3. How can I make my domain live?

Firstly congratulations! You now have your own web address!

And you are now half-way to finishing your website! Let’s now choose your web hosting and make your domain name live on the internet. Don’t worry Hostgator also offers web hosting, they might have already asked you what hosting plan you want after you purchased your domain name.

So what exactly is web hosting?

Web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.
In a sense, you rent space on a computer to hold your website.

Your host, the computer where your website files are stored, assigns an address for your files to your domain name so that anyone can find your website on the Internet by typing in your domain name.

At Hostgator, they offer 3 Plans, if you are just planning to create one website.

I recommend that you choose the Hatchling Plan.

 

Hostgator – Web Hosting Plans

 

As soon as you sign up for your particular plan you will have web hosting! Once you’ve bought your domain name and set up your hosting, you’re well on your way!  Now it’s time to get your website up and running.

The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress to your domain.