Webhostingpad started way back in 2005. The hosting company has continued to grow over the years and is the reliable web hosting choice for many businesses and individuals. Here is a small snippet below from their about us page.
I have been a paying hosting customer at webhostingpad.com for some time and have been monitoring my website’s performance. The price for the basic shared hosting plan at webhostingpad starts at $1.99 per month. Webhostingpad guarantees an uptime of 99% although my site has maintained an uptime of 100%. The average page speed for my website at webhostingpad is. The customer support is great because they are available 24/7 and usually answer my questions quickly. Webhostingpad also has a money back guarantee. The customer dashboard is very easy to navigate and my file manager is conveniently located.
I documented step by step my purchase of the webhostingpad shared hosting plan. I also did a review the basic tasks in order to get my new website live on the internet.
Buying A Hosting Plan From Webhostingpad
I went to webhostingpad.com and from the hosting dropdown option, I selected shared hosting. Webhostingpad also offers wordpress hosting, weebly hosting, email only hosting, and vps hosting. If you are interested in learning about the different types of hosting, you can do so here. I only need to host one website, so I am going with the basic shared plan. I can also install wordpress later with this hosting account.
After hitting the shared hosting link, a new page opens that shows some features of the shared hosting plans. There are also a couple different shared hosting options to choose from. I am sticking with what is called the Power Plan so I hit the sign up button in the center of the page.
now another page opens showing the different shared hosting plan options. I hit the order now in the Power Plan Hosting area.
On the next page is where I have to enter the new domain name I want for my new website. I entered the new domain name I want to register and hit continue.
Luckily the domain name I wanted was available but since the internet has been around a while now, this is rarely the case. Sometimes if the domain name I want is unavailable, I will use thesaurus.com to tweak it and come up with a new one. A new tab opened up and said my domain name was available and asked how long I wanted to register it for. I left it selected at one year and hit the blue continue button.
On the next page, I have to select the billing options and any available addons I want. They put a cart on the right side so you can watch it as you select or deselect different options. I left the billing cycle to one year. I did not select any of the available addons. I will upload a free ssl certificate later from letsencrypt. I don’t want the premium backup because I always backup my website files to my own computer. I then hit the continue button.
A new page opens with the option to add id protection. I did select this option to keep my identity private. I then hit the continue button.
On the next page there is a review of the shared hosting plan and the domain name I want to register.
I also have to enter my contact info and create a password for my new hosting account dashboard.
I have to enter my credit card info and agree to the terms of service. I completed the page and hit the checkout button at the bottom of the page.
After I hit the checkout button, It processed my credit card and opened a new page saying I would receive a confirmation email shortly. I went to my email and actually had 5 new emails from webhostingpad.
Getting My Website Live
The first email was basically saying thank you for the purchase and allow them a little time to set up my ne hosting account. The second email was saying that an invoice was generated to my account. The third email was a receipt for the invoice mentioned in the second email. The fourth email was just a confirmation of my new domain registration. The fifth email was the official welcome package to the webhostingpad new hosting account. It had the login info to the hosting account client area and also a new username and password for my new cpanel account. I decided to follow the link to my new hosting account client area. When I got to the client area, it said I had 1 services and 1 domain. I want to get my new website live, so I clicked on the services area.
It brought me to the new page where it showed me my new domain name with the hosting plan and also had a status area that was marked active. I clicked on where it said active.
On the next page, I scrolled down to the manage account section. I saw the icon for cpanel at the bottom so I clicked on that.
It brought me to my cpanel. I noticed the file manager icon. This is where I can upload the files to my new website. I want to create my new website using wordpress, so I went to the bottom where I saw the wordpress icon.
I scrolled to the bottom to the softaculous area and clicked on the wordpress icon.
It opened up the wordpress installer. I clicked on the install now button.
It brought me to the installer where I have to enter some information. In the software setup section, I left the protocol to http:// and I left my domain name already filled in. I made the space blank in the In Directory area. If I wanted to only install wordpress to a particular area of my new site I could enter something like blog. Then wordpress would be installed only at mydomain.com/blog. I want wordpress for my entire site, so I made this area blank.
In the site settings area, I left it all filled in. I can change the site name and site description later. I did make a new username and password. Make sure you save these because this is what you need to log into your wordpress dashboard later and create and edit your site. In the select plugins area, I selected classic editor. I did not change any of the advanced options. I selected a theme, which I can change easily later and hit install.
It said wordpress was installed successfully. I clicked on the administrative url link to begin editing my site.
It automatically logged me into my wordpress dashboard. If you continue to use wordpress, this is where you will spend a lot of time.
If you want to learn more about how to build a site using wordpress, you can do so here.
WebHostingPad Review Conclusion
The process of buying the shared hosting plan was pretty quick. I like how there was quick access to cpanel, where I can start building my website. Would definitely recommend webhostingpad.com for a hosting plan. The site that I monitor and have hosted with webhostingpad performs very well. The uptime is guaranteed from webhostingpad to be at least 99%. The page speed is actually a 98 which is considered very fast.
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