Step 4: Install WordPress
For our next step, are you ready to actually start building your author website?!
Note that from here on out in our tutorial I’m going to assume you’re setting up your website with Bluehost on WordPress (which you can sign up for here), which is our preferred author website platform. If you haven’t signed up for Bluehost yet, you can do that using the link below in the description.
Then, after setting up your new Bluehost account and registering your domain (see steps 1 and 2), it’s time to install WordPress on your domain.
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Step 4: Install WordPress
By now, in step 4, you have already done some pretty important things to lay the foundation of your author website. You’ve chosen your platform, you’ve registered your domain, and you’ve studied a few other author websites to get an idea of what you want your site to look like.
Now, for our next step, are you ready to actually start building your author website?!
Note that from here on out in our tutorial I’m going to assume you’re setting up your website with Bluehost on WordPress, which is our preferred author website platform. If you haven’t signed up for Bluehost yet, you can do that using the link below in the description.
Alright, after setting up your new Bluehost account and registering your domain (see steps 1 and 2), it’s time to install WordPress on your domain.
There are six pretty easy steps to doing this:
The first step, If you haven’t done so already, after you sign up for Bluehost, you will be able to register your domain (see steps 1). If you missed this step, you can also register afterward from the Bluehost dashboard so don’t worry.
Next, on the Bluehost dashboard, there’s a button to install WordPress. Go ahead and click that.
While we’re doing that let’s talk about what’s really happening here: When you sign up for hosting, you’re basically renting a computer, just a computer that’s set up to broadcast to the internet. Your domain is kind of a like a folder on that computer, and when you install WordPress, you’re basically installing an application on that folder.
Next you’ll just click continue WordPress installation.
The fourth step is on the very next page, you’re going to select the domain you registered earlier in the dropdown. Leave the directory form blank. And if there’s anything there, just delete it. You want to install WordPress on your main directory, not on a subdirectory.
Step number five is to fill out your login credentials. On this page you’ll be asked to create login credentials (the username and password) for your new website. MAKE SURE TO WRITE THESE DOWN. They are really important to keep in a safe place. You’ll also get an email with them, but trust me, you don’t want to lose these.
Once you’ve finished filling out this page, click continue to start installing WordPress.
It will take a few minutes to install.
Once it finishes, the final step is to visit your new wordpress website and login! You’ll navigate to the admin screen, and you can get there by typing your domain into your browser, for example joebunting.com, and then slash, wp, dash, admin. /wp-admin.
That is your main url that you’ll access the adminstration backend of your website, so make sure to bookmark that page for the future. It’s one place you don’t want to forget.
If you have any trouble with any of these steps, Bluehost has great support, so feel free to open a ticket, start a chat session, or give them a call using the links in the footer of the page.
Once you’ve logged in, give yourself a huge pat on the back! You did it! You now have a new author website! A very basic author website, but you’re making a ton of progress. Great work!
In the next step, we’re going to talk about how to find your way around your new website.
Install WordPress on your Bluehost server.