Getting familiar with your Host’s cPanel (Control Panel)

Your hosting providers creates a special page for you, which is your area exclusively. There are many options and buttons available for you on this page. You can login any time on this page and make changes as you want. These buttons are divided and arranged in some sections. Most of common hosts provide cpanels which are more or less similar to each other.

In general, you will need to use only some of these buttons. You may not even use most of these buttons unless your blog grows very big.

Lets get familiar with this page and the some of the buttons we will use most often.

Install WordPress

Now you got your domain name and hosting service and you are familiar with your cPanel.

Let go ahead and install a wonderful program called WordPress on your hosting account, which will actually create your blog, and you will be able to see your blog alive on the web.

Step 1: Login your hosting account and go to your cpanel.

Step 2: find a button named quick install wordpress.

Step 3: Click this button.

Get a Host

Host is a person who receives other people as guests. In the internet world, a host is a company (service provider) who provides you space for keeping and operating your blog files so that your blog can be displayed to your visitor.

These hosting companies have their own websites, where you can create an account and buy their hosting service. Some of these hosting companies also give one domain name free with purchase of their hosting service. There are various kinds of hosting plans, like shared hosting, dedicated hosting etc. Although you can start with their basic (cheapest) plan, yet you may choose a better plan if you can afford it.

The hosting charges vary largely from host to host, and it also depends on a few other add on services like security etc. You can also choose the duration of the hosting service. In a general estimated sense, most of the basic hosting service are available for around Rs.350/- per month. You should buy at least an Annual Plan, which you may get for Rs.4000-5000/-. There are two reasons for that for that. Firstly, your blog remains alive on the web without any break. Secondly, annual plans are usually cheaper than monthly plans. If you have taken a monthly plan, your blog will be displayed for one month and then it will be dropped unless you renew well in time.

Some of the most popular, established and economical hosting providers are:

siteground.com
Bhuehost.com
Godaddy.com
hostgator.com
namecheap.com

You can also buy domain names from these providers. Some of the provides provide one domain name free with purchase of a hosting account.

How to create an account on the Hosting Providers:

Let us start with an example of siteground.com. You can click this link to go to siteground.com and follow the following steps:

Once you have created a hosting account, it is time to get familiar with the control panel page of your host, which is usually called cPanel.

Get a Domain Name

A domain name is like a house address. Your house address is your physical address. Similarly your domain name is your address in the internet world. For example www.google.com is a domain name. You can type this domain name in your web browser (such as chrome, internet explorer, firefox, safari etc.) and the Google page will be opened.

Every domain name is unique in the world. A domain name has following three parts, separated by a dot (.):

1. A domain name usually starts with www, which is a short form of World Wide Web. Then there is a dot (.).
2. Then comes the main domain name, like google. Then there is a dot (.).
3. Then comes the tail of the domain name, which is like an extension of a file on computer. Example: .com, .org, .net, .in etc.

You have to buy a domain name from a website, which is authorised to sell domain names. some of such domain sellers are:

  • siteground.com
  • Bhuehost.com
  • Godaddy.com
  • hostgator.com
  • namecheap.com

If you want to buy a domain name you need to sign up an account on the website of these domain sellers. Then you have to check on these websites whether the domain name you want is available or not. If your desired domain name is already purchased by someone, you need to choose another name. If your desired domain name is available, you can buy it online.

Once you have purchased your domain name, you can go to the next stage, which is getting a host. You can also buy both the domain name as well as hosting service from the above named websites.