This post will provide you with a step-by-step guide to learn how to purchase a domain name & website hosting with HostGator.
This guide will include screenshots so that you will be able to easily follow and successfully purchase a domain.
Firstly, let’s understand a little more about domains.
Domains are essentially virtual addresses on the internet, an example being our website :- Entrepreneur-Lifestyle.com
As I’m sure that you’ve seen before, domains can have different suffixes .com/.co.uk/.net and can include hyphens and numbers.
Therefore if yourdesireddomain.com is taken already, yourdesireddomain.net may still be available.
Choosing a Domain Name
I advise that you get a pen and paper to write down all of the possible ideas you have. Your domain name should be memorable and summarise the service/ visitor experience that you are offering. It should be no longer than around 25 characters, because any more than this looks spammy.
An example being entrepreneur-lifestyle.com… I wanted to attract aspiring entrepreneurs to help them attain a financially free lifestyle. See what I did there.
Why Use Hostgator to purchase and host your domain
Hostgator is a widely known and trusted domain provider.
- They offer their customers 24/7 support via phone, live chat and email – which means that you’ll be able to get in touch with a professional immediately.
- They also provide a stream of excellent, affordable Website Hosting Plans. I will discuss Web Hosting in more detail within this article…
It essentially means that you can purchase a domain (the website address) and have it hosted (given a space on their server) by the same company, this saves so much hassle.
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee – means that your website will have near to no downtime, no website hosting service can give 100%, so 99.9% is incredible.
- No Contract with a 45 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Easy to use Control Panel
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Unlimited Sub Domains, TFP Accounts and Email Accounts
Below are the exact steps to show you how to purchase your domain and get it hosted. After reading this article and how EASY is is, it’s going to be a piece of cake for you!
After reading this article and how EASY is is, I assure you that it will be a piece of cake for you!
Head over to Hostgator.com and click on the ‘Domains’ in the Menu. This will load up a screen which is similar to the one shown below.
Type in the domain that you wish to purchase and click ‘Search’. Hostgator will check the database to see if this domain name is available for purchase.
As you can see, Hostgator tells you if that particular domain is available to purchase. It also gives you a display of other available TLDs (Top-Level Domains) including .host/.net/.club and .info.
In this case, the .com Suffix is available (this is the best one as it’s most widely used and trusted), so we can click the ‘Continue To Checkout‘ Button.
Make Note:- The option for ‘Privacy Protection’ is definitely worth purchasing, as it prevents your personal information (that you need to input for legal reasons) from being seen by the general public.
However, it also gives you a display of other available TLDs (Top-Level Domains) including .host/.net/.club and .info.
The purchase button will bring you to a page which gives you two options, ‘Create an Account‘ and ‘login’. Because we
Because we haven’t yet created an account with Hostgator, this is what we must do.
Once the account has been created, you will be shown an Order Summary. This should include the Domain and the Privacy Protection.
Finally, you will be given instructions to input your payment details. You can use all major card providers, including Mastercard, Visa and American Express as well as Paypal.
All payments are 100% secure. Well done, you have successfully purchased your domain.
Now lets get your domain hosted on a server!
Now make sure that you are signed in to your Hostgator Account. The next step is purchasing the correct hosting package.
Hostgator have three main packages,
Hatchling Plan – For 1 Domain, One Click Installs – Starting from $3.95/month [43% Off Here!]
Baby Plan – For unlimited amount of Domains, One Click Installs – Starting from $5.95/month [40% Off Here!]
Business Plan – For unlimited amount of Domains, One Click Installs – Starting from $5.95/month (60% Off Here!] – Recommended for Businesses
Now the choice of which hosting package really depends on a few factors. This includes..
- Your budget
- The number of domains you wish to place on the server (multiple domains cannot be placed on the Hatchling plan)
- What exactly the website will be used for (A business should use the Business Plan, whereas a blogger should use the Baby Plan)
- The level of traffic you are expecting
- Search Engine Optimisation – The more expensive website hosting packages have greater server response speeds, therefore Google looks on these websites fondly, allowing them to rank higher in the search engine results page.
For people who are still unsure, I would recommend the Baby Plan.
All of these packages come with One Click Installs, this means that you can quickly create your website via a CMS (Content Management System) such as WordPress, Magento, Joomla and PHP.
If you’re not at all comfortable learning how to use a CMS such as WordPress (The simpler CMS to operate) then Hostgator offer a Drag and Drop Website Builder for all clients.
Finally, all Hosting Packages come with Automatic Weekly Off-Site Data Backups, and the servers are monitored 24/7/365. Win, Win!
How does Hostgator Stack up against the competition?
As you can see, HostGators BASIC Hosting Package stacks up pretty well against the competition. It even includes $100 Google Adwords and $100 Yahoo/Bing Advertising credit so that you can quickly drive some ultra targeted traffic to your website, FOR FREE!
I really hope that this has been helpful for you as a reader. If so, please leave a comment and share this with someone who will find it equally as helpful!