This article is part of my Recommended Resources series which helps food bloggers choose the right products and resources to grow and monetise their blogs.
Blogging is so popular these days. So much so, that there are endless resources out there to help you get started. My job with this series is to narrow it down for you, the new blogger, and to make it easier for you to join me in the big blogging world.
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So, why start a blog with Bluehost?
Bluehost is one of the oldest website hosts in the world (it was started in 1996) and it currently powers more than 2 million sites!
Let’s start with the basics:
#1 With Bluehost, you get a FREE domain name for the first year. Your domain is the address people use to find you – the “www” bit. Most companies require you to pay for a hosting plan with them and then buy a domain name separately, but with Bluehost, it’s all included. Which is pretty great if you’re new and are just “giving blogging a go” to see if you enjoy it (you will, by the way), as it will save you a few pounds. And, as I said before, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee anyway. So why not start today?
#2 You get 24/7 customer care and access to Bluehost‘s step-by-step guides and video walk-throughs to get you started. So you’ll never be floundering trying to figure out what to do.
#3 Bluehost has hosting plans that suit beginners right up to large businesses so it’s really affordable to get started (more of that below).
#4 Bluehost is recommended by WordPress as an “official hosting provider”; because it’s designed to work with WordPress, it has built-in capabilities for protecting your site from attacks and there’s nothing more frightening for a blogger than the thought of your site getting hacked.
And if you’re starting a blog from scratch, you can’t do better than WordPress. If you intend to make money from your site, then you have to be self-hosted and the combination of WordPress and Bluehost is exactly what you need.
And the more advanced stuff:
#1 Minimal downtime – that means the time when you see “sorry, site is currently down” is limited to a bare minimum. Trust me, it happens to us all.
#2 Email addresses included, even in the most basic plan. Sooner or later you’ll want to let people contact you, and having an email address that matches your website name is the most professional way of doing it.
#3 More memory than you could ever fill with just one blog.
#4 Additional subdomain names included so if you start with myfoodblogishere.com you can also branch out into mealplanning.myfoodblogishere.com and kitchenwares.myfoodblogishere.com – or whatever else you require.
Want more convincing?
WP Beginner, the website that teaches EVERYTHING to do with WordPress, conducted an extensive review into Bluehost and found them to be reliable, fast and affordable. You can read the entire review here.
Now, ready to get online?
It’s as simple as 1-2-3 to get started with Bluehost.
Step 1: Get Started
Visit the Bluehost homepage here and click >>Get Started.
There are three main hosting packages to choose from: Basic, Plus and Prime. As a new blogger, the “Basic” package is plenty. As you can see, it’s all in dollars! $3.95 a month is the equivalent of just £2.79 (April 2018). So for less than a single takeaway coffee per month, you could be a blogger. How exciting is that?!
You will be asked to choose your domain name next. This is an important task as it’s the blog URL (address) that you will be stuck with for a while.
There’s a simple check function you can use to make sure you’re not choosing one that someone already owns; you just type it into the handy box and Bluehost will scan the Internet for you and let you know if your chosen URL is available. Isn’t that nice?
A final popup allows you to enter your information and add on any extras that you might want. You could take a look at the site backup facility, but other than that, just leave it all un-ticked.
Finally, install WordPress
I’m assuming you’re going to be using WordPress because of the great relationship between WordPress and Bluehost. If you navigate to your Bluehost control panel and click on the marketplace, you can >>Install WordPress with just one click.
And you’re up and running. Easy, huh?!.
Let me know if you use Bluehost for your blog!