By the end of this article 'How to create a WordPress website on Bluehost', you will realize why Bluehost is one of the most preferred hosting service provide, recommended by WordPress as well. Also, I will take you step-by-step on how to purchase a domain name and hosting using Bluehost.
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How to Create a WordPress Website on Bluehost
Bluehost is not only one of my highly recommended hosting service provider, but is also recommended by WordPress (wordpress.org). I have been using Bluehost for the past 10 years, not only for hosting my websites, but also for my clients.
So, let’s go ahead and I will show you step by step how to create a WordPress website on Bluehost.
Step 2: Select WordPress hosting under WordPress
Step 4: Selecting a plan
This is a call you can take. If I was to develop a number of websites, I would go in for the “Plus” option. But, if you are considering creating only one website, then you could select the “Basic” plan. Click “Select” against a plan of your choice and proceed.
Step 5: Selecting a domain name
In this step, you can either Create a new domain or Use a domain you own.
The “Use a domain you own” is typically used if you have already bought a domain using another service provider. In such cases, you can enter the domain name you’ve already purchased and proceed with purchasing only the hosting from Bluehost. Once purchased, you will have to change the DNS setting in the control panel of where you have purchased the domain. If it’s too technical, remember, I’m there to help you out!
For the “Create a new domain” option, enter in the domain name of your choice. For the sake of this article, I will check if the domain name “howtocreateawebsiteusingbluehost.com” is available.
Step 6: Proceed with entering basic details and payment options
If the domain name you have entered if available, you will get a confirmation message. For e.g., I entered howtocreateawebsiteusingbluehost.com and the same is available.
You will now proceed with entering the basic details to complete the registration process.
Under ‘Package Information‘, you can select the ‘Account Plan’ of your choice. The options available are for 12, 24 and 36 months.
Under the ‘Package Extras’, you will have options which you may decided to go ahead with or not.
The one that I would recommend is the “Domain Privacy + Protection” option. Once you do purchase a domain and hosting, you would get a number of service providers cold calling you or mail you in an attempt to pitch or sell their services. They get your contact details from the WHOIS record of your website.
If you do choose to select the “Domain Privacy + Protection” option, your contact details will be hidden, hence avoiding such sales calls.
If you do choose to unselect the “Domain Privacy + Protection” option, you will get a prompt as below. Select an option that best works for you and proceed to the final step.
Proceed with the “Payment Information” to complete the registration process
Step 7: Create Password
On completing the payment procedure, you will be prompted to “Create your password“.
Please note. You will receive an welcome email with the username ONLY. Hence, please save the password you create here safely. It will be required to login to your Bluehost account in future.
I also suggest using the ‘Suggest Password‘ option, as show below.
Again, please do save your password safely.
Step 8: Welcome eMail
Once you have completed this step, you will receive a welcome email with your Bluehost account details.
Step 9: Login to account
Use the credentials (username & password) and log in to your account.
You have completed the registration process, bought your domain name and the hosting. You are now ready to launch your WordPress website.
Step 10: Setting up the WordPress Dashboard
Once you have completed the registration formalities and you reach the Bluehost dashboard, you will notice a button “Log in to WordPress”.
Click on the same and you will be prompted to select your theme (as shown below). A theme is like your website skin. It’s the frontend design of your website. You may choose to select it now or can skip it for now. We will be going through this in depth in my next article on “How to create a WordPress website for beginners“.
Post the theme option, you will arrive to your WordPress Dashboard.
Congratulations! You are now ready to create your website using WordPress.