Building a website today is so easy with Bluehost than ever. In fact, you can get your website built within a few minutes with this how to build a website with Bluehost beginner’s guide.
One of the great things about building a website with Bluehost is you don’t need to be an advanced programmer or coding expert to build your own website.
You might be asking yourself, how is this possible? Bluehost offers easy to use website builders allowing you to build and create your website within minutes.
Bluehost powers over 2 million wordpress websites and over 850,000 blogs around the world. They have a 99.9% uptime guarantee meaning you don’t have to worry about your site going down.
Bluehost offers a 30-day money back guarantee, and they provide 24/7 customer support. Another great thing about Bluehost is they are cost effective.
For those who don't know what is a domain, the domain is simply the name of your website as
Udemy.com, mypersonalreviews.com are considered as domain or the name of website.
Bluehost gives you the name for free for the first year, you usually pay a fee every month for the domain name, however, Bluehost gives the name for free for the first year.
Click here to open up Bluehost . You will be on the Bluehost home page. Click the green get started button.
You will now be on the Bluehost page where you can choose between four different Bluehost plans.
You can choose between a Basic, Plus, Choice Plus and a Pro plan.
The Basic plan works fine for most. This plan is good if you are only going to have one website.
If you want to have unlimited email accounts or if you have more than one website you’d want to go with the Plus plan. The Plus plan comes with Spam Experts and a free 30 day trial of Office 365 mailbox.
Spam Experts is an email filtering system that will scan emails coming in to make sure there are no viruses or spam coming in.
The Choice Plus plan comes with the additional Bluehost add-ons Domain Privacy + Protection and Site Backup – Codeguard Basic.
Domain Privacy + Protection keeps your personal contact information safe not letting it get out to where telemarketers can contact you selling you their services or spammers.
Site Backup – Codeguard Basic is an add-on that backups your site daily and allows you to restore your site with a click of a button. If something happens to your site you can easily get it back to the way it was.
The Pro plan comes with everything that the Choice Plus plan comes with and a Dedicated IP and 2 Spam Experts allowing two of your email addresses to have a spam filter.
Pick out a free domain name. You will see where you can choose and create a new domain, enter a domain name that you already own, or create a domain name later.
I recommend you go with a .com if you can as this is the most popular domain extension. Most people refer to sites with .com so it can make it easier for your site visitors to find you if they are typing in your specific URL.
The domain extension .net is another popular and good domain extension to use. Click the next button when you have a domain name that you want.
Bluehost will now let you know if the domain name you chose is available or not. If it’s available it’ll say available.
If your domain name is unavailable you can search for a new one.
If you want to have the domain name you entered you could try using a different domain extension, adding a -, adding another word to the domain name.
Next, put in your account information.
Right under the account information section, you will see package information.
Next, we want to choose a hosting term. Click on the dropdown next to account plan.
Account plan is where you will choose your hosting term. You’ll see 12, 24, or 36 months. You will see the price per month is cheaper the farther out you purchase your Bluehost hosting for.
You will see that the domain name registration is free along with Let’s Encrypt SSL.
SSL protects your customer’s information such as their password, username, and credit card information from malicious hackers.
Search engines like Google will rank sites higher that are using SSL as this is one of the ranking factors.
You will now see a few add-on services that Bluehost offers under the next section Package Extras. These are entirely up to you to get. You can add any of them at a later date if you aren’t sure on them now.
Domain Privacy + Protection I highly recommend.
The Domain Privacy + Protection keeps your personal contact information secure not showing it on the web where spammers can get ahold of it. With the Domain Privacy + Protection add-on Bluehost’s information will be shown and not yours.
Codeguard Basic is an add-on that will backup your site daily and allows you to restore your site with a click of a button. If something happens to your site you can just restore it to a previous version where your site was okay.
Bluehost SEO Tools Start is an add-on that will provide you a personalized marketing report so that you can optimize your site to help with ranking for keywords. Bluehost SEO Tools Start will also automatically submit your site to search engines.
The add-on Office 365 mailbox isn’t really necessary. You might find this useful if you want to have your email account in Microsoft Outlook and love the design of it.
The next add-on is Sitelock Security-Essential. Sitelock Security-Essential protects your site from malware and malicious attacks.
Enter your payment information. Make sure you select the I have read and agreed to Bluehost’s Terms of Service. Click the green submit button.
Bluehost is going to email you your Bluehost login credentials along with some welcome emails. One of the emails Bluehost will ask you to verify your domain name.
Now click on create account button.
You will enter your domain name and put your own password.
Now you will log in to your Bluehost account using the domain or email and your password you just setup up.
Now, Bluehost will ask you the type of website you would like to build like blog or store or business or other.
Then it will ask you what type is the website category and who you are creating the site for.
Fill these simple information then click on continue.
You will then be asked to select what you would like to add to website.
For simple website, I added my blog and about me.
You can see an example of our website in the screenshot below
Here you will select the theme of your website from different themes, there are more than 442 pages of themes, you can select any of them.
There are free themes and premium themes, you can even change the theme later as we will explain later how.
You will then have a message telling you that they are now installing the theme using Wordpress website
Now you are logged in the WordPress website dashboard and you can create pages, customize website, add pages, add posts and everything you need.
How Can I Change Appearance Of My Website?
You can simply click on appearance and you can select the theme you would like, then click activate button below the theme as shown in the image.
If you want to add another theme, you can simply click on add new theme and choose whatever you like.
What if I want to add other themes?
If you find yourself struggling with customizing and building your WordPress website on Bluehost.
Themeforest is a great site where you can get premium WordPress themes that look like an award-winning design agency designed your site. I recommend you check them out.
If you purchase and download a Premium theme from Themeforest, you can upload the premium WordPress theme from the page where you can select from WordPress themes. Click the upload theme found at the top of the page.
You can now upload the theme from your computer.
How To Publish Your Website?
After finishing everything from design to customizing your website, you will click on the orange button called coming soon Active.
Now you have launched website, you will see congratulations your site is now live!
Now that is how to create your website, hope this guide helped you.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below :)