If you are planning to create a new WordPress blog or to switch your hosting, you are in the right place. In this post, I will show you how to get a Free Domain and discounts from Bluehost.
Bluehost is one of the most popular and old web hosts started in 1996. It is recommended by WordPress officially since 2005. They host over 1 million WordPress sites. If you decided to host your WordPress blog on Bluehost, you’ve made the right decision. Now the GOOD news is, Bluehost has agreed to offer a Free Domain and an exclusive rate for RoadToBlogging readers for [current_date format=’Y’]. To get these offers, follow the below promo links.
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[lists_item]Bluehost Shared WordPress Hosting Discount Link: [drpcoupon name=”Bluehost Shared WordPress Hosting” exclude=”name,expiration,description,rss”]
[lists_item]Bluehost Managed WordPress Hosting Discount Link: [drpcoupon name=”Bluehost Managed WordPress Hosting Discount” exclude=”name,expiration,description,rss”]
The first promo link will let you grab Starter Plan for $3.95 (36 month)/$4.95 (24 month)/$5.95 (12 month) and Plus Plan for $6.95 (36 month)/$7.95 (24 month)/$8.95 (12 month) and Business Pro for $14.95(36 month)/$16.95(24 month)/$19.95(12 month).
The second promo link will give you 50% discount for first month on every plan on Bluehost Managed WordPress Hosting.
Which Bluehost Plan Is Right For You
Right now, Bluehost offers two kind of WordPress Hosting – Shared WordPress Hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting.
Shared WordPress Hosting hosts multiple sites on a large server and minimize the cost. It’s the best deal for new WordPress users. You don’t need to buy an expensive hosting package when your blog is not getting huge traffic. So it’s a good idea to start with Shared Hosting and switch another plan when needed.
Bluehost offers 3 Shared Hosting plans – Starter, Plus and Business Pro. If you are going to run one site, pick Starter Plan. For running more than one site, pick Plus plan. If you need SSL and dedicated plan, pick Business Pro Plan. Among them, Bluehost Plus Plan is the most popular plan.
Managed WordPress Hosting is highly optimized for WordPress. The main idea behind Managed WordPress Hosting is to provide a hassle free hosting. This includes security, speed, backups, website uptime etc. The price on Managed Hosting is comparatively higher than shared hosting. If you are in good budget, you can start with Managed WordPress Hosting.
Bluehost offers 4 WordPress Managed Hosting Plans – Blogger, Professional, Business, Enterprise. If you are going to run less than 5 sites, pick Blogger plan. For running more than 5 sites, pick Professional Plan. If you need SSL certificate, pick Business or Enterprise Plan
Sign Up for Bluehost (With Discount)
For the sake of the tutorial, I assume that you are going to buy Shared Hosting. Once you’ve clicked on the promo link, you will be landed to the “Exclusive Offer for WordPress Users” page. Then click on green ‘get started now‘ button.
On the next page, you need to select a plan. If I were you, I would choose Plus Plan as it allows to host more than one site. Click on ‘select’ under your desired plan.
Then enter you desired domain name under ‘new domain’. You will get this domain for free. Click on ‘next’.
On the next page, you need to enter your account information, package information and billing information.
In account information, give your Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address etc. Make sure you put all information correctly. Sometimes they may verify the details.
In package information, you need to confirm your account plan. Bluehost offers some extra services for some extra costs. I’d suggest you to uncheck all those boxes. You don’t actually need those.
In billing information, select a payment method (Credit Card or Paypal) and enter payment information. If you don’t see the Paypal option, click on ‘More payment options’.
Once you’ve entered all information, click on ‘next’ button.
You will be taken to the account Paypal payment page or Credit Card order page.
After completing payment, your account will be activated automatically and you will get confirmation email from Bluehost containing your login details.
Install WordPress on Bluehost (1-Click)
Installing WordPress on Bluehost is extremely easy. You can create a WordPress blog less than 5 minutes by using One Click WordPress Installation. Let’s do it.
At first, go to Bluehost Login Page and login to your cPanel.
Once you are in the cPanel, scroll down and click on ‘Install WordPress’ under ‘website’.
Yes, you can do it yourself. Click on ‘Install’.
Now you need to select a domain name on which you would like to install WordPress.
It allows you to select domain with WWW or Domain without WWW. Personally I prefer domain without WWW, So I’d suggest you to do the same.
Click on ‘Check Domain’ button.
If everything is OK, it will ask you to install WordPress. Check ‘Show advanced options’ and enter Site Name, Admin username & password. Click on ‘Install Now’.
WordPress installation will be starting soon. Don’t close the page until it shows ‘Your install is complete!’ on the header.
An email will be sent to your email address with login information. Now login to your WordPress dashboard.
Things to Do After Installing WordPress
Now you have a typical WordPress blog. To make it awesome, here are few things you need to do.
- Essential Settings to Configure
- Install a New WordPress Theme
- Install WordPress Plugins
- Publish Your First Blog Post
To learn more about WordPress, you can read our ‘WordPress Guide for Beginners‘.
My Review on Bluehost WordPress Hosting
I’ve been using Bluehost for more than one year and I am satisfied with their services. I started with Bluehost shared hosting, then move to Manged WordPress Hosting. Both services are good. Here are some pros and cons of Bluehost.
- Cheap WordPress Hosting.
- Easy to use.
- Ease of migration from one plan to another.
- 24/7 Customer support. (Technical)
- Good uptime.
- Slow customer support.
- Hosting migration is not free.