OwnCloud… Your personal private Cloud. With Bluehost Setup Guide

If you are not sure what OwnCloud is head over to the following url:


Setting it up with Bluehost:

*Bluehost is a hosting provider, just happen to be the one i am using.

Easiest way, create a subdomain and upload the setup-owncloud.php file and you can take it from there.

1. Creating a subdomain

- Login to Bluehost
- Access the following url https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/dm/subdomain
- Create a subdomain. From my case, I input owncloud.mydomain.com

Make sure you have php 5.3 and above. Follow this link to turn it on

2. Uploading of the setup-owncloud.php

- Download the setup-owncloud.php from http://owncloud.org/install/ select the Web Installer
- Switch to your Bluehost Cpanel -> File manager
- Look under the WWW folder, you should have a folder created ask owncloud (or whatever name you gave previously for your subdomain)
- Now upload the setup-owncloud.php to this folder.

If you get the error after you make sure php 5.3 is turn on. Follow this link to dismiss the message

3. Installing OwnCloud

- Access the following url : http://owncloud.mydomain.com/setup-owncloud.php
*Note: replace the following url with your own values.

And we are good to go!

Happy Easter!

13 thoughts on “OwnCloud… Your personal private Cloud. With Bluehost Setup Guide

    • Hi Andy,

      What version of owncloud are you trying with? Did you download the web installer?

      Also there should be log file, check it out.


  1. THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH!!!!! Your owncloud tutorial was super helpful– I will pay it forward by helping others install it :) Could not have done it without your site– had to edit the php file as explained in your other post; never would know how to do that without your help.

  2. my sute send error “PHP 5.3.2 is required. Please ask your server administrator to update PHP to version 5.3.2 or higher. PHP 5.2 is no longer supported by ownCloud and the PHP community”

    But in cpanel says
    Version of Apache 2.2.24
    Version of PHP 5.3.24
    Version of MySQL 5.5.30-30.2

    can you help me please

  3. Thanks for the write-up! Everyone should note, though, that the Bluehost terms of service (TOS) explicitly state that their servers are not permitted to be used for personal file storage, unless the files are used directly by a hosted website. Many users have had their accounts frozen because of this. Some were not able to get their data back at all. Just be aware. I had high hopes for this personal cloud solution but it won’t happen with Bluehost.

  4. hello!
    i was able to successfully setup owncloud on my bluehost installation but i can’t connect to it from the desktop client. the client error reads: Failed to connect to ownCloud: Protocol "" is unknown..
    Any suggestions on how to fix that one? Thanks a ton, this article was very helpful!

    • I had the same problem, but I noticed that it had changed my server address to HTTPS:// instead of http://.
      I just removed the “S” and clicked try again and it worked fine.

      Hope this helps.

  5. For some reason I had it working great following your setup guide but then it stopped syncing from my PC desktop – I think it was with the new client update but I am not sure. I uninstalled and re-installed and still get an error telling me the file is not acceptable – it doesn’t matter if it is a text file or jpg, etc…

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you for any help.

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