordPress installation is being set up. You can close this message box by pressing the X button on the top right corner.
Once your WordPress installation is complete, you will see a message at the top. Click the View Credentials button to see your WordPress Admin information.
The Notification Center message appears. Remember this information will be available only for 12 hours, so you might want to write it down for safe keeping. Click the View link to continue.
Now you can see your credentials including your Admin URL where you can login to manage your WordPress blog.
You will also receive an email with your credential information.
When you visit your blog at http://www.yourdomain.com/ you will see a Website Coming Soon message. That means your account is active and WordPress is installed correctly, but you havent launched your blog yet.
To login to your blog, go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and you will see the WordPress login page. Enter your username and password and click Login.
When you enter the WordPress Dashboard, you will see a message telling you that you havent launch your blog yet, thats why you are seeing the Coming Soon message. Click the link that says Click Here to launch your blog.
Now you will see a message telling you that your blog is now live. You can click the Click Here link to view it, or you can type http://www.yourdomain.com in your browser.
Now you can see that your blog is live. It is using the default theme, and it also has a default blog post and a default comment. These are just examples and you can delete the blog post and comment in the admin area. (A theme is the design of your blog. You change the theme of your blog anytime. In the next step, I will show you how to install new themes, there are over 1000 free themes available)