Once you have a domain name, the next step is to set up a website hosting account with a webhosting service provider.
This is where your domain name will point to, and where your WordPress site application and files will reside and be made available 24/7 to visitors and the World Wide Web.
The tutorials in this section cover the following:
The right hosting environment will ensure that your WordPress site is not only easy and quick to install, but it will also make managing your site easier, especially if you are not a technically-savvy user.
As well as looking for a reputable, reliable and responsive webhosting service provider, make sure that your webhosting solution meets the following requirements:
If you are not sure whether your server meets the above requirements, please contact the hosting solution provider.
Unless you specifically require a private, dedicated server for hosting your site (which can be a lot more 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, therefore, starting on a shared hosting plan and if your business grows to the point where you need a private, dedicated server, then just upgrade when required.
If you need reliable and affordable web or blog hosting we recommend using HostGator. Their hosting plans are very affordable (normally around US$4.95 per month for a single domain, or US$7.95 for unlimited domains).
Disclosure: We may receive a referral commission from Hostgator if you purchase webhosting through links on this site.
Watch the video below to learn how to buy webhosting, or follow the step-by-step tutorials below the video:
The web host that we will be using for this tutorial is HostGator. HostGator are a reliable webhosting provider with many years of experience hosting WordPress sites.
Both the video tutorial above and the screen shots below will take you step-by-step through the process of purchasing webhosting and setting up your account using HostGator.
First, go to http://www.hostgator.com
Click the VIEW WEB HOSTING PLANS button …
Clicking on the 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 …