To kick-start this new blog, my very first article is about how to set up your website with Bluehost and WordPress.org in just about 30 minutes.
I’ve been blogging since 2016 and am a big fan of SiteGround, to be honest. However, the biggest con of SiteGround is that it can be quite pricy, especially for beginners who can rarely generate any income from their blogs.
Starting from €3.95/month for StartUp plan and up to €11.95/month for the GoGeek one (which I’m using for my 8 other websites), SiteGround is definitely not the best option for those who are not sure if they want to become a blogger and if they can earn money from it, nor those who just want to make a personal site only.
Actually, I haven’t been blogging too much here lately so I cannot pinpoint anything wrong with Bluehost, compared to both SiteGround and what I have read online. It’s quite easy to set up and their 66% discount is just a steal!
How to set up your website with Bluehost and WordPress.org (step-by-step)
1. “Get Started”
First thing first, you have to enter the homepage of Bluehost and choose “Get Started” to start buying the domain and hosting for your new website. Please use my link so that you can get the discount later (step 2)!
2. Choose the right plan
You see, with my (magic) afflink, the prices just drop! So just consider which one is the best for you and your blogging career. I recommend the Basic plan at only €2.68/month, which is not only the cheapest but also the safest choice for beginners.
3. Register your domain
Assuming you’re a newbie, simply create a new domain. If yours is already taken, you’ll be noticed and in this case, you have to come up with a new domain name.
The other option, “Use a domain you own”, means that if you already have a domain somewhere, you can use it with Bluehost’s hosting service. But that’s a different story. You’re a newbie, right?
My pro tips: Buy both your hosting and domain at one place to keep it simple!
4. Claim THIS crazy discount!
With this special sign-up offer, if you opt for a three-year (36 months) package, the price will be even lower at just €2.41/month with FREE domain registration, meaning you can now set up your website with Bluehost with less than €90 for three years!
What will you say? Shut up and take my money!
5. Payment and Verification
Next steps are about your personal information, e-mail address, payment methods, etc., so I will skip the screenshot here.
Once your payment is registered successfully, they will send you a verification e-mail like this one. Click “Verify your email” to officially set up your website with Bluehost now!
6. Set up with Bluehost and WordPress.org
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: You probably have heard a lot about these two WordPress sites, but what is what? For a short answer, if you want to have full control of your site and go pro, go for WordPress.org. WordPress.com is more for blogging as a hobby, for example, if you see a website with that URL thisisablog.wordpress.com, you can say it uses WordPress.com.
OK, so here, please log in your account (after verifying your e-mail):
Next, you’ll be logged in to your Bluehost hosting and domain account, where you can start setting up your site.
On the left-hand side, under Home, choose My Site and then “Create Site” button on the upper right-hand side corner.
From this step on, Bluehost and WordPress.org will run their automatic set up, including:
- Choose a Site Name and Site Tagline for your site
- Choose which domain you want to run the set up (in case you have more than 1 domain)
- Install free plugins for your site. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about plugins before since there will be an entire blog post about it!
Just let it finish its job. And here it is, your new shiny site!!!
So if you look at your site now, it will say Coming Soon, and it’s exactly what other people will see when they enter your website. But for you as a blogger now (yeah, you own a blog and you’re a blogger!), you can log in to the backend and start customising your site and creating content!
One of the reasons I love WordPress.org (over other Content Management Systems – CMS – like Wix, Blogger, etc.) is that the backend is super easy to understand and use. It’s just like a CMS for dummies!
Soooo, by now you’ve successfully set up your website with Bluehost!