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Set up Your Web Hosting Account - Class 2 of 6, Website Basics Course

teacher avatar Andrew Tye, Founder of Lunar

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Website Basics Course

    • 2. Overview of the Website Basics Course

    • 3. Set up a Web Hosting Account in Minutes

    • 4. Connect Domain Name (Class 1) to the Web Hosting Account

    • 5. Alternative: Use a Combined Domain Name + Web Hosting Solution

    • 6. Set up Web Hosting

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About This Class

Set up your own web hosting account using the service provider of your choice.

You will have step-by-step instructions and a Case Study to guide you. The Case Study corresponds to the Project for each class and as you progress through all 6 classes in the Website Basics Course the Case Study will continue and tie everything together.

***After taking this class you will be ready for Class 3 of the Website Basics course***

The complete Website Basics Course: Learn how to register a domain name, set up web hosting, create 1st website, and edit pages with pictures, links, video, WordPress, and PayPal

This course will show you how to find and register your very own unique domain name and setup a web hosting account. It will also guide you through the process of creating your first web page. You will also learn how to edit web pages using different methods, and manage your files on your hosting account and your local computer.

  • More than 3 hours of content
  • List of useful links and resources
  • Step-by-step guides
  • The tools you need to be successful
  • Live example pages and templates
  • Case Study for one website to tie it all together

You don't need to know anything about domains, hosting, HTML, CSS, or Jquery

We will start at the beginning and go through the process step-by-step. The course is structured in a logical way so you can follow along with each lecture and end up with your own website that is hosted online and located at your personal domain name.

After taking all classes in the Website Basics Course you will be able to:

  • Register a domain name - Class 1
  • Set up a web hosting account - Class 2
  • Create a basic web page - Class 3
  • Edit a web page using different methods - Class 4
  • Monetize a website with Affiliate Links - Class 4
  • Upload a web page to a hosting account - Class 4
  • Understand other options for getting a ready-made website platform - Class 5
  • Understand options for eCommerce and Blogs - Class 5
  • Install WordPress on a website - Class 5
  • Find out about more advanced topics - Class 6
  • Put a PayPal button on a website - Class 6

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Andrew Tye

Founder of Lunar


Andrew Tye is an entrepreneur and consultant with experience in a broad range of industries. He has worked at multiple Fortune 50 companies, large private companies, global consulting firms, and many small businesses. His formal education began with a degree in Computer Technology and later concluded with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA..

Andrew's most recent publication is Get a Job, available for download here:

