Bluehost Review: How to Setup a Website in Five Minutes

Bluehost Review: How to Setup a Website in Five Minutes

By Ian | Positive Reviews

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In the 10+ years I’ve been in internet marketing, I’ve hosted my websites with well over a dozen different hosting companies. Some experiences were good, some were bad, but if nothing else, they taught me what customers deserve to get from their hosting providers.

I am an affiliate for Bluehost – all links to their site in this review are affiliate links, which means I receive a commission from Bluehost if you purchase using one of the links.

But I do NOT recommend Bluehost for everyone, which I’ll explain further in the review below. If you’re looking to build a website or replace your old host, read on. You’ll have a really good idea if Bluehost is the right place for you by the end of this review.

Who Should NOT Host Their Site with Bluehost?

One of the groups that I don’t recommend Bluehost to are people that:

  1. Aren’t very tech-savvy
  2. Prefer things done the fastest, most pain-free way

Bluehost has streamlined the process pretty well, but there are still faster, easier options. If that’s what you’re looking for, the absolute easiest way to setup a website is by starting by entering the desired name of your website here >>

You’ll be taken through a very simple process and could be playing around on your website literally two minutes from now. Not only that, but you can play in this “sandbox” to learn how to build a website 100% for free, as opposed to well over $100 you’d have to spend getting setup with Bluehost.

If you’ve decided that option isn’t for you, or you’d like to go the longer, manual route with Bluehost, read on through the rest of the Bluehost review below.

Bluehost Review At-a-Glance

Is Bluehost the best fit for everyone looking to launch a website? Absolutely not. But are they the best, major hosting provider out there, and a really good fit for the majority of people reading this review? Definitely – and I go into details as to why in the review below.

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Long story short: If you receive a few thousand visitors to your sites a day, Bluehost probably isn’t the best fit for you. You’d be better off with a VPS (virtual private server) or dedicated server with a specialized company like KnownHost, whom I’ve also hosted with and had incredible experiences.

Also, if you run specialized apps or software on your server, Bluehost’s shared hosting isn’t my top recommendation. Again, I’d recommend KnownHost over Bluehost hands-down if you fit into either of these two categories.

But, if your websites receive a few hundred visitors daily or less and you use your server like most of us do, Bluehost’s value, service, and reliability are unmatched.

You could try Hostgator, 1&1, or any number of other companies competing at this price point and you’re going to have a MUCH worse experience than you’d have at Bluehost. I’ve tried them all over the years, and Bluehost stands head-and-shoulders above the rest.

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And for the sake of full disclosure, unfortunately I’m no longer able to host my websites with Bluehost. That’s because I fall into both of the categories mentioned above: I get way too many visitors to be on any shared hosting plan, and I run specialized apps that require more resources than shared hosting provides.

I seriously miss the days that I was hosting with Bluehost. The prices were low, the service was great, and they remain my #1 hosting recommendation for aspiring internet business owners to this day, thanks to years of providing me with a great customer experience.

Should YOU Host with Bluehost?

If you’re not receiving thousands of visitors to your sites per day, and you’re not running specialized apps or software on your websites (you’d know if you were), then yes – you should be hosting with Bluehost. Your sites will run faster, you’ll get better service, and you’ll be happier overall than if you host with any other shared hosting provider.

Sign Up with Bluehost Today >> Own a New Website in Less Than 5 Minutes >>

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With that in mind, if you already have hosting somewhere else and are transferring, you can either do it yourself or have Bluehost do it for you.

If you don’t already have hosting and will be starting fresh with new sites, it’s extremely quick and easy using Bluehost (another reason I enjoyed hosting there – things like this are very, very simple). It takes three steps, which I’ve outlined below.

You Could Have a Website Five Minutes from Now

If you’ve ever wanted a website to launch an affiliate marketing business, sell a product or service, promote your local business, etc… This walkthrough will get you up and running very, very quickly.

I’m going to walk you through the setup process from creating an account to setting up your first website. The entire process from start to finish should take 5-10 minutes depending on how quickly you can type.

Step 1: Creating a Bluehost Account

Bluehost's welcome banner

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Go to Bluehost’s website (affiliate link) and click the “get started now” button you see in the banner above. That will take you to this page:

Bluehost's hosting plan options

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Whether you choose the “starter” or “plus” plan really comes down to one factor: how many websites you’re planning to host. If you’re only going to host one website for the foreseeable future, pick the “starter” option. If you know you’re going to build more than one site now or in the future, choose the slightly higher priced “plus” plan.

