Today’s the day! You’ve decided to start a blog or website to build your brand or to make money, and are ready to get started. I am so glad you’re here and am happy to help. Now that you’ve chosen to proceed with self hosting on WordPress.org, the next step is to sign up for hosting and your choose domain.
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What is web hosting?
Web hosting is the backoffice of a website, the cloud where all of the website files are stored. This includes all of the photos, webpages, attachments, documents, etc. associated with a site. When you choose a web hosting company, you’ll be using their servers to store all of this website data. Some common web hosting companies include Bluehost, GoDaddy, HostGator, and SiteGround.
What is a domain?
A domain is the web address, or what you type into the search bar to visit a website. For example, the domain for this website is HeritageAcresMarket.com. When choosing your domain, take some time to think about what you web address to be. Although you can change it later, domain changes come with a fee and a bit of work. You may also come up with some alternative domains, as your first choice(s) may already be taken.
Which Web Hosting company should I choose?
I have used several hosting companies in the past, but my favorite is Bluehost! Bluehost is the easiest to work with, most affordable, WordPress friendly host and their customer service is incredible. Plus, they offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you change your mind you can receive a full refund!
Before you begin, be sure to sign up for Ebates to get $20 cash back! Sign up for Ebates here, and you’ll receive $10 for signing up and $10 for your Bluehost.com purchase.
Sign up for Bluehost
Go to Bluehost.com
To begin, go to Bluehost.com, and click Get Started Now.
Select Your Plan
Bluehost is usually $7.99 per month, but when you sign up via our link, you’ll get the special price of $3.99 per month plus a FREE domain. That’s nearly half price!
Since you’re just getting started, choose the Basic plan. You can upgrade later on if you need to, but unless you achieve instant success, the Basic features will be more than enough as you build your site.
Choose Your Domain
Now the fun part! It’s time to choose your domain. If you don’t know what you want your web address to be just yet, you can choose one later. Make sure you like the domain you select, as it cannot be changed later (technically you can change it, but it won’t be free and will take some work).
Enter Your Information
Enter your account information to create your account
Choose Package Options
Choose a plan term and package extras. The longer term you choose, the more you’ll save with the biggest savings at 36 and 60 months. For package extras, I recommend selecting the Domain Privacy Protection and deselecting the other options.
Enter payment information and submit order
Create A Password & Write It Down!
This password will be used to access your Bluehost dashboard as well as your WordPress site, so be sure to write it down! A strong password is HIGHLY recommended for security reasons, so you may want to let your computer create a secure randomly generated password.
Choose your WordPress Theme
Bluehost offers a nice selection of free WordPress themes to choose from. You can change the theme later, so choose one that looks good to you in order to get started.
If you are new to WordPress, my recommendations is to select one of the free themes and play around with it a bit (before publishing your website to the internet) until you get a hang of how WordPress works. YouTube has some great videos on how to use WordPress. Once you understand how WordPress works and what you can do with the themes, go back and look at the library of free themes. If you don’t see a theme you like in the free library, you can always buy a premium theme. I love Studiopress.com. Our theme was created by Restored 316 Designs, which is available on StudioPress.
Start Building your WordPress.org site
Now that you have a domain and WordPress theme, you can start designing your site! Just follow the prompts and enter the applicable information.
You have just completed the first huge step in creating your website or blog. It may seem overwhelming at first, but soon you’ll be navigating WordPress and designing an amazing website to expand your brands reach and maybe even generating revenue.
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