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In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to register website hosting services with GreenGeeks. I will walk you through the process of setting up both a new domain and starting a hosting plan through GreenGeeks, and also registering hosting services if you already have a current domain you have purchased elsewhere.

Disclaimer: There are many different hosting services to choose from. Please do your due diligence and research for your website(s) needs. 

How do I set up website hosting with GreenGeeks?

1. Select Your Plan

In order to register an account with GreenGeeks, first choose the plan that makes the most sense for your blog or business.

Currently GreenGeeks offers three website hosting plans, a Lite plan, Pro plan and Premium plan. Lite is good for those who only have one website they need to host, pro is intended for multiple websites, and premium offers more in the way of performance and includes a free dedicated IP if you need one.

Once you have selected the best plan that meets your needs, click on “Get Started.”

2. Create a Domain Name (or Use One You Currently Own)

On the next window, you will see “Let’s Setup Your Domain Name” at the top of the page. This gives you two options: create a new domain name or to use a domain you already own.

A domain name is the website address where anyone can find your site on the internet. So for example, you found my website by going to “sitesteps.tech” in your web browser. This is my domain name.

If you have not purchased a domain before, go to “Create a New Domain Name” and enter the desired domain name in the field.

The drop-down menu to the right will give you various options for a Top-Level Domain (TLD, also known as domain extension), which is just a fancy way of saying the “.com” or “.org” “.us,” etc. at the end of your domain. Then click NEXT.

If a domain is already in use, you will see an error message that reads, “Domain is not available. Please try another domain name.” By altering either the domain name or the TLD, you can test to see if another option is available.

You can view a list of TLDs available at GreenGeeks and NameCheap, their pricing, and any footnotes about proper domain extension usage.

Additional information about top level domains can also be found at NameCheap.

If you have purchased a domain, go to “Use a Domain You Already Own” and type in your domain name. Then click NEXT.

3. Fill Out Personal Details

The next window will have “You’re almost live…” at the top of the screen, and beneath will be a registration form. Fill in your email address, name and other personal information, then scroll down to Package Information.

4. Select the Specific Plan Duration

You will see a drop-down menu for the Account Plan which gives you a list of the various plan options they have available.

If you are subscribing using a promotional offer, please be advised that once your plan has ended, your renewal price will be whatever the regular price is at the time, not the next promotional offer.

So for instance, if you register for one month, then the first month will be your promotional price, and from the next month onward will renew and bill at the regular price. If you register for one year at the promotional price, then the next year will renew at the regular price, and so on.

5. Choose any Add-ons

Once you have selected the plan you prefer, scroll down to Essential Add-ons.

Here you will see that Domain Locking and Total DNS Control is offered as a part of GreenGeeks hosting, and you have the option to add ID Protect (WHOIS Privacy) for an additional cost. What ID Protect does is shield your personal information associated with your website registration from being able to be viewed publicly.

There is an alternative free WHOIS protection option which I explain more thoroughly in my YouTube video (and later in this article), but you would have to first register the domain with namecheap.com and then register for GreenGeeks under “Use a Domain You Already Own” if you wanted to go this route. There may even be more options out there, but these are a couple of the ones I am familiar with and have used for some of my sites.

If you have decided to keep ID Protect, simply leave this field checked. If you prefer to not have WHOIS Privacy, then uncheck this field. Just keep in mind that not having any sort of WHOIS protection on your website will allow others to see the personal information (such as your name, address, phone number and email address) associated with your website registration.

One thing I’d like to point out is that if you register with a “.us” TLD, that the WHOIS privacy option is NOT available, even through NameCheap. This is according to the rules for .us TLDs.

Be sure to do some research on the TLD you have selected, as “.us” is not the only TLD that does not allow WHOIS privacy as an option.

6. Select Additional Domain Info (if Applicable)

If you have chosen a “.us” TLD, you will notice that there is an additional field called Domain Information when you are registering your hosting services through GreenGeeks. You will see two drop-down menus labeled Nexus and Purpose.

For more details on the “.us” TLD, you can check out their website at about.us.

7. Add Payment Information

Scroll down to Payment Information and fill in your details, then click on CREATE ACCOUNT.

How do I set up a domain with NameCheap?

1. Search for Available Domains

Go to namecheap.com and fill out the field that says “Register a domain name to start.” Click on the search icon and the next window that appears will be a list of available domains.

2. Select the Domain and TLD That You Prefer

Look at the options available and click on “Add to Cart” once you have chosen a preferred domain name. Keep in mind there are premium domains and taken domains that may show in this list. Premium domains are typically significantly higher in price, and taken domains are currently in use, but the website may allow you to make an offer to see if the registrant of that domain is willing to sell it.

3. Go to the Cart Options

Click on the shopping cart icon in the top right hand corner, then click on the button that says View Cart.

4. Enable WHOIS Privacy (if Available)

If the TLD allows for WHOIS privacy, then WhoisGuard will be listed as a 1 year subscription “Free Forever” beneath the Domain Registration information. Make sure that the slider is set to “Enable.” If the TLD does not allow for WHOIS privacy, then WhoisGuard will not be listed at all.

5. Other Options

NameCheap does offer a variety of other website options including their own hosting, SSL certificates, VPN, Managed WordPress hosting, and professional email that you can select as add-ons if you so choose. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am only taking you through the process of registering a domain name.

6. Complete Your Purchase

Click on Confirm Order once you are ready to purchase.

What’s next after I register with hosting services?

Once you have registered your domain and activated hosting services, then you are ready to look into SSL certificates, CMS such as WordPress, themes, and creating your website!

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