First of all, I know there are a whole lot of hosting companies out there, but I personally use BlueHost for most of my websites and I have to say, I love it. I’ve been hosting my four big WordPress websites over there for literally over six years now. I’d tried many hosts before that, and from my personal experience, I can honestly tell you that BlueHost is #1 in my book. So, why’s it #1? Simple. It comes down to a few crucial points.
First of all, I have to applaud them on their pricing. Unlike some other hosts, you pay yearly with BlueHost instead of monthly (they don’t have a monthly option) but I can attest that it is certainly worth every penny. Their plans start as low as $3.95/mo. Obviously the cost changes depending on what level of service you’re getting, but overall, I’d say BlueHost is the cheapest host around, and you definitely get an insane value for what little you have to pay. Great deal.
Aside from that, is BlueHost’s user-friendliness. It’s easy to get started (and we’ll talk a bit more about how to do that right here) and their cPanel is relatively easy to use compared to other hosting solutions on the market today. Ever have to call your host and ask them what your nameservers are? Well guess what, if you’re using BlueHost, I can tell you what they are right now; ns1.bluehost.com, and ns2.bluehost.com. How easy is that to remember? This is just one of many examples of how they make things easy for their customers.
There are many other reasons as well, but the last one I’ll touch here, is customer service. I’ve found their customer service to be very responsive, very helpful, and easy to work with. Any time I’ve needed assistance, they had my back, and any minor issue I’ve had has been taken care of quickly, and easily, before it caused any sites to go down for long periods of time, which for me, would mean money down the drain. And let’s face it, having your site down for an extended period of time isn’t just a loss of traffic and income, it’s also simply embarrassing. That’s why I’m happy I switched over to BlueHost from one of the other hosts which I’d had before. So, if you haven’t chosen a host yet, or are having any kinds of issues with your host, then I highly recommend taking a look at what they’ve got to offer over there.
How To Sign Up For BlueHost
So, the first thing you’re going to want to do is head over to their home page, www.BlueHost.com. On their home page, you should see a sign up button which (at the time of this writing) says “get started now”. The first thing you’re going to see after this, is a selection of packages, including, “Starter”, “Plus”, and “Business Pro”. Take a look over these different packages, and determine, based on your own needs and budget which option will work best for you, then click on the corresponding “select” button for that package.
When you click the signup button, you’ll see that it’s going to ask you whether you need a domain, OR, whether you’ve already got one. Why is it asking us this? Well, every single hosting account needs to have a “primary domain name” which is tied to that account. This is used for internal tracking purposes (so when you call them they may ask you what your primary domain name is) and it’s the first domain you’ll be hosting on your new account. So, if you’ve already got a domain name, then simply type that domain name into the “I have a domain” field, and click next. If not, then choose a new domain name, and type that into the “new domain” field, and then hit next. Also, with 12mo. web hosting terms or longer BlueHost offers one free domain name for the first year.
Now, I’ll assume you already have a domain name, but just in case, all you have to do is choose a domain which isn’t taken and you’re all set. If your domain’s taken, you’ll see a list propagated of other similar domain names (they may be slightly modified versions of what you put in, or the same domain name with a different top level domain). So, just pick one that works for you, and we’re good to go.
Next, you’ll be redirected to a page which is going to ask you for your account information, and there will be a series of fields you’ll want to fill in. Things like business name, first name, last name, address, country, state, e-mail, etc (pretty simple stuff). This is all pretty self-explanatory, so just fill that stuff in, and we’ll move onto the next step. You’ll see there too that you’re able to review your new account plan. Now, if you’d like to save even more money, you can sign up for the long haul (which is always a good idea). So if you want to save a little extra cash by signing up for two years, or two and a half, then go for it… there’s really no reason not to take them up on their offer, unless you’re just on a tight budget right now. After that, then just type in your billing information (you can use PayPal for this if you’ve got it).
After the billing information’s typed in, and your payment has successfully gone through then you’re good to go. That’s really all you need to do, and you can start enjoying your new BlueHost account immediately! You’ll also be receiving a few e-mails, confirming your new domain name (if you got one from them), confirming your new account, showing you all of your account details, etc.
You’ll get links to log in to your BlueHost account and your cPanel. If you have some sort of a billing issue, want to change your package, or anything like that, then you’ll want to use your normal BlueHost login. If you’re doing anything technical for one or more of your websites (such as adding a domain, for example) then you’re going to want to login to your cPanel account instead. So, that’s really all there is to it. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your new account with BlueHost (I’ll be enjoying mine).