How to Sign Up for Hosting

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While we are powered by HostYak, we know that people like options.  So this is our signup tutorial for InMotion Hosting

When you go to www.MyHostLink.com you will see that you land on the business hosting page.

The best performance package that you can sign up for is “Pro”. Click on “Order Now” & then chose the registration duration. It will break down to what it would cost monthly but you are required to pay in advance.

If you wish to select “Launch” or “Power” this will work with either one.

NOTE: The best option is VPS but I’m going to use shared “business” hosting for this tutorial if you want VPS all you need to do is to hover over Web Hosting in the navigation and then VPS Hosting and select Managed VPS Hosting – VPS-1000HA-S will work for most websites. Unfortunately, if you are working with a limited budget, this may be too much. (Don’t worry you can upgrade later)

As you move forward with the “Pro” hosting package you’ll see the default price is $15.99 per month. Depending on the specials they’re running, I’ve seen them do 43% off like they are doing at the time of me working on the workbook a few times.

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At the time of me doing this you can get 1 year and it will cost about $107.88. (Prices are subject to change.)

Chose your Data Center – If they have availability for multiple servers at the time you sign up you will see multiple options for your data center. If you see the options, just chose the data center closest to you.

Do not install WordPress here. We are going to do this later so we can customize our advanced settings. So keep this section set to “No, Thanks”

Click on “Continue”.

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Onward to the next step!

But first, just a reminder that we are going to be installing WordPress in a later step and if you want a massive shortcut you can check out the bonus video training at wwww.webdesignwebinar.com (Launching Soon!)

Enter in the domain you want to purchase(if you have not already registered one) on the next page and click search to start the process. Once you see the success message “Great news, thedomainyouwanted.com is available!” click on “Add to Cart” & then click on “Continue”

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If you didn’t follow along as we purchased the domain with HostYak then the next section is for “Domain Privacy Registration”. I highly recommend that you keep the privacy registration setting on. For only about $10/year this will keep your information private so that people can’t do a “WHOIS” reverse search to find your phone number, email address, mailing address, etc. Click on “Continue”

Once you have done that you will need to create a new account. Under “New Customer” please enter your email address & click continue.

On the next page fill out your information to create your account and complete the purchase. Now click “Continue”

Once you get to the “Review Your Order” page, please be sure to go over all of the information. Then you need to click “I Agree” on the bottom of the page to agree to the purchase & Terms of Service. Then click on “Checkout”

Now you have completed the process to register your domain name and have signed up for hosting. The next thing you need to do is check your email account for an email from InMotion Hosting to set your password & verify your account. Please follow along with those emails in order to complete this step.

How To Register Your New Domain With HostYak.com

how to register a domain

Once you have found the best name for your business/project the next step is to register your domain and sign up for hosting.

When it comes to registering your domains there are a few options I’d recommend. The first option is HostYak.com which is what I use for about 90% of my domains. The cost with them (at the time of me writing this) is $13.25/year for a (.com) so it isn’t going to break the bank.

If you choose to use HostYak for your domain you will need to purchase your domain before you continue with your hosting.

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Watch the video tutorial or view it at the bottom of the blog post.

When you land on HostYak.com you will see a domain search box that says “Find your perfect domain name”. Simply type in the name you decided on in the previous step and click on search.

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Once you search for your domain and see it’s available then just click “Add to Cart”

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The next page you land on is the “add-ons” page. The first section you get to is going to be privacy protection. What this does is keep your personal information private from a “Who Is” search. I HIGHLY recommend that you use privacy protection. It’s only $1.95/domain per year!

privacy domain registration

The next option is for hosting, you can host here but I’d recommend you say “No Thanks” and keep going. Moving forward, the last add-on is to add email to your domain. We are going to be using our hosting company to set up our emails so you can go “No Thanks” on this too!

Click Continue with these options.

Before we can check out we need to either Sign in (if you have a HostYak account) or Create Account.

If you need to create an account, simply fill in the blanks and create your account. Then move forward to check out.

If you have an account, sign in and move forward to check out.

Now all you need to do is add a payment option and Complete Purchase.

Sometimes the default setting will set your registration period for the domain to 2 years if you wish you can change the registration period to any of the following duration periods (1 Year, 2 Years, 3 Years, 5 Years or 10 Years) as you change the registration duration the privacy length will increase or decrease accordingly.

