How and where to host your WordPress website

How and where to host your WordPress website

Once you decide you want a website for your VA business (and it’s definitely good to get one at some point) you’ll need to buy the domain name and then find a place to have the website hosted. You can buy the name from anywhere (I use Go Daddy) but then you’ll need a place to keep the site. Think of your domain name as the name of your shop and hosting as your landlord – they’re the person who makes sure your shop stays open!

So what is hosting again?

Ok. Web hosting services work by storing your website files in high-powered computers (called web servers) that are connected to a reeeeally fast network. When someone types in your web address, the Internet connects to the web server holding your website files and then transfers your website info back to their computer so they can view the pages of your website.

Why Bluehost?

Bluehost is one of the largest web hosting providers out there. They have very reasonable (and standard) pricing, good customer service, they’re reliable and installing your WordPress site with them is really simple.

Here’s now:

Step 1 – Sort your hosting

The first step is to get your hosting in place, so head on over to Bluehost and click on the big green ‘get started now’ button as shown in the screenshot below.

Get started with Bluehost

Step 2 – Choose a plan

Now you need to choose which plan you want. The ‘Plus’ plan is the most popular but you could just start with the ‘starter’ plan and upgrade later if you want more space. The prices are in dollars but this is quite standard for most hosting companies and other services.

Choose your Bluehost payment plan

This is where you can decide and buy the domain name URL that you want. If you’ve already bought a domain name from a different provider and you want to use that, then simply enter it into the second box.

Domain registration with Bluehost

Now follow the instructions and enter your account information, select your package details and then enter in your billing info. Follow the remaining instructions and your hosting account will be set up.

Bluehost package info

Step 3 – Install WordPress

Now you have a hosting account in place for your domain, it’s time to install WordPress. Navigate to the ‘Hosting’ tab at the top left of the page and then click the ‘Install WordPress’ icon – this is shown as orange in the screenshot below but iit’s now blue I think!

Installing a website with Bluehost

Now click the big green ‘Install’ button as shown below.

Installing WordPress on Bluehost

Then select the domain you want to install WordPress to (you can leave the ‘directory’ part blank). Then click ‘Check Domain’.

Install WordPress on Bluehost

Now click on ‘Show advanced options’ and enter in your site title (you can always change this later) and choose your WordPress username and password. Tick the box about creating a new database, check that you’ve read the terms and then click the green ‘Install Now’ button.

Set up your Bluehost account

When the install is complete, click ‘View Credentials’ and write down your login details so you don’t forget them.

Now WordPress is installed and you can start writing your website copy!

Pretty easy huh?

Extra stuff

If WordPress is a bit too much of a learning curve for you then Wix might be the answer. It has a simple drag and drop editor, loads of themes and is a straight-out-of-the-box solution. You can read more about Wix in this blog post.


* All the above are affiliates which mean I will get a small fee if you decide to buy them. Please note that my reputation is extremely important to me and I only recommend products and services that I know will help you achieve the things you want to do. 

4 Comments

Jane Powell

What if you already have a WordPress website, which I assume they host on their server? what is the advantage of using another provider for hosting and can you just transfer your existing site?

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Joanne Munro

Hi Jane. I prefer to use different people for hosting and buying the name but others have the same provider without issue. You can indeed transfer your existing site and you can see the box in the third screenshot down. x

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Sharon White

Hi Jo, you are a true inspiration and a huge help…I love you!
I hope you don’t mind me pointing out that some of the above details are out of date/have changed. I’ve just signed up for the basic package (following your instructions) and ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ is no longer an option….just thought you’d like to know. Also the WordPress icon is now blue with a different symbol on it (small but important if you’re a complete technophobe like me).

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