Waikiki Site – Adding WordPress and Thesis Theme via FTP to Bluehost

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by Ryan

This post is part of the Waikiki Site Series, in which I’ll show you how to build a successful travel niche website from concept to reality.

Last week we registered the domain and chose bluehost as our server host, this week we’re going to go into the control panel and load wordpress onto your own domain, then we’re going to upload the Thesis theme… this is the back-end nerdy stuff so I apologize that today isn’t an inspirational post, but it is necessary for the building of the travel site.

We’re going to do this in five steps which include:

Step 1: Install WordPress onto bluehost
Go to bluehost, which I recommended last week as your host… After you log in you’ll see your control panel. Scroll towards the bottom and click on the wordpress button as shown in the image below. Then follow the instructions to install wordpress onto your domain. After this is complete you’ll be able to log into your control panel online via www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin.

Step 2: Download Filezilla
Filezilla is absolutely free and is a program that allows you to transfer files from your computer to the servers where your website information is stored. It’s a FTP (file transfer protocol) program.

To download Filezilla click here.

Step 3: Add your site information to Filezilla.
In order for filezilla to work properly it has to be able to connect to the bluehost servers. So once you’ve downloaded filezilla open the program via the icon on your desktop.

Here’s a video that shows you how to add your domain to filezilla: watch video.

Step 4: Download Thesis
Next up we’re going to download the template theme for the site. I highly recommend thesis theme and it’s what I’ll be using for the Waikiki site and is what I use for this site. It’s highly versatile, has a lot of support online, and looks great (in my opinion 😉 ).

Follow the link below to download thesis and follow the instructions provided by DIY themes, the creator of thesis.

Thesis Theme for WordPress:  Options Galore and a Helpful Support Community

Step 5: Activate Thesis
At this point you should be able to login to your website via the wordpress login page which will be www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. From there on the left column click on “Apperance” then themes below the Apperance button. Thesis should be one of the options so click on it and when it asks you to activate, click yes.

At this point your site will now have the basic thesis theme live and your site will be run with the wordpress control panel, which will make your life a heck of a lot easier.

If you have any specific questions about this process or feel I’ve missed a step feel free to comment below or shoot me an email.

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Little House March 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers like Thesis. Is it really all that great? I do see many versions, so maybe I’ll eventually switch myself!
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Money Funk March 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Plus, I heard thesis is very SEO happy. Although, I am not sure the perks of using Thesis. It is a clean looking theme.

Ryan, why do you have to use Filezilla to upload your theme with bluehost? I love Bluehost, but I just upload all my stuff on their cpanel file directory. No Filezilla needed. Check into, cuz that just sounds like way extra work than needed.
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Search Engine Viking March 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Any chance you’ll let us know the domain anytime soon?

I’ve never used Thesis, but have been building Wordpress sites for three years. Hear lots of good things, just haven’t had the minerals to shell out the $80 for the license. I hear they have a bulk rate (like unlimited license for $200 or something), but am still gun shy. One of these days I’ll bite the bullet and try it 🙂
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Paul March 5, 2010 at 4:44 am


I’ve heard much about Thesis, I’ve also heard about Headway, there may also be others. I’m fairly happy with my theme at the moment but I may be looking for something a bit different in the future. For novice bloggers like me it’s a challenge knowing which one to choose. I think John Haydon wrote a comparison post for Headway and Thesis, which I found very useful. I’d like to see more info other than the theme designers pitch.

Thanks for sharing, great post.


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Boris March 6, 2010 at 12:39 am

Keep the enthusiasm and go ahead with this process of building a successul website. It doesn’t matter if Thesis is the best Wordpress theme. The great thins is that who is interested will be working concretely towards his/her goal.
Well done!
.-= Boris´s last blog ..Two halves don’t make a whole… =-.

Black Pashmina July 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I’ve always used Atahualpa which is probably the best free Wordpress Theme available. Do you know what extras you get when you pay for Thesis?
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