BlueHost is a renowned web host that is one of the most affordable and user-friendly options available and an excellent beginner’s choice. Upon signing up, you get a free domain name and the following attractive features that make it stand out:
- They provide a 30-day money-back guarantee with a full refund if you are dissatisfied with their services. You can cancel at any time you want.
- A control panel with a friendly user interface is especially useful for beginners who are new to web development and site-building.
- Single click WordPress installation makes installing WordPress an easy task as opposed to other web hosts.
- No bandwidth restrictions, a free domain name, an unlimited number of domains, and email accounts.
Now that we know why you should choose BlueHost, let us get into the sign-up process.
Go to the BlueHost website and click the Get Started Now button on the homepage.
After clicking the get started now button, you need to choose your preferred hosting plan to proceed to the next step of signing up. BlueHost offers four shared hosting plans – Basic, Plus, Prime, and Business Pro. Based on the needs of your website, you can go with one of your convenience. For a brand new website, the basic plan is sufficient to cater to its needs. However, if you want more features, you can go for a more advanced plan.
The following are the main features offered by each hosting plan:
- Free domain name
- You can host one website
- 50 GB storage space
- Five email accounts, 100 MB storage per account
- Free Domain name
- Unlimited number of website
- Unlimited Storage space
- Unlimited email accounts with no storage restriction
- Comes with Spam protection
- Unlimited websites, no disk space limit, and unlimited email accounts.
- Website backups
- Domain Privacy
- Unlimited websites, unlimited email accounts, and no storage restrictions
- Spam Protection
- SSL certificate
- Domain privacy and dedicated IP
The basic plan is the cheapest and is a good option if you are starting your website. The other plans are more suited if you want to run several websites simultaneously or if you are looking to launch an e-commerce platform. They are not recommended if you are looking to run a single website or operate a personal blog.
After selecting your preferred hosting plan, you need to pick a domain name for your site. You have two options – if you do not have a domain name, you can create one for free at the New domain section. This domain name is free for the first year of subscription. If you already have a domain name, you can enter it under the section I have a domain name.
After entering the desired domain name, you can select if you want your website to be .com, .org, or any other option available.
Succeeded by selecting your domain name is entering your personal information for creating your account. This includes your first name, last name, address, and contact details.
The next part is to fill in your payment details. You can pay by credit card or PayPal and do so by entering your card number, expiration date, and CVV code for credit card payments.
Now that you have filled out all your details, before proceeding to pay the amount, you need to choose your subscription period. You can choose to subscribe for 12, 24, or 36 months.
Next, you can opt for additional features for your website, which you need to pay as they are not included in your subscription. These add-ons are not necessary, and we have a brief description of each.
- Domain Privacy
This service is offered at an extra $0.99 per month and hides your personal information from being accessible via the public WHOIS information.
- Site Backup Pro
You can use this feature to get your site backed up regularly for just $2,99 per month. This comes in handy if your website crashes, and you need to restore it.
- Search Engine Jumpstart
Using this feature, BlueHost gets your website into Google, Bing, and Yahoo’s search results quickly, for just $2.99 per month.
- SiteLock Security
This gives your site extra security from malware and DDoS protection for $1.99 per month. This is recommended for websites that sell products and payment details are involved.
- SSL Certificate
An SSL certificate is also recommended for websites where cash transactions take place. It helps you protect your customers’ information and privacy.
Once you have completed selecting your add-ons, click the Submit button. You will receive an email to confirm your registration from BlueHost, which will contain the login details.
This completes your sign up process, and the next step would be to install WordPress