Beginner Guide to BoldGrid

beginners guide to boldgrid

Even the most tech-savvy people can find it a challenge to maintain their business website. Many websites are built with WordPress, and the content management system (CMS) goes a long way in helping people get their site up and running with relative ease.

But it’s not always intuitive, and making changes to the settings without a net, so to speak, can be stressful. That’s where BoldGrid comes in. This beginner guide to BoldGrid introduces you to a user-friendly WordPress plugin that enables anyone to easily customize their website with drag-and-drop design while also harnessing the power of search engine optimization (SEO) for effective digital marketing.

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What is BoldGrid?

BoldGrid is a specialized plugin that can be added to your WordPress installation to enhance not only your website design and maintenance, but maximize both in service to your digital marketing goals. BoldGrid allows users to add pages to their website and content to those pages with just a few clicks.

 Making design changes to your website template can be a little tricky. Many require you to really “get under the hood,” and if you make a mistake, it can alter the look of your whole site and interfere with some functions. One of the great things about WordPress is that it accepts plugins to make it easier to use so that folks with less technical knowledge can still generate results that look like they require a lot of technical know-how. 

An easy way to think about WordPress and BoldGrid is to compare it to baking and assembling a gingerbread house from scratch versus buying a kit with all of the pre-baked parts and icing for assembly. The end result can look the same; it will just take a lot less time and aggravation to get that beautiful finished product with a little help. 

BoldGrid for Beginners and SEO

BoldGrid is uniquely primed for SEO because of its own BoldGrid SEO plugin, designed to work seamlessly with WordPress. Users see real-time effects of their SEO changes and can preview their site to see how their search engine ranking can improve after content and design revisions are made based on SEO strategies.

BoldGrid’s SEO plugin assists users with several important page elements that, when taken together, can help or hurt your site’s search engine ranking. In writing and editing your website content, the SEO plugin can help you manage your keyword density, page content, and content length. 

Alerts will help ensure your page titles, page descriptions, and header tags support rather than detract from your SEO strategy. Behind the scenes, the SEO plugin can guide you toward using image alt tags and follow/no-follow links appropriately, and developing canonical URLs to eliminate problems with too-similar content across pages. 

How to Manually Install BoldGrid

Before you can begin building your BoldGrid website, you will need to install the BoldGrid plugin suite for WordPress. Note that this walkthrough is for those looking to install BoldGrid on an existing WordPress installation. If you have not already done so, install WordPress to your desired domain.

If you’d like to make this process easier, we also have a way for you to install BoldGrid as a one-click installation via a software application installer called Softaculous. We will cover how to do this later in this article.

Manually Installing BoldGrid

  1. Download the BoldGrid plugin and login to the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Roll your mouse over the Plugins, and click Add New.
    install BoldGrid Manually
  3. Click the Upload Plugin.
    Install BoldGrid Plugin
  4. Click the Choose File button on the Add Plugins page, choose and open the BoldGrid plugin, then click the Install Now button.
    BoldGrid File Install
  5. When you see a “Plugin installed successfully” message, click the Activate Plugin button.
    activate BoldGrid plugin
  6. You will then be on the Plugins page. Enter your 32 digit BoldGrid Connect Key in the BoldGrid API Check section, then click the Submit button.
    BoldGrid Connect Key
  7. You will then see a message stating “The BoldGrid Inspirations plugin requires these other plugins for best results. Please click to install and activate.” Make sure the listed plugins are checked, then click the Install button.
    Add Additional BoldGrid Plugins
  8. You are finished manually installing the BoldGrid plugin when you see an “Installation successful!” message. Click the Plugins link in the Dashboard, to see them listed.

If you are not an InMotion customer, you can visit the Manual Installation of BoldGrid and other articles click here to visit the BoldGrid Support Center.

How to Install BoldGrid using Softaculous

While you can install BoldGrid on an existing WordPress installation, we also have a way for you to install it as a one click installation. This is done through the software application installer known as Softaculous. Follow along below as we go over how to get BoldGrid installed in your account using Softaculous.

