Hosting your website is not a big deal if you are from Europe or America, where people have bank accounts, debit and credit cards that are authorized for online transaction. In countries like Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya and other developing countries, access to online accounts is neither easy nor affordable. For online purchases, people in such places have to go to their banks and pay extra money to use the bank’s MasterCard. For buying popular hosting and domain services, they go through a third party service provider, which is more expensive than direct purchase.
However, international debit card service like Payoneer is now available to freelancers and online sellers in hundreds of countries including the least developed ones, and such freelancers can now easily buy anything online- from electronics in Amazon.com to hosting plans in Hostgator. Besides Payoneer MasterCard, you can use any type of international credit or debit card to buy hosting plans and packages. If you have a PayPal account, then all you will need is the PayPal username and password to make the purchase, whereas while purchasing by debit/credit card you need to fill out a lot of extra details (acc name, card number, CVV, expiry date etc)
Freelance writers or anyone interesting in sharing their ideas or creativity to the world will gain a lot from blogging, and by a targeting a particular niche, a blogger can attract large number of loyal followers. With a live website or blog, you can not only practice your writing skills but also learn useful online tactics to drive visitors traffic to increase your online earnings as well as expand your online customer base. If you have a great idea for a blog, I suggest buying a domain and hosting plan right way. Investing money on your own hosting and domain will give you the motivation to continue writing. Furthermore, self-hosted websites are more customizable and support advanced SEO and web analytics plugins that are unavailable on free blog sites like blogger.com.
If you have no idea how to design a website, you can learn how to setup WordPress, which takes only few minutes. There are numerous free WordPress tutorials on YouTube. You can also easily install numerous awesome WordPress themes to instantly give your website a professional look. All in all, the benefit to cost ratio of hosting your own website will definitely be high, so it is highly recommended that you start early.
The whole process of buying domain & hosting, setting up WordPress, adding a theme and finally getting your website live, will take you less than 10 minutes.
How to Buy Hosting and Domain with Payoneer MasterCard
How to choose a Domain Name
Buying a domain name is much easier than coming up with the name for your website. The website name is very important because you are going to stick with it for a very long time. You can either come up with a name that is SEO friendly or a name that is more suited to be a brand. So decide on a name that is best suited for your need. If you want to build a brand out of your blog or website I suggest you come up with a cool and catchy name- example: Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, Brainpickings. If you just need faster traffic from a niche then you can use SEO keywords on your domain name. Example- makemoneyonline.com, namecheap.com, bestandroidphones.com etc. You can also try combining a SEO keyword with another word to come up with a cool brand name example- androidauthority, highonandroid etc. Prepare a list of cool/wacky/professional website names and then short list them. Ask your friends for opinion. You can even do a survey to find out which one sticks more in the mind of the audience.
If it’s a generic name, it’s highly possible that your website name is already taken so you may have to come up with a different name. You can add extra letter or word at the end of the domain name or tweak the spelling to get a clever sounding name.
In the sections below, you will learn how to choose an appropriate hosting plan, how to check the availability of your domain name, how to make payment, and how to setup your WordPress website.
What is the best HostGator hosting plan for my website ?
There are numerous hosting service providers like HostGator, Bluehost and Godaddy . I’ve been using HostGator for many years and I’ve found them to be very reliable not just in terms of their prices but also in terms of fast customer service.
Go to HostGator’s “Choose a Plan” page. Now you will need to choose a plan or hosting package suited for your needs. Hostgator provides three type of hosting packages, which is designed for different types of customers- bloggers, small businesses or large companies that get huge volume of traffic everyday.
Signing up for a HostGator hosting plan for your blog/website
HostGator offers three types of hosting plans: Hatchling, Baby and Business. Which one is the best? If you are going to open a full-fledged online business and expect huge traffic spikes in the coming months, go with the priciest option i.e. “the Business Plan”, which gives you unlimited bandwidth, private SSP & IP and a free toll-free number. If you want to host only one website or blog, then the “Hatchling Plan” is the cheapest option. However, if you don’t want to pay high but still want to be able to add/host multiple websites in the future, I suggest choosing the “Baby Plan“, which is reasonably priced and lets you add unlimited domains or websites.
