If you are going to create a website or a blog, the very first thing you need to do is buying a domain name and a web hosting plan. The domain name is the name of your site and the web hosting is the place where you’ll keep your site files.
When it comes to buying domain and hosting, HostGator Shared Hosting is my #1 recommendation for beginners. It’s affordable and you’ll get a free domain name with the annual plans.
HostGator is an award-winning web hosting company and has been in hosting industry since 2002. They have already hosted over 9,000,000 sites world wide. So you can trust them.
Now let’s see how to buy domain and hosting from HostGator.
How To Buy Domain & Hosting From HostGator
Buying a domain and hosting from HostGator is very easy. Just follow these simples steps.
Before going to the tutorial, I have great news for you. HostGator offers a special discount for RoadToBlogging readers. This offer allows you to get over a 60% discount on web hosting.
Now let’s dive into the tutorial.
Step #1: Visit HostGator.com (Promo Link)
You’ll be landed on a special offer page. Now simply click on ‘Get Started Now’ button.
Step #2: Choose A Domain Name
Here enter your desired domain name and select the extension. If the domain name is available, it will be added automatically as a primary domain.
(HostGator offers Domain Privacy Protection service for $14.95/year. If you don’t want to take this service, simply click on uncheck box under ‘Add Domain Privacy to’ option.)
Step #3: Choose A Hosting Plan
HostGator has 3 plans – Hatchling, Baby, and Business. Hatchling plan allows you to host only one domain name whereas you can host unlimited domains on Baby and Business plans. And the Business plan is mainly for business and service-oriented sites.
So if I were you, I’d choose the Baby Plan (1). However, you can upgrade your plan anytime for free.
Then select a Billing Cycle (2). You need to choose an annual plan (12, 24, or 36 months) to get the domain name for free. I’d recommend you to select ’24 months’.
And then enter a Username (3) and Security PIN (4).
Step #4: Enter Your Billing Information
Then you need to enter your Email, Name, Address, Phone number & other details. Make sure that you’ve put your correct phone number as they might call you for verification. In some cases they may verify your other details, so put details correctly.
Then select the payment method from the right side – Credit Card or PayPal. If you select Paypal as a payment method, you will be taken to the PayPal payment page.
Step #5: Choose Additional Services
HostGator offers some additional services like Positive SSL, SiteLock, Professional Email, Backup, etc. You can take this services later if needed. So I’d recommend you to uncheck all the boxes. It will save you some money.
Step #6: Enter A Coupon Code
As the coupon code has been added automatically, you don’t need to do anything here.
Step #7: Review Order Details & Checkout
Just check the order details and make sure everything looks OK. And then check the agreement box and click on the ‘Checkout Now’ button.
And complete the payment.
That’s it. You’re done. You’ve successfully bought the domain name and web hosting plan from HostGator.
HostGator will send you a confirmation email. You’ll get all the details there.
Now if you are going to create a WordPress blog, check How To Install WordPress On HostGator.