Namecheap is one of the cheapest and reliable web hosting service for
bloggers, because they have hosting plans that suits our needs and pockets.
If you’ve always wanted to start up a blog, migrate from blogger to WordPress, or wordpress.com to wordpress.org, Namecheap might just be what you have been looking for. I successfully moved my blog from blogger to WordPress using Namecheap as my hosting provider, and my experience with them have been good so far.
If you need a reason as to why you should host your blog on Namecheap, then I’d say their server is great, I never experience downtime, and they have a very helpful customer support service, to say just a few.
How To Get Started
In this tutorial, I’d be guiding you on how to set up your WordPress blog on Namecheap. I did it myself, and I figured you could too, only difference is, I’m giving you a headstart. If you do not have a domain, I recommend Namesilo.
If you follow the procedures in this blog post, you will be spending roughly $24.88 + $5.89 (if you do not have a domain yet).
Purchase A Domain From Namesilo
First thing, if you have not purchased a domain for your blog, I’d suggest you visit Namesilo as she’s currently offering a .com domain for $6.89 as against the regular price of $8.99! You can use this coupon “GRAB10FF” to further reduce your payment by $1. So you will be buying your domain at $5.89! If I were you, I’d hurry while offer lasts.
I’m recommending Namesilo as a domain registrar because of the fair price and features offered for free, unlike other domain registrars. Namesilo is also easy to use and I definitely can’t wait to move from Godaddy’s $14.99 to Namesilo’s $8.99 renewal price.
Here’s Why Namesilo is A Good Choice
Setting Up Your WordPress Blog On Namecheap
Purchase Hosting From Namecheap
For the purpose of this post, for those looking to start up a blog or migrate their blog on budget, I’d recommend any of the Namecheap shared hosting plans in the picture below.
For a blogger on budget, Our choice will be the stellar plan. Namecheap is currently offering discounts on hosting and Stellar has been slashed by 28%. Perfect for your first year I must say. If you are in Nigeria, $24.88 is roughly N9000; not too bad for a reliable web host huh?
Procedures For Buying Namecheap’s Hosting Plan
- Once you’ve made up your mind on which hosting plan to pick, Click on “Add to Cart”.
- You will be taken to a page where you are supposed to select a domain to use with Namecheap. Namecheap offers a free .website domain; but, you know, it’s not what an average individual needs.
- If you have a domain already, or just purchased one from Namesilo, click on “Use a domain I own from another registrar” (you will need to change your domain DNS to ns1.namecheaphosting.com and ns2.namecheaphosting.com first).
- Also, you can also choose to purchase a new domain from Namecheap or settle for the free .website domain if you’d rather add your desired domain later (this can be done in your hosting cpanel).
- Once you’ve finalized your domain selection, click on “Continue”.
- In the next page, review your cart carefully (note that you are to be charged $24.88). Now click on “Confirm Order”.
- Create an account (or login), then choose your payment method. (For Nigerians, I used my GTB mastercard in the “Secure Card Payment” selection)
- Setup your contact address and billing address.
- Setting your purchase to automatic renewing might be a good idea, or not.
- Once you are done with the above, click on “Continue”. In the next page, review your order and click on “Pay Now”.
Make sure you have the stipulated cash amount in your bank account or PayPal account. If you do, your payment will be successful.
Namecheap will send a mail to the email address you used to register your account, with a link for verification purposes. Don’t forget to verify your account.
A message containing your hosting details will be sent to your email, there you will find;
- A link to your cpanel account.
- Your cpanel Username and Password.
Please take note of the above… To be on a safer side, print the email or write out your username and password safely.
Setting Up A Secured WordPress Blog On Namecheap
The procedures below will help you install SSL and WordPress on your domain.
To begin, login to your cpanel account using the link provided by Namecheap in the hosting details sent to you.
Setting Up SSL
Do You Need Your Blog to operate securely with a premium SSL certificate?
A secured website has become necessary for visitors safety and the owners’ as well. A secured site runs on HTTPS, so you will need one. Fortunately, Namecheap offers users a free SSL certificate for the first year on any domain they add.
Follow the procedures below to activate HTTPS on your blog.
If you are yet to point your domain to Namecheap, do so now in Namesilo.
Once you’ve logged into your Namecheap cpanel, navigate to “Exclusive for Namecheap customers” and click on NAMECHEAP SSL.
In the next page, you will see a list of domain eligible for free SSL from Namecheap. Simply click on Install now. Once you have been navigated to the next page; input the email address with which you will like to receive your installation details, then click on “Install Certificate”.
Certificate is installed, you are done, and you have successfully activated HTTPs for your domain.
Note: SSL is only free for the first year, you will be charged by Namecheap for the SSL renewal annually.
Once you’ve bought, activated your hosting plan from Namecheap (and installed SSL in your domain), you will need to install WordPress. Installing wordpress is actually an easy task, thanks to softaculous.
In your Cpanel, simply navigate to; “Softaculous App Installer” click to drop and select WordPress (you should see the large WordPress icon).
In the next page, be sure you choose to install WordPress following the simply guide from Softaculous. Click on “Install Now”.
Add Your site information Following the Procedures below:
Choose Protocol; HTTPs is strongly advised, but choose it only if your domain has been signed to use SSL. Tutorial for installing SSL on your domain is just above.
Choose Domain; Make sure you choose the domain you want to install WordPress in.
In Directory; please ignore the “In Directory Field” you obviously want WordPress installed on yoursite.com.
Set Up Admin account; I’m sure you know what this means. By default, the admin username and password is “admin”. You should change this to a personalized username and a very strong password. Also, Don’t forget to keep them safe. You need them to log into WordPress when you’re done with this step.
Pick an email you’ll like your WordPress installation details to be mailed to then click on “INSTALL”.
Okay! This wasn’t so bad! If you followed the steps above, You will have successfully installed WordPress on Namecheap. Hassle free right?
To set up your blog, Visit your blog, and login to your admin dashboard using the username and password you provided during installation.