If by chance we have sold you on the merits of using Bluehost and would like to make the wise decision to use them as your hosting provider, you can follow this link for some great coupon codes and save yourself some money. Who doesn’t like that!
In the case of Bluehost you should not purchase a domain name before going to buy your hosting, because they will set you up with a free one! Their most basic plan will run you only $3.95 per month and has a ton of features that you would normally have to pay extra for at other hosting companies: you can host unlimited domains, websites, and email accounts. This is a good place to start, and if your website needs outgrow the shared hosting plan the upgrade to a more advanced package (the Pro package is still very reasonably priced at $19.99 per month, or you can go up to a very comprehensive VPS or Dedicated hosting plan) is seamless and easy to do.
Once you have purchased your hosting plan and gotten your free domain name (or transferred over your pre-existing one, if you already had a website hosted elsewhere) you are ready to start setting up your website. Bluehost is one of the top recommended hosts for WordPress, and if you have never set up a website before and have no idea how to do it I highly recommend using WordPress. It’s very robust, and takes care of a lot of the heavy lifting for you so that you can focus on content creation. The video below explains how to set up WordPress on your Bluehost account:
You should definitely take advantage of the unlimited free email accounts that Bluehost provides for it’s customers and set up at least one email address for your domain. It looks really professional, and you can either set them up as stand-alone accounts that can be checked through a webmail interface or through any of your desktop or mobile devices, or you can simple have them forward to one of your other email accounts like Gmail. Bluehost has provided a tutorial video on how to set up your email addresses:
You should check out Bluehost’s YouTube channel, they have tons of helpful videos on how to get the most out of your account with them!