Take your business to the next level with a Chinese-aimed website hosted by Bluehost China!
If you want to create website through Bluehost China cn.bluehost.com, you’ll need to know a few important things.
Even if you already know how to use bluehost.com, this tutorial can help you with details specific to Bluehost China!
Web hosting in China
Hosting a website in China can drive a huge audience to your business.
This is a huge market you can’t afford to miss if you want to create a global brand!
Before you get started, keep in mind that mainland Chinese government regulations are different from rules in other areas, including Hong Kong.
Hosting a website in Mainland China servers is not an easy process.
Due to censorship rules, the Chinese government requires every website owner to apply for an internet provider license (ICP) before launching a website.
The ICP is a permit issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. This permit allows China-based websites to operate in Mainland China.
This permit can also be issued to non-Chinese webmasters, but there are extra requirements you will need to fulfil.
If you visit any Chinese site, you will likely find the ICP License number around the footer area, as shown in the figure below:
Due to the complexity of getting an ICP license, I will not be discussing this process here.
You may need to hire a local Chinese assistant or mainland China hosting provider to assist you through the process. For more details, read this guide.
Looking for another option?
The easy way to tap into Chinese internet users is to host your website through Hong Kong servers.
Hong Kong’s proximity to China and direct internet connection to China makes this an ideal place for hosting your website.
The distance from Shenzhen, China to Hong Kong is about 17.15Km. Hong Kong’s rules allow anyone to create and host a website without an ICP license or censorship.
With that said, let’s get started on how to create a WordPress website through Bluehost China!
Step 1: Choose a WordPress website host in Hongkong
You may already be familiar with this platform and its user-friendly features. Bluehost is among the top ten best hosting companies in the world.
They have been in the hosting business for 20 years and powering over 2 million websites worldwide.
Bluehost China has servers with stable performance, and an easy to use cPanel (Linux hosting) or Plesk panel (Windows hosting). Best of all, its hosting plans are affordable.
Bluehost China has a lot of good reviews from many website owners. You can check them out if you’re interested in seeing what other users think of this platform.
I personally use Bluehost for my websites, and I haven’t found any problem with it yet.
Although Bluehost China’s landing page and set-up process is in Chinese, the backend cPanel and domain management interfaces can be set to English or another language, as shown in the screenshot below.
The customer service also supports English.
Don’t worry about the language of the landing page and the set-up! This visual tutorial will guide you through the process, and in case you face any difficulty, you can leave your questions in the comment box below or contact me.
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Step 2: Signing up for Bluehost China and registering a domain
Ready to register your domain through Bluehost China? The first step is to visit the official Bluehost China homepage.
Bluehost China offers some of the same features as American Bluehost. These include shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting.
In this tutorial, I will use Linux shared hosting, which is the most popular hosting method. Use the screenshot below to help you select the right option:
Once you have selected your hosting product, which in my case is the Linux shared hosting, you will be redirected to another page.
This new page will give you the option to choose between four server locations: USA, India, Europe and Hong Kong.
Choose Hong Kong server location and select a plan. I will go for plan B, which offers unlimited websites, website space, bandwidth and emails.
- You can also use the drop-down menu to select the number of years you would like to include in your plan. You can save money by selecting more years at a time.
- Click the “Buy Now” button to purchase the plan of your choice.
After this, you will be redirected to the domain registration page. You can select your domain name once you are there,
- Click the “Proceed to checkout” button
There are other services listed on the same page that can be registered together with a domain name.
Once you are on a new page, there are a couple of options for you to choose before making a final domain purchase:
- First, choose a domain name. The system will tell you if your preferred domain name is available for registration or not.
- If your first choice isn’t available, the system will suggest other domain options.
- You can also specify the number of years of domain ownership you want to pay for.
- Verify the shopping cart.
- Then click “submit”. Wait for about 10 seconds for the system to redirect you to another page to register your account details.
- If you already have an account with Bluehost China, you can sign in directly.
- Provide the required information and click “Create Account” at the bottom of the page to finish the account registration process. You will be redirected to a payment page.
- Once the account is successfully created, you will be redirected to the payment page. You can choose to pay using the Credit card, Paypal or Alipay. Select your preference and click “Pay”
Step 3: Cpanel Login
Before can you do anything else, you need to verify your email address.
Go to your inbox and look for an incoming email with the subject line “注意!” (Note) or “客户注册” (Customer Registration).
- When you open the email, you will find a long link in the email body that begins with “http://cp.cn.bluehost.com/linkhandler/servlet/Validate”. Click on this link to verify the email address you registered in the previous step.
You should receive confirmation emails with different subject line titles in your inbox. Email with the subject line beginning with“完成” has a link in its body for Domain management.
Another email beginning with a subject line “操作完成” has all your hosting account details such FTP, cPanel, and DNS credentials.
Open the email with the subject line beginning with “完成” and click the link for “Domain management” in the email. Ensure that you save and bookmark this link for future use.
In case you deleted the email and didn’t have the link you can access it directly by going to http://cn.bluehost.com/login.php.
Once you click the link in the email, you will be automatically logged in to the Bluehost China domain management page.
Once you find yourself on this page, scroll down to the bottom right corner to see an option to change the page interface language to English or your preferred language.
After the language is changed to English or your preferred language, click “Manage Web hosting” to access your Cpanel.
Cpanel will pop up in a different window, but it will be in the Chinese language.
Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to change Cpanel language to English or your preferred language.
Select the language you want to change from the drop-down menu and click “Change.”
After the language is changed, click the “Go Back” button, which will take you back to cPanel so you can proceed with other few remaining steps.
You’re almost done! Woohoo!
Step 4: Installing WordPress on Bluehost China
Head to cPanel. Scroll down the page until you see WordPress icon under the “Softaculous Apps Installer” scripts section and click the WordPress icon.
A new page will pop up. This is where you configure your WordPress website. Remember your username and password! You will need them later to login into WordPress content management system.
The username and password for WordPress CMS are different from the ones you used to purchase your hosting account. You can decide to use the same username and password or create new ones.
After creating a username and password, click “Install” at the bottom of the page.
Once the installation is finished, you can go and check your newly created WordPress website hosted in Bluehost China.
Congrats! You did it!
Step 5: How do I log into my WordPress site?
Go to http://yourwebsitehere.com/wp-login/ and log-in with the account information you just created for WordPress CMS.
Replace yourwebsitehere.com with your website domain name. For example, for my case, I will use http://hostingpinglun.com/wp-login/
Once you have entered your credentials, you will be logged into WordPress CMS, and you can proceed just like you do in your other WordPress websites.
Troubleshooting: Why Won’t My Domain Load When I Enter Its Address in the Browser?
After registering a domain with Bluehost or any other registrar, it usually takes just a little while for the domain to show up. This is because it’s a new registration.
If you update a domain by changing Name servers or another important element, it can take can take up to 72 hours for the changes to be made.
If you have followed all the steps above correctly but your WordPress domain it is not loading or the browser is returning an error message, follow the troubleshooting steps below:
Go back to the Domain Management page and update the Nameservers to match those sent to your email during the domain registration process. Details of the Nameservers are in the email with the subject line title “操作完成.”
Once you are on the Domain Management page, Click “Name Servers,” and a pop-up window will open. This window offers options for new name servers.
Go ahead and update the name servers to be the same as those sent in the email.
This should solve your problem! If not, contact the Bluehost help desk. They offer quick and helpful advice.
Hopefully, this visual guide on how to create a WordPress website in Bluehost China has been useful to you.
If you are facing any problems with any of the steps above, please drop your comments below! If this article was helpful, you can comment about that, too. Thanks for visiting!