Looking to create a website for your business? In this tutorial I will show you how to set up your site and get a free .com domain name as well a business email address. Here are two step-by-step guides that will help you build a professional website:
About Domain Names
Domain names are used to identify a website and to easily access it, otherwise, visitors would need to enter into their browser the IP of the server that is very hard to remember.
There are various extensions, some of them representing specific countries while other are representing governments, organizations and so on.
You can buy domain names from any web host company like Bluehost which offers .com, .co, .club, .us, .space, .website, .org, .net, .info, .biz and .name host at the products and domains menu where you write your desired domain name and select the extension from a drop-down menu.
Then next step is to press the next blue button and to check if the wanted domain is available. In the case if it is available you need to sign up using fist name, last name, country, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number and e-mail address together with your billing information and you can also choose if you want domain privacy protection that costs $0.99 per month and your account plan where you can see how much costs the desired domain if you pay in advance for a year, in this case, a .com costs $11.99.
If you choose web hosting you also get a free domain name but the prices are monthly so for a year payment in advance is $6.95, for two years is $5.95, for three years is $4.95, for a year of Business Pro is $19.95, for two years of Business Pro is $16.95, for three years of Business pro is $14.95, for a Standard Dedicated server the price for a month is $144.99, but the first month is $75 while a Standard VPS 1 price for a month is $24.99 where the first month is $15.
About Web Hosting
Web hosts are used to storing web applications and especially websites, they are multiple types of hosting such free that usually is only good to test scripts and CMS, shared are perfect for small blogs, clustered, reseller, virtual private server, dedicated hosting, colocation center, and cloud hosting. You can upload almost anything to your web host through an FTP client such as files, images, videos or music but you may have restrictions regarding violence, copyright or nudity if you have these sort of files.
Bluehost offers shared hosting that has prices between $3.95 and $14.95 per month, VPS hosting with prices between $14.99 and $59.99 and dedicated hosting from $74.99.
The shared hosting has a basic package that allows 1 website, you can use 50 GB space, unmetered bandwidth, standard performance, 5 parked domains, 25 sub domains, 5 email accounts and 100 MB email storage per account, the plus package allows 10 websites and has 150 GB space, 20 parked domains, 50 sub domains, 100 email accounts, $150 marketing offers, 1 SpamExperts, Global CDN and 500 MB email storage per account while the business pro package allows you to have unlimited website and also you have unlimited website space, bandwidth, high performance, unlimited parked domains, subdomain, email accounts, email storage, $300 marketing offers, 2 SpamExperts, 1 SSL, 1 dedicated IP, 1 domain privacy and SiteBackup Pro.
There are four VPS packages, the first one is the standard one with 2 CPU Cores, 30 GB SAN storage, 2 GB RAM, TB bandwidth, 1 IP address, the second one is the most popular one and it is named enhanced having 60 GB SAN storage, 4 GB RAM, 2 TB bandwidth and 2 IP addresses. The premium package is improved having 3 CPU Cores, 120 GB SAN storage, 6 GB RAM, 3 TB bandwidth while the ultimate package has 4 CPU Cores, 240 GB SAN storage, 8 GB RAM and 4 TB bandwidth.
For dedicated web hosting there are three packages one of them is the standard one with x 2.4 GHZ CPU, 1 TB storage, 4 GB RAM, 5 TB bandwidth, 3 IP addresses, the other one is the enhanced package with 4 x 2.5 GHZ CPU, 8 GB RAM, 10 TB bandwidth, 4 IP addresses while the last one is the premium one with 4 x 3.3 GHZ CPU, 16 GB RAM, 15 TB bandwidth and 5 IP addresses.
The cloud hosting is either a starter, a performance or a business pro package, while the first package allows only 1 website, it has only 100 GB storage space, 100 email accounts and 500 MB email storage, the other two ones allow unlimited website, unlimited accounts, unlimited email storage having double or triple RAM and CPU and forth time value of marketing offers. Local Caching and 1-click resource scaling are available for all three packages but the second one has only 1 SpamExperts while the last one has 2 together with Dedicated IP, SSL certificate, domain privacy and site backup and restore.
Special for WordPress users Bluehost offers 4 packages such as blogger, professional, business and enterprise having between 100 million to unlimited visits per month, 30 GB of 240 GB storage, 30 GB to 240 GB backup, 2 GB of 8 GB RAM, 5 to 30 WP sites, 1 IP address, Positive SSL, SiteLock Premium or Enterprise and Positive Wildcard SSL.
How to Get a Free .com Domain and Business Email Address
All hosting packages prices are reduced either in the first month or if you pay in advanced for one, two or three years, also having a free domain name like www.example.com and if you choose the most powerful packages you have a free business email address with unlimited accounts and unlimited storage such as firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the VPS packages and dedicated ones have a money-back guarantee and 24/7 support, being extremely flexible and usable for any kind of client while the WordPress packages also have a money-back guarantee, 24/7 support but also enhanced cPanel, SiteLock CDN and, at least, SiteLock Pro as security.
Using the web hosting service from Bluehost, not only that you get free or even unlimited email accounts and storage, but you get a free .com domain name, but you can build a powerful, SEO optimized, multilanguage and user friendly by using the cPanel, the Softaculous auto-install script, the FTP and source code editor like WinSCP/ Notepad++, but also your own programming skills or just the website creator offered by Bluehost.