After selecting your plan, you’ll be taken to this screen:

choosing a domain

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You can either register a completely new domain for your website, or you can setup your account using an existing domain. After making your selection, you’ll be taken to the checkout page:

Bluehost registration page

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Complete all of the required fields, then continue to the next step:

Selecting your various hosting features

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This is where you’ll select your billing cycle (the more you pay for up-front, the more money you’ll save) and select any additional features. You’re not required to purchase any of these additional add-ons – your site will function perfectly without any of them. But if they’re important to you, make sure to add them here.

You’ll also fill out your billing information, which will be used not only for initial checkout but all future invoices as well. After filling all of this out and clicking continue, you’re taken to one more page:

add on domains

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Odds are, you don’t need to buy any of these additional domain names. So just click the “Want to pass on these products for the time being?” link to get on with the process.

Bluehost account confirmation

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If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’ve officially signed up with Bluehost, and if you did everything correctly you should see the welcome message above. There’s just one more quick step:

Setup your Bluehost password

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Input whatever password you wish to use with your account and voila! Step 1 of 3 complete – you’re now ready to login to your Bluehost account.

Tired of Reading? Want to sign up now? Click here >>

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Step 2: Login and Create a WordPress Site

This step is even more straightforward than the first step.

bluehost welcome banner

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Login to your Bluehost account with the password you just set, and select the “I can do it” option.

cPanel main page

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This will take you into cPanel, which is the administrative software program that your server runs on. It’s what you’ll use to manage your server, setup email addresses, etc… But you can do that later. For now, we’re just going to take a couple more minutes to build your first website.

Click the “WordPress” option under the “Website Builders” section toward the middle of the screenshot above, and you’ll be taken to this screen:

Wordpress website builder

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Click the “Start” button, and you’ll be taken to this screen:

WordPress Builder - Choose a Domain

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Choose the domain name that you want to install WordPress on, then…

WordPress installing

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WordPress will begin to install. You’ll then setup your login information for WordPress (this is different than your login information for your Bluehost account):

Wordpress admin setup

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And you’ll receive a confirmation message that looks something like this, confirming that your installation was completed successfully!

Wordpress installed successfully

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From here, you can choose the layout and design of your website pretty easily (again, this is unique to Bluehost – it’s not always this easy):

Choose your site design

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You now have a hosting account, your server is setup, your website has been created, and you’ve chosen your design. That takes us to the last step!

Step 3: Login to WordPress and Get to Work!

Wordpress login

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Navigating to your WordPress administrative login is really easy. Just go to http://YourSite.com/wp-admin/ and you’ll see the screen above. Once you login, you’ll be taken to your administrative dashboard:

Wordpress Admin Dashboard

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Congratulations, you’re now the proud new owner of a website and can get to work making some money! For setting up your site from here, you have one of two options:

  1. The harder way, which is using WordPress’ free codex and piecing together YouTube videos
  2. Creating a free account with a training program like Wealthy Affiliate, which you can read my review of here

Either way, you’re well on your way to having a professional, established internet presence – all in less than 5-10 minutes. There aren’t many huge changes you can make in life that quickly, but if you take action and work hard, you’ll be the proud new owner of a website within a few minutes from now.

Create an Account with Bluehost Now Be the proud owner of a new website in a few minutes >>

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Final Rating: A

If you don’t fall into one of the first two categories I described at the beginning of this post, Bluehost is an awesome place to begin building your internet business. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best option I’ve found for aspiring internet marketers and business owners to begin building their online presence.

Do You Have Questions? I (Probably) Have Answers!

Do you have any lingering questions about Bluehost after reading this review? I’m more than happy to help any way that I can! They took great care of me for many, many years so I should be able to help with pretty much any questions you have – ask away in the comments section below!

About the Author

I've been in internet marketing for over 10 years, and I've purchased dozens of illegitimate products for the sole purpose of evaluating them and exposing the truth about these products to anyone who's thinking about purchasing it. I never let money influence my rating of a product and your success/safety is my absolute highest priority. Don't want to buy a product? Register for one of my 100% free internet marketing training courses>>

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Amos April 8, 2016

Hi there? l have seen that you use anonymiz to redirect links. What is the advantage of doing that if you don’t mind me asking?

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    Ian April 8, 2016

    Two benefits: It masks your affiliate link so that people can’t tamper with it, and it also shortens your links to make them more attractive/memorable.

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Henna September 3, 2017

Nice guide to start a wordpress blog. I think bluehost released cloud hosting plan and it is great. You should check and add it in this review about bluehost.

Thanks for the guide Ian

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    Ian September 3, 2017

    Will do! Thanks for the note, Henna — stay safe out there!

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