How to Set Up Hosting and Domains

by Spencer Haws

Hey there!

Now that you have found some great keywords and have a general plan for the site you want to build, you need to actually get something live on the internet!

If you have never set up a site before setting up web hosting, buying a domain, and messing with domain name servers can seem overwhelming…but it’s really not!

In this simple email, I’m going to share with you how to go from no site or domain to a live website.

First, you need to buy a domain name from a domain registrar. A couple that are very common to use (and that I use) are NameCheap.com and GoDaddy.com.

Once you find the domain that you want and it’s available…buy it!

Next you need to get a hosting account. I personally do not recommend going with GoDaddy hosting (expensive and not easy to use).

The easiest and most reliable hosting that I have found is Bluehost. Oh and they are not very expensive either.

For around $5 a month (or less), you can your website up and live for the world to see.

In fact, you can see what the current price of Bluehost is right here.

Once you have your hosting purchased, you need to tell your domain registrar where to point your new domain name.

Again, this is very simple. Just go into your GoDaddy or NameCheap account and click on the change Domain Name Servers (or DNS).

If you are hosting your site on Bluehost, the DNS will be ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com (most likely). If you are hosting your site somewhere else (oustide of Bluehost), you will need to ask your hosting company what your DNS is.

Once you’ve done this, you should be live and ready to install WordPress. Bluehost offers a one-click installation of WordPress; so just look for the WordPress icon in your Bluehost Cpanel.

Bonus Tip:
Did you know that you can host multiple sites on one Bluehost account? So, for $5/mth (or less), you can host dozens of sites…you don’t have to get a new hosting account for each new site! Pretty cool, huh?

In order to add a second (or third+) domain in your Bluehost account, just click on “Addon Domains” in your Cpanel. Then simply walk through the steps and it will be added to your account in a minute or two.

Overall, I hope you found some value in these quick tips for getting your first domain and hosting account all set up.

I’ve used Bluehost since 2006 and I still use them to this day. They have great customer service, they are VERY easy to use, and of course they are not too expensive either.

That’s it for today. But be on the lookout for my next email in the next week or so.