You are in the right place if you want to build a WordPress website with Bluehost from scratch.
This is the step-by-step tutorial that any newbie can follow to make a WordPress website within one day using Bluehost.
Let’s dive in.
How to create a new website using Bluehost.
Deciding to create a website is not easy, but creating a website is very simple.
Do you already have a domain name? Don’t worry. You can still use Bluehost web hosting service to host your website.
If you don’t have a registered domain name, hold on, Bluehost shall give you a free domain name!
In this article, I am going to show you how to purchase hosting at Bluehost web hosting services and install WordPress.
What you need:
You need a valid credit card enabled for online purchasing
Advantages of Bluehost Web Hosting Service?
Bluehost is one of the most reliable and cheap web hosting services for WordPress websites.
Bluehost uses a technology that enhances faster WordPress websites and hence higher search engine rankings.
It is simple, cheap and good web hosting service for beginners who don’t have millions of monthly visitors.
It is also scalable; when your website gets more visitors, you can upgrade to cater for them.
I recommend it because I have used it without any glitch.
I host most of my websites and my clients’ websites on their servers.
In fact, Bluehost is officially recommended by WordPress.
Important features of Bluehost web hosting service:
Optimal performance for WordPress websites
FREE domain name and website builder
1-click WordPress installs available
Cheap hosting services
Unlimited disk space
5 minutes setup time
Unlimited site traffic
30 days money-back guarantee
Industry-leading hardware and uptime
I give Bluehost a 4.9 Star Rating ★★★★★
As you can see, Bluehost web hosting has all you need to have a successful WordPress blog up and running.
Watch this video “How To Setup A WordPress Site On Bluehost – My Bluehost Website Tutorial” or just read the content below the video.
Step 1: Go to Bluehost Website
Visit the Bluehost website here
You will see their homepage as shown below
Click on the “Get started now” button
Step 2: Select Bluehost Website Hosting Plan
On the next screen, select a suitable hosting plan.
Bluehost has four web hosting plans:
Select this plan if you only intend to host one website.
In case you want to host add on domains, you can upgrade.
This package provides up to 50GB website space, Unmetered Bandwidth, Standard performance, one included domain, 5 parked domains, 25 subdomains, 5 email accounts and 100MB storage per email account.
It is the best plan to choose when starting out since it is cheap and scalable.
Don’t worry, you can always upgrade by a click of a button when your website grows.
The Plus plan offers unlimited website hosting, website space, bandwidth, parked domains, subdomains, email account hosting, standard performance, $200 worth marketing offers and 1 spam expert.
This plan is suitable for websites receiving millions of visitors.
If you are starting out, it is advisable to avoid the financial strain involved until you grow.
The Prime Bluehost web hosting plan includes all characteristics of the Plus plan with over $80 per year extras including spam expert, 1 domain privacy and website backup pro.
Go Pro Plan:
The Go Pro plan contains all features covered by the Prime plan, a high-performance server and other more customization according to your needs.
Actionable Tip: Always choose the cheapest plan when hosting one website and scale up when you introduce other websites.
It is not easy to fill up to the 50 GB website space mark.
Click the green button“Select” to choose your best Bluehost web hosting plan and
Step 3: Choose and Secure a Domain Name
A domain name is the name of your website; e.g. example.com.
Your domain name can have any top level extension such as .net, .org and .net or country specific extensions such as .us, .au, .ca, .co.uk, .co.ke, or it may take other extensions like .website, .club, .store etc.
Many websites use the .com extension.
If you have already purchased a domain name, i.e. you bought it from another domain seller, you should use the form on the right – ‘I have a domain name’.
N/B: If you don’t have a domain name at the time of registration, you can move your cursor up and down and you will be told to choose a free domain later as shown below.
Step 4: Fill in your personal information
Make sure that you enter your personal information on the form that appears on the next screen.
The email you provide shall be used in sending your payment receipt and for recovering your web hosting passwords in case you forget. It is important.
Step 5: Fill in Your Bluehost Package Information
After filling your information, scroll down and fill in the package information.
The package information includes the account plan.
N/B: Since the first-time purchase of Bluehost web hosting comes with discounts, it is cost-effective to purchase a longer hosting plan.
I advise my readers to purchase many months of web hosting to take advantage of the discounts and vouchers.
Package information Add Ons:
Bluehost offers several hosting add ons including domain name protection, site backup, search engine jump-start and site-lock security.
Many of the add ons are not necessary. Your website will still work.
Domain Privacy: If you include the domain protection add on, your name, email address and physical address shall not be displayed to third parties. This may help stop spammers who may spam your email and phone with various offers.
If you want your website to be anonymous, and you have the funds ($0.99 per month), you can go for domain name protection to protect your personal information, otherwise, untick that option.
Site Backup Pro: This add on backs up your WordPress website. In case you mess up with codes and destroy your website, you can retrieve it from the back up.
However, there are many free plugins which can also do the same work.
It is not mandatory to purchase it.
Step 6: Enter Payment information
Scroll down and enter the payment information by filling in the correct card number, the expiration date and the CVV2 code.
Although I am pretty sure you have not read the terms and conditions! Anyway who reads them?
Once you are through, click on the green “submit” button.
You shall receive a confirmation email from Bluehost with a payment receipt and information on how to login to your hosting account.
You are now ready to start building your website on your domain name.
How to Install WordPress Blog on Bluehost Website
If you have just signed up for Bluehost web hosting, you are already logged in, Otherwise, Log in to your Bluehost account.
Click on the “hosting” tab at the top left corner of the browser to get into the control panel.
Your screen should look like this
Scroll down and click on “website”.
Click on “Install WordPress” as shown in the figure below.
In the screen which follows, click on “Install”:
Next, enter the domain name of your blog or website. This should be something like www.yourdomainname.com.
N/B: You must, first of all, buy a domain name for it to work.
Bluehost allows you to choose the structure of your domain name on the dropdown.
You may decide to include www or just leave it out.
You can choose to use www.yourwebsite.com, http://www.yourwebsite.com or just yourwebsite.com
Shorter URLs are best for SEO reasons
Click on “Show advanced options”
You shall see something similar to this
As shown above, you will be required to set a username and password for your account.
Do not use “admin” or “the name of your website” as your username. If you do so, you will give hackers an easy time guessing your password and interfering with your work.
Just like other usernames and passwords, it is advisable to keep it complex but memorable.
Check the box “Automatically create a new database for this installation.”
Click on “Install Now” and WordPress shall be installed on your website or blog.
That’s it, very simple and clear.
The whole process takes less than 10 minutes.
Do not refresh or close the page until you see the words “Installation Complete” as shown below.
You shall receive a confirmation email from Bluehost to the email address you specified.
The email shall also give you the login and password information on your website.
You have now installed WordPress on your brand new blog.
Now, take a deep breath and let the whole world know that you have a website.
Start Making Insane Amounts of Money Online: Create your website today with Bluehost.