1. Go to bluehost.com
2. Click on “get started now”
3. Select your plan
I started with the basic plan. That’s all you will need when you’re just getting started.
4. Type in your chosen domain name
If you don’t have a domain name yet, read this post on how to pick the perfect blog name for your blog.
5. Enter your account information
Fill out the account information as shown below:
6. Finalize the package
Uncheck all of the additional options. The only option I pay for is “Domain Privacy Protection” so that people cannot find my personal details when they look up my domain name.
Here is a little trick I picked up recently. If you move your mouse on your screen to the corner (as if you’re about to close the window), then you will get a pop-up offering you a deal of only $2.65/month for hosting!
The pop-up will look like this:
Seriously, I’m not joking. Here’s the before price:
And here’s the after price:
I wish I had known about this hack when I first started my blog. I ended up paying $2.95 a month which is still a better price than the normal price though!
If you’re not sure if blogging really is for you, then I would go for the 12-month plan. However, do keep in mind that if you do end up blogging for the long run, it would cost double the regular introductory price to renew the plan. I’m happy with going for the 36-month plan so far 🙂
7. Make your payment
8. Set a password for your account
Congratulations! You’ve just bought your domain! You can now log in!