Last updated on October 24th, 2017 at 09:29 am
If you’re looking to start your own blog, I have an offer for you that I’m sure would excite you.
You need not be told anymore that having a self-hosted WordPress blog is the best way to kick-start your online business. And it is the best way to establish yourself as an expert in your niche or line of business. A free blog won’t take you anywhere!
If you’ve yet to start your own blog because you cannot afford the cost of hosting and registration, I have good news for you. I mean, you can now get started with very little money.
Namecheap, a US-based hosting company, is presently offering one-year domain registration and hosting (one year) for just $20! That’s the cheapest you can ever get from a top-quality foreign hosting company. Even Nigerian hosts aren’t that cheap.
Now, I’m not sorry to say this: Most Nigerian hosting companies are suckers. They disappoint. They frustrate. They dupe. And their services are very limited. So, I warn you to stay away from them.
Here are the benefits that Namecheap offers:
- A U.S.-based server with 99.9% uptime, which means your site won’t go off intermittently.
- 20GB disk space and unlimited bandwidth.
- At least 3 websites on each plan (or unlimited, depending on the plan you choose): If you want to host additional websites, you don’t need to buy another plan.
- Relatively cheap first-term and renewal prices.
- Responsive support; live chat available.
If you’re interested in going with Namecheap, just follow these steps:
On the page, you’ll see a domain search column. Simply enter your preferred domain name in the column and click the search button. (To check multiple domain names at once, use the “Bulk Search” link.)
The next page shows whether your domain name is available or not. If it’s not, simply choose another one. If it is, then proceed to click the “Add to cart” button:
The “Your Cart” section on the right hand side of the page will reload to include your domain name and its cost, as well as the ICANN fee ($0.18)
Click “View Cart”.
You’ll be taken to the order confirmation page. Click “Confirm Order”.
On the next page, you’ll be required to create an account with Namecheap.
Enter the required details and click “Create account and continue”.
You’ll be taken to the “Account Contact Information” page. Enter your address, phone number and other required details, and click “Continue”.
The next page displays your “Whois Contact Information” (contact details of the owner of a domain name as profiled with the domain name registrar). Confirm that this information is correct, and click “Continue”.
You’ll be taken to the payment details page, where you’ll select a payment method (your debit card/ATM card, PayPal, or account funds). Choose your preferred method and enter all the required details. Then click “Continue”.
On the next page, you’ll be required to confirm your order.
And that’s it! You just registered your domain name successfully. You’ll receive an email from Namecheap to confirm this.
Now, your next step is to purchase a hosting plan.
Click here to open the Namecheap hosting plans page
You’ll see the various shared hosting plans offered by Namecheap. Choose the plan of your choice by clicking the “Add to cart” button under it.
On the next page, you’ll be required to specify a domain name for your hosting package. Since you already purchased a domain name with Namecheap, click “Use a domain I own with Namecheap”. (But if you already have a domain name elsewhere, choose “Use a domain I won from another registrar”.)
Select your domain name and click “Continue”.
Now, complete the rest of the order process, which is about the same as that for domain name registration (explained above).
After your payment has been successfully processed, you’ll receive some emails from Namecheap. This might take some minutes, though.
Look for the email with the subject, “Your Hosting Welcome Guide for yourdomain.com”. That email your cPanel login details and other important stuff regarding your hosting package.
But that’s not all!
Your next step is to install your WordPress blog. To install it on your own, just click here and follow the steps (continue from step 2). It’s simple and straightforward, I assure you.
If you grab this opportunity, you’ll thank me for it. Even Nigerian web hosting companies aren’t this cheap!
Remember, the sooner you start your online business, the sooner you’ll start making money. It goes without saying, you know?
If you have any questions or thoughts, share them by leaving a comment. I’ll reply.
PS. This page contains my Namecheap affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through any of the links, I’ll get a commission (at no extra cost to you) to support my work. But this didn’t influence my recommendation, because all hosting services have similar programs. I recommend Namecheap because I presently have 3 websites hosted with them, and my experience with them so far has been fantastic.