Website Hosting How To

Sep 14, 2019

Today we’re talking all about purchasing website hosting. But first let me tell you why!

In the last post you learned about the Free DIY Website Challenge going on in the Simply Launched Facebook group. The challenge starts on Monday and I’m super excited to walk people step by step through the website creation process. *(Disclaimer, some affiliate inks are shared in this post, meaning at no additional cost to you I may receive something if you click on the links.)

One of the first things to do getting your business online is to purchase a domain and hosting. There is one source I’m recommending to the group. More on that in a second.

Post image for step by step website hosting tutorial

There are so many options for hosting, even within one hosting company. So how do you know what to choose? Shared hosting is a great place to get started. It doesn’t mean you’ll be sharing your site, just your hosting. Prices can start anywhere from $3 and go up from there.

The host I recommend, SiteGround*, is currently offering hosting at less than $4 a month for the first year. I’ve found they have great customer service, answering your questions and treating you with respect. 

Home page for website host Siteground

They also have free daily backups of your website, free email, free SSL and a quick and easy way to install WordPress! 

So let’s walk through the process of getting this hosting, and a domain if you need it, step by step.

1. Choose Your Hosting Plan

Go to SiteGround’s website and choose which shared hosting plan would work best for you. If you are planning on just having one site, then choose the StartUp plan. Don’t worry, as your business grows and you start receiving more visitors or you increase the size of your site you’ll be able to upgrade. In keeping with my Facebook group’s theme, let’s just concentrate on getting your site Simply launched and keep things simple for now.

choice of website plans

2. Choose Your Domain

You need a domain, or address, for your website to live for a website using the .org version of WordPress (often called self-hosted, because you take care of the hosting yourself, rather than relying on WordPress.)

You can purchase your domain from any number of places (like GoDaddy and NameCheap), but to keep things simple, we’re going to purchase it from SiteGround as we walk through this process of purchasing your hosting.

Screenshot showing where to enter domain name

Enter the domain name in the field and click Proceed.

3. Make Your Purchase

Fill in all the fields on the purchase form. 

screenshot of purchase form

You may want to purchase more than one year, in this case you’ll see the special price is applied for the duration. Normally this is an annual fee for your website, so I suggest going for the longer time at the lower, first-year price.

lower portion of the purchase form

Towards the bottom you’ll see “Extra Services”. I always suggest purchasing the privacy, it’s worth it to not have lots of spammy emails start arriving after you buy. It also keeps your personal information a little harder to find.

4. Use the SetUp Wizard

This step is super simple. Just follow the prompts on the screen.

You’ll be prompted to choose from a list of software to install. This is the famous “one-click” or “5-Minute” install you might have heard people talking about.

Simply click WordPress, enter your email and pick a username and password. Make sure you write your username and password down or save them to a list-keeper. Any time you sign in to your site you’ll need to use these. And PLEASE do not use Admin for your username, or PASSWORD for your password. Try to make these be 

That’s it!

The next steps you’ll want to take are installing a theme and plugins. But, that’s for a different post.

A good thing to know: when you want to log back in to your site after you’ve logged out, head to yoururl.com/wp-admin. Adding wp-admin to the end of your url takes you to the log-in screen.

Take Action

If you need hosting, follow the tutorial above! Create your site and then get it simply launched! Future posts may also help you in creating your site. But in the meantime, let me know if tutorials like this are helpful in your website-creation journey. 

Tricia laughing, looking at the camera

Hello! I’m Tricia, and I help consultants and coaches get online with websites that aren’t only great to look at, but that reflect the quality service you provide and get you booked!

If you like this post you might like…

The Great Friend Experiment

The Great Friend Experiment

I've had soooo many new friend requests over the past two weeks on Facebook. What I find interesting is that only a handful of these people reached out to actually be a 'friend'.   I accepted some of these friend requests after looking at their profiles, seeing that...

4 Ways Tiny Houses are Like Websites

4 Ways Tiny Houses are Like Websites

I love watching shows about tiny houses. And the more I watch, the more I realize tiny houses are like strategic websites, at least in my web designer mind. Mainly, if built well, they are both created with a whole lot of strategy. I love the idea of living in a tiny...

Do I Need a Website?

Do I Need a Website?

You might be thinking that if you have an Instagram page you don't need a website. Or if you've got a Facebook page, you're probably pretty good.  Or a strong referral network because you’ve worked with a lot of clients that love you.  In your mind a website just...

It’s About the Ripple Effect

It’s About the Ripple Effect

Summary: I create professional websites for consultants and coaches who want to make an impact on the world. I love being part of the ripple effect...helping you by creating a website to help you attract those you can best help. Have you ever watched a ripple on a...

Always Behind the Scenes

Always Behind the Scenes

I've always been a 'behind the scenes' worker. In school I'd be on a team for group assignments contributing in my quiet way with great final projects. All of my previous jobs were supporting others to accomplish their goals or objectives. Taking customer orders via...

Get Eyes on your business Being Memorable and intentional workshop promo

Recent Posts

Be Vulnerable

So there I found myself, live in front of my peers feeling super vulnerable. The coach was taking...

read more

Comments

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Are you ready for a brand and website as unique as the business you’ve built?