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1. Introduction to the Website Basics Course: Hi there. My name is Andrew and this course is about setting up your first website from scratch. Now you've probably seen a lot. Of course, is about how to use HTML and CSS, and you might have even seen some that talked about how to use JavaScript. This is not one of those courses. There's plenty of people that talk in depth about how to code in the program websites. But if you're like me, you have a business or a block for a personal site that you'd like to set up. But you're not sure how to register your domain name, were set up a hosting account. Or maybe you had someone set up a website for you in the past. And now you'd like to know how to manage your files or edit your files without going back and paying a lot of money for that expensive website development firm. This course is for you. If you're an advanced web programmer, you don't need to take this course. This course is for the rest of us. Would like to know how to set up and register a domain name out of set up a hosting account . How to manage it. Edit files on your computer or a three year hosting company, and also this course is to teach you about other options. What you can do if you want to set up an e commerce website. Thanks for checking out my course. My name's Andrew, and I hope to see you later in the lectures. 2. Overview of the Website Basics Course: Hello and welcome. Before we get started, I'd like to go over What? What we're going to cover during this course and what you're going to gain by going through the lectures. I also know that you paid a lot of money for this course, and I don't want you to waste your time or your money. If this course is not for you but this course is for you. If you're interested in having your own website or if you just want to learn the basics about setting up in building websites, it's also for you if you want a refresher about setting up a Web page. So maybe you've set up a Web page in the past, but you kind of want to go through the process again. And it's also for you if you've had someone else design a website for you and now you don't know how to manage it. And this is probably the most common thing I've seen is individuals or small businesses went to a Web design firm, got a website designed, got it hosted on the Internet, and now they don't know how to manage it. And so they might want to change, a phone number or an email address or a couple paragraphs on their website. But to do that, they have to go back and re hire this expensive Web design firm. So this course is absolutely designed just for you, and it's gonna help you understand how to make those kind of edits to your files and how to manage a website that you already have. Now, if you're an intermediate to advanced Web developer, this course is really not designed for you. It's not a Web development class per se, but we do go through a lot of Web development topics during the course, and it's Maurin, a beginner stage. So if you're an intermediate to advanced Web developer, then you already know how to set up domain names. You already know how to set a posting accounts. You already know how to edit and manage your files, and you already know about MAWR advanced topics in Web development. So this course is really not designed for you, but you should take this course. If you're setting up a website for the first time, you should take this course if you want to learn more about domain names and Web hosting should take this course if you'd like to know about website options. And what I mean by that is other options that you have in addition to building your own site. And so, as you go through this course, you may decide Hey, I don't want to set up my own website. What else can I do? Or I have any commerce. I it's gonna take me too long to learn all the ins and outs of developing my very own e commerce site. So now what do I do? So we're gonna talk about what options you have in that situation. And lastly should also take this course. If you're wondering what all or what MAWR you can do yourself, maybe you've got a basic website, but now you're you're wondering. Do I need to go hire someone else? Can I do more sophisticated things on my own or not? And we're gonna briefly go over some of the more sophisticated and more advanced things you can do completely on your own. With the help of some online resource is the first goal of this course is to explain domain names. The second goal of this course is to explain the role of hosting companies. The third goal is to create our own basic Web page, and the fourth goal is to manage and upload Web files. The fifth goal is to give you an overview of other options that you have in addition to creating your own Web page. And the last goal is to discuss more advanced Web topics. Domain names. We're gonna talk about what they are and kind of the science behind them. We're gonna discuss how much they cost and where you can get him and where I get them. When we talk about Web hosting, we're gonna talk about what, what it is, how it works and where you can go to get. Web hosting will also discuss some of the Web hosting companies I like and some that I've used and don't really like. Next we'll talk about creating pages. We'll discuss a couple different options that you have for creating pages one using, AH, text editor like a shown on the right, and we'll also discuss more of ah sophisticated user interface. Similar toe how you might edit files in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. We'll talk about where you confined help for creating pages and find examples online. The correct Syntex and then we'll actually work through a basic example similar again to the picture on the right will work through it. Using a text editor will work through it using a more sophisticated editor, and we'll even go through, Ah, using some help documentation online. We'll talk about how to manage your files. So how you can edit your pages through one of the options that I just mentioned or edit your pages right on your hosting account. And then we'll also talk about how to upload files from your own computer. We'll talk about other options that you might want when you're not gonna build your own website. So if you decide to go with any commerce route and you don't want to try building that on your own, which I would not suggest doing, we'll talk about some other options for you. And