How To Register The Best Web Hosting Account

Buying the best web hosting account might not be easy if you’re just getting started online.

Everyone praises on any given company for many different factors.

Good (or bad) experiences, high paying commissions, popularity, because everyone else says so, etc.

However my opinions on this matter are very simple though.

I have tried many hosting companies in the past, including:

  • cheap hosting accounts
  • expensive hosting accounts
  • shared hosting accounts
  • reseller hosting accounts
  • and I’ve even built a server from scratch myself!

So I may know a thing or two on this matter but keep on reading.

Sometimes It Is Smart To Follow Someone Else’s Advice

This is a bit embarrassing to accept but man, I also had to start somewhere!

And being the stubborn mule that I am and that I always want to try things for myself without help, I registered my first domain name many years ago on my own.

Note: I’m not going to go all the way back to when I got started because I’m going to get side tracked so let’s fast forward to when I bought my first domain inside GoDaddy.

Got my domain there and I also ended up getting hosting from GoDaddy.

Super bad choice!

I don’t like to trash companies so I’m just going to tell you I DO NOT recommend GoDaddy for hosting, period.

Before that hosting year was over, I swallowed my pride and asked for a recommendation to someone that made a living out of website developing.

And he told me “dude, is so easy, you use GoDaddy for domain names and HostGator for your hosting account, that’s it.”

Now I don’t recommend GoDaddy because their sales funnel is ridiculous misleading and complex for someone just getting started but for domain names, they’re just fine.

However, if you want the best for domain registration I do recommend Namecheap over GoDaddy hands down.

You can check out more about it on this article: How To Register Your First Domain Name With Namecheap

So enough about domain names, let’s move to the best web hosting account talk!

Is HostGator The Best Web Hosting Account For You?

It took me a few years to come up with the best solution but I can say I have finally found it.

My answer to this is HostGator and I’ll let you know why.

Price.

I believe the price for what you get in return, is simply one of the best out there.

There are other hosting companies that are cheaper and others that are more expensive.

In my opinion the Hostgator price is just perfect.

Tech Support.

I’m not sure where I saw this before but I think they were claiming to have about 120+ live technicians.

Maybe it’s not all of them at once but still, if you ever need to solve out something on a Sunday or even really late on your location, they are ALWAYS there.

You don’t have an idea of how stressing can be to be having a server problem and nobody that can help you immediately.

Scalability.

They offer several plans including shared hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting and dedicated hosting.

All of them are easy scalable in case you need more power, speed, bandwidth, etc.

Important: Buying the Hatchling account inside the web hosting (shared hosting) does NOT allows you to upgrade to a hosting account with multiple domains.

For doing that, you’re going to need to get at least the Baby Plan, I’ll explain all of this in the video.

Features.

Hostgator is literally PACKED with features.

From video tutorials, to e-mail preferences, statistics logs, file management, SEO tools, one-click script installations, domain controller, database management, you have everything you need.

Everything is laid out in a very clean interface which is multilanguage as well.

Conclusion.

I could really go on and on with this but I’m sure you can find plenty of great stories all over the web.

So I’ll just jump on to video instead and show you how you can save a nice amount of money, offer you some great tips and show you what you should be doing after you register your domain name for the first time.

How To Register Your Web Hosting Account With HostGator Video

The video took a WHILE to create and to edit.

It goes for a bit more than ten minutes long and I really believe it shouldn’t bore you because as always, I try to add value in everything I do.

I was trying to separate the buying hosting part from the DNS updating part but I honestly couldn’t pull that off so just check out the video and learn away!

In case you want to learn how to update your DNS from within Namecheap go to minute: 7:30 in the above video.

Buy Your Hosting Account With HostGator Here

By clicking on the below banner you will be taken to HostGator and will be able to buy your hosting account over there.

HostGator.com - Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Website Hosting w/ cPanel

Before You Click Away

This article is complemented by the information given on the video.

And the same holds true for anyone just reading this article.

To get the 25% OFF discount you have to use MARKETINGWITHSERGIO coupon code.

Your Turn

Question: Where are you hosting your websites and why do you think that’s the best option?

Take care everyone and hope to speak to you again tomorrow.

Sergio

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Comments

    • Patrick Griffin
    • May 14, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    I also use Hostgator and I agree with all the points you have made in this blog post.
    The guys they have doing support actually do seem to want to solve problems and when I have called them they have been able to sort out my problems pretty quickly.

    I don’t know how many people they have online for their live support at any one time but I do know that is is a lot.
    The last time I had to use support I was really frustrated to see a message which told me that I was number 120 in a queue to be dealt with. “120 people before me – that will take forever,” I thought…but I was wrong.

    I think it was like a ten minute hold in the end which is perfectly acceptable.

    Their cPanel interface is easy to use and you can even customize it to make it look like you want it to – but to be honest there is no need to make any changes there at all.

    There is one thing I have not been able to work out yet though and that is how to use FTP to upload files to Hostgator.

