Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Hopefully, you have selected your niche and an available web address. If not, you can go back a few steps and visit these posts to get you up to this point.
Today we will be showing you how to sign up for hosting. You can use any hosting provider (if you like). We recommend Bluehost as it is very reliable, user-friendly and it offers support and a FREE domain for a limited time. It is also relatively inexpensive. Something all new bloggers are looking for.
If you already have a domain name you can still use Bluehost as your hosting provider, even if you bought your domain name from somewhere else.
Once you have signed up, we will be showing you how to install WordPress (which is a free platform to build a website) through the Bluehost control panel.
If you’re questioning why you need to pay for hosting rather than use a free service click why you need a paid hosted v’s a free hosted website.
Packages include: Basic, Plus, and Prime
Most new bloggers go with the basic plan and we suggest you start here because it has everything you need starting out, and is the most economical.
If your blog grows quickly, you can upgrade your plan at any time. The prime plan for instance costs slightly more per month, but also includes more storage space, Domain Privacy, SiteBackup Pro, and SpamExperts.
If you intend on having more than one blog or site, you can host those extra blogs on your same hosting account for no additional cost if you select the Prime package.
Step 2: Sign up now. Here is where your previous checking of available names comes in handy.
There are 2 options:
New Domain – This is where you type in the domain that you would like to secure. Enter in your preferred domain name and click NEXT
I Already Have A Domain – If you have pre-purchased a domain name or are moving it from another hosting company, then enter your domain here and click NEXT
Step 3: Next, you will fill in your account information.
You can choose to Sign in with Google or skip over that section and fill in the information manually.
Step 4: Now it is time for you to choose some options:
Account Plan Options:
$ 5.95/mo for 1 year (12 months) – includes a free domain for the 1st year
$ 4.95/mo for 2 years (24 months) – includes free domain for the 1st year
$ 3.95/mo for 3 years (36 months) – includes free domain for the 1st year
Selecting the 36-month plan is the better financial option, but there is no obligation to do so. All fees are charged up front.
Additional options are:
- Domain Privacy Protection. Select this option to keep your personal information private.
- Site Backup Pro.
- Search Engine Jumpstart.
- SiteLock Security – Find.
You Don’t need all of the add-ons.
The add-ons that Bluehost provides are good options, but most aren’t required.
The optional ones we suggest you should consider are:
- Domain privacy –Will keep your personal information (name & address) private to help reduce the amount of unsolicited marketing you’ll receive. This is recommended to keep your website/domain anonymous.
- Site Backup Pro – Even though WordPress is secure, it’s a good option to sign up for Site Backup Pro. If you’re worried that you’ll delete or mess your blog coding or template up, this will regularly backup your site. (You are able to sign up at a later date for less than $60/year.)
The only option that you might want to consider is domain privacy protection, and it is highly recommended to protect you from spammers. The other options are not necessary for most beginner bloggers.
Step 5: The final section is Payment Information.
Simply enter your credit card information here, check the box agreeing to the terms, and press Submit!
Congrats!! You did it! You are now officially a blog owner. You are now able to start making/building websites with your domain name.
You will now receive a welcome email from Bluehost with your account login information. Use this to log in to get the next stage, which is installing WordPress!
And visit How to Install WordPress with Bluehost’s One-click-installation for step by step instructions.
Other Links of Interest
- How to Install WordPress with Bluehost
- Getting Started With Social Media
- How To Write Your About Page
- How to Monetize Your Blog
- What are Sponsored Posts?
- What Are Sponsored Social Posts?
- What is Affiliate Income?
- How To Create Content For Other Sites