It seems that a lot of people are taking advantage of a slower summer schedule to plan a new website. One factor to be considered while making those plans is where your site will be hosted.
For several years, I’ve been hosting my sites with HostGator (affiliate link), one of the world’s largest web hosting companies. It offers unlimited domains on a single account with most plans, reliable servers and more. Their service is easy to use, and their tech support is great, whether you’re in a jam or just have a simple question.
Simply follow these instructions to create your account in a few minutes.
Step 1: Decide which type of hosting you need
HostGator offers four types of hosting, including:
Shared Web Hosting:
This is the type of hosting most people purchase. It gives you everything you need to get your online presence set up and going.
If you want to sell hosting services through your own hosting company, this is the option you would choose. It’s also a good choice if you need more than one SSL certificate and cPanel.
VPS allows for more flexibility in software, installations and configurations. It is a good choice if you have resource-intensive needs such as streaming large media files, sending large amounts of email and so forth.
This type of hosting is typically used by big businesses. Not only can you sell hosting, but you also have the ability to customize their server settings and environment. Like VPS, it’s also a good option if you have a high-traffic site, large customer database, large amounts of streaming media and so forth.
Choose the plan that best suits your needs at present and in the near future. You can always upgrade or downgrade your plan if your needs change down the road. Most individuals and small businesses use the Shared Web Hosting .
Step 2: Choose a hosting plan
Once you know which type of hosting you need, it’s time to pick your plan. HostGator offers three levels for their Shared Web Hosting.
Hatchling is the smallest plan HostGator offers. It allows you to host one domain with unlimited disk space and bandwidth. Depending on how often you want to pay, you can get this plan for under $4 per month.
The Baby Plan includes everything the Hatchling plan has, but with no limits as to how many domains you can have. Prices start at just over $6 per month.
Selecting the Business Plan gives you everything in the Baby Plan plus a free toll-free number, free dedicated IP and free private SSL. You can also choose to use anonymous FTPs. This plan starts at just over $10 per month.
View a full comparison chart here.
Step 3: Start the order process
Now that you know what type of hosting you need and which plan will work best for you, it’s time to place your order. Select the plan you wish to purchase.
Step 4: Enter your domain
Enter the name of the domain that you’ll be using with this account. If you need to register the domain first, enter it into the first box. If you already own the domain, enter it into the second box. Enter coupon code JB03312011 to receive a 25% discount, then click Continue to Step 2.
Step 5: Enter your billing information
- Double check that the right plan has been selected.
- Using the drop-down, select how often you want to pay
- Choose a username and security pin for your account. This will be your login information.
- Enter your billing information
- Select Credit Card or PayPal
- If using a credit card, enter the card details
- Review your order details
- Select the box to say you have read and agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click Create Account. You will be redirected to confirm your order.
Once your transaction goes through, you’ll be able to log into your Control Panel and begin using your new hosting account!