lastly, we'll talk about some more advanced topics, and I'll give you a very brief overview from my own personal websites and some client websites that shows you what you can do with CSS and photo shop. What you could do with PHP Java script and my SQL just a little bit about me. I started coding or programming about 14 or more years ago, and I actually went to school for a few years and studied computer technology. And that's really where I got my start in Web development. And ever since then I've been involved in some form of Web applications or Web development , and along the way I've helped a lot of a lot of people, my friends or family, and even some clients set up their own websites. I got Teoh work at a university for a few years when I went back to school and actually developed very large scale Web applications there interactive Web pages that students use for projects. And so that's where I learned a lot more advanced topics, and along the way I've got to start several online businesses of my own. I don't mean to be a say that in a boastful way at all, but it's given me a lot of experience designing and developing websites, whether therefore small websites for individuals or their very large and dynamic websites that you might find it a university. A quick note about taking this course, the lectures do build on each other. So please, please don't skip any and I will provide you links after the lectures. So you don't have to try to scramble to write down links. If you see a website that you want to remember, you want to go back to and visit later. Don't worry. I'll provide you the links after the lectures. Guys, this course is for you. So please let me know if you'd like something clarified. And if you're not completely 100% satisfied with the course, please let me know right away, because I'll do everything I can to make it right. And as long as their students taking this course, I'll be looking at the comments and I'll be responding to your questions. And if I need to add lectures, I absolutely will. I want to make this very valuable course for you. So thanks a lot. And I hope you 3. Set up a Web Hosting Account in Minutes: and this lecture will talk about Web hosting. Web hosting is what you need to get your Web pages on the Internet. So if you think about a word document in this example, it could be called your document. The file extension for a word document is dot d o c or dot goc X. It's a very similar situation for Web pages. So your Web page name, maybe your page dot html where HTML is simply the file extension. So instead of your document dot Doc, it's your page dot html. But it's still a file, and so Web hosting puts that file on the Internet. Let's look at a quick example. If you look here, you'll see that here's a Power point presentation. Its domain names dot p p T X. Then, if you look at a webpage, you have example dot html. It's still stored in a folder just like the Power point. It just got a different file extension. So Web Posting is a way to publish that file on the Internet. That's all it is. So how it works your Web pages or your Web files go on a server, uh, at your hosting company and then, in exchange for a few dollars a month you're hosting company publishes them on the Internet at the location of the domain that you purchased like we talked about in the previous lecture. How much does it cost? Usually a few bucks a month. It can be up to 20 or $50 a month for business applications, or even more for huge, huge companies with large scale of users. For our for our purposes, we're probably going to be looking at 3 to $5 per month. You have tons of options for for Web posting. If you start looking online, you're going to see more more options than you can really sort through. Uh, let's look right now, Yeah, just go to Google and type in best hosting companies and you're gonna see so many options. It's very confusing if we just go and look at a couple different comparisons. Um, this one here by PC mag done in 2015. I don't know how to read this page. Honestly, you got a bunch of different options at the top, you scroll down and I don't know how to tell which is better in which is worse. To be honest, here's another option or another comparison. The same thing. Just They have a few of the different companies. It's not even the same companies at the top. All the ratings are pretty much the same. So all this explain what I've used. I've used fat cow in the past for some clients I've used Go Daddy, because that's what they already had. I really don't like Go Daddy. I think they do way too much up. Selling lunar pages is great for some business applications that require Windows servers. Um, in motion is what I'm using right now. It's got some business capability, but it's also priced pretty well for the average consumer like you and I. So I'll take you through a little bit of what you'll see on Fat Cow and in motion. Let's go online and look at those when you go to fat Cal. The biggest concern I have is they do a lot of up selling, and they do a lot of changing of prices. So here's fat cal dot com. You can see the way its price. But then I went back to Google and I typed. In fact, Kalugin and you'll see in a second I come to a completely different page instead of 49 per year. Now it's 3 15 per month. It's just by clicking on two different fat. Kalpage is that kind of thing is pretty confusing to me. I don't like it, but you'll see here they have. They say they've got unlimited disk space, unlimited SQL databases, unlimited domains hosted. Some of these things are pretty misleading. Um, and so I would be very careful if you go to a place like back. How very user friendly interfaces. That's great. But be careful that you really get what you you think you're getting. Make sure you read the fine print. You read the terms that you're agreeing to and also check How much is it gonna cost next year? Because there's a good chance it's gonna cost a whole lot more next year. Here, let's try to find a domain. You just I'm just gonna type in some random name here just to show you briefly how the process works. Yeah, you can get a free domain your first year here. That's fine. But just realize that the next year it's probably going to be more expensive than if you bought it. Say it named cheap like we talked about in the last lecture. So let's try that. Continue. And here you enter all your information and pay. But I want I want to point out to you that if you