Creating a website is not a rocket science anymore. Anyone can jump on Google and start searching on how to get it done. With the help of almighty Google, creating any components of the website is a piece of cake. There are many “how to” articles and “videos” describing how to do it all over the internet. However, the problem is, this information on the web is scattered all over the place and if you do not know what exactly you are looking for, it can become very overwhelming. Trust me, I was lost when I first started web designing.
Today I want to talk about the first step of taking your website online. I am assuming you have your website plans and content prepared, it is time to go LIVE. The first step of going online is the hosting, placing web files such as images, HTML files and so on in this rented space will make your website alive. When people search your domain name on a browser it will access your content from the host.
Still confused on the terminology?
Hosting/web hosting: You are essentially renting a shared space on a server managed by a company for X amount a month.
Domain name: It is the name of the website, for example, www.helpmeagain.com. Help Me Again is the website address that you search online to get to our content. Remember, the web address should be easy to remember and it must reflect your business or brand. It will greatly help with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and will make it relatively easy to remember.
Related: How to buy the perfect domain name for your business?
There are many hosting services to choose from and again trying to find the right one can be very tricky and time-consuming process.
Today I am going to talk about Hostpapa web hosting. I have been using them for my business, my clients and personal websites since 2013. They are probably not the best in the market; however, I haven’t had major issues with them. They are very reliable and affordable than most of the web hosting companies out there. Additionally, they have a 30 days money back guarantee. If their service doesn’t suit your business goals, you can always move onto the next hosting company.
Note: Please double check if your Country is listed for the 30-day money back guarantee promotion.
How do I sign up?
1 Go to Hostpapa.com.au
(.au for Australia, https://www.hostpapa.fr/ for France and so on.)
Click “Get Started” to being.
2 Select the plan that suits your business needs
In this example we are selecting the business plan as the prices for starter and business are the same. Make sure you look at the plan difference and choose according to your budget.
3 Be ready with the domain name
You can use the highlighted drop down menu to choose your domain extension. For example:
- .net.au and so on.
You can research on domain names with websites like instantdomainsearch.com to be better prepared with domain availability. There is no point in trying to guess the domain name for your business at this stage of the process. Most likely, someone else owns it already. Therefore, you will need to do a bit of brainstorming to come up with ideas.
More on how to buy a domain?
4 Choose your billing term
As you can see on the picture above, longer the hosting period equals more discount. Choose the term that suits you best.
5 Choose your website essentials
SiteLock Security Seal – If you do not mind paying $19.95 year, it is a good idea to have the security seal. However, for a static website such as a business page that rarely changes the content, it’s not worth it.
Automated Website Backup: Again, if the website has only a few pages and the content only changes once every 6 months, the automated website backup isn’t needed. You can do a manual backup once and restore it if something goes wrong in the future. It is definitely recommended for the larger website with ever changing content. For example, our website. We change and update content on our website couple of time every week. Therefore, it is essential for us to have the automatic backup.
6 Complete Account and Payment information and Click Create Account.
7Account successfully created
Now you are done creating the web hosting with Hostpapa. You may get a call from Hostpapa team to confirm and activate your account. It seems to be random as I have only received their calls a few times so far. Finally, You will receive further emails with your login details for your hosting and Hostpapa dashboard.