Initial Setup: Hosting And Domain Name
Follow along with the video below to complete the initial setup. This process should take you around 10 minutes and remember – if you run into any problems don’t hesitate to ask for help!
Some people prefer to follow along by image and text instead of video – that’s completely cool too! I have created a text-based walkthrough that will get you through the entire process.
Text and Image-Based Hosting Setup Walkthrough
Step 1: Go To Websavers Hosting
Select the plan that’s best for you. Typically we recommend starting with the Carbon plan as it’s cheap and you won’t find yourself strapped for resources anytime soon (unlike Helium). Choose your preferred billing cycle and click “Get Started”
Step 2: Choose An Available Domain Name
If you already have a domain name registered you can indicate that on the form. However, most of you probably won’t have a domain name already. Enter the domain you would like and keep “I want Websavers Inc to register this domain for me” checked. It will show you a list of available extensions – for best results, choose a .com or a .net.
If you are successful and the domain is available you should see the following. Simply choose the .com, .net, or .ca (if you’re in Canada) and click “Continue.” If you selected the Titanium hosting plan on a 1, 2 or 3 year cycle, the domain will be free!
Step 3: Select Add-ons
Since you’re setting up your own site, you can simply ignore the “SiteMaker Professional Website Set-up” option. The same is true of “SiteMigrator Transfer Service”.
That said, you might want to consider the Platinum Shared Hosting Management. It’s completely optional, but having it ensures that Websavers staff will be taking care of all WordPress updates, including plugins and themes. Even better, you’ll get 30 minutes of hands-on maintenance every month!
Without Platinum Management, you can ask Websavers whatever questions you have and get advice on how to proceed, but with Platinum Management, you’ll get both advice and action; we’ll take care of things like code changes, content updates, plugin installations and integrations, etc. Say you get a couple plugins installed and they’re working great, but they don’t 100% fit in with your design style. No problem! With Platinum Management, you can ask us to tweak the code to make it better fit in.
Step 4: Make a decision on Privacy and ID protection and click “Update Cart”
The ID protection is what will hide your personal information when someone does a “whois” lookup on your domain name. I use it on some of my domains but not all of them – it really is a personal choice. If you want a bit of privacy protection and anonymity you should choose it – it’s only $10 per year.
Step 5: Fill In Your Account Details
Be sure to fill in all the account information. If you are a Canadian resident, click the “Update Tax” button. If you are outside of Canada you don’t need to worry about tax.
Step 6: Enter Your Payment Information
You can pay by Credit Card, Paypal, or Interac e-Transfer (if you’re in Canada). Fill out all the payment information and click on the green “Complete Order” button.
Step 7: You’re done! You Can Now Login To Your Account
Your account information including the order number and your username and password with the client centre URL was emailed to you. You should have that within a couple minutes. To get to your account you can click on the blue button that says “Proceed to the Client Centre.”
Congratulations! You now have your blog hosting account successfully setup and you can move on to the next section of the guide – WordPress Installation.
Some Tips On Choosing A Domain Name
How To Choose The Best Domain Name
There are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing a domain name. The first is that although choosing a good name is important, it’s not as important as actually getting started. Far too many people never start a blog because they can’t figure out what to call it. Keep it simple. Maybe it includes your name, maybe it’s a play on words in your own life. Whatever you do, don’t let choosing a domain stop you from starting. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:
1. Try to get a .com or a .net. These two extensions are the two most universal and global. They are also the most well known so going with either a .com or a .net is pretty important. Try to find a domain that has one of these available.
2. Make it easy to say and spell. More important than length is the ability to say or spell your domain easily. The domain I choose to go with for this demonstration is “adamsfitnessblog.com.” This definitely isn’t very short, but it is easy for me to say and easy for people to remember. I wouldn’t recommend having it too long but don’t let that get in your way.
How To Check If A Domain Is Available
I have created a video that will show you how to use the Domain Checker Tool to see what domains are available to register. This tool is great for checking the availability, but you will need to follow the above video in order to purchase the domain and sign up for the hosting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do You Recommend Websavers Hosting?
There are lots of reasons I recommend Websavers. Here are just a few:
1. I am a part owner. This means that I am involved with the day-to-day and I have a vested interest in you doing well with your blog.
2. It was built for bloggers just like you. Websavers Hosting is optimized for WordPress and blog hosting. From their one-click installer, to their advanced support and knowledge, they specialize in hosting blogs for people just like you.
3. Rock solid services. At the end of the day you need to make sure your blog is going to be online. With over 10 years experience in infrastructure and hosting, Websavers just does it right.
What If I Don’t Like Websavers Hosting?
There is a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee for your hosting account. All you need to do is let them know and they’ll refund your payment. I really believe Websavers is the best solution for setting up your blog and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the service and support.
Can I Use A Different Hosting Company?
Definitely! This guide is completely free and can technically be used on any hosting account. However, I won’t be able to provide you with the same personal support or help you throughout the process if you get stuck. Since I am a co-owner of Websavers Hosting, it would only make sense that I support those who use the service.
How Much Does Hosting Cost?
You can get started for as little as $20 / year with the Websavers Helium hosting plan + domain name registration. The only catch is that the free Helium plan includes no support from us, so I’d strongly recommend going with the Carbon hosting plan. It’s just $70 per year including the domain name registration! You can always start with Helium, then upgrade to Carbon if you find you do need our help with anything. If you decide to pre-pay for two or three years you will receive an even larger discount. This is the cheapest hosting you’ll find for the service that is provided.
Are There Any Hidden Costs or Fees?
No hidden fees. Some of you may opt to get the ID or Privacy protection on your domain name so that your personal information isn’t displayed in the whois. This is an extra $10 if you do choose to go that route.
I’m Sort Of Lost What Do I Do Now?
Don’t worry about that! Most people who are just starting out get a little lost and confused. All you need to do right now is follow along with the walkthrough video at the top of this page. Once you have the hosting account setup, continue to the installing WordPress page. If you get stuck and need help getting the package setup please don’t hesitate to contact me. I have a 100% success rate at helping people get setup quickly but it is all done one step at a time so that you do not get too overwhelmed.