If you are planning to start a website or blog, the first thing you should do is purchase a domain name and a web hosting plan. The domain name is the name of your site and web hosting is where you will keep your site files.
When it comes to buying domain and hosting, HostGator Shared Hosting is my # 1 recommendation for newbies. It’s affordable and you will get a free domain name with annual plans.
HostGator is an award winning web hosting company and has been working in the hosting industry since 2002. They have already hosted over 9,000,000 sites worldwide. So you can trust them.
Now let’s see how to buy a domain and hosting from HostGator.
How to buy a domain and hosting from HostGator
Buying a domain and hosting from HostGator is very easy. Just follow these simple steps.
Before we go to the tutorial, I have some good news for you. HostGator offers a special discount for RoadToBlogging readers. This offer allows you to overcome a 60% reduction on web hosting.
Now let’s move on to the tutorial.
Step # 1: Visit HostGator.com (promotional link)
You will be redirected to a special offers page. Now just click on the “Start Now” button.
Step # 2: Choose a domain name
Enter the desired domain name here and select the extension. If the domain name is available, it will be added automatically as the primary domain.
(HostGator offers a domain privacy protection service for $ 14.95 / year. If you don’t want to use this service, just click to uncheck the box under the “Add domain privacy to” option.)
Step # 3: Choose a hosting plan
HostGator has 3 plans – Hatchling, Baby and Business. The Hatchling plan allows you to host a single domain name while you can host an unlimited number of domains on the Baby and Business plans. And the business plan is mainly intended for business and service sites.
So if I were you I would choose the Baby plan (1). However, you can upgrade your plan at any time for free.
Then select a Billing cycle (2). You must choose an annual plan (12, 24 or 36 months) to get the domain name for free. I recommend that you select “24 months”.
And then enter a username (3) and Security code (4).
Step # 4: Enter your billing information
Then you need to enter your email, name, address, phone number and other details. Make sure you have entered your correct phone number, as they might call you for verification. In some cases, they can verify your other details, so put the details correctly.
Then select the payment method on the right side – Credit Card or PayPal. If you select Pay Pal as a payment method, you will be redirected to the PayPal payment page.
Step # 5: Choose additional services
HostGator offers additional services like Positive SSL, SiteLock, Business Email, Backup, etc. You can use these services later if needed. I therefore recommend that you uncheck all the boxes. It will save you money.
Step # 6: Enter a coupon code
As the discount code has been added automatically, you don’t have to do anything here.
Step 7: Check order details and payment
Just check the order details and make sure everything looks correct. And then check the box of the agreement and click on the button “Order now”.
And make payment.
That’s all. You have finished. You have successfully purchased HostGator’s domain name and web hosting plan.
HostGator will send you a confirmation email. You will find all the details there.
Now, if you are going to start a WordPress blog, check out How to Install WordPress on HostGator.