Last Updated on September 6, 2023
Disclosure: We receive a commission from Hostgator if you purchase through one of our links. Purchasing through one of our links adds zero cost to you and can only save you money.
Hostgator is an excellent web hosting company. We personally use Hostgator on this very blog and couldn’t be happier with their support, pricing, and speed.
In this post, I’m going to be going over how to sign up for Hostgator hosting step by step.
By following this, Hostgator sign up tutorial not only will you be signed up with Hostgator in a few minutes but you will receive up to 60% off your Hostgator hosting with our exclusive promo code cupid60.
Let’s get started with the how to sign up for Hostgator hosting tutorial.
Video Tutorial: How To Sign Up For Hostgator Hosting
How To Sign Up For Hostgator Hosting
The first step in getting signed up for Hostgator hosting is to visit Hostgator by clicking here or anywhere on this page.
You’ll be directed to the Hostgator home page. You will see the orange get started button. Click this to continue with our how to sign up for Hostgator hosting tutorial.
You will now be on the Hostgator plans page that will show three different plans that you can choose from. The plans consist of the hatchling, baby, and business plan.
The Hatchling plan is excellent if you only have one website or are entirely new to starting a site of your own.
You can quickly scale up to another plan at any time whenever you need to.
The most popular Hostgator plan is the baby plan. The baby plan lets you have unlimited sites with your Hostgator account.
Once you have the plan, you want you can click the yellow buy now button to continue with our how to sign up for Hostgator hosting tutorial.
Next, you want to search for a domain name that you want for your new site. Just enter a domain name that you would like to have beside the enter domain name field.
You will see the tab where it says .com. You can click the tab to change the domain extension to a .net, .org, etc.
I recommend you use a .com if you can as this is the most popular domain extension.
If the domain name is showing it is unavailable, Hostgator will let you know. It will show you other domain extensions that are available with your domain name.
You can also try adding another word like the or add a hyphen somewhere in your domain name so that it will be available.
If you already own your domain name from another domain provider like Namecheap or Godaddy you will click the tab I already own this domain name and enter the domain name that you already own.
Once you type in the domain name that you own, it will say added.
If you don’t already own your domain name and are purchasing it with Hostgator, you will see an area where you select to have domain privacy for your domain or not.
I highly recommend you go with the domain privacy option for your domain name.
Domain privacy protects your personal information, and you won’t have to worry about telemarketers reaching out to you via phone and email all day.
If you go with domain privacy, your information will be protected because instead of your personal information showing Hostgator’s default information that they have set up will show.
If you already own your own domain name, you’ll need to change your nameservers to point to Hostgator from the domain registrar you purchased your domain name from.
Related: how to register a domain with Namecheap.
Here’s our guide on how to point a Godaddy domain to Hostgator.
Here’s our guide on how to point a Namecheap domain to Hostgator.
Next, in your how to sign up for Hostgator hosting you want to choose your hosting plan.
Click on package type and select the Hostgator plan that you want if it isn’t already selected for you.
Next, choose the billing cycle for your Hostgator hosting.
The awesome folks over at Hostgator have provided me with an exclusive 60% off coupon discount code so you can get your Hostgator hosting purchase at a cheaper rate than what is listed below.
The Hostgator promo code is cupid60. Scroll down to section 5 where it says to enter a coupon code.
This default promo code will give you the cheapest rate if you choose Hostgator hosting for 24 or 36 months.
If you choose to pay for your Hostgator hosting with the monthly option, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months billing cycle you want to put in cupid60 to get the maximum Hostgator discount.
I’ll show you an example of the two promo codes so you can compare them. Here’s the Hostgator pricing with the default promo code.
Here’s the Hostgator pricing for the promo code cupid60.
Use the Hostgator promo code that gives you the most significant discount.
After you’ve entered the correct promo code for your hosting needs and you have chosen your billing cycle you need to enter the username and security pin you want for your Hostgator account.
The username you enter will be the username you use to log in to your Hostgator account.
The security pin is used if you contact Hostgator’s customer service or technical support so they can quickly help you and answer any questions you have.
Next, in our how to sign up for Hostgator hosting tutorial you want to enter your billing information and how you want to pay for your Hostgator hosting.
You can easily make a payment via debit, credit card, or PayPal.
Next, you want to select or unselect any additional Hostgator services that you want to have or exclude.
Let’s go over the different add-on services that Hostgator offers.
Sitelock Monitoring protects your website from hackers.
One of the most popular site-building platforms that people use for building websites is WordPress.
If you are going to be using the site builder platform WordPress, there are free security plugins that work just the same.
It is entirely up to you whether you want to go with this addon.
The next addon is a professional email from Google. This is unnecessary as Hostgator provides you with free email hosting with their hosting plans.
I recommend you unselect this, but if you love the email from Google, you might want to keep this selected.
The addon site backup will backup your website daily and can be an excellent addon to have in case your site gets hacked into or goes down.
This addon will allow you to restore your site to a previous version right before the trouble started for your site with a click of a button.
Next, in our how to sign up for Hostgator hosting you will be at the section called enter a coupon code.
You should have already picked out the Hostgator coupon code you wanted to use in the previous step.
Below the coupon code area, you will see review order details.
Make sure everything looks good. Scroll down and select the tab you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions and click the checkout now button.
You’ll now be taken to a Hostgator payment confirmation page, and Hostgator is now setting up your account. This usually takes a few seconds to a few minutes.
Hostgator is also going to email your Hostgator receipt and your Hostgator cPanel login details to your email address.
Once you get your login details, click the link in the email to log in to the Hostgator cPanel to access your account.
The last thing I want to cover in our how to sign up for Hostgator hosting tutorial is to go over an introduction to the Hostgator cPanel.
Once you are logged in to the Hostgator cPanel, the cPanel dashboard will look like this.
Over on the left side, menu area click on website essentials. You’ll then click on Site Builder and CMS. You will now see website builder, WordPress, and One-Click Installs.
If you are going to be using Hostgator’s website builder click on website builder to continue in creating your site if you want to use WordPress, click the WordPress option to build your site.
If you’re going to use another website builder you can easily choose from website builders like Magento, Drupal, etc.
You have now successfully completed our Hostgator signup tutorial going over how to sign up for Hostgator hosting.
Check out our step-by-step guide on how to start a blog with Hostgator.
Need to add more than one domain name to Hostgator? Check out the guide.
Need help in finding your Hostgator nameservers? Check out how easy they are to find.
Want to know how to change your primary domain with Hostgator? Learn from our step-by-step guide.
Related: how to sign up for Bluehost.
Related: how to sign up with SiteGround.
I hope you enjoyed and found this Hostgator sign up step by step guide on how to sign up for Hostgator hosting helpful.
Let us know in the comments below if you signed up with Hostgator for their month-to-month option! We would love to hear from you.