One of the many mistakes beginners make is the mistake of buying hosting from unreliable companies, and they regret this misstep later. In this step-by-step tutorial guide, I will share everything you need to know in order to buy reliable web hosting and a domain name.
For the sake of this tutorial, I will be walking you through the process of buying hosting from Whogohost, which has been my most recommended hosting service provider for WordPress.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT DOMAIN NAME
Decision on the right domain name to use has most times proven to be challenging most especially to newbie who have little or no knowledge on how to go about this decision.
Most users even make the mistake of deciding a domain name that spells no direction to the purpose their website aims to serve.
When choosing a domain name, there is the need to consider the following factors:
- Choose a Domain Name that is Easy to Type.
Do not use a short-form of words or slangs that might be hard for your website users or customers to easily find or remember your site after their first visit.
- Keep it Short.
If the domain name is too long there is a high tendency of your site visitors/users misspelling it.
- Avoid the Usage of Numbers and symbols like Hyphens.
Am example of this is the domain name: techie-breed123.com , avoid such please.
- Make sure it is memorable and can be defined in relation to the purpose your website aims to serve.
For instance, if the purpose of your website is centered on maintaining a close walk with God in teenagers, you can choose a domain name like teenschristianwalk.com
- You can as well research about it. This implies you getting to know if the selected name is not in existence before now or copyrighted to a brand or company, to avoid future legal dispute.
- Choose a domain name extension that fits. Extensions are suffixes at the end of a website address, such as .net, .com. The most popular is .com and this alone will I advise you to adopt when deciding on your domain name. Avoid extensions like .com.ng, or .net.ng, these are Low Level Domain Name.
HOW TO REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME
For the sake of this tutorial, I’ll be walking you through the process of registering a domain name and opening a web hosting account using WHOGOHOST.
WHOGOHOST is one of the top, best and cheap hosting platforms in Nigeria. The quality of services a hosting company offers is one of the most vital areas a website designer must never overlook to avoid loss of site contents, revenue and possibly your audience in the later future.
NB: I believe in being transparent. For every user who signs up with WHOGOHOST using my referral link, I will earn a small commission; this is at no extra cost to you.
Let’s proceed to purchase your domain and hosting.
The first thing you need to do is search for the domain name you have decided to use on the search box as shown in the image guide below.
It brings you to another search box, just click on the SEARCH box and wait for the result to pop out as shown in the image below.
(For the sake of practical understanding, I will be registering the domain name monijesu.com)
Congratulations if your preferred domain name is available. If not, you can modify the name till you’re congratulated to proceed further with as shown below.
To proceed to the next step, click on ADD TO CART.
Then click on CONTINUE.
This takes you to your DOMAIN CONFIGURATION.
We will be adding your hosting account at this stage. Click on ‘NO HOSTING! CLICK TO ADD’
Hereafter, you can select either of the linux hosting plans shown below; I’ll recommend ASPIRE (2GB) LINUX SHARED HOSTING since you are just starting out. This is the cheapest of all the plans costing a sum of #500 per month (i.e 500 Naira x 12 months = #6000).
Click on ORDER NOW to add this plan to your cart.
It will take you to another page to choose your domain. Since you have done this in the previous step, your domain name should pop out in the search box as shown in the image below.
Just click on USE
This will take you to the next step, scroll down and click on CONTINUE.
Ensure a check is indicated on the options of the domain and hosting as shown in the image below before clicking on CONTINUE.
This takes you to the REVIEW & CHECKOUT PAGE.
Fill in your correct personal details in the all BILLING DETAILS field, then set up your preferred password (ensure it is unique and easy to remember by you alone), write this somewhere as this will be required at the later stage of this tutorial.
Select your preferred mode of payment, in the PAYMENT DETAILS as shown below.
Thereafter, ensure you check the box that reads “I have read and agree to the Term of Service”, and then scroll down to CHECKOUT.
Once successful, you should receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel.
A copy of the mail received should look like the image below:
These are the details you will need to proceed further to your control panel. Your control panel is more like your power-house where you manage everything relating to your website, most importantly this is where you will get to install the WordPress.
Congratulations, you have successfully purchased your domain name and hosting plan.
If you have followed the steps mentioned in this article, then you have successfully purchased domain and hosting.
Did you use this guide to buy your hosting package?
Did you get stuck somewhere in the the process?
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I’m the CEO of TechieBreed .
My goal is to ensure that technology is optimally utilized at the lowest cost possible to every bloggers and small scale business provider while ensuring the technicality aspect is eased and profit is adequately maximized.