Getting web hosting is often the first step to your online greatness. Whether you’re just starting, or upgrading your web hosting, Bluehost is the solution we recommend.
Signing up for Bluehost Shared Hosting
The step by step guide
We’ll walk you through the purchasing process for a new Bluehost web hosting account step by step.
- Click on this link to get started. Bluehost will load in another window or tab so you can follow along with this guide.
- Click on the “Get Started Now” button.
- You’ll see the price table below, giving you the option of starter, plus, or business pro hosting.
Which one should you get?
- If you’re a small business that wants to make money online, send emails from the hosting account or have a high-security site then choose the Business Pro account.
- If you need to start on a shoestring budget, and will not send emails and will not have high-security needs, then choose Plus.
- The Business Pro hosting accounts comes with an SSL certificate and a dedicated IP Address. The SSL certificate provides security on your site and the dedicated IP Address helps you keep your emails off of spam lists. Both are a yearly cost that would be an additional fee if you choose a lower hosting package.
- Next you’ll be asked about the domain name to associate with the hosting account. If you don’t have a domain name already purchased, use the box on the left to purchase through Bluehost. If you do have the domain already, use the box on the right. Just enter your domain name (an example would be “example.com”) in the right hand box and click “next”.
- Then you’ll be asked for the critical personal information to setup your account. Fill out the form as seen below.
- Scroll down and you’ll see the package information for your hosting account. Check any boxes for any add-ons you’d like to include.
Warning: SiteLock, a subscription service for increasing the security of your hosting account, is checked by default and is an additional cost. If you don’t want to buy it, be sure to uncheck that box.
- Scroll down once more and you’ll see the credit card information box. Fill out your payment information and click on “Submit”.
- You’ll be offered the chance to buy more products. None of them are necessary to getting your site up and running.
- Welcome to your Bluehost hosting account!
You’re almost done! One last step.
- Create the password for your account by clicking on the “Create Your Password” button.
- Once the password is created, clicking on the login button at Bluehost.com, will show a login box. Enter your domain name in the top box and your new password in the bottom box. You’re now in full control of your own personal slice of the web!
What are my other options?
The guide above shows how to get setup with Bluehost shared hosting, but what else is out there? Shared hosting has many pros. It’s cheap, it’s reasonably fast, and it’s super easy to setup and use. It also comes with it’s cons. It’s not the fastest option out there, and the tradeoff for the easy setup is that many decisions about the design of the server are made for you.
Bluehost offers two additional tiers of hosting, VPS and dedicated.
VPS hosting is stands for Virtual Private Server. In a shared server, multiple websites, people and hosting accounts reside within the same server instance. This means that you’re not getting the full usage for that particular set of hardware and in general you have less freedom to make changes to the server, as those changes would also affect others. A VPS server is private, meaning you’re the only user on that server, and as such it is more expensive but you get more freedom, more control, and more hardware resources. The server instance is private but the physical computer running the instance is not. The physical computer is still shared, but no one except you can use your section of it’s memory, harddrive, etc.
Dedicated hosting is the next step up after VPS hosting. Dedicated hosting is truly private. You’re in control of the entire physical computer and server instance. This is the most expensive option that also offers the most power and flexibility. Only large businesses or resource intensive web operations need a dedicated server.
If you desire the flexibility to be able to create any server setup you want from scratch and pay-per-usage vs. a monthly fee, then check out Amazon Web Services and Digital Ocean. Both are excellent cloud server options that offer incredible flexibility. The downside to that flexibility is that the complexity is also much higher.
Congratulations! You’re all setup!
You’re corner of the web is staked out and setup. If you run into any issues, have questions, or want someone to take care of all of this for you, contact us.