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How To Setup Web Hosting

Learn how to setup web hosting and use an FTP client to transfer web files to your website hosting account
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10,075 students enrolled
Created by John Westbrook
Last updated 3/2016
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Find and acquire a domain name
Acquire a hosting account
Configure a domain name to connect to a hosting account
Configure a hosting account to connect to the domain
Understand basic settings of hosting account
Navigate the Hosting Dashboard
Setup basic services within their hosting account
Use an FTP client to upload, download, and edit files
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  • How to use a computer to get online and follow the course steps

This course is all about teaching you how to setup your first web hosting account. In "How To Setup Web Hosting" I show you step by step how to get your domain, get your hosting account and get them to "talk" to each other, how to configure the domain and hosting settings and much more.

In the first part of the course I show you the simple process of claiming and obtaining a domain name and how to configure it to associate with your hosting account.

Next, I show you how to setup your first Web Hosting account and add your new domain to your hosting.

I then walk you through the various settings of your hosting account and show you different relevant configurations and changes, etc, you can do within your account.

Last, I teach you how to use an FTP client to do your first basic uploads and downloads and even some basic edits within your new Hosting Account.

This course is designed for the beginner and no previous experience is necessary. If you're looking for a simple, easy to follow, step-by-step guide on getting your first web hosting setup and configured...and even using FTP for the first time, then this course is for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Total beginners should take this course
  • Anyone without a hosting account or service should take this
  • If you have a hosting account and understand how to use it this course is not for you
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 59:10
Acquiring Your Domain Name
2 Lectures 20:53

Part 1
Acquiring Hosting
1 Lecture 03:55

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Part 2
Configuring Hosting
2 Lectures 17:58
Part 3

Part 4
FTP With Your Hosting
3 Lectures 16:22
Part 5

I'm adding another video shortly which covers a bit more on FTP to make sure you have a really solid understanding.

Thanks for your continued suggestions and messages to me. I really appreciate it!


John Westbrook

Coming Soon for FTP

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About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
1,006 Reviews
28,083 Students
8 Courses
Poet, Writer, Consultant

I'm a poet and a writer, and truly an artist at heart. I've always had a knack for figuring out technical things however, and have held several jobs as a technology consultant.

Since 2009 I've run a consulting firm in Chattanooga TN helping small businesses implement and leverage technology and the web. In 2005 I became involved in Internet Marketing, successfully starting several websites and blogs since.

I'm highly experienced in Wordpress, PHP, HTML, and Linux Server implementations. I also have experience and a broad understanding of CSS, JavaScript, and most web based technologies being used today.

My expertise in consulting and technology is teaching and helping the beginner.

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