How To Build A Website On Bluehost 2024 (6 Step Guide)

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Updated: April 18, 2024
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In this guide I will be teaching you how to build a website on Bluehost from start to finish.

I know starting your own website can seem like a scary thing if you’re not a “tech” type of person. Not to worry though, you’re not the only one.

When I started building websites over 10 years ago, it wasn’t very easy. Luckily, all these years later, It’s become super simple to get a website up in just 30 minutes.

This entire guide is just a 6 step process

  1. Get Hosting + Free Domain
  2. Setup Hosting & Install WordPress
  3. Log In To Your Website
  4. Install A Theme You Like (Pick The Look & Style of Your Website)
  5. Edit Site Details
  6. Set Up Website Menu

This is a step by step guide for anyone, no matter what your skill level is when it comes to anything website related.

You can build any type of website you want (personal, business, make money online, review sites etc) thanks to the thousands of free templates from wordpress.

I’ve helped thousands of people build their own website with my popular guides and videos on my YouTube channel.

See what some of them had to say below!

Let’s Start Building Our Bluehost Website! (The Guide Begins Here)

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Remember you can make the website anything you want it to be. It all depends on what you want. There are thousands of free WordPress themes to pick from to fit any vision you may have. (WordPress is the free website building platform we’ll be using to build our website)

Step #1 – Get Hosting + Free Domain

The first thing we need to do is get our website hosting – This is where all the information on your website is stored. WordPress recommends Bluehost as their preferred hosing provider.

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So the only fee throughout this entire guide will be for the website hosting. Everything including WordPress, The website domain and the website themes are all free.

  • To start, Go to the official Bluehost website
  • Then click on the ‘Get Started’ button
  • Then you will be taken to a pricing page. Here, you will see a variety of packages to choose from. Go for the $1.99/ month offering
  • Then pick a domain name. This will be the URL of your website.
  • Then follow through the payment process as prompted, and you are done.

Step #2 – Setup Hosting & Install WordPress

Once you have the hosting all taken care of, the next step is to start building the website.

  • Log in to your Bluehost account
  • Bluehost will offer you the pick of creating your site right away. Scroll to the bottom of that page and click on the ‘Skip’ button
  • Bluehost will start installing WordPress for you so you can work on it on your own

Step #3 – Log Into Your Website

Instead of setting up the site from inside Bluehost, most people find that its easier to do so via WordPress.

As time goes on and you become more familiar with both services, you can also try to tweak your site from inside Bluehost itself. The choice is yours!

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  • From the Bluehost dashboard, click on ‘My Sites’ from the left menu
  • Click on your website from the list of sites there. If this is your first, it should be the only website there
  • Log into your WordPress account from here. That takes you to the WP dashboard
  • You will see a ribbon on top of the dashboard that reads ‘Coming Soon Active.’ This tells you that the site is still under construction and hasn’t been launched yet. You can change all that by clicking on the ‘Launch your site’ button whenever you are ready. We recommend clicking on that anyways so that you can check the changes you make on the site (via the backend) in real-time.

Step #4 – Install A Free Theme You Like

In the opening parts of this piece, we mentioned how WordPress offers tons of free themes for you to pick from. We also love how they have grouped these themes by category, so you can search what works best for your niche. 

Check out this time stamped link for the video walk through for the theme setup.

Don’t let that constrain you, though. After all, you might just find the ideal theme for you under an unrelated niche.

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  • From the left dashboard menu, hover on ‘Appearance’
  • Another sub-menu pops up. Click on ‘Themes’
  • Here, you are faced with a variety of themes. You can spend as much time here, choosing the theme of your choice
  • Click on ‘Add New’
  • When you find a theme which you would like to try out, select the theme and click ‘Install,’ then ‘Activate’ on the next page.
  • You can try out as many themes as you want before you land on the one that you’d like to stick with.

Step #5 – Edit Site Details

When you visit a website, they usually have a site name and tagline. This is not the same as the URL (which has a .com, .net, etc.) but could have the same name as the URL name.

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To edit the site name and tagline:

  • Click/ hover on ‘Settings’ from the dashboard menu
  • Click on ‘General’
  • Add a Title
  • Add a Tagline

To edit the link settings:

  • Under ‘Settings, ’click on ‘Permalinks’
  • Under the ‘Common Settings’ section, click on the ‘Post Name’ button
  • Save your changes

Step #6 – Set Up The Homepage Menu

Depending on which theme you choose, there are a series of menu options that your website can have. Some themes give you access to one menu option, others will allow you to have more. 

For a more uniform approach, we will be talking about how to set up the primary menu since every theme will have that.

So, what does the menu do?

The menu, usually coming as a strip of clickable links on top of your website, allows users to access parts of the website which you consider important. It helps with site navigation and boosting the reader experience.

This menu section is where many website owners choose to display details such as their contact details, home button, terms and conditions, privacy policy, and more.

You can choose to go that way too or prefer to let your menu link to the categories within the site.

The approach you want to take for your menu will determine how you set it up, but the basics remain the same:

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  • From the dashboard, hover/ click on ‘Appearance,’ then click on ‘Menus’
  • You will get the option of adding either only pages, categories, posts or a combination of them to your menu
  • Select which items you want on the menu. Note that this can be changed anytime, so no need to get it perfect the first time.
  • Click on ‘Add to Menu’ after making each selection.
  • On the bottom of the page, check the ‘Primary Menu’ box. If your theme supports more than one menu, this is where you will see it too.
  • Click on ‘Save Menu’

Your menu should now be showing on the home page.

With that, we are up and running!

A simple step by step guide and you didn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to have a website.

Isn’t that amazing?

With the steps above, the only thing left for you to start doing is creating content. Should you need any help along the way, check out the step-by-step video tutorial of this guide, below.

Thanks again for checking out this guide on how to build a website on Bluehost. Don’t forget to share this article or video if you guys liked it!

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