You now have your domain purchased. Moving forward you will need to get your hosting & once you have your hosting you will need to come back here and change the DNS. Don’t worry we are going to cover that in a little bit.

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What You Should Know About Website Hosting

What everyone ought to know about website hositng

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Hosting. In this guide, you will receive several lessons that will help you learn the ins and outs of how hosting works, and a review of some good and not so good companies, so that you can choose the best hosting company for your website.

For starters, let’s talk a little about what web hosting is, what features you should look for and how to choose a reliable hosting company. You will want to know this if you are looking to build your own website or hire a website designer.

One way to understand what a web hosting is might be to think of a web host as another computer that has a great deal of space. This is not just another computer like you use at home or in your office. It is a specialized type of computer that acts as a hub to quickly connect to other computers.

Servers can store and manage massive amounts of information. They provide the data backup, storage, email and internet access that we have all come to depend on. This is why they are used by web hosts for customers’ websites.

Customers pay a web host to put their websites on their servers, which allows their websites to be displayed online whenever someone types in their URL or clicks on a link.

There are many different web hosting companies to choose from online, with prices and services ranging from, free, a few dollars a month to hundreds of dollars a month.

When it comes to choosing a good hosting company there are a few important things to consider.

Like good technical support. This is probably one of the most important factors to consider because if your websites aren’t working for some reason, whether it’s a server problem or another glitch, you
will end up losing visitors and customers.

Your web host’s technical support will be where you need to turn for help, so you want them to be fast and reliable!

Here is a tip:

Test the tech support before signing up with a company so you can see how fast they respond and what the experience is like. Most hosting companies have a link to their technical support on their homepage, so click on it, ask them a question and see what happens. If they don’t have a support link/phone number, you should avoid them all together!

You’ll also have to decide what type of hosting account you will need. There are different types to choose from including; shared, VPS, dedicated, etc. Some hosting companies only offer shared hosting, while others have a range of plans available. A company with multiple levels of account is often the better choice because you can upgrade to a higher level account as your websites grow, without having to move your site to a different hosting service.

If you are following along with the Blitz training, we are using “cPanel Ultimate” package.

Finally, you’ll want to check the specifications of the hosting account. This includes things like storage space, bandwidth limits, control panels, and other technical details. So that you can be sure you’re getting enough storage, bandwidth and so on to run your websites effectively.

The process of selecting a web host for your website can be quite confusing for many people. As I mentioned earlier, there are countless hosting providers on the Internet to choose from. In fact, if you do a
search for ‘web hosting’, you will see hundreds of pages of results (if not more).

Here are a couple of tips that will help you decide if a hosting review site is legitimate:

– First of all, if you see only positive reviews on a website, beware!

Any trustworthy website will have both positive and negative reviews. In addition, take note of the content of the reviews. If the reviews are all very simple and do not contain any specifics, it is likely that they were not written by actual customers of those web hosts. Real reviews will contain details, such as a comment about how a technical issue with the host was resolved or an opinion about how easy the control panel is
to navigate and why.

– Legitimate host rating websites will also break down the ratings into categories.

These categories can include types of hosts, such as shared hosts, dedicated server hosts, and reseller hosts. They may also include features, such as cPanel hosts, one-click WordPress Install, E-Commerce hosts, Green hosts, and more.

Once you have found a credible and trustworthy website that is rating web hosting, choosing a web host provider for your website will be much easier.

Keep in mind that not all websites that rate hosting plans are alike! Many are created with the sole purpose of getting people to sign up for the web hosts that they recommend so that they can earn a commission.

(Transparency Note: I do have affiliate links for some of the hosting companies I’m going to review.  I refuse to promote, for profit or not, a product or service I am not willing to use myself.)

There is no doubt that it can be tempting to use free web hosting, especially if you’re strapped for cash and have no way to pay for web hosting when you’re first getting started. While there are times that free hosting can work out OK, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before making the decision to go with a free host.

The biggest drawback to free web hosting is the fact that ultimately you don’t control it. You will always be at the mercy of the hosting company that’s giving you the free hosting. If they decide to shut down, change the rules or the way they operate you’ll have no choice but to accept it.

This can put you at risk of losing, traffic, income and any websites that you’ve built because they could disappear without notice.

