Whether your brand is personal or professional, it needs to be associated with a website. There is no question about that. Creating a website may seem like a daunting task to some, but the process is actually quite simple nowadays — especially if you decide to go the WordPress route.
Before you do anything, you'll have to decide on a web host that works for you. I recommend Bluehost, as they offer a variety of services to help enhance your experience. This includes hosted email and support for multiple user accounts. And because Brand Rockt is powered by Bluehost, I will be using them as an example.
1. From the top navigation, select Products > Shared Hosting
If your website is just getting started, shared hosting is probably your best bet. Costs are low and you still have access to pretty much anything you'll ever need. If one day your website becomes large and in need of additional resources, then you can consider upgrading to a dedicated server.
2. Select a shared hosting plan
Bluehost currently offers three shared hosting plans: Starter, Plus and Business Pro
For those on a budget, I recommend selecting the Starter plan. This is great if you're only looking to manage one website, but still want access to unlimited bandwidth, 100 GB of disk space and 100 email accounts — which is likely way more than you'll need if you're just getting started.
But of course, for just a few more dollars per month, the Plus plan offers unlimited resources and the option of hosting more than one website. This is definitely the better value, but it all depends on how much you're looking to spend.
3. Choose a domain name
Once your hosting plan is selected, you will want to set up your domain name. Bluehost gives you the option of inputting an existing domain or better yet, you can register a new one for free. This is a nice incentive worth noting.
4. Complete your registration
Now that your hosting and domain name have been set up, it's time to complete your registration by setting up your account. This includes your basic information, account plan and options, and finally the fun stuff — billing information.
Tip: If you want to pay using PayPal and the option is not already visible, clicking 'More payment options' will change that.
5. Build your website
Congratulations! You've reached the final step in building a website, and that's creating your content. This is easily the most involved part of the process, which is why it's crucial that you take your time and focus on what's important. Create something to be proud of.