Do you dream to have your own blog and you don’t know how to create your blog and customize it to your taste? Or you are thinking of hosting service to use. In this article, I would show how to set up your blog using Bluehost.
Starting a new blog is expensive and time-consuming for new blogger; most people prefer using free platform like blogger.com and wordpress.org for some months until they have some money and migrate to paid platform.
Healthwise.blogspot.com or healthwise.wordpress.com are few examples of website or blog that use free service but the domain address look unprofessional and too long to pass the radio test, it is why many small business owner and blogger choose to migrate to paid service like wordpress.com.
WordPress is the most used paid platform for many blogger and website owner, as it comes with both free and paid plugin and theme to improve website design, user experience, and navigation.
Before you can use WordPress, you need to have a reliable hosting provider to host your blog and Bluehost is one of the best web hosting in the market:
- Excellent customer service Bluehost make it easier for you to set up your blog and if you lose your ways around the technical terms, their quick and fast customer service team is ready to solve your problem and assist you in set up your blog with them.
- Bluehost is very affordable and cheaper to buy; you can buy their basic plan for 36 months for $2.75 which is not too expensive when compared to other web hosting companies.
- 99% server uptime, having a 100% server uptime for your blog or website is the dream of every blogger, but it is simply not possible, as daily check on web server would take few minutes, the ideal server uptime is around 95% – 99%.
- Free domain name, except you already purchase your preferred domain name on domain registrars like GoDaddy, Namecheap, or Dynadot. Bluehost gives you free domain name with preferred domain extension, I have written a detailed guide on how to steps to take before buying a domain name.
- Your blog appears shorter and professional that helps improve your blog online presence and branding of your blog.
Setting Up Your Blog Using Bluehost
Since we already covered why you should use Bluehost for your blog, the next step is how to set up your blog using Bluehost. If you have any problem or want quick assistance on how to set up your blog on Bluehost, then this article is for you. You can also contact Bluehost customer service for quick and fast technical assistance or you can send me an email.
- Type bluehost.com in your browser and click on the ‘get started’ button on their homepage.
- If you already purchase your domain name from a domain registrar, input the domain name in the left side box and click next or search for the domain name in the right box to get your free domain name that Bluehost offered for free.
- Complete your registration by inputting your account info, email address and pay for your hosting.
- After this, you have purchased your web hosting and domain name from Bluehost. If you are using domain name bought form domain name marketplace, then you need to change the name server to Bluehost so that your website can be visible to your friends and visitor.
- The next step is to install WordPress on your Bluehost.
How to Change your DNS Nameservers
If you purchase your domain name from a domain registrar, then you have to change your DNS name server from default nameserver to Bluehost nameserver in order for your website to go live. If you use the free domain name provided by Bluehost, then you don’t have a problem as Bluehost will automatically point your DNS nameserver to Bluehost.
- Log into the GoDaddy.com Account Manager.
- Select Manage Domains from the Domain Names drop-down menu or the Manage Your Account list.
- Select the domain name you change the nameserver and then click change.
- Under Choose your nameserver and click on Custom, Enter your updated name server information in the spaces provided
If you follow this step, your blog has been successfully hosted on Bluehost, you can install theme and plugin that you need on your blog.
Share with us your experience and the steps you take in order when setting up your blog using Bluehost.