How to Create a WordPress Website in China on Bluehost

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Before I go ahead and start talking about how to create a WordPress website and host in China using the Bluehost China cn.bluehost.com, a  sister company of the American bluehost.com. Let me first introduce you to a  few things you need to know if you want to create and host a WordPress website in Mainland China.

Please keep in mind that Mainland China government regulations are different from Hongkong government regulations.

Web hosting in China

According to 2014 World Bank statistics, 49.3% of China’s population are internet users. This percentage translates to about 669 million internet users in China. This is a huge market you can’t afford to miss if you want to create a global brand.

Hosting a website in Mainland China servers is not an easy process due to extreme internet censorship in China. The Chinese government requires every website owner to apply and get an internet provider license (ICP).

The ICP is a permit issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to permit China-based websites to operate in Mainland China. This permit can also be issued to a non-Chinese, but there are certain requirements you 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.

ICP License number

I won’t be talking about how to go around and get an ICP license. It’s not that easy, and at the end of the day, you might need a local Chinese assistant or your mainland China hosting provider to assist you in going through the process. You can read this guide for more details to achieve that.

So, what to do next…

The easy and very straight forward way to tap into China internet users is to host your website in Hongkong servers. Hongkong is geographically close to Mainland China. In addition to this, there is a direct internet connection between the two countries.

The distance from Shenzhen, China to Hongkong is about 17.15Km. Hongkong is governed by a different set of laws which allows anyone to create and host a website on their servers without the need for an ICP license or strict censorship.

Hongkong China border

With that said, let us get started on how to create a WordPress website in Bluehost China.

Step 1: Choosing a WordPress website hosting in Hongkong

There are many websites hosting providers in Hongkong, but luckily American Bluehost.com now has a sister site called Bluehost China that offers internet hosting services in China.

Although, their landing page and the set-up process are in Chinese, the backend Cpanel and domain management interfaces can be set to English and many other languages as shown in the screenshot below. The customer service also supports English.

multilingual cpanel

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. It is simply the best hosting company around.

Bluehost China has servers with stable performance, easy to use Cpanel(Linux hosting) or Plesk panel(Windows hosting) and above all its hosting plans are affordable.

Bluehost China has a lot of good reviews from many website owners. I’m using them myself to host my websites, and I haven’t found any problem with them yet.

Don’t worry about the landing page and the set-up being in Chinese; this visual tutorial will guide you through the process,  and in case you face any difficulty, you can leave your comments in the comment box below or contact me.

Shared hosting plans compared

Below is a comparison table of different shared hosting plans available in Bluehost China

PlanDisk SpaceBandwidthWebsitesPrice/Month (Yuan)
Linux Plan A10 GB50 GB1¥15.00
Windows Plan A15 GB50 GB1¥15.00
Linux Plan BUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited¥21.00
Windows Plan BUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited¥21.00
Linux Plan CUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited¥81.00
Windows Plan BUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited¥75.00

Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting plans compared

Below is a comparison table of different Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting plans available in Bluehost China

PlanCPURAMDisk SpaceBandwidthPrice/Month (Yuan)
Standard2 Cores2 GB30 GB1 TB¥158.00
Enhanced2 Cores4 GB60 GB2 TB¥315.00
Premium3 Cores6 GB120 GB3 TB¥475.00
Elite4 Cores8 GB240 GB3 TB¥635.00

Step 2: Signing up for Bluehost China and registering a domain

The first step is to visit the official Bluehost China homepage through this link.

Bluehost China

Bluehost China offers similar products to American Bluehost such as shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting as shown below. In this tutorial, I will use Linux shared hosting which is the most popular hosting method.

Bluehost China Official

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 one among four server locations which are USA, India, Europe and Hongkong.

Hongkong web hosting

Since in the beginning, our interest is to target the Chinese market, then I will choose Hongkong server location, and I will go for plan B which seems to offer unlimited websites, website space, bandwidth and emails.

  • You can also select the drop-down menu to select the number of years you would like to pay for a hosting plan. The more the number of years, the more money you will save.
  • Click the “Buy Now” button to choose plan B or a plan of your choice.

hosting in hongkong

After the previous step, you will be redirected to the domain registration page; once you are there, you need to register your preferred domain name.

  • Click the “Proceed to checkout” button

Bluehost China domain registration

There are other services listed on the same page which can be registered together with a domain name, such as SiteLock which offers website security and CodeGuard which offers website backup, however, I will not talk about them in this tutorial.

