Why I Recommend Using BlueHost, and How To Get Started
Personally, I’ve been using BlueHost as my primary host for most of my websites, and I’m happy to say, it’s been working fantastically. I have 4 very large and profitable WP websites, which have been hosted on BlueHost for well over 7 years now. BlueHost is definitely my favorite host, for a few reasons, which I’ll go over now, and hopefully, this’ll help you to choose a host, if you haven’t done so already.
Now, when you’re looking at any host, of course, one of the first things you’re going to look a, is their pricing. No one wants to pay too much for hosting, it’s that simple. Some host charge you per month, others annually, and BlueHost is one of the hosts who charges annually, but it’s well worth it, as their prices are a complete steal. They start off as low as $3.95 per month (again, paid annually).
On top of that, I have to say that BlueHost in general is very user-friendly… from their backend to their cPanel; it’s all very easy to learn. For example, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out little things like what your nameservers are… but if you’re using BlueHost, then they’re simply ns1.bluehost.com, and ns2.bluehost.com. Pretty simple, right?
Another point to consider, is their customer service. If I need their help, I’ve found that I can always count on them to give me the assistance I need, and fast. No having to wait on the phone for 45 minutes just for trying to speak to a real person. This is important too, because if your sites go down, that can mean lost revenue, and the longer they’re down for, the more money is wasted, and not only that… it just looks bad. That’s why switching over to BlueHost was a great decision. I’d had other hosts in the past, but for one reason or another, I found that none of them were up to par.
Signing Up For BlueHost Is Easy
First, you’re going to want to go over to the BlueHost main site, at BlueHost.com. You’ll see a button that says “get started now” (or something similar). As you’ll see on the following page, there are various packages for you to choose from. Go over them for a minute, and determine which package is best for you, then click on the select button for the package you ultimately want to go with.
Now, each and every account needs to have a “primary domain name” which is essentially the domain name that that account is attached to. So, it’s going to ask you if you have a domain name already, or if you need to order one (from BlueHost). These primary domain names are used so that BlueHost can keep track of the various registrants who’re using their services.
If you have a domain name, then obviously, you’ll want to click on “I have a domain” then hit the next button. If you don’t, then you’re going to want to pick your NEW domain name, and type in the new domain field, and then hit next after that. With most of their packages BlueHost will give you a domain name for free for the first year, which is yet another great deal.
I’m going to just go with the idea that you already have a domain name, but if not, then no problem at all, all you have to do is choose a domain that’s available, and if you end up accidentally typing one in that’s already being used by someone else, not a problem, because you’ll get a list of similar domain names that you can use, or, you can simply just type in another one… it’s all up to you.
After that, you’ll be taken to another page. This page is where you’ll have the opportunity to fill in all your basic account information. This is all pretty basic stuff, including (but not limited to) first name, last name, business name, address, etc. Everything on this page is basic, so just fill out the info, then click next.
Once you get past that page, you’re going to be able to review your entire new account. You can, as I mentioned before, sign up annually, but, you’ll save money if you sign up for a longer period of time, such as for several years. This is a fantastic idea, because if you’re going to need hosting for many years to come, why not save some money? If you’re on a shoe-string budget, then sure, it makes sense to sign up for only year, but otherwise, I’d say go for a longer-term package.
After you make the payment, you’re all set at that point. You’ll be able to take advantage of your new hosting account straight away. You’re also going to receive a few confirmation e-mails as well, which you should find in your inbox right after you complete the last step.
Those e-mails will include the links you need to log into both your standard BlueHost account, and your cPanel account (which will have 2 separate logins). For billing problems or if you want to change basic information, etc, then you use your standard account. If you’re looking to make changes to websites, technical changes, so on and so forth, then you’ll want to use cPanel.
That’s everything you need to know to get started with BlueHost. I hope you get a lot of use and value out of your new BlueHost account, as I have mine. Good luck!