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Step 1: Go to Bluehost.com

To sign up with Bluehost, simply go to Bluehost.com

This is what you’ll be greeted with once you get to their homepage.

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If you like what you see, just click on “Get Started Now” so you can go to the next step which is step 2:

Step 2: Choose a Hosting Plan

When choosing a hosting plan, always have your purpose in mind.

Are you building a small personal website as a hobby? A mid to large-sized website for your business? Whatever your purpose is, make sure to choose the hosting plan that offers what you need.

For this guide, we’ll opt for the “Basic” shared hosting plan. The basic plan is a good choice if you’re just starting and don’t yet have a flood of traffic to your website. No need to waste your hard-earned money on the other plans for now — you can always upgrade later.

In case you’re curious about shared hosting (a.k.a shared server hosting) it’s the most common and most affordable form of website hosting. Through this type of website hosting, users share the resources of a secured server or group of servers to get their websites up and running.

By signing up for one of Bluehost’s shared hosting plans, we won’t need to worry about server management and platform patches.

In fact:

Check out Bluehost’s web hosting features if you want a deeper dive into what they offer.

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Start with the “basic” plan. You can always upgrade later if you need to.

Step 3: Secure a Domain Name

After choosing your plan, the next step will be to provide your domain name.

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If you’re not sure about the domain name yet, there’s an option to skip this step for now.

Contrary to popular belief:

Your domain name doesn’t need to end in a “.com”. You can use “.org”, “.net”, “.us”, “.biz”, or “.info” for your domain name. This is especially helpful if your first choice isn’t available. Just type in your domain then click “Next”.

If you aren’t ready to enter a domain name, you can always follow these steps on how to assign a domain name if you chose to do it later.

If you already have a domain name, just enter it in the “Use A Domain You Own” form and click “next”.

Step 4: Fill in Your Details

The next step is to simply fill in the required information. You’ll need to provide your first name, last name, country, street address, city, zip code, phone number, and email address.

Note that your receipt will be sent to the email address you enter.

Adding your business name is optional.

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Pretty standard stuff.

Step 5: Check Your “Package Information” and Finish the Registration

The next step is to scroll down and check your package information. Make sure to review the add-ons that are included by default. Remember to check only those that you need.

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Choose a plan and decide which of the optional add-ons you’ll need (all the options described below).

Here’s what you can consider:

Domain Privacy Protection: This service costs $0.99 more per month (billed annually at $11.88/year). It helps you keep your personal information (e.g. your name and address) private. Only get this if you need to keep your website and domain information anonymous.
SiteLock Security: This service costs $1.99 per month (billed annually at $23.88/year). This add-on verifies your email address, physical address, and phone number. This feature might help prove your credibility to customers if you plan to sell a product or service on your site.
CodeGuard Basic: This service costs $2.99 per month (billed to the end of hosting term). This provides extra security to your website by letting you backup your site regularly. This makes it easy to revert your site to a previous save if anything happens or if you make a mistake
Bluehost SEO Tools Start: This feature costs an extra $1.99 per month (billed annually at $23.88/year). Bluehost claims that this tool can help you get search engine rankings.
1 Office 365 Mailbox: This add-on comes free for the first 30 days. It’s a safe and reliable email platform powered by Microsoft.

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If you want to use PayPal, click the “More payment options” link and you’ll see a PayPal option.
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Give the fine print a good read before making a final decision

Do note that the amount indicated in each plan is billed annually. You might be surprised to find that Bluehost has deducted a lump sum instead of the indicated monthly price.

We should mention that Bluehost has a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can always opt-out during that time.

However:

That doesn’t extend to the domain. If you get a domain from Bluehost and then cancel within the first 30 days, they will deduct the necessary amount for the yearly domain fee. So, keep this in mind in case you ever need to get your money back.

Once you’ve finished this step, you’ll be greeted with this confirmation.

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You’ve successfully signed up to Bluehost.

NOTE: Remember to create a new password for your Bluehost account.

You may also notice that Bluehost creates a site for you after registration. You can delete this site by going to “Manage Site” then click “Settings,” scroll down to the bottom of the page, then Delete the site.

Step 6: Install WordPress With Bluehost’s “One-click Installation”

Once you’ve finished signing up for Bluehost, the next step is to install WordPress and start setting up your site. Bluehost lets you install WordPress easily and in no time.

1. To begin, just log into your Bluehost account and click “My Sites” then click “Create Site”.

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2. Give your new WordPress site a name and a tagline.

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3. Next, select the domain you want to use for THIS WORDPRESS WEBSITE, and uncheck the plugins you don’t need. Remember to take note of your WordPress web site’s URL, Username, and Password.

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4. Now it’s time to pick a theme. You can choose from your installed themes or any one of the free WordPress themes.

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5. From there, the next step is all up to you.

Do you want to make a contact page to help people reach you? Perhaps you want to add content to your website? Maybe you want to add images or more pages?

Bluehost lets you do all these things easily by simply hovering over each option and clicking “Let’s Go”.

