In my last post, I talked about how to start a blog and oh boy that was long. Okay I will try not to make this too long but either way I promise you will get value. So if you read my last post, I mentioned getting a domain name and hosting. Of course you can always host a free blog, but if you hope to make blogging a full-time business, I wouldn’t recommend hosting a free blog.
Now, I also mentioned how getting the right domain name is very important, so is getting a very good hosting company and also getting the right hosting plan.
There are lots of companies that offer good hosing services but, getting the best that will serve you and meet your goals is a whole different thing entirely. Okay this is the point where I talk about things to look out for when choosing a hosting company/services. Let’s dive into it shall we.
Things You Should Consider When Choosing A Hosting Company/Services.
I won’t mention much, but I will just highlight a few important things to consider. I will do a more detailed post on the topic much later. Now here are the few things to consider.
Support and Cost are very important things to consider, they go hand in hand. A lot of Hosting companies offer expensive services, but yet offer poor services in terms of support, while others offer cost effective hosting services and you will still get value for your money.
I know what you are thinking, which Hosting company do you recommend, right? I will answer that question in a bit. There are a few Hosting companies that offer quality hosting services but you definitely can’t use all right? Okay here comes the answer to your question.
Now in all these options which one do I recommend? Hmmm, let’s see. Haha found it. Have you ever heard about BlueHost? Yeah that’s the one, they come highly recommended. To learn more about BlueHost click on the image below.
So in this article I will show you How to Register a Domain name and Hosting with BlueHost. So in a bit with few easy steps you will Register a Domain and Hosting. It’s simple.
So now let’s get on with the technical stuff. Don’t mind me there’s nothing technical about it.
How To Register A Domain and Hosting With BlueHost.
BlueHost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world. They power over 2 million websites and over 850,000 blogs worldwide, and they have built a solid reputation in domain name and website hosting. With BlueHost you will not have to worry about downtime or your, 99.9% uptime is guaranteed. You will not have to worry about you website being offline or technical failures.
BlueHost offer 30% days money back guarantee and also provide 24/7 customer support. They are cost effective, for as low as $2.95 you can own a full functional website with free domain. Wow! website for a discount price with free domain? that’s a juicy offer.
Okay let’s get to it shall we. Ok first you will have to Sign Up so click on the sign up link to get started.
Okay, now you should be on BlueHost website. You can go ahead and click Get Started. But before you do that let’s take a look at their hosting plan and compare.
BlueHost offer 4 hosting plans, The Basic, Plus, Choice Plus and the Pro plan. You can choose any of the plan that best meets your needs depending on the features.
The Basic plan can will do just fine for a start, you can always upgrade if you need to or you plan to host more websites or blog in the future.
You might want to consider going for the plus plan or other plans if you need more features. I will recommend you chat with their support to get details if you decided to upgrade to any of the advanced plans. We don’t want to make this article to long do we?
Okay, now click on Get Started or click on Select on any plan you wish to purchase. The next step is to pick your free domain. Wait! did I mention that the domain is free? I must have mentioned it somewhere up there, well if I didn’t now you know.
So you create a new domain name or enter and existing domain if you have any. It doesn’t have to be a domain you are hosted on Bluehost, you can host your domain name on a separate server and point it to BlueHost server. Right now we don’t need to get down which such technicalities, I will write an article on how to do that much later. But I will recommend you register a domain and hosting with BlueHost.
So you pick a domain name and create it by typing it on the Choose a new domain name field and click next. If you have trouble picking a domain name you will definitely need to read my previous article on How To Start A Blog. In that article I wrote a brief guide on choosing the right domain name for your blog and website.
Another thing to consider is what I call the Domain Extension. There are different types of domain extensions such as .com, ,net, .org e.t.c. Personally I recommend the .com, don’t get it twisted, other extension can serve the same purpose but, personally I just like to use the .com.
So after you select a domain name. BlueHost let’s you know if the domain name is available or not. If it is available you will see the something similar to the image below
Okay, so the next step is to register an account with BlueHost.
Right under the account information form you will see, hosting package information.
So the next this is to select an Account Plan. Here you will select how BlueHost will bill you. The options available are 12, 24 and 36 months. The price per month reduces for each a higher plan you select.
You will see that the domain name registration is free along with Let’s Encrypt SSL.
If you don’t know understand what SSL is or you don’t know the purpose for the SSL, SSL stands for Secured Socket Layer. it protects sensitive information from being hijacked from your website such as customer username or password.
SSL guaranteed the security of your website or blog. Websites and blogs that are secured are given more priority and rank well on Google search results. To know if you site is secured check the URL if your see https that means your website is secured.
You will see a couple of add-on services provided by BlueHost under the next section Package Extras. You can always choose to add them to you hosting package or add them later.
There other addons or tools that come highly recommended and they are:
- Domain Privacy + Protection.
- BlueHost SEO Tools
- Office 365 mailbox.
- Sitelock Security-Essential.
You can learn more about these tools by chatting with BlueHost customer support.
The next and final thing to do is to enter you payment information. If your debit card isn’t accepted you, may want to try other payment options. If you have a paypal account with a registered debit card you can use it to pay.