After you’ve ordered your hosting package from a company like Bluehost you’ll want to explore your cPanel. I remember my first moments with the cPanel very vividly.  Mostly that I had no idea what I was doing!

Thankfully, Bluehost really does have one of the easiest set ups I’ve seen.  Everything is nicely organized by category (unlike with Hostgator, where I also have an account).  You should be able to find everything you need.

Let’s say you want to set up a WordPress blog like this one.  What you need to do is find the little blue smiley face man called “Fantastico.”  After you have found him and clicked you’ll see a list of options on the left.  Find the blog section and select WordPress.  You can follow the directions and quickly and easily have WordPress set up on your site!  Viola!

If you’re more interested in having a standard HTML site you can choose to download a free template from http://www.oswd.org.  You’ll need an HTML editor like http://kompozer.com.

After you’ve added your content and made the right changes in your HTML editor you can upload it to your host with an FTP client like Filezilla.

This is obviously a quick and dirty explanation, but you really need to dive right in to really understand all of this.  It might seem incredibly frustrating, but the fog will soon clear and you’ll be on your way to creating profitable websites 🙂

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