Bluehost is one of the most popular website hosting providers around.
In this post, you will learn the step-by-step process for creating an account on Bluehost and setting up your first website. We recommend using WordPress to power your website because it’s really easy to use. Most people know WordPress as a blogging platform, but it’s also used as a content management system for managing websites.
Don’t worry about this sounding too technical at this stage, the video at the bottom of the page walks you through the process of setting up WordPress, and the sign-up process is simple too.
Okay, before I go through each step, I would like to congratulate you making this decision – running your own website/blog is a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.
Without wanting to state the obvious, you have to visit the Bluehost website to join. This link* takes you to Bluehost (there is another link at the bottom of the page, so you can read on before heading over to Bluehost to get your new website).
The Bluehost home page contains a slider, this holds a few different images which change every few seconds. Each image promotes a different hosting service/price. If you are just starting out, it’s best to choose the cheapest package so you can test the water.
Click on the green “get started now” button.
On this page you choose the domain name you want to use for your website or blog. You can buy a new one or use a domain name you already own.
The domain extensions available are: .com (default), .co, .org, .net, .us, .info and .biz.
If you are buying a domain name for the first time, enter it into the “new domain” box on the left of the screen and click Next.
There is a good chance somebody already owns the domain you want to use, so you may have to try a few alternatives.
If the domain you entered is already owned by another person, you get a message saying the domain is not available for registration, and a list of alternatives. If you like one of the alternative suggestions, click it and proceed to the next step.
If you don’t like any of the suggestions, scroll down to the bottom of the page and try another domain.
**When Bluehost suggests alternative domains, it capitalizes each word – this is for emphasis only; domain names only contain lowercase characters.
When you find a groovy domain name, you will see a message like this:
If you already own a domain name and want to use it, enter it into the box on the right, headed “I have a domain name” and move onto the next step.
This is where you enter your personal details. The first part of the form asks for your full name and address, a zip-code/post code, phone number and email address.
The second part of the form relates to the products you want to buy. Click on the drop down menu button to change the hosting package (Account Plan), and untick/tick the add-ons according to your needs (see details below).
The default setting for new plans ties you into a 36 month period. This is very long time, so I suggest you change that to 12 months. Sure, the cost is a little higher, but it’s not worth spending too much money in advance in case things don’t work out.
A Bluehost hosting package includes free setup and a free domain name, but you’ll notice some of the add-ons are already ticked. Be sure to untick any you don’t want.
Site Backup Pro – One thing I tell anyone who runs a website is this “always have a reliable backup available”. So, I suggest you buy this service as it could save you a lot of hassle if you ever ‘lose’ your website. If you install WordPress, like I suggest, you can use alternative methods to backup your site for free. However, they probably won’t be as easy to use as the Bluehost solution.
Do you need it – Very likely
SiteLock Domain Security – This is a service which allows tells your customers that you are a trustworthy business by verifying your credentials such as email, phone and address.
Do you need it – Not at all likely, unless you are setting up a business website, and even then you probably don’t need it.
Domain Privacy Protection – This is a service which keeps personal information private when someone checks ownership of a domain name. It’s called a WHOIS record.
Do you need it – Very likely. It depends upon your circumstances and whether you are happy having your personal information show up on domain records. A lot of individuals choose this option, many businesses do not.
The final part of the form is your billing information. You will need your credit/debit card for this part.
After you have completed all the fields, go over the form and check for mistakes, especially in the domain name – you don’t want to buy a wrongly spelled domain name! Now, click on Next.
The Bluehost system will now process your payment, which means you’re just a few minutes away from having a website up and running!
When your payment goes through, check your email for the login information you need to access your account.
We believe the best software to use for a website or blog is WordPress (we use it for this site).
It’s really very easy to set up and it’s very easy to use for running a website or blog.
Instead of creating a load of screenshots for going through this process, I thought it would be easier to show you a video, which explains and demonstrates the process for setting up WordPress on your sparkling new Bluehost server.
That’s it! That’s the process for signing up to Bluehost and installing WordPress. Easy isn’t it? It’s also very cheap!