To create a website you need a domain name, a hosting account, and the website scripts. For a normal user, it may become a tedious task to install, test and deploy a website by himself. This guide is for you, after completing this guide you can set up and run a website as your own.

The first step is to pick the right domain for your website. To register a domain you need a domain registrar. It is a wise idea to register the domain through your hosting provider, it makes the domain integration easier. At this point, we need to choose a reliable hosting provider. Bluehost powers more than 2 million websites and millions of blogs around the world. Let’s start to build a website with Bluehost by registering a free domain with Bluehost.

Domain Registration
Most of the hosting packages offer a free domain to start with. This is the reason why we are registering a domain with a package. We don’t want to spend any additional amount for the domain for the first year. Remember, we have to pay the domain renewal fees for the next year onwards to keep the domain.

Hosting Packages
There are different types of hosting plans available. We can classify it as three, the shared plan, VPS plan, and the dedicated plan. The shared plan is like a room in a big apartment building. You will get some storage space to store your website scripts, files and images. VPS plan is like an apartment, you will get enough space and resources to enjoy. A dedicated server is like an apartment complex, you can use the entire space or can split the space and sell it to others! For a normal user, a shared hosting plan is enough. There are some specific plans for WordPress users. For heavy WordPress users, to push their site to higher levels, they can opt for WordPress Pro packages. That features advanced security, analytics, and social media integration. Theses are designed to ensure the WordPress websites load faster than a traditional hosting service. The Bluehost’s Basic package offers 1 free domain, 50GB SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, and Free SSL certificate. You can park 5 domains and can create 25 subdomains in the basic plan.

Setup Your Domain
The domain will be your website address. You can create a new domain, or you can use an already registered domain (if you have one). To create a new domain enter the domain name that you want, select TLD that you need (like .com, .net, .org) then click Next. If the domain is available you can fill the account information. If the domain is not available try another combination. If you are not restricted with a specific TLD (like .com), you can pick another one (like .net) available.

Choose Package
After the account information, select the package information. You can select the plan for a year (12 months), or for 2 years (24 months) or for 3 years (36 months). You will get some discounts on hosting price if you choose a long duration. You can see the domain and SSL registration are free. Next is package extras, you can select the features that you need. Domain privacy protection encloses the details about the domain registrars’ personal information from prying eyes. Check the appropriate boxes to pick the packages extra that you needed, if you don’t need any of it, simply uncheck all columns. Last is the payment information. Follow the on-screen instruction to create a password and you can now select a WordPress theme.

In Bluehost, WordPress will be automatically installed for you. Click, Log in then choose a theme. if you aren’t sure which theme you want, you can go back and change it later. You can buy and upgrade to premium themes later. The next screen will ask if you are building your website for Personal or Business reasons. Now you are ready to work, you should find yourself on the Dashboard of your new website. On the left-hand sidebar, you’ll find navigation links that allow you to customize your site.

You can view and manage your websites from the Bluehost admin panel. You can log in to your Control panel by using the Bluehost website, click on the Login button on the top right of the main page. This will take you to the login page where you can log in with your username and password. You can see the domains, emails, and can buy an item from the marketplace.


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