You may also be limited on how you can configure your website on a free host. For instance, you may not be able to point your own domain at the site, which means you could wind up with a subdomain on
another site. As an example, if you set up a site on WordPress.com, you could wind up with a URL like cjhallock42blog.wordpress.com.

This is a lot harder to brand as your own site, and it can also make it harder to get ranked in the search engines. Some free hosts, like WordPress.com, do let you use a custom domain so that can be a decent middle ground if you have to use a free host.

Another drawback is that free hosts also often include their own content and advertising on your web pages. If you have a personal website this isn’t a very big deal, but if you are building a business website this can hurt your own conversions for things like email list sign-ups or purchases of your own products.

When it comes to choosing a good free web host it is no different than looking for a paid service, just be sure to do your research, read the reviews and compare features. The bottom line is, free web hosts can be great for personal websites, as feeders to send traffic and build backlinks to sales sites, but they are best avoided for building business websites and generating revenue.

Now, we are going to talk a little bit about the technical side of web hosting, so that you can better understand the technical terms that most web hosting companies use and explain what some of the more important ones mean.

For those of us who aren’t “tech savvy” when it comes to choosing a web host, it can be even more intimidating than buying a new PC. All of the technical terms that the hosting companies use to describe what they have to offer might as well be written in ancient Greek.

Probably the two most critical factors when choosing a hosting plan are storage and bandwidth.

First, let’s take a look at storage. This is the amount of hard drive space you will have access to when you purchase a hosting package. It is used to store all the files for your websites. Including pages, content,
scripts, images, videos, etc.

How much storage do you actually need?

This is a difficult question to answer because it will vary depending on a number of factors:

– How large do you plan to make your website?
– Are you using static HTML or a CMS like WordPress or Joomla?
– Are you going to be using a lot of multimedia content, like images, audio, and video?

Video, audio, and images take the most space so if you expect to use a lot of multimedia content, you will want a hosting plan with more storage

– some even include unlimited storage.

Next, we have the bandwidth. This is the amount of data that is transferred by your web host.

In other words, how much data your visitors are transferring to and from the server when they visit your website. Larger files like; video, audio, and images use up more bandwidth than text-based content. Keep in
mind that as your traffic grows, or if you get a large influx of traffic your bandwidth will also increase.

This can often be hard to calculate before they happen, so it’s a good idea to find a hosting company that offers unlimited bandwidth or at least has an upgrade option available. This way as your needs
grow you will be covered. It is important to look into this ahead of time because if your bandwidth limits are exceeded, the costs can go up quickly and you will be left holding the bag.

The control panel offered by your web host will play a big role in how you will work with your websites. It is designed to simplify the management and administration of your website. It also helps you automate many of the tasks that will make your website more functional.

One of the most common control panels is cPanel. It allows you to handle all of your own administrative tasks like; adding and removing email accounts, managing your database, checking website statistics installing content management functions like WordPress etc.

A web host that has cPanel, will make many aspects of working with your website much easier. Especially if you have no experience with website coding, HTML, or programming. Through cPanel, you can also handle your own administrative tasks.

There are many different control panels available depending on the web hosting company you choose. As you begin your research you may find these more common ones:

Plesk – Its interface is similar to Windows XP and its features are
similar to cPanel.

DirectAdmin – its features are quite similar to cPanel as well.

Hosting Accelerator – It mainly supports a Windows server, it lacks many features common to others and isn’t very user-friendly.

InsPanel – This is a Windows server supporting control panel with many well-organized features.

In this last section, before we review our list of hosting companies, we are going to talk a little bit about shared hosting reseller hosting and dedicated servers, so that you can make the best decision for your websites.

First, let’s talk about the difference between shared and reseller hosting. We talked a little bit about shared hosting earlier in this guide and we learned that it is what most basic web hosting plans offer. With shared
hosting there will be many different websites on a single web server, all of which share the resources such as storage, RAM, and bandwidth, hence the name shared hosting.

Reseller hosting, on the other hand, as the name indicates, is made for people who want to be able to resell hosting to others. It gives you more control over the management of your sites, as well as the ability to set up a unique account for each new website you build.

But most reseller accounts still run on shared servers, so you don’t necessarily get any more resources this way. The main advantage is how you can manage multiple accounts on each.

