In this installment of creating an EPN affiliate site from start to finish, I’ll cover setting up WordPress using the Fantastico installer. This tutorial specifically covers how to do this via Bluehost hosting. If you still haven’t chosen a hosting package, I strongly recommend using Bluehost as I will be using it for all my tutorials. Most of the instructions here will work with any cPanel type of hosting. I believe places like GoDaddy and 1and1 also have Fantastico or some equivalent available as well.
Step 1 – Add Your Domain as an Addon Domain
You don’t need to do this if you signed up for a Bluehost account and used the domain you’re setting up as the primary domain. 99% of the time, this will not be the case, so even if you don’t need to do this step now, you will for every other site you set up after this.
Log in to your Bluehost admin. Under the domains icon you’ll see an icon for Add-On Domain. Click it to go to the add-on domain admin. See the graphic below:
Once inside the addon domain interface, you can choose from a domain associated with your hosting account, or an external domain. If you registered the domain within your same Bluehost account, it will appear in the drop down menu. If not, click the radio button next to the option: Choose a domain that is not already associated with your account. If you choose the latter, you will need to make sure you update your nameservers with the registrar ahead of time in order for Bluehost to verify the domain is yours.
Once you make your selection one way or another, the rest of the fields below will be populated based on your selection, and you shouldn’t need to edit them. Just click the Add domain button at the bottom and you should be good to go.
Step 2 – Locate Fantastico in your hosting account admin
Go back to your hosting admin. You should see a variety of different icons and options available. If you scroll down a ways, you should see the Fantastico icon, click on it. I’ve circled it below so you can get an idea of what it looks like.
Step 3- Locate the WordPress Installer and Choose a New WordPress Installation
Once inside the Fantastico admin, you should see a list of your current installations, if any, in the main column, and a long list of different programs in the left column. Click on WordPress in the left column, sort of near the top. You’ll be taken to the WordPress sub page which will show your current installations, and have an option to click for a new installation as shown in the graphic below:
Step 4 – Choose Your Install Domain and Enter Basic Information
You should now be on the new installation page. There will be a series of boxes you need to add information to. The graphic below shows what I did.
A couple things to note here – In the install in domain drop down box, they will give you an option to choose either yoursite.com, or yoursite.yourmainbluehostdomain.com. Always choose yoursite.com. Also, in most cases for sites like this you will want to leave the Install In Directory field blank. This will install WordPress in the root directory of your site. The base configuration information can always be changed later on, do don’t worry too much about the rest of it.
Step 5 – Check Out What You’ve Done
That’s all there is to it. Click the button and when the process is done, fantastico will provide a link to your blog so you can see it live on the net. It will be using the default theme, and populated with the default info.
You can log on to your blog’s admin by adding /wp-admin/ to the end of your URL.
Coming up, we’ll talk about mapping out your page structure, setting up your theme and configuring plugins.