This is a step by step guide with pictures on how to set up domain registration and web hosting services through Bluehost, a popular domain registration and web hosting company. This page is a work in progress so I will add to it when I have more time. If you want to know how to set up domain and web hosting through other popular web hosting sites, I have step by step guides with pictures here for Zuver and here for Siteground. Refer to Essential Tips for Choosing your Domain Name which includes a checklist on things to look out for when creating a domain name.
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Go to Bluehost‘s site by clicking here and click on “Domains” on the menu
Enter the domain you want to register and click the “Search” button. (It defaults to .com)
If your domain is unavailable, decide whether the suggestions they have given you are what you want and click on the blue hyperlink if you like it. For example, if I liked mymuffintop.net, I would click on that domain. It will then ask you to sign up.
If you don’t like it, search at the bottom under “new domain” and click “next” or press Enter on the keyboard. If the domain is available, it will ask you to sign up.
On the sign up page, at the top are banners for you to add hosting with Bluehost (which is highly recommended to make things easier for you) so if you want to, click the green button that says “add hosting” on the right hand side. Also, if you use their hosting service, you don’t need to pay for your domain. So your domain comes free!
Fill in your details or use Google Sign In (probably easier if you have a google account).
If you didn’t “add hosting”, the plan type is defaulted to “Domain Only”. Select any add-ons such as SEO tools.
If you clicked “add hosting”, the account plan defaults to “Basic 36 month Plan” Select a “Basic 12 month Plan” if you just want to test out their service. Add any extras if you would like them.
And there you have it! That’s all there is to registering a domain and web hosting service on Bluehost! Well done! Start creating now 🙂