Hello and welcome to this article about Namecheap web hosting. If you have stumbled upon this post from Gawd knows where, you may be interested to know that this is from a series of articles from a Kindle eBook called, “How to Set Up a WordPress Website from Scratch.” If you would prefer to buy the book to make life easier, feel free to download it by clicking the image below.
This is the second article in the series “How to Set Up a WordPress Website from Scratch”. Now that you have a domain name, you need to buy Namecheap Web Hosting. As I already said in the article on buying a domain name, I use Namecheap for all my domain names. This is not only because it is cheap but also because it makes everything a lot easier.
If you buy your domain names from one registrar and then hosting from another website, you have to play around with nameservers. While this isn’t particularly difficult, it does add another layer of ‘stuff’ that you have to do. Basically, my philosophy is to keep things as simple as possible, which I strongly recommend you have as your philosophy as well. So, not only do I buy my domain names from Namecheap but also my web hosting.
So, in this section, we will look at how to do the following:
– Buy your web hosting
– Install WordPress on your site
– Set up an email address
– Set up email forwarders
Just before we start, make sure that you have got your domain name. If this is your first reading of this book, then carry on reading. However, if this is your second reading and you are setting up your website, you must have a domain name before you can set up your hosting. So, if you haven’t got it yet, this is the time to buy your domain name.
Buying Your Namecheap Web Hosting
If you search about different types of hosting, you will find so much information that not only will your head end up spinning but you’ll also end up doing nothing. So, with that in mind, I’m going to show you the easiest way to buy hosting for a price that will make you extremely happy.
Please note: As always, there is a video you can watch is you prefer the more visual approach. You can find the video by clicking here. Remember though, there is information in this article that may not be in the video so don’t JUST watch the video.
Step 1: Shared hosting
I am assuming you are still logged in to Namecheap. If not, please log in first. Now, hover your cursor over ‘Hosting’ and click on ‘Shared Hosting’.
You will notice that when you hover over ‘Hosting’, there are lots of different options. Now, if you want to research all of them, please feel free. However, I use ‘Shared Hosting’ because it is cheap and it is the best choice. I’m going to assume that you will do the same.
Step 2: Stellar Plus Hosting
When you click on ‘Shared Hosting’, you will the page below. You have three choices. The one you choose is up to you. However, I would go for the middle option called ‘Stellar Plus’. Basically, with this one, you can do whatever you like, host as many domains as you want, install WordPress on as many sites as you like, and have as many visitors as you want.
Your next choice is whether you pay for a full year or month-by-month. I would pay for a full year’s worth of hosting, rather than by the month as it’s cheaper. You’re paying about £25 or $30 for one year’s hosting, although that price might change in the future. I honestly believe that you cannot do better than this price. If you can, it probably means the hosting you’re buying is crap, which I can guarantee Namecheap’s hosting isn’t.
Also, please note that you get 50% off for the first year. However, even without the discount, that’s an excellent price as you get lots of free SSL certificates, (more about SSLs later).
Step 3: Selecting Your Domain Name
Once you have clicked ‘Get Started’, you will get taken to a page which will ask you to confirm your domain name. Now, because we have already bought our domain name, you can choose ‘Use a domain I own with Namecheap’.
I am assuming you have actually got a domain name. If you haven’t, for whatever reason, you can choose ‘I want to get a FREE .website domain’. However, if you STILL haven’t got a domain name, I strongly suggest that you abandon this part and go back to Chapter 1 and follow the steps to get one.
You should now be on a page which will let you select your domain name. On the right, you should see a button saying ‘Select’. Select it and it should change to ‘Selected’. Once you are sure that you have done everything correctly, click the ‘Continue’ button on the right.
Step 4: Confirming Your Cart and Paying
Once you have got to the next page, you will see a list of things that you have in the cart. All you should have is the ‘Stellar Plus’ package for you hosting. If you have anything else, then you probably want to remove it. If you are happy with everything on your page, click the red button to be taken to the payment page.
Once you arrive on the payment page, you will be asked to add your credit or debit card details and you will then need to pay. Having already bought your domain name, the process for buying Namecheap Web Hosting should be pretty straightforward as well. You are now not only the proud owner of a domain name but also web hosting. Congratulations!
Now, remember that the money you have spent is only for the first year. You will have to renew both the ownership of your domain name and hosting each year. However, you have still spent very little money and after a year of owning a website, you can either pay to carry on or if you decide whatever you are trying to achieve isn’t for you, just cancel your next payment.
Step 5: Changing Your Nameservers
Now that you have bought your hosting, there is one more thing that I want you to do, which is to change your nameservers. If you already did this because you watched the first video, then you do not need to do this. However, you may want to check again to ensure everything is as it should be. If you didn’t watch the first video, then don’t panic, this is easy.
First thing is to get back to your dashboard in Namecheap. Scroll up if you can’t remember how to do it. Now, you should be able to see your domain name, products, expiration date and, on the right, a button that says ‘MANAGE’. What I’d like you to do is click on that. If you look on the left, you can see the following:
– Status and Validity
– Redirect Domain
What I’d like you to do is click on the arrow on the right of the box in the ‘Nameservers’ section and change it to ‘Namecheap Web Hosting DNS’. Make sure you click the green tick on the right to save your changes. This will now mean that when we get to setting up your website, everything will work nicely.
Even more congratulations! You have now bought hosting for your website AND set up your nameservers. Take a break and have a cuppa. You’ve earned it!
Namecheap Web Hosting Summary
And there you have it. Congratulations! If you have got this far then you have managed to buy your web hosting and sorted out your nameservers. In the book, there is also installing WordPress and setting up your email addresses and forwarders. However, I thought it would be best to split up the chapter into multiple posts to make things a little easier. You can check out the next article on installing WordPress on your website here.