Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by scottkandh
This post contains step-by-step instructions to create a new website by adding a new domain. One of the best platforms that provides great support is Bluehost. The basic choice starts at $3.95 (discounted from $7.99 down to $3.95/mo., which changes from time to time). One great reason to use this web hosting service is that it comes with a 1-click WordPress Installation feature so you can started right away on your blog posts and pages.
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This is Part One of two parts:
Part One: Creating a new website – adding a new domain focuses on setting up the website, creating the new domain, and registering it so that you’re the owner of the domain and website. The example in this post uses Bluehost. I would highly recommend that new bloggers start out with Bluehost and then maybe after 5 – 6 months migrate their site to SiteGround. It’s a little more expensive to use than Bluehost but it’s a little harder to manage if you’ve never had a website before. Below are the images for setting up your domain on 1. Bluehost (my suggested domain for new bloggers and 2. SiteGround (if you have some website experience already). Overall, the process is very similar.
Part Two: Part Two (How to set up your WordPress from scratch) concentrates on adding your plug-ins, selecting a new theme, and the difference between a post and a page.
Creating your website
Click on the picture below to access the Bluehost Web Hosting or click here.
Click on Get Started (the Green Button)
You’ll need to select from one of four plans (pictured below). The Choice Plus plan ($6.95 / mo.) gets recommended by default. For people that just want to have one and only one blog go with the Basic Plan of $3.95 / mo.
Once you’ve decided which plan that you want, click on the Green button called Select for the plan that you want.
Next, you’ll be setting your domain name (your website’s address).
Note: If you want other people to see what you’ve placed in your blog, sooner or later, you’ll need to set up your domain. But, as the instructions say, you can skip this step and come back to it later.
Set up your domain
After you’ve typed in a new domain name (where it says create a new domain) you’ll be notified as to whether or not the domain name is available. Just to illustrate, I purposely selected a name that I thought would not be available (www.hardknockedlemons). If the domain name you’ve selected is already in use, you’ll get a prompt that it’s not available to use (that domain name, try another variation of the domain name).
Step 1: Account Information
Step 2: Package Information
Most of the information on the first two steps is pretty self-explanatory. Here’s the remaining information that needs to get filled out.
You don’t need to get the SiteLock Security Essential (in the image below) so to save $2.99 per month billed annually at $35.88 per year uncheck the box and fill out the remaining fields.
Step 3: Package Extras (Optional)
Step 4: Payment Information (the Final Step)
Once you’ve put in all of the information (unless there are mistakes for you to update), you’ll now be the owner of your domain and website.
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