scroll down, you'll see a bunch of different options. Unfortunately, they've already selected some for you. Now you see here in this drop down, um, that 3 15 price was for two years. That's another way they try to get you. So it's actually Mawr. If you only do for one year and then you'll see here in the green boxes. They've already checked some add ons. So if you're just going to click through and not pay attention, you actually end up paying a lot more because they're trying to up sell here. They've already clicked some of those options for you. That's what it looks like. I just wanted to point out you got to be on the lookout for those extra things. Don't get you now. This is what it looks like. If you go to in motion hosting dot com, we've got several different options. I've used the power option quite a bit now. They've got very similar features. A free domain your first year. If you like that, um, code and all the different languages, everything that fat cow has emotions gonna have if you come down and you look it kind of a comparison of their plans. One thing I really like about their power plan. Although it's six or $7 a month, you can actually put six websites on one account. So if you have six different domain names, you can put them all in this account for the same price where, in fact, how you're gonna have to buy six different accounts at $3 each or $4 each, rather than just buying this one here at $6.5 per month. That gives you the option of six on one account. I use it all the time. I think it's fantastic value for what it is. You can also get the launch version. It's a little more competitive with some place like fat cow. If you really only need one website one domain, it's gonna be five something per month that the fat cow for 12 months, I think was 3 90 or 3 80 So it's a little bit more, but I really think you're gonna have a little bit better user experience. Not gonna get up Sold on as much as you will. Fat cow or go, Daddy. That's it for hosting accounts. In this lecture we talked about why you need a hosting account, what it does and what I use up next. We'll talk about pointing your domain to your hosting account. So in the last lecture you purchased the domain. Uh, in this one, you purchased the hosting account. Next time I'll show you how to link the two. I'm Andrew Tie, and this lecture has been about setting up a hosting account online. 4. Connect Domain Name (Class 1) to the Web Hosting Account: welcome back to our discussion on Web hosting. In this lecture, we're gonna talk about how to point your domain name to your hosting company. If you fall in the last couple lectures, then you might have got your domain name from one company like name cheap. And then you purchased your web host services from another company may be in motion hosting , So now you have to figure out how to connect the two because you have your domain name with one company in your hosting services with another so you can put all your files on your Web host. But when someone goes and clicks in your domain name, they're not gonna see anything. You have to connect him. Good news is it's very easy to Dio, so we're gonna take a look at how to do that right now. If you go to say in motion on another hosting companies have a very similar format. Have an account management panel or it might be called something else. But go to that and you find where it talks about pointing my domains name servers. Click on that and you'll see exactly what you need to see in motion. hosting servers. Name servers. So this is what you're looking for right here. Then you'll go ahead and you'll go to name cheap or wherever you got your domain and you'll figure out where you can do the domain name server set up right here. You'll see this matches what we saw in the last screen, in motion hosting and in motion hosting. This one just has a two in it. You have to put two domain names servers in there. Put that in click save changes, and you're all done. Now your domain name in this case, a w tie dot com is pointed from name cheap back over to in motion. So that's all on how to point your domain name to your Web host. Next, we'll continue talking about hosting, but we'll talk about the options you have of buying your domain name and your Web host services from the same company so you don't have to do the linking We just talked about I'm Andrew tie. This has been a quick discussion on linking your domain name to your hosting account 5. Alternative: Use a Combined Domain Name + Web Hosting Solution: Welcome back in this lecture will talk about domain and hosting services that are combined . Every hosting service provider also offers domain service, and this is the easiest way to do it. And it's certainly the most common way to do it. If you only have one domain name or you think you're only gonna need one domain name one website, then this is the easiest way to go. Earlier, we talked about Fat Callen We talked about in motion. You can see here on fat cow dot com domain name free. Now that's only free for the first year, but it is free if you go to in motion. We looked at them earlier. They also have a free domain, so pretty much any hosting company that I'm aware of. At least the mainstream ones are gonna offer a free domain for the first year of posting if you use their hosting services. The advantages of that our everything's in one place, so you don't have to have two different accounts, and it's also cheaper the first year. The problem is, there's also some disadvantages, and this is why I do it separately. It's not as good if you're gonna have multiple domains. I have a lot of different domains, and it's nice to see them all organized in one place. And then I have my hosting company separate. Another disadvantage. Hosting companies are often going to charge more of the second year. That's the way they start to make back their money for giving it to you free the first year . Now a domain. If you buy your domain at a separate company, it's pretty much gonna be the same year in and year out. So you have to worry about price increases. Another thing is, if you go to a company like name cheap and you, by your domain there, they're gonna offer that who is protection that we talked about earlier? They're gonna offer that free, and the second year they may charge a couple bucks, but it's still gonna be very close to free. Now, if you go to a hosting company, they're going to charge you quite a bit the first year more