There are a lot of web hosting companies out there, some great, some okay and some down right horrible. It’s easy to weed out the fly-by-nights by following two simple rules:
- Avoid too good to be true offers.
- Choose an established host.
Look at it this way, you can get a hosting account for $12 a year, the likelihood of you actually getting the service is next to none. Web hosting is inexpensive, plain and simple. Selecting the wrong host can kill your website before it’s even created. You don’t want the headaches, trust me.
I would like to recommend an inexpensive, well established and well respected web hosting provider called GreenGeeks.
GreenGeeks has been around since 2006 and has an excellent reputation not only for its outstanding service & customer service but also for its community contributions and green involvement. They offer unlimited web space and disk space, perfect for your growing web site.
Get $30 off when you sign up with GreenGeeks using coupon: MAWGURU30
Setting up your web hosting account with GreenGeeks
You will need to go to their website by clicking this link: http://www.greengeeks.com.
You will land on their home page with a big sign up now button as seen below, go ahead and click it. This is their EcoSite plan, which will give you everything that you need to host your website and more. It also offers that free domain name that I talked about earlier in Step 1.
You will then see the order form, enter in the domain name that you wish to register. Remember, the domain name is free when you sign up with GreenGeeks. This is a savings of over $12/year. You can thank me later If you’ve registered the domain with GoDaddy instead, you can just enter in your domain name into the box that says “I already own a domain”.
Press next, and you’ll be asked to fill in your account and billing details. Once you’re done that click on Create My Account.
That’s it! That wasn’t hard was it? Your web hosting account has been created. It will usually take an hour to get your account active and ready to use. You’ll be sent an e-mail containing all the information that you need, such as your login information, DNS, server names, etc. Print this out or save the e-mail.
Now that the domain name and web hosting have been taken care of, it’s time to Install WordPress!
Note: If you’ve registered your domain name outside of GreenGeeks, then you must change your name servers on the domain name to those provided in the login information e-mail that you’ve received from GreenGeeks. If you have registered everything with GreenGeeks, you do not have to do anything — it has all been done for you.