How to Setup a Web Hosting Account Video Transcript:
Alright in this video I’m going to explain to you what a web hosting account is, why you need it, and how to get it all setup. Alright let’s get started on how to setup a web hosting account. Okay so a web hosting account is basically if you had a business and you needed to rent an office building essentially this is renting space on the online world and why you need it…you could set up a free blogging account on blogger.com but you’re going to have some restrictions there’s certain things that you’re not going to be able to do plus if Google ever decides to shut down their blogger.com website you would lose all of your data, all of that hard work you put into it.
Whereas, if you own your own web hosting you would have complete control over it. You could advertise on it. You could sell products and services, you could even decide to flip the website if you decided you wanted to sell it in the future for profit. Here’s how we get started. You’re going to go ahead and go to Hostgator.com or you could use my affiliate link below this video and I’ve also provided a promo code for 25% off which I’ll show you how to apply. So you’re going to click on this button called ‘VIEW WEB HOSTING PLANS’ and it’s going to bring you into this page. This page is basically explaining some different options that you can use. Now I’m going to recommend the ‘Baby Plan’ and the reason why is the ‘Hatchling Plan’ is great if you’re only going to create one website but trust me I’ve learned through experience that once you start learning how to create these websites you’re going to want to create more than one.
So a baby plan is perfect because it says right here “Unlimited Domains” so basically you have one web hosting account and you can create more than one website on the same hosting account. So we’re going to go ahead and go with ‘Baby Plan’ and you can pick different selection options. You can either go to a month to month program or you can purchase six months, one year, or three year terms you can basically pay ahead of time and obviously the longer the term the more money you’ll save. In this case we’re going to just set you up with the one year plan and we’re going to click ‘ORDER NOW’. They’re going to go to this order screen and basically you already have a domain which we showed you how to purchase on GoDaddy.com. So you’re going to click this button and you’re going to type in the web address that you have already purchased. So in my case I’m going to type in “anthonytran.biz”.
Then you’re going to go ahead and confirm that you have the baby package and you can change the billing cycle here if you wish. You’re going to go ahead and create a username and create a pin and basically fill in your billing information. Next you’re going to scroll down and they have already preset for you a purchase for a site lock and a code guard which is a backup program. You can purchase these things however in this case I’m trying to give you the least expensive option so we’re going to go ahead and unclick those right at this time. Now as you can see right here, they already preset a ‘SNAPPY’ coupon so you’re total price is $95.52, however if you use my promo code ‘myaccesspass’ and click ‘VALIDATE’, your price drops down to $89.55. So it’s basically a 25% off coupon originally off of a price that would have been $119.40. So it’s a great thing and as you can see right here it’s says 24 hours 7 days a week you get 365 days worth of support. You can call them, you can live chat with them, you can email them.
That’s what I love about Hostgator because they have awesome customer service and it’s a very inexpensive way to first start off an online business. So you’re going to go ahead and click ‘I HAVE READ THIS’ and then click ‘CREATE ACCOUNT’. Now that you’ve purchased your hosting account you’re going to get an email that looks something like this. This is a very important email and you should definitely save it somewhere. You’re going to want to save these login addresses as well. The first one is your billing system. If you ever need to change how your billing system is, you’ll want to be able to access this link with your username and password and then you’re also going to have your control panel log in screen which you’ll also want to save and maybe bookmark.
I’m going to go ahead and click on this and we’ll see you on the next screen. So this is your control panel log in screen. You’re going to want to enter in your username and temporary password that they provided. When you enter you’re going to see a screen that looks like this and I’m just going to say ‘NO THANK YOU’ and click ‘NO I’M FINE THANK YOU’ here. Next, I want to show you how to change your password. You’re going to go to this section it’s called ‘Preferences’ and you’re going to click ‘CHANGE PASSWORD’. Go ahead and type in your old password provided and you’re going to type in a new one and you’re going to click ‘CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD NOW’. There you go! Your password is changed and that’s pretty much the end of this video. Now you know how to setup a web hosting account. In the next video we’re going to show you how to setup an email account.