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How To Install WordPress - WordPress Installation Guide

Overview

WordPress started as a blogging system, but it has evolved into a complete content management system and so much more. Ready to get started? The Marketplace easily installs WordPress and other third-party scripts to your hosting account.

Follow one of the two sets of steps below to install WordPress. To begin, you will need to access your Bluehost control panel.

Note: The Advanced tab will load your cPanel. Legacy accounts will feature a horizontal navigation bar at the top of the screen, while Bluerock account users will see a vertical navigation menu on the left-hand side of the screen. To learn more, please visit Bluerock vs. Legacy.

Bluerock

  1. Click on the My Sites tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
  2. Click the Create Site button.
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  3. New windows appear for two highly recommended website builders.
  4. Click the Start Building button under the WordPress option.
  5. Enter the Admin Information:
    • Site Name - This will be the name displayed on your site. This is not the URL but simply the name used on your site.
    • Site Tagline - This should reflect a brief description of your website.
    • Advanced Tab:
      • Email Address - This will be where your login information will be sent.
      • WordPress Admin Username - The desired login name for your application
      • WordPress Admin Password - The desired password for this application.

        Please review our article on creating strong passwords.

The installer will take a couple of minutes to install your application. Once done:

  1. Click on the My Sites tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
  2. Hover over the site you wish to manage, and click Manage Site.
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  3. On the upper right-most corner, click Log into WordPress.
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Legacy

  1. Click the website option from the sub-menu
  2. From the WordPress section, click the install now button.
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  3. Hover your mouse over the WordPress icon, and click the install button. 
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  4. Enter the Admin Information:
    • Software Setup
      • Choose the version you want to install - This will be the version of the WordPress builder you would like to install. 
      • Choose Installation URL - This will be the URL name displayed on your site. Choose the file directory associated with it.
    • Site Settings:
      • Site Name - This will be the name displayed on your site. This is not the URL but simply the name used on your site.
      • Site Description - This should reflect a brief description of your website.
      • Enable Multisite (WPMU) - This feature will enable the multisite option for your WordPress blog.
        Your server must support Apache mod_rewrite to use this feature.
    • Admin Account
      • Admin Username - The desired login name for your application
      • Admin Password -  The desired password for this application
        Please review this article on creating strong passwords for reference. 
      • Admin Email Address - This is where your login information will be sent.
    • Choose Language:
      • Select Preferred Language -  Click the â–¼ button, then choose a preferred language. 
    • Select Plugin(s): Choose your preferred plugins by clicking the checkbox.
      • Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer) - This plugin will protect your site against brute-force attacks by limiting the number of login attempts for your WordPress installation. Click here to visit the plugin site.
      • Classic Editor - This restores the previous WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen. It also helps you use the plugins that extend it and add old-style meta boxes. Click here to visit the plugin site.
      • wpCentral - Manage Multiple WordPress - This helps you to manage all your WordPress blogs from ONE dashboard. Click here to visit the plugin site.
    • Advanced Options:
      • Database Name - Type the name of the database to be created for the installation.
      • Table Prefix -  Enter any preferred table prefix for the database.
      • Disable Update Notifications Emails - Click on the checkbox.

        Note: If you check this option, you will not receive an email notification for updates available for this installation.

      • Auto Upgrade -  Select the automatic upgrade preference for this installation when a new version is available.
      • Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins - Click on the checkbox.

        Note: If you check this option, all WordPress plugins installed for this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version (every 24 hours).

      • Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes - Click on the checkbox.

        Note: If you check this option, all WordPress themes installed for this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version (every 24 hours).

    • Select Theme: This is optional. If not selected, the default theme will be installed. Themes are provided by PopularFX and built on Pagelayer Editor.
    • Email installation details to - Enter the preferred email address to receive the installation details and update. 

Once you're finished, click the Install button.

  1. Click the Installations section at the top of the page. 
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  2. Find the domain that has WordPress installed, and click the link.
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Troubleshooting

You may encounter an error message using the One-Click setup method. Since WordPress auto installation is done once the account is signed up, when you try to install WordPress from your end, you get an error similar to the images below.
WordPress Install Error (Rock)
WordPress Install Error (Legacy)

This means that a current WordPress is installed on the domain. To troubleshoot the error, check if WordPress is connected to the domain name and verify the status.

Bluerock

  1. Click on the My Sites tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
  2. Once inside the My Sites, locate the domain where you get the error message. Once found, click the Manage site button.
  3. Test the domain link to see if it will pull up a WordPress webpage. Also, check if it will pull up the WordPress dashboard by clicking the Log into WordPress on the upper-rightmost corner of the My Site page.

Legacy

  1. In the control panel, click on the WordPress tools tab from the navigation menu that stretches across the top of your screen.
  2. Locate the domain in the Select Site drop-down where you get the error message.
  3. Test the domain link to see if it will pull up a WordPress webpage. Also, check if it will pull up the WordPress dashboard by navigating the Users settings. To log in to a user, click the button for Login next to the User.

Important: 

Note: If the quick-install instructions above did not work successfully, consider another option: manual installation. For guides on executing this, please see the article: How To Install WordPress - WordPress Manual Installation Guide.

For further assistance, you may contact our Chat Support or Phone Support at 888-401-4678. You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.