In this post I will show you exactly how to build a wordpress website with bluehost.
Creating your first website can be exciting, but also scary. There are now lot’s of different options for creating a website such as Squarespace, or Wix, or Weebly.
WordPress however is the platform that I highly recommend you learn and use for your website and business.
There are many reasons which I cover in this post “Why you should use wordpress“, but the biggest reason is that if you build a website with the platforms mentioned above, you don’t technically own anything.
If they go down, or bankrupt, you lose your information and everything you have ever built on.
For now, I will show you how to create your first wordpress website using Bluehost.
Watch the youtube tutorial here, or scroll down for step by step guide.
Step 1 – You need web hosting.
In order to have a website, you need to be able to “host” it somewhere.
There are many companies that provide hosting services for your websites.
The most popular because of quality and affordability is Bluehost.
It’s what I use and recommend.
Bluehost makes everything super easy.
I recommend the Prime plan which is only $5.95 per month.
You are able to create unlimited web sites, and also get added bonuses such as Site Backup, and $200 worth of marketing spend.
Step 2 – Register your domain name
Normally to register domain names, I recommend using Namecheap.
Which is about $10 per domain, so it’s super cheap and easy to use.
However, Bluehost offers a free domain name. And also makes the process for anyone who is new to domains, hosting, website building ect, really easy.
When you choose your bluehost plan, you simply type in the domain you want – and it’s registered. Easy!
Step 3 – Install WordPress
Once you have registered your domain, you need to install wordpress. Once again, with bluehost they make it really easy.
Add in your email address, desired username and password, and then in about 20 seconds, you will have your wordpress website ready
Step 4 – Buy and Install a Professional Theme
Once you have installed WordPress, you will see a default and very plain version. There are free wordpress themes you can install, but I highly recommend you invest your money into getting a professional looking website that basically comes straight out of the box.
I recommend using StudioPress.
There is a ton of themes you can choose from.
And usually, from about $97 you can have a theme that is built on the Genesis framework. Genesis is SEO friendly and user friendly and make your website responsive for Tablets and Phones as well as desktop.
One piece of advice I would give is to try and pick a theme that is close enough to what you want your website to look like.
You can of course make custom changes, but it will become frustrating especially if you are a beginner.
Essentially, you can have a website look exactly like the theme demo’s, and just put in your own information, which makes it fast and easy.
As I mentioned before, I recommend investing in a professional theme because your website is the face of your business. If it looks amazing, professional and expensive, then obviously that is going to have a greater impact long term.
So make sure you are thinking long term.