Have you been wondering how to open a website hosting account so you can build your own website?
Well choosing the right website hosting provider is one of the most important steps you need to take when building a WordPress website. I get questions about website hosting from my students — both novice and advanced WordPress users — all the time!
Hosting your site with the right company can in fact make your life so much easier as you build and maintain your WordPress site. Here are some things to consider.
- Is the hosting company WordPress-friendly? A WordPress-friendly hosting provides things like:
- One-click WordPress install
- Help desk with staff very familiar with WordPress
- A control panel that’s easy to use (cPanel and additional control panel with special tools specific for WordPress sites)
- Very well documented how-to’s on hosting issues related to WordPress
- WordPress site backups
- WordPress plugin/theme monitoring
- Does it give you enough speed?
- Do they have support that can address your questions/issues in a very timely manner?
- Do they offer a free SSL certificate for each WordPress install?
We all of course have unique needs, and no single host can work for everybody. But when my students ask me for hosting recommendations, there are a few hosting companies I share, based on my years of experience running countless number of WordPress websites. One of those companies is Bluehost. In fact, I’ve been using them for 10 years!
Bluehost is, without question, very WordPress user-friendly. Plus they are always making improvements! In fact, earlier this year, they introduced a brand-new interface for WordPress users, and it looks great.
In this post, I’d like to take you through the steps of opening up a website hosting account with Bluehost.
Steps on How to Open a Website Hosting Account with Bluehost
Step 2. In the next screen, click on the “Get started now” button to view the available plans. (If you are just starting, I recommend the basic plan. You can always upgrade later as needed.) Then click on the “select” button for the plan of your choice.
Step 3. In the next screen, you be entering your domain name. (Check out my explanation of domain vs. hosting to understand the difference.)
- Don’t have any domain name yet? Then enter what you’d like to have as your domain name under “new domain” and click “next.” (If the domain name you’d like to use isn’t available, you’ll get an option to choose one later, so just select that to move to the next step.) Or go buy a domain name at Godaddy and then come back here and do part b
- Already have a domain name? Enter that domain under “I have a domain name and click “next.”
4. Pick Your Account plan: You’ll need to pick the account plan here along with some extra options. Just choose what you feel comfortable with. The options can be added later, so don’t worry about those at this point. Be sure to enter the correct information, especially your email address, so that you’ll receive your login information as soon as it’s set up.
Step 5. Enter your payment information, review/agree with their terms and services, and click on “submit” to complete the payment.
Step 6. Create a password. Once you click submit, on the next screen you will be asked to create a password for your web hosting account. Click on “Create your password.”
Step 7. Confirm Your Password. Just like any password you create for online use, be sure it’s a strong password and record it somewhere safe. (Having a hard time organizing your passwords? Read this post for some great tools to help you with that.) Thenk click “Next.”
Step 8. Congrats! You are done! You can now log in from the next screen.
Step 9. Skip the part about picking a Free theme.
Once logged in, you’ll be prompted to choose a theme for your new WordPress site. I personally recommend skipping this step and choose a premium theme later. Here is why. After this step, you can go to your brand-new WordPress admin panel to start building your site by clicking on the “Start Building” button.
Step 10. View your Admin dashboard: This is what your WordPress Admin Panel (the backend of your WordPress site) will look like.
That is it! Now that your hosting account has been established and your WordPress site ready for you, have lots of fun exploring and building your WordPress site.
Now… see the “Bluehost” and its sub items in the black sidebar in the screen above? From there, you can also go to your Bluehost account (the account that this website is hosted in) for more tools.
…and Even More Tools Available in Your Bluehost Account
When you log in to your Bluehost account either by directly going here to www.ChristinasResources.com/bluehost (my link) and clicking on the “login” link at top-right, or by following the Bluehost – Back to Bluehost link in your WordPress Admin panel, you’ll see a screen like the one shown above. Here are the things you can do from this page:
- Got an overview of your WordPress site(s) hosted in this account.
- Manage/update themes, plugins, and users.
- View the “marketplace” where you can find premium add-ons, themes, plugins, and more.
- Manage emails and domains.
- …and they seem to be adding more features here, too.
I’m totally excited about how Bluehost has made this so easy!
So now that you know how to open a website hosting account, go to www.ChristinasResources.com/bluehost and get started today!