Beginner’s Guide to Web Hosting and How to Get it for One Cent

This post will teach you the ins and outs of web hosting. There’s also a step by tutorial at the end on how to get and sign up for the cheapest hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

When I upload a picture to Facebook, that picture is stored on Facebook’s computers. These storage computers are called servers. Every website has content on it such as text, pictures, or videos. This content also needs to be stored on servers. Lucky for us, we don’t have a to buy and set up a server for our website, we can just rent a space on someone else’s servers. So hosting is just when someone else hosts our website’s content on their servers. Hosting usually costs around $10 a month.

typical server rack
typical server rack

Where Should I Get Web Hosting?

When building websites with WordPress it is important that your hosting service uses cPanel. cPanel is just an interface that makes setting up WordPress and managing your web hosting a lot easier. The hosting services I use are DigitalOcean and HostGator. Installing WordPress and getting my site live using DigitalOcean (no cPanel) was much more difficult and time consuming than using HostGator (with cPanel).

In addition to having cPanel, I think it’s important that the hosting company is big like BlueHost or HostGator. If the company is popular and established, it means they will probably integrate well with other services and that there are a lot of fellow users on the internet. This means if you run into a problem with your hosting company, you can probably google it and find someone else who had the same problem and already found a solution.

Host Gator is the only company with cPanel I can report on (since it’s the only one with cPanel I’ve used) but to date it has fulfilled my needs. I’m on Host Gator’s baby plan, which I think is the best bang for your buck. Here are some of the main reasons I chose and continue to use HostGator:


Yes. Again, if you’re using WordPress, cPanel will make things a lot easier.
Under $10 a month. You can pay monthly or get a discount the more you pay in advance. There are also some coupons below.
This has been the weak point for me thus far. I’ve contacted them via chat and phone to get a few questions answered and sometimes it can take up to 30 minutes before you’re helped. If this is a big issue for you go with BlueHost
Yes. It has been pretty easy to find answers/tutorials online which has made up for poor customer service.
Unlimited. This means you can put all your domains/websites one hosting plan. If you know for sure that you’ll only ever have one domain/website then go with HostGator’s Hatchling plan. It’ll be cheaper.
Unlimited. For the most part, you won’t have to worry about scaling your hosting plan up or down.
Unlimited. For the most part, you won’t have to worry about scaling your hosting plan up or down.


How to Get the Cheapest Web Hosting

If you end up going with HostGator, here are some coupons they’ve hooked us up with:

Coupon Code: buildwithoutcode1

Use if you’re want to pay month to month and you’ll get the first month for $0.01.

Coupon Code: buildwithoutcode

Use if you choose to pay for more than one month in advance and you’ll get 25% off your first pay period.

In the tutorial below I’ll show you step-by-step how to sign up for HostGator hosting using each of these two coupons. Hope you enjoyed this beginner’s guide to web hosting :)


  • So the customization guide isn’t out yet?

  • Should be out in April!

  • Jordyn Woods

    thanks for the coupon code