Step 2 – Set Up Your Webhosting
Once you have purchased your domain name, you’re ready to set up your web hosting.
Set you correctly your domain name will point to your web hosting, which stores your WordPress site application and files, and displays your content 24/7 to visitors on the World Wide Web.
The the training we offer on setting up your web hosting for your WordPress Site includes the following;
- How To Ensure Your Hosting Solution Meets WordPress Installation Requirements
- How To Get The Hosting Information Details You Need To Install WordPress
- How To Configure Your Domain Name To Point Correctly To Your Server
WordPress Webhosting Requirements
The right hosting environment will ensure that your WordPress site is quick to install, and will also make managing your site easier, especially if you are not particularly tech-savvy.
As well as looking for a reputable, reliable and responsive webhosting service provider, make sure that your webhosting solution meets the minimum Hosting Requirements which include;
cPanel (preferably with Fantastico installed)
If you are not sure whether your server meets the above requirements, please contact the hosting solution provider.
Shared Hosting vs Dedicated Server
Unless you specifically require a private, dedicated server for hosting your site (which can be very expensive, since you are the only one who will use the server), we recommend choosing a shared hosting service.
Essentially, a shared hosting plan means that one server is used to host a number of different users. This reduces the cost significantly and is ideal for hosting most small business sites.
We recommend, starting on a shared hosting plan and then if your business grows to the point where you need a private, dedicated server, then just upgrade at that point.
Shared Hosting Provider
Many shared hosting providers are now offering “Unlimited Hosting Accounts”, and while this may sound like an amazing deal, it can actually mean a less managed shared server.
If you need reliable and affordable web or blog hosting we have neat and tidy server space, and while our packages are not initially “unlimited” they can grow in size as needed for your site. You get the benefit of having all the space you will ever need, without having to deal with the extra clutter of shared “unlimited server” space or fighting for server resources with massive mismanaged sites also sharing the space.
Set Up Your WordPress Hosting – Step-By-Step Tutorial
The web host that we will be using for this tutorial is SwellHost. SwellHost is a reliable, tightly managed webhosting provider with many years of experience hosting WordPress sites.
The screen shots below will guide you step-by-step through the process of purchasing webhosting and setting up your account using SwellHost.
First, go to http://www.hostgator.com
Click Order Now to View More Information on Our WEB HOSTING PLANS …
Clicking an Order Now button will take you to a page where you can see all of the shared web hosting plans available …
If you only plan on hosting a single domain, then all you need is the basic plan (Hatchling Plan).
If you plan to host one or more domains, then choose either the Baby Plan or Business Plan. Both options allow you to host unlimited domain names.
You can compare all of the features available in different plans if you want, by clicking on the Compare All Hosting Plans link below each Plan’s description. This will bring up a comparison table of each plan’s features …
Close the pop-up window after reviewing and selecting your hosting plan and click on the ORDER NOW button.
There are two steps left to complete in the registration process.
Step 1, is to choose a domain.
After selecting and click on the plan order button, you will be prompted to choose a domain to be associated with your hosting plan. You can also enter a coupon code into this section (enter Discount Coupon Code = WPTRAINING when you order to receive $9.94 off your first month’s web hosting fee).
If you already have a Domain Name, then choose the I Currently Have a Domain Name option and enter your domain name into the domain field, then click on CONTINUE TO STEP 2 as shown below…
After clicking on the button, you will come to Step 2 of the process – the billing information screen …
1) Confirm your hosting package and billing cycle.
2) Enter a username and password to create your account.
3) Enter your billing information for payment.
4) Review your order details, confirm that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions and click on CREATE ACCOUNT to complete your purchase.
Your hosting plan will normally become active and be available within one hour after your payment has been successfully processed.
Once your order has been successfully processed, you will receive an email from HostGator containing your purchase receipt, technical support contact details and your hosting login and nameserver information …
Print this email out for your records and keep the information secure, as anyone with this information will be able to access your hosting account and website files.
You will need your hosting nameserver details from the email above to complete the next step.
Click the link below to continue …