I decided that after all this moving of my website from host to host. I’ll just share how I started off my website for under $10, for Malaysians out there it’s basically for approx. RM40, though Malaysians are desperate for some relief on the US Dollar side. I wanna keep this guide as short and streamlined as possible. Okay so let’s start up.
01|Where do I start from?
Okay there’s two main things you need to setup your website. You need to have
- Domain, you need to have a domain. That’s not all of it. Currently domains are going very very cheap. You could get a domain name from 1and1 or GoDaddy for less than $1/RM4.07 for a year
- Hosting, you need a hosting provider to store/host all of your website content online. We highly recommend namecheap for their excellent affordability and price. Their shared hosting starts for under $10, after slapping a coupon I got mine for something around $7, that too for a whole year!
Total : $8.50~
Note: It is very very important to keep note of the username and password you chose while signing up for your domain and hosting
02|I’ve have both of them, now what?
After you have bought both (the hosting and domain), you need to point your domain to your hosting. Oh okay, well how did I do that?
It’s a pretty simple process, when you’ve purchased your hosting, you will receive an email from the hosting company with the credentials of your hosting. Look for the nameservers in the email that your hosting provider sent you. Most commonly they are a pair of two URLs (or if that’s how do describe it they look sorta like this
Okay next up. I need you to keep this email open in the background. Now head over to the website where you got your domain from and login over there with the credential you used while signing up. After logging in, go into the settings of your domain. There you’ll find an option called “Edit DNS” or “Edit Nameservers”. Open it. Insert the nameservers there.
03| Okay nuchuck! I’ve learnt so much today, I must’ve beat the developers, what’s next?
Okay so what we basically did in the past steps was that you told your domain that your website is being hosted at that hosting provider. For this action to take effect, you’ll have to wait for a few hours until a day, it really varies.
04| Okay I’m up, where’s my website?
You aren’t finished building up your website yet. Now is the time to work on your website. For this guide, we will be installing WordPress. To install WordPress, you have to login into CPanel.
To login into cpanel open “yourdomain.com/cpanel” (replace yourdomain.com with your website url) It’s pretty straight forward.
Now you have to pay the email a visit. Now open up the email you got from your hosting and there you’ll find your login credentials for CPanel. Input the credentials into the CPanel tab you just opened previously.
Now you’ll be redirected to this or similar page
I guess now you’re on your road and now am on my road. I really hope this guide helps as many people as possible and I am very happy to answer any questions in the comments below. Just hook us up.