If you’re curious how to add additional WordPress sites to your existing Bluehost account which utilize completely different domain names, then you’ve come to right place. The following is my step-by-step guide to walk you through this process.
But first, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you have assigned the new domain name that you want to use for your new WordPress site to your Bluehost account. You can ready my step-by-step guide on how to do this here.
Once you have assigned the new domain name to you Bluehost account, the process for creating a new WordPress installation for it is very easy.
Go to My Sites and Create the Site
The first thing you will need to do is go to the My Sites section of your Bluehost account. On this page you want to click the Create Site button.
You will be asked to enter in the Site Name for this new WordPress installation. Don’t worry, you can change it later through the WordPress interface. The Site Tagline is an optional field. Once you are set, click the Next button.
For the next step you will need to select the domain name for this WordPress installation. If you have already assigned the domain name that you are looking to use to your Bluehost account, then it should show up in the drop-down menu. Go ahead and select it and also deselect the plugins that Bluehost is trying to pre-install for you and then click the Next button.
Bluehost will begin the installation process of your new WordPress site. Please be patient because it may take a few minutes, so do not exit out of your browser or you will have to restart the entire process.
Once Bluehost has successfully installed the your new WordPress site, make note of the admin username and click to Go back to My Sites.
Take Care of These Housekeeping Tasks
You new WordPress site is now installed and ready to go, but I recommend taking care of the following housekeeping tasks before you dive into creating content for your new site. To start off, click the Manage Site button on the WordPress site that you just created.
Go to the Settings tab and turn off all of the Automatic Updates sliders. I recommend disabling these, because as a website owner you always want to be in control of what is happening to your site. Auto updates have the potential to “break” your site, so you want to be able to update your site after you have a better understanding of how they may impact your site.
I recommend turning off the Disable Comments for Old Posts, because you never want to restrict a visitor from interacting with your content no matter how old it is.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings section and turn off the Coming Soon Page. This will remove the temporary placeholder page that you see when you go to your domain name and will make your WordPress installation 100% visible to the outside world.
Next, go to the Security tab and turn on the Free SSL Certificate. An SSL Certification ensures the data flowing from your site and a visitor’s computer is encrypted and secure. This is very important when your site sends or receives personal data such as payment information or passwords, but it’s also good to have this enabled for all of your content.
Next click the Backups tab and Add site to CodeGuard. CodeGuard will store a daily backup of your WordPress installation and content, which you can easily restore your site from in case of a technical issue. It is free if you purchased a Bluehost Prime plan, otherwise, you will be given the option to finalize the purchase for this add-on, which I highly recommend.
Before you start modifying things within the WordPress interface itself, it is important that you update the email address and password associated with your admin WordPress account.
You can do this by going to the Users tab and expanding the menu on the right-hand side next to your Admin username and clicking on Edit Profile.
You will land on your site’s WordPress interface. Go to the Users>All Users page and click Edit under the admin username.
Verify and update your contact information, most importantly your email address. Also make sure to generate a new password for this admin account and then click Update Profile. You may receive some emails asking you to confirm the email and/or password changes before these changes are finalized.
Next you want to choose the right permalink structure for your site because it will directly impact your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Go to Settings>Permalinks on the left-hand side menu in your WordPress interface. The Bluehost WordPress installation has the Day and name permalink structure selected as the default, but I recommend you select the Post name option. You can read my in-depth thoughts on why I recommend the Post name permalink structure here.
Plugins are add-on tools that offer a whole host of different features and abilities for your WordPress site. But you should be very selective about the plugins that you install and activate since they take up CPU power to run and can incrementally slow down your site. The default Bluehost WordPress installation have a few plugins pre-installed, which you can deactivate and delete by going to Plugins>Installed Plugins on the left-hand side menu and then selecting, deactivating and deleting the pre-installed plugins.
The last thing housekeeping task that you should take care of before start posting is to delete the placeholder Hello Dolly! entry. Go to Post>All Posts and put this post in the Trash. Once you have done this you will have a brand new and clean WordPress installation to work off of.
Now you can start creating exciting new content for you visitors and customizing your site with new plugins and themes.