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Congratulations! Your WordPress site is now up and running!

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    Hi Nick Schäferhoff,
    I am from Goa-India and want to create my website for my business. Please suggest me the necessary requirements. For instance whether Bluehost will accept registration from India.
    Next whether Payment can be done through Net Banking or no. As I don’t think that payment through Debit Card will be feasible as we need to get authorization from the bank. I had tried doing an International Payment before but for some reason it didnt go through and my card got blocked.
    Also i need to manage atleast 3 Email Accounts to be linked with the website. So please suggest plan.
    Since we are a startup I dont want it to be much expensive. Please suggest.

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    Hi. You were super helpful last time. I hope you can help me again. I got my blog site up on Bluehost. It’s live, but it’s under temp url. How do I transfer my old URL to replace the temp URL?

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    So does this mean if I sign up I will need to keep paying or can I opt out if I find it to difficult. Can I try building a site prior to deciding? It seems I require practice first?

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      Nick Schäferhoff Verified

      Hey Denis, thanks for the excellent questions! Bluehost has a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can always opt out during that time. Note, that that doesn’t extend to the domain. If you get a domain from Bluehost and then cancel within the first 30 days, they will deduct $15.99 for the yearly domain fee.
      If you want to try out WordPress without making any commitments, you can set up a local installation using XAMPP or Local by Flywheel. The programs allow you to create a virtual server on your computer so you can create a WordPress website on your local machine.
      Hope this answers your questions!

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    Hi thanks for the breakdown. I’ve seen a few articles say if you don’t know what domain name you want to use you can skip this step, but never says how to get back to it. Now I have a weird collection of letters and numbers for my domain name and want to go back to that part and not skip it. Before I start building my site- how can I make sure I have the domain name I want?

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    I just ended an hour of chat with Bluehost. I am kicking myself from sunrise to sunset that I listened to you! They are misleading in that the choices we are shown are a monthly amount. I assumed the 5 dollar something would be taken out of my account monthly until I canceled. Instead, they took $220 out and really stressed me out. I am only at the very beginning of my business planning and am not even sure I’ll go through with it but also know that I’d need to spend time putting together a website. After an hour or so, they are refunding me the bulk of it but can not refund my domain, which isn’t critical but still upsetting. On top of that, they told me it could take up to five business days to see my refund. If I didn’t have the funds, I’d be so freaked out.

    I’m disappointed in you, and now me. I should have known better.

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      Hey Susan, I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience. Yearly and bulk payments have become quite common for hosting providers. Glad you worked it out with Bluehost. In the future, if you first want to get your feet wet, I recommend you to set up a local development environment. That way, you can simulate a server on your computer, install WordPress or any other CMS on it, and then start building your site there first without anyone seeing it or paying for hosting. XAMPP and Local by Flywheel are great free programs that allow you to do this.

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    I’ve been trying to get a handle on what the difference between self hosted and managed WordPress created websites and I have a question.

    From the walkthrough above, everything seems to happen through WordPress.com and not the self hosted WordPress.org. So how does a self hosted WordPress created site actually work with the web hosting service that has WordPress.com?

    Does the WordPress.com one click button (from the walkthrough) just create a place for saved files on my computer that an installation of WordPress.org will be pointing at for saving my work?

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    Hello. Thank you for all this information and making it look easy to set up a wordpress website.
    My question: will I need to pay Bluehost and WordPress separately; or is the fee from Bluehost also covering the WordPress fee? Because on the wordpress site, they offer plans which also have a cost, for example the premium plan or business plan. So, if I go through bluehost, will I get the same benefits as when I sign up and pay on wordpress? ie. no ads, storage, etc. OR do I need to pay twice?
    Please let me know so I can understand the pricing system better.
    Thank you
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      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Diane, WordPress itself is 100% free to use. There’s a different version at wordpress.com which does have paid plans, but when you go through Bluehost you won’t have to pay anything for WordPress.

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    Hi, I’ve installed WordPress and built 3 websites using my desktop as a server (3 free licenses to build 3 sites). These were NOT registered with a webhost. Now I need to build a 4th website for a client but they want me to either do all the purchasing and registration for them. It gets complicated because I would have to use my own personal information and credit card to effect the process, Since I’ve never done hosting before I would like to know if the client can still access the WP Admin to make their updates? Does it matter whose name opened the account. Or what are the implications of this especially if I decide to host multiple websites under than one account? Does each ‘client website’ get their own independent Admin access and everything is independent of each other and they just pay me for allowing me to accommodate their their website hosting needs? (I don’t intend to be reselling hosting services, but is this what I am doing?). Thanks.

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      Hey Tasha, the WordPress admin area is independent of the hosting account. Even if you have several WordPress sites on the same server, if they have different domains assigned to them, each has their own back end. This is actually not an uncommon setup.

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    Can sumup be integrated as a payment gateway on my bluehost hosted site?
    Also, installing wordpress, is it free?
    Installing woocommerce for Online store, is it free?