Whether you are going to create a website or a blog, the first thing you need to do is to buy a hosting plan. Buying a hosting plan is easy. All you need to do is, select a proper host and get started. When it comes to select a host, I always recommend you to start with shared hosting. Shared Hosting is the most affordable hosting plan.
HostGator is one of the popular web hosting companies that offers awesome shared hosting plans at affordable price. HostGator is the perfect choice to get started. It has already hosted 9,000,000 sites. So you can trust them. In this post, I will be sharing how to sign up and buy hosting from HostGator for just $0.01. I will also share the coupon code for the yearly package to save money on hosting.
How to Sign Up for Hostgator Webhosting
Just follow these simple steps to get started with HostGator web hosting.
1. At first, go to Hostgator.com. You’ll notice that it offers 30% OFF. But our target is to buy hosting for one cent. We will do it by using the coupon code RTB1CENTHOSTING.
Now click on ‘Get Started Now!‘ button. (Follow Screenshot)
2. On the next step, you need to choose a plan. HostGator offers 3 plans on shared hosting – Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan and Business Plan.
If you are going to create only one site/blog, then Hatchling Plan is enough for you. But if you have a plan to create multiple sites, then choose Baby Plan as it offers Unlimited domains hosting. Business Plan is designed for business and service-oriented sites.
If I were you I would choose Baby Plan. However, you can upgrade your plan anytime for free.
Once you’ve chosen a plan, just click on the ‘Sign Up Now!‘ button under the plan.
3. Then you’ll be landed to the HostGator Order Form page.
The first thing you need to do is, choose a domain name. Here you’ll get 2 options – ‘Register a New Domain‘ and ‘I Already Own This Domain‘. If you are going to create your first website/blog, chances that you don’t have any domain name.
For the sake of this tutorial, I assume that you are going to register a new domain name. Just enter your desired domain name under ‘Register a New Domain’ tab and select the extension.
It will show whether the domain name is available or not. If the domain name is available, it will be added to your cart as a primary domain name. It will also show other available domains for different extensions.
HostGator offers “Domain Privacy Protection” service for $9.95/year. Privacy Protection hides your personal contact information from public view. If it’s not a problem for you to show your contact information publicly, then uncheck the box and save $9.95.
Now you need to confirm your Hosting Package Information. Select the Package Type. In case of Billing Cycle, you need to select 1 month as you want to get started with just $0.01 for the first month.
Then you need to give 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 which can be done through Paypal or Credit Card. If you select Paypal as a payment method, you will be taken to the Paypal payment page.
HostGator offers several Additional Services like SiteLock, CodeGaurd, Search Engine Visibility etc which are not so important. Uncheck all the Additional Services, otherwise it will increase your cost.
In the field of ‘Coupon Code’, enter coupon RTB1CENTHOSTING and click on ‘Validate’. Your Amount Due will be $0.01. If you buy the domain from HostGator, domain cost will be added on your total bill.
However, if you are going to buy hosting for more than one months, then go with the default coupon code as it offers 30% off on your total purchase.
In the last the step you need to review your order like Hosting plan, Package, Total due etc. And make sure you get the discount.
If you buy domain name from HostGator, domain name cost will be added to the final Bill. You won’t get any discount on Domain Name. Once you are confirmed with your details, Click on “Checkout Now” button.
According to your payment method, you will be taken to the Paypal payment page or Credit Card order page.
They will send you an Email to confirm your order. And you might also get a phone call for verification.
If you are going to create a WordPress blog, check How to Set Up WordPress on Hostgator.
I hope these steps help you to buy a hosting package from Hostgator. If you face any difficulties, let us know via comments. If you find this tutorial useful, consider sharing this post with your friends. However, this post contains affiliate links. If you buy hosting via my affiliate link, I will get some commission without any extra cost to you.
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