After deciding on a hosting plan, simply click “Sign up now”. Now you will be directed to the registration/billing page.
On the form, first you have to enter you domain name. If you have already purchased the domain name from a different site, click “I already own this domain” tab and enter your website name. If you want to buy the domain from Hostgator itself then select “Register a New Domain“. Now Hostgator will check for the availability of the domain name. If the domain name is already taken, you will have to come up with something else. After adding your first domain, it will be set as your Primary domain. You can later add other domains (websites) as add-on domains via CPanel.
Next, you have to choose a billing cycle – 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 24 months or 36 months. Of course, you get discount for advanced payment of longer billing cycle. However, I suggest purchasing the hosting plan for 1 year (12 months) so that you can easily switch to another hosting provider in case you want to later. If there are HostGator flash sale promocodes available, offering over 60% off in all packages, then it makes sense to buy three years hosting.
Buying hosting with Payoneer MasterCard, Paypal or other methods
In the billing info section, simply enter your personal details- Email address, Name, Phone, Street Address, zip code etc. In the payment type select “Credit Card” (for Payoneer users) or PayPal. If you chose Credit card as your payment option, enter the name on card (your name), card number, CVV code (three digits on the back of the card) and the expiration date on the card.
If you chose PayPal as your payment method then you just need to enter your PayPal username and password.
If you need extra security, you can buy additional services like sitelock, codeguard etc, which will cost you extra. As a newbie blogger, I personally don’t have any use for these services so I unchecked those options in the form.
In the next step, you have to use a HostGator discount coupon code or promocode so that you can save some money on your purchase. Right now you can get over 20% discount on various shared & reseller hosting. Another offer lets you get the first month of hosting for just 1 cent. Every month, HostDator does flash sales that offer up to 60% off on all hosting packages. You can check the latest HostGator flash sales/coupons/promocodes here: Hostgator best deals and discount coupons 2016 . However, if you have a great website idea, don’t delay getting it live just because there’s no discount or sales available for hosting and domain.
Now assuming that you’ve copied an available discount coupon code, enter the code in the appropriate field in the registration form and click “Checkout Now”. You are all done. Now you have successfully registered a hosting plan and domain name for your website.
After successful purchase, you will also get an email from Hostgator customer support. The email will have the username and passwords to login to your billing and CPanel accounts. Save your login information in a secure location in your hard drive or secure cloud services like dropbox.
1-Click WordPress auto-installation and final website setup
Now that you’ve purchased your domain and hosting, it’s time to setup WordPress for your website or blog. Login to your CPanel, Select “QuickInstall” , which is under Software and Services section. On the new page, click “Install WordPress“.
During the installation process, you will be asked to enter the Title of your Website, and setup Login details(admin username and password). That’s it, your website is all set up. You can start adding themes, categories and posting contents right away.
You can open a browser, enter your domain name and view it online. Note that your website will not show up/go live instantly. Wait 4 to 8 hours for the network to access information if your domain name has a “.com “or “.net” extension. Other type of extensions may take up to 48 hours.
Besides WordPress, you can also install other CMSs like Joomla, Drupal etc for your blog. Now that your website is live on the internet, read these useful tips for newbie bloggers to get started.
How to add a domain name purchased from other sites to HostGator
Some people like to purchase domains from different sites (BlueHost, NameCheap, GoDaddy..etc) and then add it to a different hosting service provider. Mostly, there is only $1-$2 difference in domain registration prices offered by different domain name services. If you have already purchased domain from a different company then you will need to follow additional steps of adding domain name address to your hosting account. It is quite easy. If you already have a domain name from sites like GoDaddy, NameCheap, BlueHost etc , here is how you can add it to your Hostgator’s CPanel:
Login to your CPanel and add the domain name you just purchased. Select “add domain” option and then type your domain address (without http:// or WWW). Now, on the left sidebar look under “Account Information” section for the “Name server” addresses. Copy them.
Open another browser tab and login to your Namecheap (or any other) domain name account and then add the name servers addresses by going to “Domains” >> “Manage“.
After successfully pointing the domain name to your server address, you can go back to your CPanel and install WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or any other CMS for your website. Refer to previous sections for the steps on how to install WordPress for your website.