Today, I spoke about what shared web hosting actually is, as well as it’s pros and cons. Let’s talk about how you can actually buy yourself some shared web hosting to host your website HostGator Hosting(s) and/or your blog(s).
HostGator is an industry-leader when one speaks about web hosting. I’ve been a HostGator customer for many many years now, and a very happy customer at that!
One of the great things about HostGator – apart from their super-reliable service and their exemplary customer support – is that they offer many different hosting packages and plans – with one of them being shared hosting.
Even when you get to their shared plans, you have plenty to choose from, as can be seen in the table below:
Hostgator.com shared hosting plan:
Their basic-most, and the cheapest plan, the Hatchling Plan costs as little as $2.43 a-month, and allows users to host a single website. It does however offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space. Go for this plan if you’re certain that you won’t be buying more domains or running more than a single website in the future.
The Baby Plan (which is also what I usually opt for when buying shared hosting from HostGator) comes with the facility to host an unlimited number of domains. So if you’re planning to get more than a single website up and running down the road, it would be a good idea to pay the $2.98-a-month and go for this plan. Unlimited websites means that you won’t need to buy web hosting for each of your websites, which means that it is cost-effective, and the option that makes sense.
For a full list of differences between these packages, do click on the ‘Compare All Hosting Plans’ button on this page.
How to Buy Shared Hosting on HostGator.
Step 1: Head on over to the HostGator website, or save yourself a few precious seconds by going directly to their shared hosting page here.
Step 2: Have a look at the plans listed on the page here. Have a look at the difference between all these plans. Personally, I recommend the Baby Plan, as it is perfect for new blogs and websites, and offers unlimited bandwidth, hosting space and the ability to add multiple domains (if you decide to do that).
However it totally depends on you, and your needs. Think about it, and make a decision. The cheapest plan costs around $43-47 per year.
Step 3: Choose the amount of time (in years) that you would like to commit for. HostGator allows you to commit for as little as 6 months, to as much as 3 years, which means you can purchase hosting for as little as 6 months, or as much as 3 years. In addition, you can also buy hosting for an year or 2 years.
HostGator now also offers you to purchase 1 month web hosting – which is good if you want to try things out before committing for the long term.
Bear in mind that a longer commitment means less cost, so if you buy 3 years of web hosting you pay less per month as compared to if you buy a year’s or month’s of hosting.
Once you’ve decided upon the package, and chosen the number of years you want to buy hosting for, press Order Now and you’ll be taken to HostGator Order Wizard.
Step 4: On the Order Wizard page, you’ll be asked register a new domain, or enter one if you already own your domain that you registered elsewhere (such as on another domain name registrar).
It is always a good idea to keep your domain registrar and hosting provider separate.
Add the domain here in the following format: www.YourDomainName.com and proceed to the next step.
Alternatively, if you wish to register a new one, enter it here, choose the desired extension and HostGator will tell you if it’s available or not.
Step 5: In the next box, confirm your hosting package and your billing cycle – aka. the amount of time you want to commit for.
Step 6: In the next step, choose your desired username and security pin, and enter your credit-card or PayPal information – whatever your preferred mode of payment is.
Step 7: Choose your hosting addons. HostGator offers a couple of them:
SiteLock: a mechanism which secures your website against malicious attacks and external threats for just $15.
JumpStart: a service which puts up a temporary web page while your website is in construction and also comes with a walk-through in order to build a website – for a one-time cost of $19.95.
You can choose either one, both or none of these services.
At this point, you can enter any coupon code that you might have.
Step 8: Finally, at the very end, you’ll be able to review your account, have a look at your shopping cart as well as all the things in it along with of course a breakdown of the prices. Make any changes, additions or remove stuff from your shopping cart at this point, and once done, simply press Create Account after checking the terms and agreements box.
That’s it, you’re done. You’re now the owner of your very own virtual space on the internet where you can host your website(s)/domain(s) and all your files.
Step 9: Yes, we’re not quite done yet. You still have to ‘link’ your domain name with your web hosting. Which means that you’ll have to go into the control panel of your domain registrar’s website, and add the HostGator name servers there. Look in your HostGator control panel for the name servers (you will also likely receive them in the emails sent by HostGator), and simply add these name servers to your domain’s control panel. It takes about 24-48 hours before both are linked (called propagation), and once it happens, your website will go live.
Step 10: Install WordPress through HostGator’s one click script installation (present in the control panel), or have someone design your website for you and upload the files to your hosting account. Your call.