Hungry to get your ideas out into the world? You’re at the right place! This post will take you by the hand and show you exactly how to get a free Bluehost domain name and also how to select the right website hosting plan…
But just before we do…
I’m sure you already know what a domain name is…
But just to clarify, it’s basically the online address you use so all those gazillions of internet users out there can access your cool website or blog.
As an example, Earnaholic.com is my domain name.
A domain name can be a .com, a .info or almost anything. There’s a plethora of domain extensions available!
I prefer the .com myself but you can have .club, .live, .art etc…
Or even things like .photographer or .surf…
Don’t forget that your spirit-twinkle makes life’s rainbow shine bright.
— Terri Guillemets
Domain name extensions sure have evolved over time. 🙂
This means you now have a lot more “branding” freedom…
There’s a whole crazy story how I came to get my domain by the way. I won’t get into it now but let’s just say it cost me, in a round-about-way, a hefty $500 to get it. 🙁
Rest assured, your domain shouldn’t cost anywhere near that.
Expect to pay around $20.00 a year or so.
However with Bluehost, you can get a free domain for 12 months when you purchase hosting (which you’ll need anyway!)
No Tech Skills Required!
You don’t need to be a tech whiz or IT guru to do all this domain / web stuff either. All you need to do is click a few buttons and follow the directions below!
We’ll go through all the steps to getting your own free Bluehost domain and setting up your hosting too.
I’ve been with Bluehost for a gazillion years.
The thing about a 24/7 help desk? You’ll always be glad it was there!
The thing is, no matter what web hosting you use, there’s always the possibility of something going haywire.
Part and parcel of doing business online.
Why I Like Bluehost
So that’s why I am a big fan of Bluehost. You can get on that live chat anytime of the day or night and get things sorted!
Then you can relax again!
Bluehost are easy to use, come with good customer service and fast load times. (Who has time to wait?)
In addition, their live chat is really, really helpful.
Every great business is built on friendship.
— JC Penney
They’re also very affordable. There are other web hosts out there that will do specific WordPress hosting for you for $30-$300/month.
Whereas the Bluehost packages start at like $3.95 a month (plus a free domain). 🙂
Own Your Own Domain
So in this post we’ll just talk about the important stuff — how to get that free Bluehost domain happening.
I also recommend using WordPress (we’ll get to that) to use as the foundation of your blog or website too.
It’s good to act quickly to get your domain name… especially if you already have a great idea and you want to lock that idea in!
Your domain name will be the hub of your business and a place where the world can find you and your ideas!
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
— Peter Marshall
When I saw Earnaholic.com was available, I was (as Jack Reacher might say) unhinged enough to get it.
Pondered for a minute, then pounced.
I wanted to own the asset and make it mine.
So let’s go get our free Bluehost domain…
3 Steps To Your Bluehost Domain & Hosting Plan
1. Your Website Concept (If you have ideas already then great!)
2. Get Your Plan & Free Bluehost Domain (Lock in your domain)
3. What’s Next / Customise Your Website: (What happens next?)
So let’s get our website basics started…
1: Your Website Concept
You can always get your free domain later, and just get your hosting now, if that’s more convenient.
It sounds crazy but there are still good domain names to be had out there!
I brainstormed with a friend and helped her snap up the CaravanGenius.com domain recently.
You might think that a domain like that would be taken. But it was available for like AU$12.00 a year.
Quick Point to Note:
You’d be amazed how many people forget to RENEW their domain.
The smart way to not forget is to do these:
- Set up AUTO-RENEW for your domain/s (Bluehost will ask you for this)
- Get them to send you notifications (they’ll do this anyways).
Like I was saying at the start, it’s good if you have some ideas already for what you want to do with your online business.
That way you can jump in head first & get your hosting and domain.
If you’re ready to do that now, then use this link (opens in new tab) to go to Bluehost and then come back and follow the visual guide steps below.
When you go through my link I earn a small commission from your hosting purchase. This doesn’t make your hosting cost any more. It just allows me to keep writing! 🙂
2: Get Your Plan & Free Bluehost Domain
To get your Bluehost domain you’ll need to choose a hosting plan.
I use the Pro plan because I run multiple websites.
If you have more than one website planned then the ‘Plus’ or ‘Choice Plus’ plans allow you to run multiple domains (or websites).
Getting domain privacy and unlimited storage etc can help too.
- Domain privacy works by basically hiding your personal contact information from the public and replacing it with Bluehost contact information instead.
