Web Host and Domain Tutorial

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Web Host and Domain Tutorial

Important: Please, please, please pay attention to your usernames and passwords for both your webhost and domain registry. They will likely be different, and it is your responsibility to understand they are distinct, and need to be available to you throughout the semester.

Domain Name Registration

Purchase your own domain name at GoDaddy.com (or some other domain registry service, here’s a list of all accredited domain registrars). Keep in mind that when you get a domain the information you sign-up with (Name, Address, Phone, etc.) could become publicly discoverable. if this is of concern, be sure to purchase the private registration option for an extra $9.99 to protect your information.

NOTE: GoDaddy also offers web hosting services. DO NOT purchase Web hosting from them!! Also be aware that GoDaddy will try to sell you other "services" if you're not careful. All you want is a domain name (with private registration if you so desire).


You can purchase your webhosting account from a variety of hosts online. Anyone from Bluehost to Host Gator to InMotion, to name a few big ones. But, each of those hosts have you pay upfront for an entire year even if you only want it for the four months of this class. If that is the case, I recommend using Cast Iron Coding (CIC). Even though Cast Iron Coding sells domains, I ask that you use a different domain registrar (such as GoDaddy, mentioned above) , so you can see how DNS and domain pointing works. Also, be sure you enter your domain and choose the self-management option when registering at CIC (see image below).

NOTE: When you enter the domain name you registered at GoDaddy, you may get a message that the domain name is already taken. That's okay -- as long as you choose "Self Management" in the Registration Options, you'll be able to proceed.


The cost of an account with Cast Iron Coding is $10/month, and the first month will be pro-rated. You can get an account for cheaper at other hosts, but, again, you will likely be required to purchase at least a year of hosting up front.

If you do decide to proceed with a different host, please make sure you are getting a LAMP hosting environment with cPanel. (If you're not sure feel free to send me a link to a service you're looking at -- I can check it out for you.)

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