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Website Creation: Hosting
Step 1: The Setup |
The next thing you need to do in order to create a website is to find a good web host. All a web host is, is a third-party that provides a server, or computer, where all of your files are stored for your website, and then they display those files on the web. In my opinion, one of the best hosting companies out there is Hostgator. My reason behind that preference is largely due to the fact that the control panel which they use, Cpanel, makes it incredibly easy to set up sites, and is perfect for our needs. It might all seem a little bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it is quite easy. Another good thing about host gator is that they have quality customer support, so if ever you get stuck all you have to do is contact them and they will help you through it.
In your web browser, navigate to the HostGator homepage. When you get there click the button that says "View Web Hosting Plans". I have included a screen shot of this page down below so you know exactly where we are talking about.
These are the option you will see:
If you only ever want to build one website, then the "Hatchling Plan" is the one that you should choose, but if you have the intention of building a web-based business, then eventually you're going to need to build more than one website. In order to get yourself started, all you really need to do is to pick up the Hatchling Plan, but you should be prepared to upgrade quickly especially if you are building an AdSense business.
For the purposes of this course, were going to go ahead and select the Baby Plan option.
The prices of the different hosting plans are going to vary according to the options that you want. Many domain hosts, including Hostgator, will allow you to save some money if you pay for a year or longer up front, but if you really don't want to invest that amount to start off, it's just as easy to pay on a month-to-month basis even though it is a little bit more. You'll end up paying around $9.95 a month for the baby plan, but if you were to pay for a year in advance, they would break that down and it would equal out to about $6.36 a month. Typically they will display this lower cost when looking at the pricing as an enticement to get you to sign up for a year so you can save cash.
Since completing the purchase really isn't that difficult of a process, and doesn't really need an explanation, we are going to skip over that part of the process here and move on to what happens next.
When you get done purchasing a hosting plan, Hostgator is then going to send you an e-mail that contains all of the information that is pertinent to your account including the location URL of your C panel, and all the login details. It's also going to contain the information that you will need to put into GoDaddy in order to change and nameservers. This is a very important e-mail, so you don't want to delete it. Always keep this e-mail in a handy location because it's likely that you will need to make reference to it whenever you want to make a change within your Cpanel, build a new website, or buy yourself a new domain name.
Step 2: Nameservers
In order for the domain registrar to know exactly where you are wanting to host on your domain name, they make use of what are known as domain name servers. These are used to identify exactly where you are hosting the domain, and where your website files are going to be stored. In order to find the name servers for your hosting account, you'll need to look for something similar to what is below for Hostgator (as per the email you receive):
Each individual hosting account that you purchase is going to have a different sets of name servers. There will always be a minimum of two different name servers provided for each hosting account, and when you go to make the change in GoDaddy, you'll need both of them. When you know what the nameservers are, then it's time to go back to GoDaddy and make the change, so go ahead and navigate in your web browser back to the GoDaddy interface.
When you get logged into GoDaddy, you'll see a tab on the navigation bar that says "My Account". Go ahead and click on that, and on the next page you will see the domain that you purchased earlier listed there. The domain name is going to be clickable, so go ahead and click on it and it will take you to the location that contains all of the details of the domain. If you look on the small navigation bar, you will see an icon that says name servers. If you click on it, you'll have a couple of different choices, and you will want to choose "set name servers". When you click on that, a window will pop up that has several different options. Here you're going to choose "I have specific answers for my domain". When you tick that section, you will see directly below a place where you will need to enter in the name servers that you were given by Hostgator. There are two fields here, so you need to put the first one in the first field, and the second one in the second field. When this is done, go ahead and click the okay button and your domain will then start resolving to your hosting account.
(BEFORE YOU PROCEED, MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THIS STEP AND ONLY THEN MOVE ON TO SETTING UP WORDPRESS. THE WEBSITE HOSTING SHOULD HAVE BEEN PURCHASED AND NAMESERVERS SHOULD BE CHANGED. IT TAKES 24-48 HOURS FOR NAME SERVER CHANGES TO EFFECT. ONCE THAT'S DONE, YOU CAN MOVE ONTO THE NEXT FEW STEPS. FILL UP THE ACTION SHEET FOR WEBSITE CREATION - DOMAIN AND HOSTING)
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