Installing WordPress on Bludomain hosting. A step by step illustrated guide.

There is much to like about Bludomain websites, they are attractive and well priced, but this article deals with how to put the free self-hosted version of WordPress on your existing Bludomain hosting account. All the screen captures and instructions below are from a recent Bludomain WordPress install I just completed. Bludomain makes it relatively simple.

Step 1) Login to your Bludomain hosting account. This will bring you to the cpanel account management screen. Below is a screen capture from a typical Bludomain hosting account. Scroll down the screen until you find the section titled “Soneuare / Services”. In that section you should see an icon for “Fantastico Deluxe”. Those elements are highlighted below in yellow. Click on the Fantastico Deluxe icon.

Step 1 installing WordPress on Bludomain

Step 2) The Fantastico Deluxe screen looks like the one below. Fantastico is a great script that will install WordPress for you. Just find the WordPress option in the left sidebar. In the image below it is highlighted in yellow. Click on the WordPress text link.

Step 2 installing WordPress on Bludomain

Step 3) You should now see the screen illustrated below. Take the time to read it. (Note is there is any current WordPress installation and if there is make note of where it is installed. In this hosting account there is not. ) To install WordPress click on the “New Installation” link.

Step 3 installing WordPress on Bludomain

Step 4) This is where you provide the setup information. As you can see in this screen you need to tell Fantastico where on your Bludomain hosting account to install WordPress. I usually instruct it to install into a subdirectory called “wp” or “blog”. It is not important what you call it, but WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WORDPRESS IS INSTALLED IN A SUBDIRECTORY. It it is installed in the main or root directory it may interfere with your Bludomain website. Just go through the screen.

  • Choose the domain name
  • Enter your subdirectory name
  • In “Admin access data” section enter the admin name and password you want to have to be able to login into your WordPress intall
  • In the “Base configuration” section enter the posting nickname you want to use, the email you want to have in case you lose your password, the name of your blog (east to change later) and the tag-line description of your new blog (also easy to change).

(Take a moment and save your username and password to a notebook or file.)

Now click on “Install WordPress”

Step 4 installing WordPress on Bludomain

Step 5) This is a confirmation screen. Read through it and if it is as you want, click “Finish installation”

Step 5 installing WordPress on Bludomain

Step 6) You are done! It will take just a minute or two. You now have a free self-hosted WordPress blog on your Bludomain website’s domain name.

The final screen will have your access and login details. You can copy them to a file for safe keeping, if you didn’t do already in Step 4. You can also click the URL for your new WordPress blog and login to its admin dashboard panel.

Just like any blog platform, there is a lot more to do; select a theme, style it to your preference and optimize it for security and SEO. I will touch on some of that in a future Bludomain / WordPress post in the future if there is sufficient interest.

Note: If you have any questions send me an email. Non-Bludomain hosting accounts supporting Bludomain sites should be similar, but there are often some small differences. Again if you have a question send me an email I’ll try to help.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve found my cpanel and logged in but now I get this error message when click on the fantastico link…

    Fantastico is not installed at the default location /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/fantastico. Either move the Fantastico directory from it’s current location to /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/fantastico OR enable ioncube loaders in WHM -> Tweak settings.

    • Marc says

      Since it appears you are hosted with BluDomain, you will need send a support request to them. Just use their support page requesting them to enable Fantastico and include this information “Fantastico is not installed at the default location /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/fantastico. Either move the Fantastico directory from it’s current location to /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/fantastico OR enable ioncube loaders in WHM ”

      Please let me know if you have any other problems with getting WP installed. If BluDomain does not enable Fantastico, there is a manual method to install WP. Let me know if you need any other information.

      • says

        Okay so basically I started manually doing the wordpress transfer into my cpanel but after I made all the changes to the php file, I did it in wordpad, it won’t save back to a php file. I don’t know what program to use to do that. I’m frustrated.

        Bludomain won’t be available until Monday to make fantastico available and I have time this weekend to work on my site. Any words of advice?!