    Patrick.

    1. Hey Pat,

      I normally use support whenever I have to roll out a full backup when creating a new site or just restoring a client’s site to a prior state and the tech department is impressively fast.

      The cPanel is indeed really easy to use and understand.

      Thank you for commenting and letting me know about your need to understand how FTP works within Hostgator, I’ll create a video for that this same week.

      Take care and speak soon! ;-)

      • Cararta
      • May 14, 2012

      Patrick I don’t believe you can’t ftp to Host Gator!

      Oh well, if you can’t just go use file manager which is what I use most of the time.

      Quick and Easy!

      I love Host Gator, especially the live Chat! We are intimately acquainted.
      That is a Nice Discount Sergio…..
      I had a discount when I signed up….
      They let you use the discount for however long you sign up
      1 month
      1 year
      2 years
      so to really save buy as much as you can afford or need.
      Most of my domain names were bought at Go Daddy, but the
      last 4 were at NameCheap because they are cheaper…the privacy is much less
      expensive than at Go Daddy or Host Gator and the renewal on it is Great.

      Sergio, can you get the old font back?
      I mean the one you used when you were writing
      about the party?
      “What I learnt from my trip to Mazatlem” I miss it, flows better or something?
      Or will I be put in the dungeon for complaining?
      It was different and appealing not so out of the box that everybody has……..
      and you could still stick a picture of the beach or a piece of driftwood or that Pretty Girl in here once in awhile….miss that too.
      Plus…everybody go read my latest article and Leave a comment! I need Help..
      A Completely different look….Not sure I’m going to keep the Doctor!
      C

      1. Hey Carolyn,

        Love it that you realized that Namecheap is way better than Godaddy and you’re right about the privacy cost, you can even get that for free on the first year for any new domain name.

        I was using Thesis with the prior font to this one, I’m still testing fonts and sizes, so far I like this one, is it harder to read for you? I’ll see what can I do about it and don’t worry, I don’t even have a dungeon LOL

        Thanks for stopping by and checking out the article Carolyn, hope you get sorted the YouTube problem soon! ;-)

    • Adrienne
    • May 14, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    I don’t like to bash services either but I have to be honest with you here. I hate HostGator and I’ll share with you why.

    I signed up with a program over a year ago and they wouldn’t let me use my current hosting service, Bluehost, so I had to sign up with HostGator. Now I know this isn’t the norm but I couldn’t even install my blog and have it running properly. I called their service department and even the tech had no idea what the heck was going on and why it wasn’t working. We fought with it for almost two weeks. I mean I was just trying to install it and start working in it and it wouldn’t let me in the dashboard. I had no plug-ins installed, nothing.

    After two weeks of fighting with them I gave up and they refunded my money. Even the service guy had no clue what was going on so I’m sure like I said, this isn’t the norm but it sure put a bad taste in my mouth.

    Glad you’re happy with them like I know a lot of people are. My hosting service is Bluehost and I’ve been with them for three years now. I love them and can’t say enough good things about them. Just like you love HostGator.

    1. Hey Adrienne,

      That’s a very odd scenario you’re describing here.

      The only issue I had with them in the past, was that they were charging me for a hosting account I didn’t cancel in time (I didn’t know how to) so I ended up having two shared accounts and was charged twice.

      I went back and forth with them, the problem was quickly scalated and fixed on the same day.

      When a big problem arises, it doesn’t really take more than a few hours to get solved, no matter what kind of problem it is.

      As for the WordPress problem you had, there’s something that people often confuse here and it’s kind of a big deal:

      ==> Hosting techies are not wordpress experts.

      They don’t fix wordpress plugins or can find out if a blog is working like it is supposed to.

      That’s why sometimes people rant about how useless some hosting company is because “they couldn’t fix their blog”.

      Hostgator has cpanel (just as BlueHost) and inside this cPanel, they load different applications. Hostgator in this case, has Fantastico Deluxe and Quickinstall.

      That is two different one-click installation scripts, both including WordPress.

      A third solution would have been to install wordpress manually, it’s described in high detail in the Famous 5-step Install by WordPress.org

      It was cool to know that you got your money back and now are rocking with Bluehost.

      I’m sorry to hear that you had to go through such a bad experience with something that could have been easily fixed within minutes if the right person had looked at it.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with them and hope you have a great start of week Adrienne! ;-)

    • Akos Fintor
    • May 14, 2012

    The gator rocks my sock off.
    They have never let me or my site down.
    Super easy to install a new blog using Fantastico. Excellent features and if I run into something that I just can’t seem to figure out on my own a ring the bell and chat with an online help.
    They are fast and effective, they really know their shit.
    I’ll stick with it for sure!

    Akos

    1. Hey Akos,

      Awesome insights and welcome to the blog man!

      You’re right in every single word you said, so happy that you’re a fan of these guys as well, thank you for stopping by and showcasing your great experiences with Hostgator.

      PS. Your blog and videos ROCK man, great job!!!

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