How To Purchase A Domain And Hosting Plan
Before you can start a WordPress site, firstly, you need to have a domain name and hosting plan. In this article, I will share with you how to purchase a domain and hosting plan on major hosting providers.
What Is A Domain
Domain name is a unique identifier that used to communicate with the DNS server of the website. In simple term, a domain name is an easy-to-remember address to your website. For example, "jebatonline.com" is the domain name of this website.
All domain names have a domain suffix which helps you to identify the type of website it represents. For example, ".com" domain is usually used by commercial websites while ".org" often used by non-profit organizations. Some suffix, for instance, ".gov" is restricted from use and reserved for government entities. Below are some of the common domain suffix.
- .com - Commercial business.
- .org - Organization (non-profit).
- .gov - Government entities.
- .edu - Educational institutions.
- .net - Network organizations.
Beside above domain suffixes, you can also use a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) or add it on your domain. It is a two-letter Internet top-level domains specifically designated for a particular country, sovereign state or autonomous territory. For example, a domain name of "mysite.com.fr" literally tell you that it is a commercial website based in France.
Additionally, you can also add a prefix to your domain. For example, this website using "www" as a prefix of its domain. Please keep in mind that unlike domain suffix, domain prefix isn't part of the domain. Also on the side note, please do not be confused between domain prefix and subdomain. While it looks quite similar, it is actually a different thing.
What Is A Hosting Plan
A hosting plan is a storage place which is used to keep all your web pages, scripts, and multimedia contents for your website. This is where your WordPress site will be installed. Different web hosting company may have a different type of hosting plans in which all or some of its features, prices, and advantages may vary.
Usually, a shared hosting plan and cloud hosting plan are the hosting plans that are commonly offered by most hosting companies. For example, our hosting company, SiteGround have 3 type of shared hosting plans. It is a StartUp plan ($3.95/month), GrowBig plan ($5.95/month), and GoGeek plan ($11.95/month).
Assuming you already decide which domain you going to purchase, let's proceed to our domain and hosting registration. Depending on web hosting company, the registration form may look slightly different. Below are our guides on how to purchase a domain and hosting plan on major hosting providers.
SiteGround is one of three web hosting companies which is officially recommended by WordPress.org. They have been our web hosting provider for several years. You may want to read our SiteGround review and 15 reasons to choose them.
Select A Hosting Plan
Without further ado, let’s start by purchasing a domain and hosting plan on SiteGround. First, click on this link and you will see a page similar to the image below. And next, select your preferred plan.
Domain Name Registration
After that, you will go to the next page. In this step, simply enter a domain you wish to buy and select your domain suffix. Next, click on "PROCEED" button. If it is unavailable, then most likely someone else has registered it. You may need to try other different combination of words. Please refer to the image below.
Create A SiteGround Account
Next, fill in all the information in all fields to create your SiteGround account. If you are a web developer and creating it for your client, don't forget to enter your client information instead.
Once you fill in all the information, please scroll down to the Hosting Services area. In the Data Center field, please select the location of your data center. It is highly recommended for you to choose the data center that is closest to your audience.
Then, in the Period field, please select your preferred hosting duration. Next, select any extra services you need in Extra Services area. After you finish, please click on "Pay Now" button to review this order and process your payment.
As soon as your payment complete, you will receive an email with hosting plan details. This includes login ID and password to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). In which this access will allow you to manage everything such as email, hosting support and all your hosting features.
Bluehost also one of three web hosting companies that officially recommended by WordPress.org. If you have decided to join Bluehost, then let's get started to purchase a domain and hosting plan on Bluehost.
First, please click on this link and you will see Bluehost official website like the image below. Then, click on the Get Started Now button.
Select A Hosting Plan
Next, select the plan you like. As you can see, Bluehost also offers 3 types of shared hosting plans.
Domain Name Registration
Once you select your hosting plan, next, please enter the domain name you choose. Similarly, if you already have a domain name, you also can enter it in the other field. Please refer to the image below.
Create A Bluehost Account
After that, fill in all the information to create your Bluehost account. Alternatively, you can also sign up with your Google account. Please don't forget to enter your client information instead if you creating it for them.
Next, please scroll down to the Package Information area. In the Account Plan area, select your preferred hosting duration. Then, down to the Package Extras area, select any extra services you need.
Once you're done, please scroll down to the Payment Information area. Fill in all your credit/debit card information such as card number, expiration date, and CVV2 number.
After your payment processed, you will receive an email with your hosting plan details. This email contains login ID and password to your web hosting control panel. And with this access, you can manage everything like email, hosting support and using all your hosting features.
Similar to the previously mentioned hosting companies, DreamHost is another one of the three hosting companies officially recommended by WordPress.org. If you choose DreamHost as your hosting company, then let's purchase a domain and hosting plan on DreamHost.
First, please click on this link and you will open a new page like the image below. Then, click on the "Get Started" button.
Select A Hosting Plan
Next, choose your hosting plan. For your information, DreamHost has 2 type of Shared hosting plans, 3 type of DreamPress plans and 4 type of VPS plans. Please click on the title of hosting plan on each group to see which plan suit your need. Then, click on its "Sign Up Now" button to choose the plan.
Create A DreamHost Account
After that, enter your email and strong password to create your DreamHost account. This is the email and password that you will use to login to DreamHost hosting in the future. So don't forget to keep this info somewhere safe and click "Continue" to go to the next step.
Domain Name Registration
You are now in step four where you need to select a domain for your website. Please don't worry about the amount on the top right of the current page as it is not included yet. Now let's enter a domain name for your website and hit an enter to see if it's available. Next, click on "Register Now" button to continue.
Otherwise, if you already own a domain, please enter it in the same field. Then, hit an enter key and click on "I just want hosting" button to continue.
Select Hosting Plan Duration
After that, select the duration of your hosting plan. There are three options available where longer periods offer higher discounts.
Select Extra Services
You now will see Additional Options page where you can add any extra services you need. You also can see the current charge of your hosting at the top right of the current page. Now let's click on the "Continue" button.
Submit Account Information
Next, fill in all the information in the About You area. And of course, if you are a web designer, don't forget to fill in with your client information instead. Besides that, if you have a gift card code, please enter it in the Gift Card field for more discount.
After that, scroll down to Your Credit Card area and click "Add credit card". First, enter your credit card number, card expiration date as well as your CVV security code. Then, click "Use credit card".
Next, scroll down to What You're Getting area and recheck your order and current total. And finally click on "Place Order Now" to process your payment.
You now can access and start using your all hosting available features, contacting support for help or managing everything such as email and many more.
Obviously, registering a domain name and buying a hosting plan is pretty straightforward. I hope this guide can give you an idea of how to purchase a domain and hosting plan. While some hosting providers have their own way of registration, but it will not be much different.
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