Bluehost – The Best For WordPress Websites

WordPress Websites

WordPress is the world’s most popular method of creating a website, but it needs its own hosting. Bluehost’s WordPress websites builder is our recommendation for launching your website.

We don’t get paid for it; we just like the product. Therefore, I can personally attest to how good it is.

And we are not the only ones. If you use WordPress, you will join the likes of Vogue, Bloomberg, and even Beyonce’s website which uses it as a CMS.

But don’t take my word for it: all of our users thought the same thing.

“When I first started using WordPress, it took me a while to learn it, but I figured it out quickly,” said one user. “WordPress is very intuitive and if you can’t figure something out, just search Google or YouTube and you’ll probably find an answer.”

It is a CMS that can grow as much as you want, or be scaled up as much as you want.

Another user appreciated the flexibility of WordPress. This is because it is an open-source application, so the back-end code is widely available, allowing developers and creators to create their own themes, widgets, and plugins for the CMS.

This means that there are many different ways to combine plugins and themes. And if you want to get your hands dirty, you can access the backend and customize your site to your liking.

WordPress also has more than 11,000 themes. Many of them are free and others are paid.

My recommendation: Choose a paid one if you can afford it. One of our users paid for his theme customized it to the max and made it his own.

The benefit is that your website will easily stand out from the others. If you choose one of the most popular free themes, it will look like hundreds of other WordPress websites. However, if you put a little effort and spend a little money, you will get a site that is uniquely yours.

All of our users have built their sites solely to attract leads, customers, and sales. The CMS enabled them to do this with easily integrated e-commerce features and powerful SEO tools like Yoast, which help capture organic traffic.

This user runs a genealogy website dedicated to helping people connect with their relatives. He was able to use his ancestor-specific blog along with a popular newsletter to build a loyal community of readers (and therefore customers).

“One of the things that helped us achieve this was creating a subscriber list and newsletter with the Mailchimp plugin,” they explain. “It is a must if you want to monetize your blog.”

WordPress Websites

Building a website with WordPress

As I said, this is the site we use here at Quicksprout, so I know WordPress well.

That said, there is a bit of a learning curve for beginners. The control panel can be downright overwhelming.

The good news is that, after a little exploring and experimenting, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

From the control panel, you can do everything from creating new pages for your site to creating blog posts, to downloading new themes, plugins, or widgets.

The blog and page editor uses WordPress’ own interface, Gutenberg: an easy-to-use blog and page builder that uses drag-and-drop tools to help you create the page you want.

It’s not the ‘What You See Is What You Get interface of Zyro or Wix, but it comes close. If you want to see what your page or blog post will look like in the final product, you’ll need to click the preview button at the top of the editor. It will open a new tab with a preview of the page or post.

It’s much, much more intuitive than the old editor and will give any other WYSIWYG editor a run for its money.

As I said, WordPress is scalable. If you want to create a big website with a lot of different resources, you can choose the right plugins to help you. You can hire a developer (or yourself, if you have PHP skills) to work on the back-end and build exactly what you need.

“WordPress gave me everything I needed to create the blog I wanted,” one user told us. “It provided me with a simple interface to publish my blogs, as well as everything I needed or wanted on my blog: a subscription box, an area for authors; just the look and feel I wanted and the flexibility to change things as needed.”

I highly recommend starting small when it comes to plugins. My favorite plugin is Yoast SEO. It will help you improve the ranking of your pages and blogs in Google search results by helping you find opportunities to optimize your content.

Choosing a host

If you want to build a website with WordPress, you have two options:

  • Build for free: This means your site will be hosted by WordPress. We don’t recommend this for several reasons. One is that you will need to have a WordPress-branded subdomain (e.g., quicksprout.wordpress.com). Note: WordPress.com is the free, fully hosted version. If you want the self-hosted option (which I recommend), you’ll need to choose WordPress.org.
  • Host it elsewhere: By hosting it elsewhere, you’ll have access to more resources and (potentially) a free, unbranded domain name. This is where WordPress.org comes in.

We have more on this in our article on the best web hosting and the best web host for WordPress, but the short answer is: choose Bluehost.

It’s one of the most popular web hosts. It’s also one that I highly recommend for beginners.

Each Bluehost plan offers one-click WordPress installation, allowing you to easily create a website using the CMS once you sign up.

Each plan also includes free domain name registration. In one fell swoop, you can get a great domain name, set up powerful and affordable web hosting, and create your WordPress site. A triple win.

All of our users interviewed used the powerful combination of WordPress and Bluehost. “After four years I’m still using Bluehost for most of my sites,” said one user. “It’s ideal for beginners because of the pricing structure.

Bluehost offers promotional pricing starting at just $2.75 per month.

Plus, it will help you migrate to their hosting if you are coming from another hosting service. This can be the biggest headache for anyone with a website, but Bluehost makes it a breeze.

“Website migration was incredibly easy,” one user told me. “And I really prefer the Bluehost portal over the old site and the service is better for me.”

Cons of the WordPress website builder

In terms of disadvantages, our users agreed on one thing: it is not the most beginner-friendly website builder.

One user stated, “I don’t like that you have to learn how to use it. Sometimes I would like to be walked by the hand through the [website setup] process instead of having to find a bunch of instructional videos on YouTube to learn.

The control panel is complex at first glance. Once learned, you will be able to access the backend of any WordPress website and navigate your way around with ease. This can be a very valuable skill, often sought after by employers.

However, it is not the website builder for you if you are looking to easily create a website with little or no website building experience or knowledge. For that, we recommend that you lean toward Zyro or Wix.

But if you are willing to put in the effort, learning even just the basics of WordPress can lead to a huge return on investment. Not only will you be able to create a fully customized website, but you will also have a valuable skill that employers are looking for.

“I wish there was a helpdesk to contact via e-mail or chat,” said one user.

In fact, the only option WordPress offers for support is a forum where you can ask questions or raise issues with your site.

I decided to try it out and posted a question about a fake problem I was having with my website. It took me about two hours to get a response. Even though the answer was complete and answered my question, it took two whole hours to get there.

If I had a business and depended on that income to keep the lights on, those two hours would be my livelihood. I would need help faster than that.

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