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  STEP 3 – VIDEO 3

 HOW TO SELF
HOST YOUR SITE
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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT

   In this video we’re going to be having a look at how to set up your web hosting.


   In this Lesson
            • What makes a good web host
            • How to purchase your web hosting
            • How to link your domain name to your web hosting


   What is web hosting?

   Well every website on the internet has to live on a web server, and a good web server allows your
   site to be accessed very quickly from just about anywhere in the world at any time of the day. So
   to buy access to a web server you visit what is known as a ‘web host’.


   What makes a good web host?

   There are a couple of things that I look for when I buy from a web host. A good web host isn’t
   restricted on silly things. Just to give you an idea of what to watch out for, you want to make sure
   that you can host more than one domain name with your hosting. You probably aren’t going to
   stick to only making one website in your entire life, at least I hope you aren’t.




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT

   So you should make sure that you’re able to add extra domain names to your hosting package
   later down the line. Other things to watch out for is not having enough disk space or only having a
   limited number of databases.


   A good web host is also reasonably priced. When it comes to web hosts I often find that you get
   what you pay for. Now that doesn’t mean a really, really expensive host is going to be really, really
   good. But it does usually mean that a really, really, really cheap host can well turn out to be quite
   bad.


   A good web host has good customer support. They must be fast and they must know what
   they’re doing. If your website suddenly goes down in the middle of the night, you don’t want to
   email them and find out that they’re going to take 3 days to respond to your email.


   You also don’t want to phone them up and find yourself in a half hour conversation with a
   customer support person who clearly has no idea how to help you. One thing I recommend
   before you buy your hosting is that you check out the customer support to make sure it’s of a high
   standard.


   And finally, a good web host has really good ‘uptime’ which is a measure of how often the web
   host is online. For every minute that your website goes offline there is a minute of potential sales
   that you miss out on.


   Buying your web hosting




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




   When it comes to good low cost web hosts I generally recommend HostGator. I’ve had very few
   problems with them and they have very good customer support, good uptime and are reasonably
   priced.


   If you do decide to join HostGator and you want to be really, really nice to me and send me a
   small commission, then this is the link to go to http://www.affilorama.com/recommends/hostgator.
   Of course you can go direct to the HostGator.com website but I’m an affiliate marketer and hence
   I’m giving you my affiliate link.


   Now when it comes to buying your website, the first thing you do is you click on ‘View Web
   Hosting Plans’. Now this screen shot is what it looked like at the time of recording the video.
   HostGator changes the look of their website quite frequently so it may look a little different by the
   time you read this. But one way or another you want to click on a link that says something along
   the lines of ‘View Hosting Plans’.



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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




   And then I recommend that you choose what is called their ‘Baby Plan’. And that’s where they
   allow unlimited domain names, unlimited disk space, unlimited band width and a shared secure
   socket layer certificate (which you don’t need to know about).


   The plan on the left is $1 a month cheaper but you only get to host one domain name with it. And
   that’s big – the fact that you can host unlimited domain names with the ‘Baby Plan’.


   You don’t really need to have your toll free number although the private IP address isn’t a bad
   thing if you want to go with the ‘Business Plan’. I recommend the Baby Plan as perfectly sufficient
   for what you’re doing here, so I would click on the Baby Plan if I were you.




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




   Then what you do is you choose a domain name.


   Now if you’ve gone through one of the previous lessons where we registered the domain name,
   then you will have already registered your domain name through probably a different company
   than HostGator.


   There are a few reasons for that – one being the fact that if you do it through HostGator their
   domain name management isn’t as good as specific specialised domain name companies and it
   can be a little bit of a nuisance if you do decide to move your web hosting to another company in
   the future.


   It’s easier if you keep your domain name separate so you an just login and change your name
   servers and it’s very, very easy.


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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT

   Secondly they charge more for the domain name per year than most specialist domain companies
   like ‘GoDaddy.com ’ or ‘Affilorama Hosting’ for instance. It’s cheaper there than it is here.


   So what you do is you enter your domain name. You can register it through here, but I
   recommend that you register it separately as you saw in one of the previous lessons. You enter
   your domain name there, and you click ‘Continue to Step 2’.




   Now you go ahead and enter a username, a security pin and your billing information to purchase
   your hosting.




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




   After doing that you should receive an email which contains the details about your new hosting
   package and how to login like what you see above.




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




   Now if you use those details from that particular email, you should be able to access your new
   web hosting C Panel which will look something like this above.


   Linking your domain

   Now let’s take a look at linking your domain name to your new web hosting.


   First of all go back to the email that you just received. You will need the two name servers that
   were sent to you in your email.




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT

   They may look a little different to my ones but they should say something like ‘ns’ followed by
   some number, then ‘.hostgator.com’.




   Now login to your domain registrar.


   Because I’ve registered my domain with Affilorama Domains, that’s what I’ll use to show you how
   to change your nameservers for your domain. It will be different for you if you’ve registered your
   domain with a different registrar, though it’s likely to look like something very, very similar in
   process.


   They’re all very much the same. Once you’ve logged into Affilorama Domains, select your domain
   from your domain list. In my case it’s ‘enlightenmentgateway.com’.



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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




         Then you click on ‘Nameservers’ and then you select the menu item that says ‘Set Nameservers’
         like you can see below.




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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




          1st Nameserver: ns3143.hostgator.com                        2nd Nameserver: ns3144.hostgator.com




   Now click on ‘I have specific nameservers for my domains’. Then put those two nameservers
   from your email into the Nameserver 1 and Nameserver 2 fields.


   Note: You don’t need to worry about Nameserver 3 and Nameserver 4.


   Then click ‘Save’.



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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT




    Now your domain will update to link to your new hosting.


    Sometimes this will take as little as 20 minutes. Other times it can take 72 hours.


    Once it’s done you should be able to visit your domain in your web browser and see the
    HostGator default ‘Getting Started Page’ which means that your domain is now correctly linked to
    your hosting.



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HOW TO SELF HOST YOUR SITE                                                                   affilo BLUEPRINT


          Homework

          The homework for today’s lesson is to –


                   • Buy some web hosting. As I’ve said, I recommend the HostGator ‘Baby’ package.
                     If you want to buy through my affiliate link and be really nice to me, then the link to
                     go through is http://www.affilorama.com/recommends/hostgator. Or if you want to
                     bypass my affiliate link then just go to hostgator.com.
                   • Once you’ve bought your hosting, connect your domain name to your hosting as
                     I’ve taught you in this lesson, and check that it works.




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