Bluehost developed SimpleScripts several years ago, and it is now an entirely separate one-click installer.
Unlike many other one-click installers, SimpleScripts gives you the option to set up your database, database user, and password in an advanced drop-down menu. This is a major advantage if you are an intermediate or expert WordPress user that wants to install WordPress, easily, like a beginner.
Watch Install Video or Follow Steps Below:
Before you begin, you will need:
- A Bluehost account (Sign up)
- Bluehost Username / Password
- DNS configured (Domain name pointed to Bluehost Server)
Step 1: Login to Bluehost Control Panel
- Click ‘Control Panel Login’ at http://bluehost.com. You will need your Bluehost Username and Password to login.
Step 2: Bluehost Control Panel
- Enter your Bluehost Domain Name, Password and Click ‘Login’
Step 3: Click SimpleScripts
- Scroll Down to and click on SimpleScripts (under Software/Services).
Step 4: Select WordPress to install
- ‘Select WordPress’ under ‘Blog’. At the time this document was created, WordPress 3.2.1 was the most recent, stable release. For the best results, select the latest version.
Step 5: Start the WordPress installation
- Click the “Install” button to start the process.
Step 6: Enter WordPress Information & Database Details
- Select the version you want. At the creation of this tutorial it was WordPress 3.2.1
- Choose the domain you wish to install on. *Optional – Install to another directory. If you are installing to a subdirectory after the top level, type it into the box on the right. Use a subdirectory is required if you have an existing site at Bluehost. If the top level folder is EMPTY it is better NOT to install to a subdirectory.
- Enter your Site Name: This is the human readable name of your site. It will be displayed by default. You can change this at any time.
- Create your WordPress Admin Username and Password. Or you can have SimpleScripts generate this information and email it to you by leaving the checkbox ticked.
- Check the box to automatically create new database. Simple Scripts gives you the ability to specify an already created Database and Database User. Creating these items is outside the scope of this tutorial. If you would like to learn how to create this please visit our Guide to installing WordPress at Bluehost.
- Check the box to Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Click ‘Complete’
Step 7: WordPress Install Confirmation
- This is your new WordPress Site.
- This is where you login to WordPress.
- Note your created WordPress Username and Password are displayed on this screen as well as sent to the email attached to your Bluehost account.
Step 8: View new WordPress site
- Verify the installation works. Click the link in the screen previous to this one or you can visit YOURDOMAIN.COM to see WordPress is up and running.
Step 9: Log in to WordPress
- Visit: http://YOUDOMAIN.COM/wp-admin
- Login using your WordPress Username and Password
Step 10: Congrats! You’re Done!
- Once you’ve logged in, you are ready to start configuring WordPress Congratulations!
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Steven Johnson, a WP Hosting Reviews senior editor, works from Atlanta and covers all things related to WordPress and Hosting.
He graduated from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, has managed hosting companies and now builds WordPress and Joomla Websites for small to medium companies full time.