Shared hosting will let you run multiple websites on one account with a feature called add-on domains. This lets you set up separate websites through a single account, but ultimately they are all running on the same account. As you add more website to the account, managing them all will get more and more complicated. I would recommend you use a text editor for keeping all your information in one location.

Reseller hosting doesn’t usually cost much more than shared hosting. You can find reseller accounts for as little as $7 a month, comparable to many shared hosting accounts. These lower cost plans generally have
a limited amount of storage and bandwidth, but most hosting services will let you upgrade to higher level accounts as you build more sites and your traffic increases, so this isn’t really an issue.

Just make sure you don’t sign up for an account without checking into the hosting company’s upgrade policy. You don’t want any unexpected fees or other surprises when the time comes that you need to upgrade.

In either case, shared or reseller, it’s a good idea to find out how many sites the host will load on a server. Many cheaper hosting companies run hundreds of websites from a single web server. Having so many
sites on a single machine can have negative consequences for your websites.

In fact, it can seriously impact your website’s performance, and you can also be exposed to more problems if any of the other websites hosted on that same server are doing anything shady. You could be found
“guilty by association” by the search engines and other services.

Before we close this final lesson I want to tell you a little bit about dedicated hosting servers and managed hosting services. While you may never have a need for this type of hosting it is a good idea to at least know what they are and what they can do.

These are a type of hosting in which you would lease an entire server that will not be shared with anyone. This is more flexible as well as more costly than shared or reseller hosting.

With this type of hosting you will have full control over the server, including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. Server administration is usually provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases, a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. You will also be able to use as much bandwidth as needed without sharing with other websites.

When it comes to selecting the right web hosting company it is definitely a big decision that should be carefully considered and researched. So, before you select any hosting company, learn about its service, check out its reputation and you will rest assured that you will make the right choice for you.

Hope this helps you!

Talk Soon,

CJ

InMotion Hosting

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Trying to wade through the vast number of hosting companies on the Internet to find the gem that you want for your business can be a real pain. With so many of these companies setting up shop overseas, there are some out there that can take your money and deliver little in return.

They give you poor service with too much downtime, customer service representatives who don’t care about the company’s reputation (or your business) and fees that keep going up. This InMotion Hosting review will show you the difference one company can make in helping entrepreneurs with reliable hosting options.

InMotion Hosting was founded in 2001 by hosting veterans Todd (technical side) and Sunil (biz side) because hosting was a wild west kind of free for all back then that didn’t really prioritize customer needs, so they saw an opening in the market for a company that actually sought to provide excellent service, especially in the area of technical support and customer service.

They rounded up capital from friends and family, maxed out their credit cards, and opened a tiny office on Sprint Street in downtown LA, basically skid row. Momentum started building in 2003, and in 2004 they opened an office in VA Beach to grow the company.

The original VA Beach office was 450 sq feet of Class C office space near Mt. Trashmore that had a couple of hand me down desks and a two-line phone. We’ve grown exponentially since then… with arguably nicer offices in LA, VA Beach, and now Denver.

They’ve also streamlined the hosting process so that you don’t have to have your websites scattered with various hosting companies. They can handle everything you have and they give you unlimited space and unlimited domain hosting with most plans.

Three of their business plans are the Launch Plan, the Power Plan, and the Pro Plan. Most new businesses – especially Internet marketers just learning the ropes, choose to go with the Power Plan, which does effectively meet their initial needs.

With the first one, the Launch Plan, you can get set up for only $6.39 a month if you pay for service for two years at a time. If that’s too long for you, then paying for it by the year is only $7.46 for the twelve months. Unfortunately, for the Launch and Power Plans do not come with monthly billing options.

If you chose the Pro Plan it does come with a monthly billing option. The monthly billing option is only $15.99.

They always have specials running, so be sure to check and see what current pricing is.

InMotion Hosting even offers a great way to make money by taking part in their reseller hosting plan. If you’re looking to start a business, then creating a web hosting company is easy to launch and it can be very profitable.

You can select what features you want to offer from your company and the only one who earns the profit from the reselling is you. It would be a shame in this InMotion review if the spotlight wasn’t placed on the company’s dedicated servers.

When your business grows, this is something you’ll want to invest in because you can have full control over your hosting environment unlike with shared servers. If you look at the plans InMotion Hosting offers, their willingness to give discounts, their determination to make contacting them a pleasant experience, then there really is no reason not to have your hosting needs served by them.