Update: Many of you are arriving here from Google by searching for “Oops! Directory exists!”. If you read through the comments below, the reason for this error message is explained, but the end result and direction from Bluehost support is that you can ignore this error message and continue installing WordPress without harm.
I’m assuming since you’re reading this article, you’ve decided to host your blog with Bluehost. If not, you’re in the wrong place. Visit the How to install WordPress parent article and choose the right install WordPress article for you.
Installing WordPress on Bluehost
Installing WordPress on Bluehost is really simple and is primary reason I recommend hosting with them. Here’s how you do it:
- Login to control panel for your Bluehost account. This information would have been provided to you by Bluehost when they set-up your account.
- Find Software/Services, then click on the WordPress icon.
- You’ll now be at the WordPress installation screen. Scroll to the bottom and press the Install button.
- Next you’ll select your installation preferences:
- For the version, choose the latest (currently 3.0 at the time of this writing).
- Where would you like WordPress installed? Select the domain name where you want WordPress installed. If you only have one domain name, it will be the only one listed.
- To the right of the forward slash (/) will be a blank entry field. Use this field to enter a sub- directory if you want WordPress installed to a sub-directory. In most cases you’ll leave this blank; however, if WordPress is only a portion of your site you should install it to sub-directory. For example, if you already have a site on your domain and want to add a blog using WordPress, you would install WordPress to say the blog directory. Again, for most of you, this field will just be left blank.
- Next we’ll set the advanced options. Click on Click here to display under Step 2: Advanced Options.
- Give your site a site name. This name will show up in the top portion of your blog. If you need help selecting a name, check out my article on How to choose a blog name
- Now you’ll enter the administrator user name. By default, this will be: admin. I strongly recommend you change it to something unique. This will be the primary account you will use.
- Next enter your admin password. I recommend it be something you can easily remember and strongly suggest placing numbers and symbols in it.
- Make sure the Automatically create a new database option is selected. It should be by default.
- In Step 3, click to accept the legal terms.
- Now scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Complete.
- Sit back, relax and let Bluehost do the hard work for you. The screen will show a status of your install and notify you when it’s complete.
That’s it! Yes, it was really that easy. Like I said, Bluehost makes the process simple.
Now that you have WordPress installed, we’ll get it set-up and ready to go. I’ll walk you through the set-up process in my next article in the Start a money making blog series.