In this very simple to follow step-by-step tutorial, I’m going to walk you through the exact process of how to setup your web hosting, domain name and WordPress installation — ultimately leading up to going live with your very own blog.
How to Setup Blog and Your Web Hosting Account
Click here to claim our exclusive 60% off web hosting coupon with HostGator. You will then be sent to HostGator and it will look like the screenshot below. From there you can click on the “BUY NOW” button on proceed with the sign-up process. I highly recommend you go with the “Starter Plan”, as this is more than perfect for anyone starting their first website or blog.
Step 1 – Choose a Domain Name for Your Blog
The first step in the sign-up process is to register a new domain or put one in if you already own it.
This is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see in the screenshot below. Just type in the name you would like for your site and HostGator will then let you know if it’s available or not. If you already have a domain name, or are going to migrate from another service, click the “I Already Own this Domain” tab and enter your domain name.
Step 2 – Select a Hosting Plan for Your Blog
As mentioned, I highly recommend going with the “Starter Plan” package, as it’s only a few dollars per month and will allow you to get up and running in no time. Your site will also receive “2X Relative Compute Power”, which is a bonus I worked directly with HostGator for my blog readers. In short, this means your website will and operate much faster than many other sites on lower end shared hosting accounts.
ATTENTION WORDPRESS.COM USERS:
Do you currently have a blog on wordpress.com and have one of those horrible URLs that just seems to never end? If that is the case, this is the PERFECT time for you to upgrade to premium web hosting and securing your own domain name. As part of my custom deal with HostGator, they will also offer “1 Free Site Migration” — which means they can move your existing website from any other hosting providers, or even wordpress.com. Simply request this migration service after signing up, and they will do it for you!
NOTICE: When signing up for a hosting plan, you will need to decide on how much you want to pay for upfront. I highly recommend you go for 12, 24 or 36 months… as this will save you the most money. The 60% off promotion is only good on your initial purchase. Refer to the screenshot below to see what I mean.
Step 3 – Enter Your Account Information
The next part of the web hosting process is to enter your personal details and billing information. Payment can be made through credit card or Paypal.
Don’t worry, HostGator is one of the largest and most reputable hosting companies in the world. Your information is safe and secure at all times.
Step 4 – Add Additional Web Hosting Services
In the 4th step of the sign-up process, you will have the opportunity to add premium features and services to your hosting account. Traditionally, this is where I would tell you to “uncheck” these up-sell offers, as they will save you money — however, I was able to get HostGator to throw these premium features in for FREE to my audience!
MY FREE BONUS TO YOU!
Instead of having to pay an additional cost each month, you will get “HackAlert Monitoring” and “Site Backup” for free. This means your site will receive the highest level of protection against any unwanted threats or attacks… while also receiving daily automated backups. No matter what happens to your site, there will always be a protected backup waiting for you at all times.
The option is also there to set up “SSL Certificate”. This likely won’t apply to 99% of the people wanting to set up a blog, so you can ignore it and leave it unchecked.
Step 6 – Review Order Details
The last step in the process is to simply review everything we have covered.
60% OFF Coupon Code
As you can see in the image below, the coupon code should already be added when you are on this page. If not, simply type in “BLOGGINGORG” and this will save you 60% off your total purchase price today.
After that, you will also see a full review of your order details.
In the example below, I went with the “Starter Plan” and ordered “12 Months” of hosting. If I wanted to save even more and bring my hosting costs down to $3.98 per month, all I would need to do is select “36 months” as the plan for hosting.
You will also see the “24/7/365 Phone, LiveChat, and Email Support” is added to your cart for free, along with the super fast “Instant Account Activation”. You will also have 45 days to test out blogging and HostGator… if you don’t like it, you can simply have your order refunded!
Once everything looks good, all you need to do is check off the terms and conditions button, then click “Checkout Now!” at the bottom of the page..
Go Live with Your Blog in Just a Few Minutes Time!
Congratulations! You successfully walked through the process of how to setup your web hosting with HostGator. Once your account is live, WordPress will already be installed and set up for you to use right away.
After you published your first blog post, be sure to send me an email. I would love to see it!