How to register a domain and set up your WordPress blog with BlueHost

How to register a domain and set up a WordPress website with BlueHost

Register a domain and set up WordPress with BlueHost

If you want to launch a blog, registering a domain and hosting your WordPress site with BlueHost makes the process easy. It's important to host your blog with a reputable, reliable and affordable company. One that can grow with you over time. I did a lot of research into the options and kept coming back to Bluehost. They have fantastic introductory packages to get you up and running, including a free domain if you don’t already have one. And the process is incredibly simple. If you prefer to use another hosting company, you’ll find this set up is probably quite similar.

First, go to the Bluehost website and click on the green button ‘get started now’.

Bluehost Home


Now you can select your plan – in most cases the basic plan is enough to get you started – you can always upgrade later.

Bluehost plan

Once you’ve selected your plan, you can choose a domain name or enter your own – if you haven’t registered a domain name yet, this is free with your hosting package.

Sign up


After you click next, you can set up your account.

Create account

And then scroll down the page to choose a package and payment. The default package has a lot loaded in, so if you’re on a budget you’ll want to make a few changes to get your initial payment to the lowest price! 

A three year plan is currently $3.95 per month, which is the default but if you are on a budget, you can change the account plan to 12 months which will cost you less upfront, but will mean a higher monthly fee.

The site back up and sitelock security are selected by default, so uncheck those boxes to keep the price affordable. You can add these in later if you want them, but they do add a lot to the price. Just be aware that you will revert to the regular rates at the end of your initial plan, so if you want to save long term, it may be worth locking in a cheap rate for three years. You can then enter your payment information, or click on more payment options if you’d like to pay via PayPal.

Packages

Once you’ve completed your payment, you’ll be directed to a Congratulations screen and prompted to create your password.

The final step is to check your email for your confirmation including all your account information.

Welcome email

If you did NOT purchase your domain from Bluehost, you will need to change your name servers with the domain registrar (place where you bought the domain). In plain English, name servers basically tell a web browser where to find your site and allow you to send and receive email

Most domain registrars will allow you to remove the current name servers and replace them with the name servers from your Bluehost welcome email. The change will likely be applied immediately to your account but may take 24-72 hours to propagate (move) across the internet. Why so long? The information change needs to move across the internet and there just is no short cut – it takes time. If you’re not sure how to do this try searching for the name of your domain registrar (place where you bought the domain) and ‘change nameservers’ in google

Here are links to some of the popular domain registrars help pages on changing name servers

Godaddy

Hostgator

Domain.com

FastDomain

Network Solutions

Hover

1&1

Name.com

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Setting up WordPress 

The hard part is over – promise. You are just a few clicks away from having a blog. First you need to sign in to your BlueHost account using the username in the confirmation email you received and the password you created. Then Bluehost will guide you through the rest!

Setting up WordPress

First you’ll have the option to pick one of the free themes available. Pick one (you can change it later) and BlueHost sets up WordPress for you. I use Thrive Themes for all my websites (more on thrive themes here.)

It will take a minute or two them you’ll see a screen with a blue button Start Building. Click the button

If you need help building your site, click on the business or personal buttons, and then Bluehost will guide you through the whole process. Otherwise click I don’t need help. This step is well worth considering – you are walked through all the important items, including installing woocommerce if you are planning on selling products on your site.

Wordpress setup

Now you have WordPress installed, you’re going to need to do a little bit of housekeeping

Making our way down the left hand menu, you can create posts (these are most often your blog posts) add media like logos and images, and add pages. Imagine your website is a book. The domain is the book name. The pages are the chapters. And the posts are the content that go inside each chapter.

The next important menu to know is Appearance – here is where you can change your theme, customize the look of the site including colors and fonts, set up menus and more.

Finally you have plugins. Plugins supercharge your website. You can see the installed plugins and also add new ones – want to add a Facebook feed to your site? You’ll use a plugin. But don’t go overboard just yet – there’s plenty of time for plugins after you get your basic site established.

If you’ve never used WordPress before, there’s a bit to take in. The good news is that WordPress has a fantastic set of resources that will walk you through just about anything you need to know.

Choosing a theme

When you set up your new website, you probably chose a free theme. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But if a profitable website is your end goal, you’re just not going to get there easily with a free theme.

Before you get too far into creating your website, you absolutely have to check out Thrive Themes. I currently have four websites I’ve built for myself, and they all use Thrive Themes. They create conversion focused themes and plugins that make converting visitors into subscribers then customers incredibly easy. You can create landing pages, optin corms, pop up boxes for signins, quizzes and much more

The themes have simple, clean designs that are easy to navigate for the best user experience, there are landing pages built in (and more available with the Thrive Architect plugin) You can create popups, slideins, optins and header ribbons to get people signing up to your mailing list, and of course all the themes are fully mobile responsive.

thrive themes

You can pick and choose what you want but the membership is incredible value at $19 per month – you can install as many of the themes and plugins (there are 25 in total) on all your websites with unlimited free updates and unlimited support. Sure you can get landing pages from LeadPages ($25 per month) and fantastic conversion tools from Sumo (they have a free basics package that suits hobby sites, but for bloggers growing their website, the cheapest package is $29 per month). My logic, is why not get absolutely everything, including my theme, content editor and all my sales tools in one place for less than just one option would cost elsewhere.

Resources mentioned in this guide

Namechk

Bluehost

WordPress training 

Thrive Themes

My free Facebook Group has a dedicated discussion thread for how to start a blog, so jump on in and join the conversation if you have any questions, suggestions or other thoughts about how to start a blog.

If you’re not already a member of the group, you will need to join first to access this how to start a blog discussion.

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In this free course, I teach you how to create your strategy, set up and design a website to host your blog, create editorial and social media plans, develop content, manage your social media promotion and monetize your blog as an income stream. All in an easy, manageable, step by step process, so join now.

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