When you set up a website you 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 GoDaddy) and 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?
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.
Bluehost is one of the largest web hosting providers out there. They have very reasonable (and standard) pricing, good customer service (customers scored them 4.86 out of 5 for support), pricing is available in EUR, GBP, CAD, and AUD, they’re reliable and installing your WordPress site with them is really simple.
You also get a free domain with all their hosting packages as well as a free SSL certificate.
What’s an SSL certificate?
An SSL certificate is really important because it allows a website to accept direct payments and provides that coveted https:// on your domain and indicates that your site is secure.
Google favours secure websites, so having an SSL will also increase your Google rankings – which is always a good thing!
Here’s how to set it all up:
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 ‘get started’ button as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 2 – Sign up
This is where you can either buy the domain name you want or sign up with a domain name that you’ve already bought from a different provider. You can also choose to set this part up later.
Step 3 – Choose a plan
Now you need to choose your plan. If you’re not sure then you can just start with the ‘Basic’ plan and upgrade later if you want more space. You may see the price in dollars but you can set the billing currency in the preferences section.
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.
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 scroll down to the ‘Website’ section and click on the green ‘One-Click Install’ button as shown below.
These screenshots are up to date but here is a little video walking you through the installation process as well.
Then click the blue WordPress icon under Blogs and Website builders. Then the big green Install button.
Select the domain you want to install to (it should auto-populate). Uncheck the boxes for the extra stuff then click the green ‘Check Domain’ button.
Now click the green ‘Continue’ button.
Choose ‘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, tick to say that you’ve read the terms then click the green ‘Install Now’ button.
It will then start to install.
When the install is complete, you’ll see your Installation details in the right-hand side of the screen. Make sure you save your username and password and bookmark the login URL as this is where you’ll be going to create your website!
Taaa daaaa! That’s it!
Once you’ve gone through the steps above and created your site, my free website set up course should be your next port of call.
From the basics such as layout, what to write and how to get traffic, to the more complicated aspects such as SEO, domain names, analytics, and the legal stuff, this course explains everything you need to consider when setting up your Virtual Assistant website.
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