The second step in starting a blog, is actually getting your blog online. That’s what a web hosting company will do for you. In this step, you’ll be selecting the blogging platform and web hosting plan you’ll use to get your blog online.
Web hosting comes at a low cost (around $5/mo) with a high quality hosting provider like Bluehost. Having a proper hosting company to power your blog is one of the most important investments you can make when getting started.
How to sign up with Bluehost
Click here to head over to Bluehost and hit the green “Get Started Now” button.
1. Choose a hosting plan
2. Create a new domain name
With all the Bluehost plans, you get a free domain name for the first year.
Once you have selected your hosting plan, select the option on the left “Create a New Domain” to choose your free domain name which is the name that you already chose to name your blog.
Note that you may find your domain name is not available which means it’s already taken by someone else.So, all you have to do is to try adding some small words or letters as suffixes/prefixes to your domain name in order to get your domain available.
3. Enter Bluehost account details
Start by filling in your account details like your name, email address (it’s super important to use an up-to-date email address because this is where your login details and account information will be sent) and address. If you don’t want to enter your information manually, you can connect your Bluehost account with your Google account. Either works!
Select the right hosting package
This is where you’ll choose an account plan based on the price you want to lock in and how far in advance you’ll pay.
Personally, I recommend choosing the “Prime 36 Month Price” if you want to lock in the lowest possible price for your hosting. That’s what I use. And it secures your blog hosting at their lowest rate for the next 3 years.
Choosing the right package extras
My advice? skip them all, it’s OK! because they’re not that important at the beginning.
Enter your billing information
Remember, Bluehost provides a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you are unhappy with your plan or the hosting service after purchase, then you can ask for a refund.
Bluehost will now go ahead and set up your new hosting plan and domain name. You will then receive an email with payment confirmation as well as your new account information, including login and password details.
You’ll need to use these details to logging into your blog dashboard which called “WordPress”. WordPress is blog management software which is BTW will be installed automatically on your bluehost account. Thanks to WordPress, you will be able to start creating blog posts, pages, and changing your theme which is the next step.