Click here to get started with Bluehost or click the image below, and the follow the step-by-step directions to get everything set up.
Choose Your Hosting Package
If you haven’t already gone to Bluehost.com, click here and do that now, then click on the green “Get Started” button.
The first thing you’ll do is choose your hosting package. You’ll see there are 3 different packages but you can just start with the basic plan for now – that’s all you need in the beginning.
You’ll see that the price per month is $3.95. You’ll need to pay upfront for 36 months to get this price, and I recommend you do so for the following reasons:
- You’re locking in the lowest price for 36 months
- Bluehost offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind about blogging
- You’re making a commitment to yourself to really give this blogging thing a go
Register Your Domain Name
Your domain name is the address that people will type into their browser to get to your blog. Try to choose something that is easy to remember, not spelled weird and doesn’t have dashes or dots in it. But my best advice is this: don’t stress too much over your domain name.
Just choose something and go with it – you can always change it later if you really need to but don’t suffer from analysis paralysis!
You’ll get a free domain name with Bluehost with your hosting package, which is a great bonus.
When choosing your domain name, try to go with a DOT COM address (they’re easiest to remember and what people will naturally assume when they’re typing your address) and try to avoid using dashes and numbers, if possible.
Enter Your Account Info
Now you’ll need to enter your billing information.
You’ll also see that there are some extra services that you can choose to purchase.
The only one I recommend is the “Domain Privacy.” Domain privacy means that your personal details (address, phone number, email address) remain private.
Now just hit the green submit button.
You’re now the owner of a shiny, new website.
Now you need to install WordPress so you can start blogging.
And here’s another great feature Bluehost – they’ve made this part super easy.
Choose any of the free themes to get started (don’t worry too much, you can easily change it later.)