We have another review today! Again, this has been totally inspired by clients and readers who keep asking me about what tools I use to run my business online. Today, we’re tackling web hosting. More specifically, I’m doing a Bluehost review and explaining how to use Bluehost to set up your WordPress blog.
Wait, can’t I just get a free WordPress blog?
Before jumping into the Bluehost review, I must first address the difference between using a free WordPress blog versus using WordPress through Bluehost. There’s a lot of confusion in the blogging world about this so I’m addressing it off the bat.
The free WordPress blog (WordPresss.com) is very limited when it comes to running a successful online business. Scripts don’t work, customizing isn’t the easiest thing and it’s difficult to monetize. You also can’t use plugins, can’t upload your own themes and have very limited storage space. You can pay money to lift restrictions, but it can become more expensive than just paying for your own hosting.
Now, WordPress.org is an open source content management system that basically let’s you do whatever you want without having to deal with code. It’s the gold standard when it comes to a CMS and I can tell you that pretty much all of my writing clients – from small businesses to huge companies – use WordPress.
WordPress.org is free to download and then you upload it to your hosting service. Bluehost is awesome in so far as it comes with WordPress already installed.
Now let’s get to Bluehost…
I’ve been using Bluehost for 6 years and have never had a major issue. If a tech issue does happen to occur (which has been all of 3 times in the last 6 years), tech support got us up and running in no time. I know some people have had issues, I’m just telling you I’ve never had any major problems and if I did have a problem it was fixed quickly.
Pros of Using Bluehost
- SUPER AFFORDABLE. $3.49 a month and a free domain name if you purchase a 12-month plan. However, you can only get this rate by purchasing through my referral link. Click here to get hosting via my referral link.
- UNLIMITED EVERYTHING. No restrictions here!
- WordPress already installed. They recently changed their onboarding process so you no longer have to install WordPress separately. WordPress is the gold-standard for building websites and it’s very easy to use. (Full tutorial later in this post)
- Very user-friendly. I’ve walked many coaching clients through this process and they’ve all been able to master it.
- You appear far more professional to companies and clients if you have your own self-hosted blog. Google is also going to give your content preference in search results.
- Self-hosting is a MUST for monetizing. Free blogs do not make it easy for you to monetize your site.
- Awesome tech support. Whenever I’ve had an issue (again, only 3 times in the last 5 years) tech support was awesome and fixed this issue very quickly.
- Great, easy-to-use and safe features. You can see an image of basic features below.
While there are several web hosting companies out there, Bluehost is seriously one of the best and is used by serious money making bloggers. And at such an affordable rate, it’s pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a web hosting service.
Getting Started With Bluehost & WordPress
Step 1: Head on over to Bluehost and sign up for the necessary package. Prices are below. If you’re just starting out you’ll need the Basic Package.
Step 2: You’ll make your life way easier if you purchase your domain name through Bluehost. Remember, it’s free if you go through my link.
Step 3: Input your information.
Step 4: Make payment.
Step 5: Create Password
Step 6: Login to your account.
Step 7: Choose a free theme for your design.
Step 9: Choose which type of site you are building.
Step 10: Use the Bluehost tools to get started creating posts and pages.
See? Easy peasy. It’s no wonder Bluehost is atrusted service for web hosting. And now it’s even easier to use than before!
If you’re ready to start your WordPress blog on Bluehost, click on my link to get the $3.49 deal and a free domain name.