Last Updated on March 3, 2022
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Bluehost is an excellent web hosting company. Bluehost is definitely by far one of my favorite hosting companies.
In this Bluehost sign up post, I’m going to be going over how to sign up with Bluehost step by step.
By following this Bluehost signup tutorial not only, will you be signed up with Bluehost in just a few minutes but you will receive a free domain name with your Bluehost hosting.
Let’s dive in.
Video Tutorial: How To Sign Up With Bluehost
How To Sign Up With Bluehost
You will see the green get started now button. Click on the button to continue to the next step.
Bluehost Plans and Pricing
You’ll now be on a page that shows Bluehost’s plans, Bluehost pricing, and features.
The most popular plan is the Plus plan as this includes unlimited websites, addon domains, bandwidth, storage, and email accounts.
If you only need one site, then the basic plan would be a great option. You can always upgrade to the plus or choice plus plan at a later date.
Once you find the Bluehost plan that works best for you just hit the select button on the plan to continue to the next step in our how to sign up with Bluehost guide.
You now want to choose a domain name for your site. What’s awesome is you will get a free domain name with your Bluehost web hosting.
You will see on the left-hand side a box where you can put in the domain name you would like free and then you can select the domain extension .com, .net, .org, etc.
I recommend going with a .com if you can as this is the domain extension most people associate sites with. If you already have a domain name, then you just need to enter it over in the box on the right-hand side.
Click next to continue to the next step. One thing to keep in mind is if your domain name is not with Bluehost you will want to change your nameservers to point to Bluehost with whatever company you are using for your domain name.
Here’s a post on how to point your nameservers from Godaddy to Bluehost.
Here’s a post on how to point your nameservers from Namecheap to Bluehost.
If you need help in doing this just send me an email and I will guide you through the steps. Bluehost’s friendly customer service team can quickly assist you with this via chat, phone, or email.
Next, in our Bluehost sign up guide on how to sign up with Bluehost is you now want to input your account information in with your name, contact details, etc.
Bluehost’s Plan Options
Next, you will see plan options to select in our how to sign up with Bluehost guide. You can purchase your Bluehost web hosting for 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, and 60 months.
You will notice the longer you buy your hosting for the better discount you will get with your web hosting.
You will see a few extra services that might be selected consisting of SiteLock Domain Security, Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart, and Bluehost Domain Privacy + Protection.
These are not necessary. There are free alternatives that work just as great, but this is entirely up to you.
I do recommend you get domain privacy as this will keep your personal information private so that telemarketers and companies don’t get a hold of your information to try to sell to you all the time.
The next step in signing up with Bluehost is to fill out your billing information. Once you enter your billing information, click on the next button.
At this time Bluehost will email you your login credentials to log in to your Bluehost CPanel. You will also receive an email where you need to verify the domain name that you got completely free.
If you purchased your domain name from another company you can disregard this as Bluehost will not email you a domain verification email.
You are now asked to create a password for Bluehost. Select the create your password button.
Enter the password that you would like and make sure you select you to agree to the terms and conditions.
Bluehost made some updates in September of 2017 making it easier than ever to get your website or blog created by automatically walking you through the steps. I now want to go over the steps. These steps will be the same no matter if you are starting a website or blog.
The platform that is used is WordPress. I use WordPress on this blog as well as Fortune 500 companies around the globe. WordPress powers over 30% of all the websites and that number are quickly growing each year.
Here’s a related post on how to install WordPress on Bluehost.
If for some reason you don’t want to start your site with WordPress, no problem. Just log in to the Bluehost CPanel and create your site with the Bluehost site builder or another website builder offered by Bluehost.
Feel free to follow along with me below to get your site set up on Bluehost.
You will now see a page that says congratulations after you create your password. Click the login button so you can choose a free WordPress theme for your site.
You will now see a bunch of free WordPress themes that Bluehost provides to you that you can choose from. You will see under these themes a link that says skip this step.
Feel free to click this as there are plenty of free WordPress themes to choose from right in the WordPress dashboard. I’ll be going over how to find this a little later in this how to sign up with Bluehost guide. These free themes can also be found at WordPress.org.
If you happen to find yourself struggling to customize and design your site, check out Themeforest. You can purchase premium WordPress themes that look like an award-winning design agency designed them.
Once you skip this step for the themes or choose a Premium theme at Themeforest a page will pop up that says all done, start building. Click the start building button to go to the WordPress dashboard where you can start creating your website or blog.
You are now in the WordPress dashboard. It will ask you a few questions. Feel free to answer them or select you don’t need help.
You will now see some Bluehost tools that are helpful when creating your site. You can add new pages, posts, customize the site menu, and install WooCommerce if you are going to be selling products on your website.
You will see a button that should pop up that says launch your blog. You can click this to name your site title and site description.
You will see tabs over on the left-hand side of your WordPress dashboard. This is where you can easily add new site pages, blog posts, add images to your site, read comments people leave on your blog posts, making customizations, etc.
Find the appearance tab and hover over it. Select themes.
You are now brought to the WordPress themes page. You can browse tons of free WordPress themes.
Once you find a Theme you like click the theme and click install.
Next, click activate to activate the theme.
If you happen to purchase a premium theme from Themeforest or another premium theme provider you want to download that theme and click add new to add the premium theme in WordPress.
You can customize your site by finding appearance in the left menu and by selecting the different options that show up.
Another thing to take advantage of is plugins. You can do almost any customization that you can think of via plugins.
Bluehost Control Panel (CPanel)
Now that you have purchased your Bluehost web hosting and set up your site you want to get to know Bluehost’s CPanel.
Just go to Bluehost’s site by clicking here or via the link provided in the Bluehost welcome email to log in. Once logged in you want to get familiar with Bluehost’s CPanel.
I provided an image of the CPanel below so you can see what it looks like if you haven’t already logged into it.
You might like a post we wrote on why we recommend our readers to choose Bluehost.
We hope this Bluehost sign up guide helped you and showed you how to sign up with Bluehost.
Let us know in the comments below if you were successful! We would love to hear from you.
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