How and where to host your WordPress website

How and where to host your Virtual Assistant website

When you set up your Virtual Assistant website you need to sort the domain and hosting. Think of a domain as the name of your shop and the hosting company as your landlord – they make sure your shop stays open! You can buy a domain name from many platforms (I personally use GoDaddy) and Bluehost is a great place for hosting.

So, what is hosting again?

In a nutshell, web hosting services work by storing website files in high-powered computers (called web servers) that are connected to a reeeeally fast network.

When you type in a web address, the Internet connects to the server holding that website’s files and transfers the website info back to your computer so you can view it.

All you need to know really is that a website needs hosting in order to be ‘live’ so people can see it!

Why Bluehost?

Bluehost is one of the largest web hosting providers in the market.

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 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 important because it allows a website to accept direct payments and also provides that coveted https:// on your site and indicates that the site is secure.

Google favours secure websites, so having an SSL increases your Google rankings – which is always a good thing!

How to set up hosting with Bluehost

Please note that some of these screenshots may not always look exactly the same on the Bluehost website as they sometimes adjust their designs now and again.

Step 1 – Sign up

The first step is to head on over to the Bluehost website and click on the ‘get started’ button.

Screenshot of Blue Host Get Started Page

Step 2 – 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.

Step 3 – Domain Name

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.

Now follow the instructions and enter your personal details then add your billing information, select your package and create your login details.

Step 4 – WordPress Installation

Log into the hosting area with your new password and answer the questions on the following two pages. After that you will be presented with a screen asking you to “pick a theme”.

Themes can be changed at any time – at this point, don’t spend too much time thinking about it. Pick one that looks good for now.

It will then start to install.

When the install is complete, you’ll see a screen with a button that says “Start Building”. 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!

That’s it!

What next?

Once you’ve gone through the steps above and created your website, 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, analytics, and the legal stuff, this course explains everything you need to consider when creating your Virtual Assistant website.


* I am an affiliate for Bluehost which means I may get a small commission if you decide to buy from them. My reputation is extremely important to me and I only recommend products and services that I either use myself and/or know will help you. 

9 Comments

Jengleth Baldazo

Thank you for sharing this. Stumbled upon this article really timely as I’m just starting out in building my own website. Is it true that WordPress is the most user-friendly when it comes to optimizing a website?

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Joanne Munro

Hello! I would say that WordPress is very user friendly when it comes to optimisation because of the available plugins. The learning curve is pretty steep though. I have a free course on how to set up a VA website that you may find useful as I outline the pros and cons of each platform there.

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Michelle Cox

Hi Jo,
I have built my website through wordpress and it is now available to view online. I have my own domain etc. Do I still need to “Host” it with Bluehost? Sorry, this technical stuff is all new to me and I am a little confused as to what the difference is (if any?).

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Joanne Munro

Hi Michelle, if it’s available to view online then you already have it hosted with someone. It’s possibly the same people who you bought the domain name from x

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Opondo Maureen

Hello Jo,
I am wondering what plugins you recommend for freelancers.

Many thanks.

Opondo M

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Joanne Munro

Hi Opondo, it really depends on what your needs but I currently use Akismet AntiSpam, Google Analytics, Really Simple SSL, Related Posts, Responsive Menu Pro, a Security plugin, WP Rocket, Yoast SEO, Redirection, GDPR Cookie Consent Banner, an Image Compressor, a responsive Video Embedder, and Classic Editor. A Virtual Assistant without a blog may not need all of these, however.

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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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