  1. Log into your cPanel.
    Softaculous in cPanel
  2. Click on the Softaculous Apps Installer icon located under the Software category.
    BoldGrid Install from Softaculous
  3. Hover over the BoldGrid icon from the main Softaculous page and click Install.
  4. Fill in the fields for Software Setup.
    Choose Protocol – Select whether to use the https:// or https:// (secure) protocol. Note that you need to have an SSL certificate installed to use the https:// protocol. We suggest using AutoSSL from the beginning to avoid having to fix this later. 
    Choose Domain – Select the domain to which you want to install BoldGrid from the dropdown.
    In Directory – If you want to install BoldGrid into a subfolder and not the main domain, enter the folder name here. The folder cannot yet exist as it will be created upon installation. (example.com/subfolder)
  5. Enter your Site Settings.
    Site Name – Enter the name of your site. Example: Joe’s Widgets.
    Site Description – Enter a tagline or subtitle. Example: The best site for widgets!
    Enable Multisite – Checking this box will enable multisite. Leave this box unchecked for BoldGrid.
  6. Enter your Admin Account information to create the administrator account for your site.
    Admin Username – Give the admin user a name. Do NOT use ‘admin’.
    Admin Password – Enter your desired password. Pay attention to the strength indicator as the password you choose must be a strength greater than 40.
    Admin Email – Enter the email address you wish to use for the admin account. Make sure it is a valid email address so you can receive information from your site.
  7. Choose the language you want to install for BoldGrid.
  8. Select the key box if you already have a BoldGrid Connect Key or will be getting one from within your WordPress admin dashboard.
  9. Click the Install button.

How to Get to Your BoldGrid Connect Key in AMP

When working with BoldGrid, you will need a unique connect key. This key identifies your account and is used to activate the BoldGrid suite. It also is used in conjunction with your BoldGrid Coins account. If you install BoldGrid using the installation tool in the AMP (Account Management Panel) you likely will not even see the key during the process.

But, if you do a manual install you will need to find it. Below we show you how to find it within your AMP. We will also tell you how to get the connect key if you have manually installed BoldGrid.

Finding Your BoldGrid Connect Key

  1. Log into your AMP (Account Management Panel) dashboard.
  2. Look under the Manage My Account section and click on the Manage BoldGrid icon.
    BoldGrid Icon in AMP
  3. On the Manage BoldGrid page, locate and click on the View Connect Key link.
    View BoldGrid Connect Key
  4. A popup will appear that contains your BoldGrid Connect Key.
    BoldGrid Connect Key

Finding Your BoldGrid Connect Key if you Manually Installed BoldGrid

  1. Log into your AMP (Account Management Panel) dashboard.
  2. Look under the Manage My Account section and click on the Install BoldGrid icon.
  3. After you click on the Install BoldGrid icon you will see three setup options for BoldGrid. Click on option #3 – I already have a WordPress site.
    BoldGrid Manual Key
  4. Here you will see three steps. You will find the Connect key under Step 3.
    Manual BoldGrid Key Seen

How to Log into BoldGrid

To begin working on your BoldGrid site, you will need to log into the BoldGrid Admin Dashboard. Below are simple instructions on how to do that.

Logging into Your BoldGrid Site

  1. Visit your site by adding /wp-admin to the end of your domain name. For example, if your domain name is example.com then you would type example.com/wp-admin.
  2. This brings up a screen where you will enter your username and password.
  3. Once entered, click on the Login button.
    Logging into BoldGrid
  4. You are now logged in and taken to the main dashboard screen. From here you can continue to create or modify your BoldGrid site!

Installing Your First BoldGrid Site [ BoldGrid Inspiration]

After installing BoldGrid onto your account and going through the introduction, you will be ready to begin building your first site. The instructions below take you through this process step by step.

  1. Login to the Dashboard
  2. Click on Inspirations.
    BoldGrid Inspirations
  3. Select the Category that you will use to build your site. When you click on the category, you will see a checkmark appear. Click on the button labeled Select to proceed.
  4. BoldGrid Site category
  5. On the next screen, roll your mouse over the design you want to use, then click the Select button. You will also see a line labeled Coin Budget. You can also click on Show All or Free BoldGrid Coins or Coins for short, are the unit of currency used to purchase licensed content.
    install BoldGrid theme
  6. When you click on the design you intend to use, you will then be asked to choose the Page Set for that design. There are two default page sets for every theme: Base and Kitchen Sink. There may be other options depending on the chosen theme.
    Base – standard page set with the most common pages
    Kitchen Sink – all of the pages included with the category. You can customize pages as needed.
    Choose the Page Set that you want to use and then click on Select to proceed.
  7. At the far right of the page, click on Select to finalize the design you have selected. You can also click on Preview in order to preview the design.
  8. At this point, you are given a small window that congratulates you on having completed the beginning steps for creating your website with BoldGrid. This is the last screen before it commits the design that you have selected. Click on Install this website to complete the Inspiration installation.
  9. Once the installation is completed you will see a few paragraphs of text explaining the next phase in the development of your website: Customization. Click on Continue to your Dashboard in order to start making custom changes to your website.

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Sam Brown
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Sam is a Content Marketing Writer at InMotion Hosting. He covers a wide range of topics but focuses primarily on WordPress, thought leadership, and help articles for bloggers and small businesses.

