One of the very first steps to setting up a website is to buy a hosting plan. Buying a hosting plan is not difficult, but most new bloggers find it challenging to understand which web hosting service is the best choice, which plans to buy, and how to make the purchase.
Hosting service charges are usually based on the package you are buying. The cost of hosting increases with the level of the package you buy. For example, a cloud and dedicated servers are the costliest forms of hosting, followed by VPS, and then shared hosting.
Select Hostgator Hosting Plan
Go to the Hostgator homepage, and and click on Webhosting in the navbar or click on get started now (follow screenshots below).
Then on the next page, click on “Sign Up Now” Under Baby/Hatchling/Business Plan.
Here is a quick chart to help you pick right hosting plan:
- Hatchling plan: When you want to host only one website
- Baby plan: When you plan to host more than one site (I recommend this)
- Business plan: When you need dedicated I.P
Select your domain name
If you already own domain, select the part which says “I currently have a domain name.” Otherwise, you can get a FREE domain from hostgator with an annual plan (RECOMMENDED).
If you already have a domain and want use that domain, place it in the field which says “Currently Have a Domain Name.”
Select hosting plan
What really important is the billing cycle. My suggestion is to get hosting for 24 to 36 months period. This is the last page, where you will complete the purchase of your Hostgator account. You can change the duration of hosting from here. Select a username for your account, as well as a security pin.
Reason being, as you increase the tenure, overall cost decreases. Moreover, in the next step, you will find a discount coupon worth 30% of total bill. This is your only chance to get the discount on your purchase.
Note: No hosting offers a discount on renewals. The only way to get the discount is at the time of your first bill. You can learn more about this on my earlier post on how to save money on hosting renewals.
In the “billing info” field, you need to give your address and phone number. I suggest that you double check this information making sure it is correct, as they are going to call you on your provided mobile number to verify the intended purchase.
This is to ensure the security of your account. Here you can also select your payment method: PayPal or Credit card. If you select PayPal, on the next page, you will be redirected to the PayPal payment page.
In the additional service section, ensure you uncheck everything. Most of the paid add-ons are not worth is as we have the complementary free alternatives.
Verify your order
Below the billing info, you can see the complete details of your order. Before you move ahead with the order, be sure to verify your order.
Once you are satisfied, click on “Create Account.” Depending on your payment method, you will be taken to the PayPal payment page, or the “successful order placed” page.
In about a minute you will receive an email from Hostgator confirming your order, and within an hour you will be receiving a call with your new hosting account details.
I hope this guide will help you with the process of purchasing a hosting plan. If you are confused or have questions, feel free to let me know via the comments section below.