- Unlimited storage kind of means there is no limit to the amount of space you can use for your website (images, videos, data, email, etc).
You probably don’t need unlimited storage to start out. Only when your websites become huge!
Look at the things you think you need.
I’d suggest going with the Choice Plus plan.
So What Is The Best Bluehost Plan?
By the way: Hosting is much cheaper if you get for multiple years;
The best Bluehost plan is the one that best suits your needs.
Have a look at what each plan offers.
Do your due diligence on each.
Choose the basic plan if you’re on a tight budget. Upgrading later is easy.
As you can see, the hosting plans are not that expensive. You can be in business for $3.95 a month!
A: Create Your Free Domain (Or Use Your Own)
Pretty self explanatory. If you have a domain in mind then add it to the ‘create a new domain‘ section.
You may need to play around with the words a bit to see if you can get an original domain.
Or you might just get lucky with it.
The free domain is free for a year, as I understand.
Otherwise if you own a domain already, then simply add it to the ‘use a domain you own‘ section.
Now let’s set up your Bluehost account details…
B: Set Up Your Bluehost Account
Add your details into the fields on that page.
Then let’s select our hosting plan…
C: Select Your Account Plan
As I mentioned, it’s a little cheaper the more years you get on your hosting plan.
You can check this by clicking in the Account Plan section…
I’m not entirely sure you need the Bluehost SEO Tools option.
You may be able to use a free plugin like Yoast SEO instead.
Having the Sitelock Security is a smart move.
I’m pretty sure that adds a little padlock to your website (in the top URL section) to show that your website is safe and secure.
Let’s add our payment information…
D: Add Payment Information
Add in your card details and make sure you have the check box selected.
Tap on that submit button…
Once you have done all that then congratulations!
E: Create An Account Password
You’ll need to create a new password to access your Bluehost account. Do that here.
Type in your domain name. (The one you just created in the last step).
Then click Create Account.
F: Log In To Your Account
Yeah, nice work!
Sound of little cogs whirring behind the scenes here.
Getting everything ready for you…
Hit that Go To Login button.
Now let’s customise your website…
3. Customising Your Website
Ok you have already got the best Bluehost plan (and you’ve set up your password) so now we are going to get your beautiful WordPress website set up…
Now you should be directed to this Log In page below.
Let’s do it…
A: Log In To Your Account
Type in your domain, and that password you created in the previous steps.
You can also sign in with Google as an option.
Let’s name our new website and create a little tagline…
B: Name Your Website
You have a name in mind for your website, right?
The tagline sort of means what your website is about.
A really (really) good example is World & Humanitarian Photographer, for instance.
Or maybe something like Personalised Ugandan Adventure Tours.
If you want a blog then select yes. (Recommended).
If you want an online store then select that option too.
Just select everything. 🙂
Click the Continue button.
Now for a few other tiny details…
C: A Bit More About You
This is sort of self explanatory. I’ll let you fill this in. 🙂
They’re just asking what your goals are with your new website…
Let them know if you are comfortable with creating websites.
Probably some algorithm that works behind the scenes to help you. But I could be wrong. 🙂
Now let’s get your WordPress theme a’happening…
D: Pick A WordPress Theme
As you can see, there’s quite a few free WordPress themes you can use.
They are all ‘good enough’ to use and start with.
Click on one you like.
Or you can skip this part and do it later.
Here’s some beautifully designed paid WordPress themes you might like. 🙂
Now let WordPress work her magic…
E: WordPress Auto Install
More cogs whirring behind the scenes. Can you hear them?
Are we there yet?
F: Start Building Your Website!
If you have reached this page then you can pat yourself on the back.
It means everything is hunky dory.
We are almost ready to start building!
Let’s look inside the Bluehost cPanel (Control Panel)…
G: The Bluehost Control Panel
You can log in to your new website from that blue button that says Log In To WordPress.
I say that because there are a lot of links and options on that page so it’s kind of good to know how to get where you’re going!
If you were to click that Log In To WordPress button then you should see the page below…
H: Your WordPress Tools & Interface
This is the inside of your WordPress website.
The place where the magic happens.
Therefore that means you’ve done everything correctly and achieved your purpose.
This is the end of the road for this stage of things.
You should now have…
Your free Bluehost domain, plus a solid hosting plan.
Ready to start making waves?
Here’s those beautiful WordPress themes again, just in case.
See you on the inter-webs… 🙂