After you have selected and registered a domain, you then need to set up a Web hosting plan where you can upload, store and host the files for your website. There are many different possible hosting providers, many of whom provide a good service that is easy to navigate. Additionally, if you haven’t already registered a domain, many hosting providers also provide you with the ability to register a domain while setting up your hosting plan.
The choice is yours, but my personal preference, after using several different providers for a variety of different website types, is Host Gator. You can configure your hosting plan in almost any manner that your site might require, and they offer an instant installation option for several different CMS (content management systems) that will essentially automate your entire website. If you want to sign up for a plan now, simply click the image below to get started.
Step 1: Select the type of hosting that you need for your site. If you selected Host Gator, you have the option of Hatchling, Baby or Business. If you think you might need to eventually host a secure site, or if you plan on hosting several sites, then the extra couple of dollars per month for the Business plan is probably a worthwhile investment.
Step 2: If you are registering a new domain, select the “Register a New Domain” option or, if you already have a domain, select the “I currently Have a Domain Name” option.
Step 3: Create a user name and password that will allow you to access your hosting account, then enter the billing information that will be used for the hosting fees that your hosting provider will be charging you for their services.
Step 4: Wait for the email to come from the hosting provider, then sign into your control panel. If you had already registered a domain before signing up for your hosting, then you will need to sign into your domain registrar and change the name servers for your domain to point towards your hosting provider. Most hosting providers will include the name servers that you will need to provide to your domain registrar.
Now that you have your domain and your hosting plan, it’s time to set up your website and begin adding content.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.
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