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Thoughts on “Beginner Guide to BoldGrid

  • Greetings, I obtained the Connect Key by following the steps in the tutorial, however, BoldGrid is telling me that the Key that I was provided is the Standard-type rather than a Premium Connect Key, which is locking me out of certain features that I need.  Who do I need to talk to get this issue corrected?

    • You can either talk with the technical support team or sales team (from InMotion Hosting), or contact BoldGrid directly to obtain a premium key.

  • I’m also not seeing that BoldGrid icon and cannot manage it from my AMP either. Further it won’t recognize a premium key.

  • I installed WordPress with BoldGrid but that icon still does not appear. You guys really need to fix that and make that work correctly, or edit this info. This information is not helpful. How do I get the key for real? And is it the premium key with full access to the features of BoldGrid?

    • Hello,

      Sorry for the problem with getting your connect key through the AMP interface. If you’re not seeing the interface there, please contact our support team if you are an InMotion Hosting customer. If you are not, then you will need to contact BoldGrid support by going to their Support page. If you have a BoldGrid Central account and you have purchased a premium key, then you can also find it there.

  • For the second time, on a second machine, I am locked out of my BoldGrid which also locks me out of the ability to get to my site to do ANYTHING!!! Any machine that I have saved my BoldGrid password to, within a few months, does this! When I manually type in my web domain/admin-wp, the ‘/admin-wp’ turns a light gray in the address line while my domain address remains the usual black and then displays a message on my screen ‘the page is unavailable’. Went through several different support techs and remedies with my Laptop this summer to no avail and they finally told me it couldn’t be fixed and to wipe my Laptop completely. Which I finally did.

    Now it is happening to my desktop where not only my website files, downloads, ect are, but my marketing class files and all my other ‘life’! WT….

    It is becoming clear that it has to do with saving the password so I don’t have to type it in everytime. Anybody else have this problem? If so, were you able to ‘fix’ it’ without wiping your entire machine?!!!

    • I’m sorry to see this is happening. From your description it seems like the password manager is causing an issue. Are you using a third party password manager or a particular internet browser to manage your passwords?

  • I have a premium connect key in my Boldgrid Central account. Can I use it to upgrade my free version installed by you guys when i purchased my hosting account.

    • You can use the Premium Connect Key you purchased from BoldGrid Central, indeed. You can use the guide on BoldGrid’s Support site to learn how to update your BoldGrid Connect Key.

      If you were provided a free key from InMotion Hosting, it is a Premium Connect Key. Either one may be used, however, keep in mind, any purchases made in BoldGrid Central are associated with your Connect Key.

  • I keep getting, “Your API key appears to be invalid!” for BoldGrid. I’ve used the Connect Key copy/paste from the Manage BoldGrid and also did a request and did a copy/paste from the email. Same issues for both. Any ideas?

  • Hello,

    How can I edit image in the boldgrid because the insert image icon is not working. also the existing pictures are not editable.

    Thank you

    • Hello Oluwase Osewa,

      Sorry for the issues with editing the images. We would need more specifics in order to determine what’s happening. Have you updated to the latest versions of WordPress and BoldGrid? Can you please explain in detail the images you’re trying to edit and the steps that you’re taking so that we can attempt to duplicate the problem?

      If you have any further questions, please let us know.

      Kindest regards,
      Arnel C.

  • Hey guys, 

    I just installed the boldgrid to try it out on the subdomain. I would like to know where I can find the key as the icon manage boldgrid doesn’t appears under my AMP magement tab… 

    Thank you in advance. 

    • During the initial installation, in your WordPress admin area, you should see an option to request a key which will be emailed to a preferred email address you can provide.

  • I have built a website using bold grid but I do not have a Manage bold grid icon in order to access my connect key

    What am I missing?

    • If you have installed it using the Install Popular Software and it does not show, you can still see it. Go back to the Intall Popular Software and click on “Install Boldgrid”. Select the third option. You will see the key there.

      Also, with the newer versions of BoldGrid, you can request a key from within the Plugins section (BoldGrid Inspirations, specifically)

  • Do I need a unique BoldGrid key for each separate website I am running? Or can I use the same key for separate installtions on two completely separate sites?

    • I would keep the installations separate using different keys. That way if anything arises, it helps to distinguish between the two websites on our side.

  • BoldGrid does not appear under “Manage My Account” After 5 or 6 installs.

    No BoldGrid icon nor an email to the email account on record about the install.

    Is this not part of my plan?

    • Do you have Boldgrid set up for multiple cPanel accounts, or for the same cPanel but different domains or subdomains?

  • If Boldgrid does not appear under “Manage My Account” – does that mean I cannot get Boldgrid? – is it free for existing customers?

    • That icon should appear after you install BoldGrid from the Install Popular Software option in your AMP.

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