How to purchase a domain and hosting from Bluehost.com

The exact steps you'll take when purchasing a domain and hosting from Bluehost. If you're building any small business website (or anything similar), Bluehost is the best place to host your site for almost any situation. If you have a domain - fantastic! You'll go through about the same process as those that are purchasing. Follow these steps, and you'll be done in about 5 minutes, at the most.

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    Purchase you web hosting at the bluehost.com site

    This is the homepage of Bluehost.com. Go here first, and I'll walk you through the rest of the set up. It should only take 4-5 minutes, at the most.

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    Select Sign-up on the Bluehost homepage

    This gets your started in the purchasing process. Remember, you're going to sign up even if you already have a domain. The next window will allow you to input that domain.&nbsp;<br><br>If you don't have a domain, you can purchase it here within the process. One domain comes free with the hosting! Then, you can add as many domains to your account without increasing your monthly hosting price. Each additional domain costs $10-$15 per year.&nbsp;

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    Enter your domain for your account

    Enter the domain name you want, or the one you're transferring in the appropriate box.&nbsp;

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    Enter your account information

    Fill in the appropriate boxes for your account information. Pretty straightforward.&nbsp;&nbsp;

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    Enter in your payment information

    This is important. Remember, even though it says you're paying a monthly fee, you're actually paying for everything upfront. So, if you choose the 1 year plan, you'll pay all the money for that upfront plan &nbsp;(roughly $7/month = $84/year). If you choose the 3 year plan, it might be a cheaper monthly payment, but you're paying for the entire 3 years upfront.&nbsp;<br><br>Honestly, I'm assuming (as is Bluehost) if you're creating a website, it will probably be online for more than a year, right? So, the 3 year option really isn't a bad idea. It's cheaper. If you decide to cancel your account before the year or three years is up, you'll get your money back minus a prorated fee for the months you used the hosting. So, it does work out in the end.<br><br>Make sure you uncheck the boxes for Sitelock domain security, Site back up pro, Search engine jumpstart, and Domain whois privacy. This stuff is nice, but you don't need it. If you're setting up your site, you'll have better options, anyways. And, Domain Whois privacy just blocks your name from whois.org when people search for your domain. Probably not worth the money.&nbsp;

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    How to Purchase Hosting - a full page explanation

    A full explanation on how to purchase hosting if you want to dig deeper. If you followed the above steps, though, you should be all set!

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