Today, I’m going to show you how to set up web hosting and register a domain name for a website. I am currently setting up a website for a Facebook group that I manage in order to get more publicity for the group so I figured I’d document my process of setting up web hosting and domain name registration and share it.
Web Hosting Pricing & Packages
I have chosen A2 hosting for a few reasons, I have heard very good things about this hosting company. They are extremely affordable for someone just starting out who needs fast, easy to use, web hosting and domain name registration for a website. As of the date on this blog post, here are the current packages and promotional pricing A2 hosting” A2 hosting is offering. These prices may be different by the time you are reading this. For my project, I will be using the shared hosting option and the Lite hosting package. Please use the option that works best for you and the needs of your project.
Domain Name Registration
Once you choose the pricing option that is right for you and your website needs, then you are going to want to choose a domain name and check to see if it’s available. If you already have a domain name, you can also choose one of the other options below and walk through the process for them. for this project, I need a new domain name.
On the next page, you will see a summary of the options you have already chosen. As you scroll down you will come to the option to choose how often you would like to be billed for the hosting service. Most people recommend two years, but for the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to select the monthly option. After I’ve chosen this option you can see the promotional code has been added and the price difference. If there was no promotion the price would be $9.99 a month but since a promotional code is being used there is a difference in how much I will be billed.
The next thing I’m going to do is pick a server that is closest to my location. Most hosting companies have servers located in multiple locations so you want to pick the one that is closest to you for the best connection and speed results. I’m not going to choose the Turbo boost for this service but I will choose the let’s encrypt SSL certificate which is free. The reason I am doing this is that when visitors go to your website if it does not have a security certificate it will be deemed unsafe to visit and a warning page will appear which doesn’t look good for your website or your business so you want to have an SSL certificate which most hosting providers provide for free when signing up for their hosting and domain name services.
Once you click continue you will be brought to the domains configuration screen. The only thing you want to add on this screen is the ID protection This is an extra layer of privacy protection for you and it also protects you against spam emails.
Review your order and check out
On the next page, you will review and make sure everything is correct.