than the domain is, and then they're gonna charge you the next year. So it's actually if you want the who is guard, it's gonna be cheaper to use separate accounts one for a domain and one for hosting. Another disadvantages of combining the two is the big hosting. Discount companies typically give you a lot of up selling, and I just by and large get tired of all the selling and the marketing and all the price changes. So I choose to do things separately. Either way, the same principles really apply. You need a domain name for your website. Every website that you have. You're gonna have a separate domain name, and you need a place to host your Web pages. Your files. If you choose to use one company for domain names and one company for Web hosting, that's great. If you want to use the same company that works, too. But you do have to have a domain name. You have to have it registered, and you have to have ah, hosting service provider that will store your files online. That's it for this lecture. Next time we're going to talk about creating Web pages and we'll get into actually putting them on the host account 6. Set up Web Hosting: All right. Welcome back to our case study. In the last section, we talked about registering a domain and we went ahead and we registered a domain name, a wild Alaska trip dot com using name cheap. And when we left off, we went to our web browsing when he typed in wild Alaska trip dot com and nothing showed up yet. So now the first thing we're gonna dio is let's go back to our Web browser and see if anything is showing up yet or not. Okay, so I just typed in wild Alaska trip dot com and this is what showing up Now, instead of a blank screen, we're getting all these advertisements so and you can see appear at the top says this domain was recently registered unnamed. Cheap. The domain owner may currently be creating a great site for this domain. So what they're doing is, they figure if we're not going to use the domain name, they're going to go ahead and put some promotional advertisement stuff on it till we're ready to use it. So the next part of the case study is setting up a web hosting account. So we're gonna go ahead and do that right now. And I'm gonna use in motion hosting just because that's what I use for a lot of my websites . But you can use other things as well. A lot of the set up process is going to be similar. But as we talked about in the previous lectures, it's important toe to make sure And you read the fine print and you know how many years is this? You know, promotional price. How many years do I have to sign up for? And, you know, it says unlimited hosting. But what does that really mean? Because we know it's not unlimited. And so just to make sure you read through and you understand what's going on? So that's why I'm I'm showing you what I use because I'm not real familiar with all the fine print and all the details on some of those other big discount sites. So let's go ahead and set up our Web hosting right now. Go back to our browser will go to in motion, and I'm just going to go to this business hosting 59 99 per month and you can get something for a couple bucks cheaper if you wanted to. Wouldn't be a big deal at all. You could come over here and say, Do something like that cow. So they have a huge promotional deal going on this weekend. Um, you're probably not gonna be able to get quite this this good of a deal. Or you could go to Blue Host. I have not used Blue Host. I have read some decent reviews for shared, discounted hosting. They seem to have pretty a customer service, but we'll go back and will use in motion for this case study. Yeah, I'm gonna use 12. Do the 12 months. So it's actually $7 a month, so this one's a little bit more expensive. Go ahead. Hit. Continue. And now right here. I'm gonna say I already owned this domain. Wild Alaska, huh? Trip dot com. They offered me an upgrade. I don't want to take it. So does it continue? And here's where I'm gonna internet on my billing information. I want to show you, if you did go to fat cow would be a very similar process for you. Plan to use the domain already own wild Alaska trip dot com. Continue and a similar thing on Blue Host. You choose the plan you want. I have a domain already it next and enter your information. So we're gonna go ahead and close out. Blue host and fat cow. Okay, so now that we've set up hosting on in motion, let's go back to Wild Alaska trip dot com and see if anything has changed. So I refresh the page. Nothing's changed. Well, that's because we have not linked are name cheap account wild Alaska trip dot com to emotion just by going and purchasing, hosting services and purchasing domain services at different places, they're not sync up. It also. Now we need to sink those together. So that's the next part of our case study linking domain and hosting. So we're gonna go back and do that right now. So I'll go here to Google, and I'll type in, um, in motion, Holstein. You know, point domain, Something like that. I was click on this 1st 1 and see what comes up. This is what we need right here in motion. Host in motion hosting service name servers. So says when updating your domains name servers toe point your domain to in motion hosting . You'll need to use the falling. So now let's go back to name cheap and see if we can find a spot to put these. So here I am. Wild Alaska trip dot com men, My account manager domains modify domain. So I'm gonna click here, transferred DNS domain name service to Web host. And here's a spot for me to enter custom domain name servers. So right, if the default would be this just going to use name keeps, which is the way it is right now. So we're gonna go back to this page we just found Select this hit control C back name Cheap control V To paste it in. This is one is just the same with two in it. Control. See again. Go back. Based in its control, V now have saved changes. So now Wild Alaska trip dot com is pointing to in motion hosting. If we go back to Wild Alaska trip dot com, we refresh it one more time. We're still not going to see anything. It's gonna take a little bit of time for that to propagate. Usually it doesn't take long at all, but it could take I would say up to eight or 12 hours at the most. Most of the time I've seen it. It's just a Knauer, too. So next time when we come back to our case study, we should be able to see something else here. Because Wild Alaska trip dot com is now pointing towards in motion.