How to Register a Domain Name and Set up Hosting in 5 Simple Steps

You’ve got a great idea for a blog, online store or website. Now you just need a home for it.

That home consists of two parts:

  • – the domain name (your website address) and
  • hosting (where your site’s information is stored)

Setting up those two parts is easier than it may sound and whether you use ComputerGeeks2Go’s simple domain name registration and hosting service or another service, such as GoDaddy, the process is similar.

Are you ready? Because in five simple steps and five short minutes, you’ll have yourself a brand new home for your website!

Step 1: Register Your Domain Name

There are two simple ways to search for and register your domain name on the ComputerGeeks2Go website.

  • – Head to our Hosting Page and type the name you want to check into the “Check for Your Domain Today” box and click Check Now. (Figure 1)
  • – Go straight to our “Domain Checker” page for a more “advanced” search option. (Figure 2)
Figure 1: Use our simple Domain Checker to quickly see if your domain name is available.
Figure 1: Use our simple Domain Checker to quickly
see if your domain name is available.

 

Figure 2: Use our Domain Checker to advanced search.
Figure 2: Use our Domain Checker to advanced search.

If your desired domain name is available, you’ll see a green “Congratulations!” statement.

If it’s not available, you’ll have the option of searching again for a different extension (.org instead of .com, for example) or even one of your “backup” name choices.

Once you’re satisfied with your name, or you’ve received the “Congratulations!” message, make sure the box next to your domain name, under the “More Choices” section, is checked and click Order Now.

Step 2: Add a Hosting Package

Now you’re given the option to add hosting to your order as well.

Under your domain name (in this example “writersfitnessplan.com”) you’ll find two headings:

  • – Hosting
  • – Registration Period

If you haven’t added hosting yet, you’ll see red text informing you that you have “No Hosting” but you can “Click to Add.” (Figure 3)

Figure 3: If you're ready to add a hosting package, click on "Click to Add!"
Figure 3: If you’re ready to add a hosting package, click on “Click to Add!”

Click on the red text that says No Hosting! Click to Add! to go to the next step and add a hosting package to your order.

Step 3: Choose Your Hosting Package

On this screen, you can select the best hosting package for your site’s needs*. When you’ve decided on your hosting package, click Order Now to add it to your cart. (Figure 4)

Figure 4: Click "Order Now" to add that hosting package to your cart.
Figure 4: Click “Order Now” to add that hosting package to your cart.

On the next screen, since we’re adding hosting to our new domain name, make sure that the first selection “Use a domain already in my shopping cart” is checked and click Continue. (Figure 5)

Figure 5: Make sure "Use a domain already in my shopping cart" is selected.
Figure 5: Make sure “Use a domain already in my shopping cart” is selected.

Step 4: Choose Your Hosting Billing Cycle

For your hosting plan, you can choose to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly. Choose the billing plan that’s right for you and click Add to Cart & Checkout. (Figure 6)

Figure 6: Choose your Billing Plan and click "Add to Cart & Checkout"
Figure 6: Choose your Billing Plan and click “Add to Cart & Checkout”

Step 5: Review Your Cart and Checkout

This is it! You’re only another click away from welcoming your new domain name to the Internet.

After you’ve reviewed your cart, you can log in, if you’re an existing ComputerGeeks2Go customer, or create an account for yourself by filling in the form on this page. Don’t forget to check the box next to “I have read and agree to the Terms of Service.” (Figure 7)

Figure 7: Review your cart and checkout!
Figure 7: Review your cart and checkout!

Once you’re ready, click on Complete Order to see you’re payment options. You’ll soon receive a few emails confirming your order and your new account. It’s important to SAVE the email that says New Account Information.

This email has all of the information you’ll need to access your new website.

If you run into any problems or have any questions during this process (or afterwards), please contact us at help@computergeeks2go.com.

*If you’re not sure which package your dream site needs, or don’t see one that’s a perfect fit, contact us and we’ll help you customize a package just right for you.

8 Responses to “How to Register a Domain Name and Set up Hosting in 5 Simple Steps”

  1. Grace

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    Reply
    • Jon Bristow

      Hi Grace,

      The simplest way to embed tweets into a blog is to use a Twitter widget. Create the widget and then just use the provided <embed> code in your blog. The Twitter page to create your widget can be found at https://twitter.com/settings/widgets

      Reply
  2. damon879

    there are a lot of points to be considered in finding a good hosting provider but i have i have learned one thing that is so important, it is not to choose a hosting provider that would require you to put your domain name under their name because it can surely cause you trouble.

    Reply
    • Jon Bristow

      No good hosting company should force you to use them for the domain name provider. Speaking from experience, it is easier to support our customers when they do use us for these services. We can help customers faster as we can see the entire account in one place and verify their DNS settings. However, we do not, and never will make it a requirement for hosting with us.

      Anyone who currently owns their own domain and wants to keep their registrar is free to stay with them and sign up for our ComputerGeeks2Go Hosting which starts at $4.99 month.

      Reply

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