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Lesson 1 – Tour your HostGator Hosting Account

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This video tutorial lesson is the starting point for learning how to build your own business website. You will register a business domain name and sign up for a hosting account. You will also take a tour of the control panel of your new hosting company. Before starting this lesson you should have selected a domain name and signed up for a hosting account. We have an article about how to choose your new business domain name here.

Take a Tour of the Control Panel for your Hosting Account – Watch the Video

  • Understanding the HostGator control panel
  • Preferences
  • Control Panel sections

Sign up for a hosting account

We like HostGator. While there are several good hosting providers out there HostGator has a sterling reputation, their service is outstanding, their cost is reasonable, their system is easy to use and they have a myriad of help videos. Begin the signup process and then watch the video as you sign up.

Register your domain name with HostGator and sign up for a hosting account now.

Further Reading

If you’re like me it’s helpful to get new information like this in a couple of different formats. For this reason I’ve included references in books and other sources for you to consider reading.

WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition – Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Chapter 6 pages 100-118

This book is well worth the purchase price and although it’s scope is somewhat different from ours it does have a wealth of information that is useful to building and maintaining a business website. Chapter 6 has some very useful background information about domain names and hosts. She also describes the traditional method of installing WordPress, which should make you glad you followed this video instead.

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