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 Go Daddy) 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?
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.
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. You 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.
Google is now favouring all websites with an https:// — so having an SSL will increase your Google rankings – which can only be a good thing!
Here’s howto 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 green ‘get started now’ button as shown in the screenshot below.
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 ‘Basic’ 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. In fact most of the products I use are charged in dollars.
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, simply enter it into the second box.
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 autopopulate). 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 set up your site, my Virtual Assistant website checklist blog post should be your next port of call.
* I am an affiliate for Bluehost which mean I get a small commission if you decide to buy from 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.