So what in the heck is web hosting? Web hosting providers are online service providers that store or “host” your blog and makes it available on the Internet for people to view. There are tens of thousands of web hosting providers and it really does matter which provider you choose. The same old saying goes online “you get what you pay for”. Many web hosting providers can pop up and disappear overnight and that’s not something we want to have happen especially after all the work we’re going to be putting into our blog.
This is where my experience will help you out tremendously, you can thank me later! I have hosted with dozens of web hosts, have been screwed over by many and have been wowed by some. My recommendation is GreenGeeks because they have been exceptional when it comes to technical support, reliability and their commitment to the environment. Your blog will actually be carbon reducing when you host with them, cool right?
They also make it stupid easy to create a blog, really… 1 click.
However, since GreenGeeks is so good, they do charge a bit more than some of the other crappy hosts out there. Here’s the good news though, I was able to talk to one of their sales people and negotiate BIG savings for those who use this guide. When you follow any link on this guide to GreenGeeks, you’ll get a whopping 51% discount from their regular monthly rate. You’ll see their discounted $4.95 rate along with the special coupon for $30 off the order. You’ll also see that you’ll get a free domain name registration and free setup.
Congratulations, you’re actually paying less than I am!
Follow the steps I have outlined below to create your blog. The process should take you no more than 5 minutes start to finish. You’ll then be on your way to writing posts on your new blog.
#1. Click the button below to claim the discount & sign up
When you click the redeem button above, you’ll land on the page that looks like this:
Click on the Sign Up Now button. This will take you to the next page which will ask you to enter in your domain name as seen below:
You will need to enter in the domain name option in the I Need a Domain box. The form will fail and let you know that it did if the domain name is not available or invalid. Continue to alter the name until it progresses to the next page where it will ask you for your address information.
Once you have finished entering in all of your contact details, payment details and package plan. I suggest the 3 year term for the deepest savings and will take care of you for 3 years. Click on the Create My Account. You’re almost done…
After successfully creating the account, your account will be verified by GreenGeeks staff to ensure the order is legitimate and not fake. This is important because it further protects existing customers on their servers such as your blog from malicious behavior from hackers, etc. Once verified, you will receive an account activation e-mail with all of your login details. In the next step, I will show you how to install the blogging software WordPress which is going to be used to create your blog.