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Web Hosting: Get a cool 25% off on a Hostgator plan when you use the code “utterlyweb”

 

Coupon Updates

45% OFF on new hosting packages on 19 August 2014 (applied automatically) Click here: Link Directly to Shared Web Hosting Page

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UtterlyWeb has been running on HostGator for 2 years. And counting. Though I’ve never had any hosting hiccups, if I had to pick a gripe -I think at times the response time of the live support can get a bit long. But other than that, I’ve no complaints!

But I urge you to do your own research before you finalize a hosting company. I haven’t been personally affected, but from I  hear it seems that the downtime for Hostgator is on it’s way up! But that’s true for other hosting companies too, such as – Bluehost, HostMonster, DreamHost etc. In fact, a lot of these seemingly different brands (HostGator, BlueHost, HostMonster) belong to the same company – EIG:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endurance_International_Group

My point? For one, I thought you should what I know! And two, since I haven’t used any other company and given that I haven’t had a problem with HostGator I will continue to recommend it if your budget is $8-$10 per month. If you are willing to go higher than that, you must consider WP Engine as your host.

Moving on.

If you are a small business owner, a ‘shared hosting plan’ will be more than enough for your needs. Under a shared plan, multiple websites run on the same server – but that’s a technical aspect you don’t need to worry about. But it’s still good to know! UtterlyWeb runs on a shared plan – the baby plan, to be more specific.

Please follow the steps outlined below to purchase web hosting from HostGator:

(1) Go to the page for shared hosting plans on Host Gator’s website –

Link Directly to Shared Web Hosting Page

Hostgator offers 3 types of plans under shared hosting – Hatchling, Baby and Business. If you are going to run a single website choose the Hatchling plan, but if you would like your hosting account to accommodate more than one domain, go in for the Baby plan.

(2) Choose a plan and a duration from the drop down. I recommend the ‘Baby Plan’ for a period of 1 year

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(3) Click on the “Order Now” button.

(4) On the next page, fill out all the details. If you have already purchased a domain name, choose the radio button for “I already own this domain” and enter in the domain name. If you don’t have domain name, I recommend you buy one at Namecheap and then come back to this step. Fill out the other required information a username, security pin (what is security pin?), billing information etc.

Hostgator Choose Domain

 

(5) Fill out your billing information. Note that you have the option of using PayPal for the purchase.

HostGator Payment Paypal

(6) Select any hosting add-ons that you might need. Some add-ons are checked by default, be sure to uncheck them if you don’t need them(see image below) –

HostGator Addons

(7) Hostgator’s default coupon code will give you a 20 per cent off. Erase the default code and instead use the code “utterlyweb” to get a 25 per cent off.

Hostgator Coupon

 

(8) Validate the code and check that a discount of 25 per cent has been applied

 

Hostgator Discount

 

(9) Check the box for  “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of use” and click on ‘Create Account’.

(10) Once the payment goes through, you’ll receive an email from HostGator. Save this email – I can’t emphasize this enough. It will contain links and login/password information to your billing account, your cPanel plus other useful information.The cPanel is the control panel to your hosting account. It’s through the cPanel that you will be installing WordPress, adding more domains, setting up email accounts etc.

Note: The two accounts – billing and cPanel are separate and as such have different passwords.

That’s it!

Don’t forget to link up your domain name account with the hosting account, by updating the name servers.

 Bluehost

(1) Please go to http://www.bluehost.com/ and click on the “Sign Up Now” button

Bluehost Web Hosting

(2) If you would like to register a domain name along with web hosting, please enter the shortlisted domain name in the left-hand box called “I Need a Domain Name”. But if you already have a domain name, enter it in the “I Have a Domain Name” box.

Bluehost Register Domain

(3) Choose the plan duration from the ‘Account Plan’ drop-down. Check any add-ons that you might want. Please note that if you are registering a domain with Bluehost, it’ll be free for the first year. But you will need to pay for “Whois Privacy” if you’d like to conceal your private information in the Whois database. Click on ‘More Information’ to know more about Whois Privacy.

Bluehost Account Plan

 

(4)Fill out the billing information. In case you would like to use PayPal, please click on ‘More payment options’.  Make sure that the ‘I confirm I have read and agree to the…’ box is selected. That’s it, then. Click on the “Next” button at the bottom to complete the purchase. Once the payment has been verified, you should receive a confirmation email from Bluehost. You will also be asked to create a password and a Verification Pin.

Bluehost Billing

 

Install WordPress Using BlueHost

(1) Please go to http://www.bluehost.com/ and click on “Control Panel Login” on the top right corner –

Bluehost Control Panel

(2) Enter your login details to access the cPanel –

Bluehost Account Login

(3) Under “Software/Services”, click on “Simple Scripts”. In the next screen click on “WordPress” under “Blogs” and then on “Install”.

(4) The next screen will present you with a form that you’ll need to fill out. Under ‘Step 1’ – make sure the latest version of WordPress has been selected. For “Where would you like WordPress installed”, you can enter your website URL  e.g. http://www.yourdomain.com. Under Step 2, please choose a username other than admin and make your password really strong. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database” box is checked.

(5) Please fill out any other information that you might want to, then agree to the terms of service and click on the “Complete” button to finish the installation.

(6) Make a note of the WordPress username and password that you created above.

Video –

https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/wp_install