Ok so if you made it this far, GoDaddy probably wasn’t blowing you away in terms of learning how to register a domain name. However, after registering a domain name, most business owners are lost. This video will walk you through setting up your hosting account (aff link). You don’t have to use HostGator you can use other hosting companies and many of them are very similar, but I’ve found that the speed with Hostgator as well as some other benefits (from a management side) that it’s just the best fit.
First off, when you got to HostGator you’ll notice the pricing models. I tend to recommend the one in the middle. Their budget model won’t offer you enough features, size and bandwith unless you’re planning a family only blog. This is also true of most $8.95 hosting companies. The hosting that is provided at that level will work just fine for non-commercial endeavors such as hosting a photo blog for the family or maintaining a Home Owners Association site. You could opt for the baby plan at $7.95 then upgrade to the business plan at $12 or $13 a month. When you start getting leads and real traffic, it’s time for a VPS or a dedicated server which just means more stability during peak surfing hours and MORE SPEED.
Basically if you are a business owner you need to look at your budget and the “why” of your website. If it’s to generate sales, then go with the business plan to start off with. If you have over 1000 customers, then you will need a VPS (Virtual Private Server) or a dedicated server. It’s not important to know what these are, but here’s a computer analogy that works well.
Imagine you needed to take shower at your home. Most days you hop in and get hot water. However, now imagine if you had everyone over after a long day and they all wanted hot showers at once. Chances are hot water would be gone and it’d take a while to come back. That’s like hosting. At the non “PRIVATE” or “DEDICATED” plans, you are sharing the hot water so to speak. When you jump to a VPS or dedicate server it’s like having you’re own personal shower with your own reserve of hot water.
Enough about that, now you have your account but hosting does not work without a domain. Good thing you have already gotten a domain. Once you’re done signing up they will tell you some information about your service. One of those is about the “nameserver.” Don’t stress yourself out about what this is, but really it’s just like the phone number for your domain if you will. Once signed up, you simply need to go back to your domain provider and click on “domain manager” (you might have to sign in) and put the nameserver in where it says.
Just a note about these companies. You can call Hostgator or Godaddy and get person to person, help and walkthrough. GoDaddy will actually help you even if you aren’t a customer of their hosting (which I am not).