Once you are on a new page, there are a couple of options for you to choose or configure before making a final domain purchase.

  • Firstly, the system will tell you if your preferred domain name is available for registration or not.
  • The system will then suggest to you other domain options.
  • You can also specify the number of years you want to pay for the domain.

buy domain name bluehost china

  • Verify the shopping cart and enter the Bluehost registration discount coupon if you have any and then you click “submit”. Then 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. There will be no need to sign up.

register web domain

  • Provide all 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.

Bluehost china account registration

  • 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. You can choose which ever you prefer.  Then click “Pay.

china web hosting visa paypal payment

Step 3: Cpanel Login

First, we need to verify the email address we created in the previous step.

  • Go to your inbox and look for an incoming email with the subject line “注意!”  meaning “Note” or “客户注册” meaning “Customer Registration“.

bluehost china email verification

  • 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.

bluehost china email confirmation link

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 and 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.

bluehost china domain management

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.

Bluehost change language

After the language is changed to English or your preferred language, click “Manage Web hosting” to access your Cpanel.

bluehost manage web hosting

Cpanel will pop up in a different window, but it will be in the Chinese language.

bluehost cpanel in chinese

Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to change Cpanel language to English or your preferred language.

change cpanel language

Select the language you want to change from the drop-down menu and click “Change.

Cpanel language selection

After the language is changed, which in my case is to English, click the “Go back” button which will take you back to Cpanel so you can proceed with other few remaining steps.

cpanel language changing

Step 4: Installing WordPress on Bluehost China

Scroll the page until you see WordPress icon under the “Softaculous Apps Installer” scripts section and click the WordPress icon.

bluehost wordpress hosting

A new page will pop up, and you will need to configure your WordPress website. Important information to remember is 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 we registered for buying the hosting account. You can decide to use the same username and password or create new ones.

bluehost wordpress installer

After creating a username and password, click “Install” at the bottom of the page.

wordpress installer

Once the installation is finished, you can go and check your newly created WordPress website hosted in Bluehost China.

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/

wordpress login page

Once you have entered your credentials, you will be logged into WordPress CMS, and you can proceed just like you used to in your other WordPress websites.

new wordpress blog

Troubleshooting: Why is my new domain not loading when I enter its address in the browser?

After registering a domain with Bluehost or any other registrar, it typically takes a short amount of time for the domain to show up. This is because it’s a new registration. That is different from updating a domain, such as changing the Name servers, which can take up to 72 hours to propagate.

In case you have followed all the steps above correctly but whenever you type in your WordPress website domain in the browser, it is not loading, or the browser is returning an error related message to DNS; follow the steps outlined below for troubleshooting.

You need to 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 to use 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 with options to put new name servers.

Changing nameservers for a domain

Go ahead and update the Name servers to be the same as those sent in the email.

Update name servers

Conclusion

Hopefully, this visual guide on how to create a WordPress website in Bluehost China has been useful to you. In case you are facing any problem with any of the steps above; please drop your comments below.

 

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 7 comments
Emily Roberts - August 25, 2016

I can’t even describe how awesome and helpful this was. It saved me about a week of work trying to piece together articles and translations and getting help from my Chinese colleagues who are not technical. Thank you!!!

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diego garica - September 8, 2016

Wow, this is great! I’ve been looking for this info, as my current website is too slow in China. The speed has been 50 seconds to load. Hopefully this will speed it up!

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James - December 6, 2016

When I ping ebizpursuits.com from Guangdong China Telecom, I get around 180ms. I guess you are hosting this website on American Bluehost and not China Bluehost? Do you know if China Bluehost has a server in Hong Kong with direct connection to China Telecom and no ICP license required? I’m looking for a WordPress host with good latency to China. It’s annoying because Bluehost doesn’t offer a test download from their servers so you need to sign up first before you can ping a server.

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Dawn - April 9, 2017

This is brilliant ! I’ve been reading so many different things but this puts all the info in one place and gives me clear direction 😉
Question – I want to do a wordpress installation that has customised coding and integration of a payment provider (ie. wordpress.org style) will this all work using Bluehost too?

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    Paulo - April 10, 2017

    Hi Dawn,

    You might want to confirm that with Bluehost themselves. Just go to their website and start a livechat, in few minutes you will have all your doubts cleared.

    All the bests and let me know if you need further assistance.

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