          • Katie says

            Seriously Marc?!! That would be amazing. I’ve already created the database and the username/password.
            cpanel –
            un –
            pw -

            • Marc says

              Here you go!
              Success! WordPress has been installed.
              It tested ok for me but it was a quick test, let me know if you have questions.
              The wordpress install folder is wp. And I created a new db since “CamelCase” names could create problems in the future.

              • Katie says

                THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Marc, I don’t know who you are but you are awesome. Happy Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for people out there like you!!!

  2. says

    HI
    Im following the steps but don’t see an option for a subdirectory. Is this where I would need to purchase a domain name separate for my blog?

    • Marc says

      Please take the time to look closely for it. Sometimes the cpanel skin makes it difficult to see. If it is not there or visible you should contact your hosting company for help. Or you can install WP manually. Or we can do it for you. But please do not use a sub-domain. For purposes of SEO, a subdomain is treated like a different domain than the main domain.

  3. says

    PLEASE HELP!! I bought pro photo blog because it said it was compatible with bludomain but I am having a really hard time downloading word press and pro photo because I cant even find the cpanel to do anything.. Help!!!!

  4. says

    Brilliant! Google search yielded your post which overs more supportive solutions than the Blu’s own “support”. I installed and then transferred my blog within 10 minutes. Thank you.

  5. Rochelle Mort says

    Marc…I can’t thank you enough for the information on setting up a blog with Bludomain. You are a saint! I do have a couple more questions…

    1. How do you go in and change the name of the blog?

    2. How do I change my current wordpress blog to show my new blog address?

    Thank you so much for your time…I really, really appreciate it!

    Rochelle

    • Fuller Marc says

      Hi Rochelle, Feel free to give me call on your questions. They are involved questions and the answers are somewhat determined by what you want to achieve, how you want it to work/look and the search engine indexing you want to retain. To answer your questions for the best results, it would be advisable for you to at least talk with an experienced resource regarding how you want it all to work.

    • admin says

      Thank you.

      If your Bludomain site does not have the option of having a menu link to your WordPress blog, I suggest using a site wide footer bar. It could have more site navigation options. You could even include social media links for sharing and other things on it too. And would just take up a small space across the bottom of your site pages.

      Let me know if you have questions / need help.

  6. says

    i am trying and trying and trying to get wordpress/prophoto uploaded…. but as usual, bludomain is out of the office, or off for the weekend. i can’t find the control panel to even attempt to do what is described. can you help? i am so frustrated with bludomain and their lack of support.

    • Marc says

      Wendy, I sent you an email with some solutions. Hope it helped. If none of those work, feel free to call me with the number included or reply via email with further questions.

      • says

        I’m trying to do the same as well and when I login to make changes to my website, it doesn’t take me to the control panel like what you have shown above. Please help! :) Thanks!

  7. says

    Very helpful! I was emailing them to ask how to install it, because I already did in other Hosting company and it was manually, and with Blu, I couldn’t find the way…. I decided to google it “of course” and I found this…..it Took literally 2 Mins….

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  8. monika says

    I was having a little trouble deciphering the fields in Fantastico and how to populate them. This was just the info I needed! Thanks!

  9. Janean says

    I bought the $50 mini-blog from BluDomain and then followed your instructions – I can’t get my blog posts to show on the bludomain site – I emailed them to no avail…any ideas on what I did wrong?

  10. says

    Hey! I did everything and got an email giving me my url and everything and when i click on it, it says Not Found.. have any ideas what i can do? or what i might have done wrong?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Marc says

      Hi Lindsey, Thanks for sending me your cpanel access info. Here is what is happening.

      It seems the Fantastico install script is partially disabled on your hosting account. This meant that it seemed like WP was installing, but never really fully did. Fortunately the database wizard is functional so since I am in your account … I will go ahead and set WP up for you with the “old school” manual install. ~Karma

  11. says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!I have been having anxiety attacks just thinking about the hours I would spend setting this up. That took FOUR minutes! Seriously, can’t thank you enough for such a clear tutorial.

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