Hosting Your Own Wedding Website Using Hostgator
Last week, I talked about wedding websites along with domain name forwarding and masking. By using domain name forwarding and masking, you can create the website using an online wedding organizer, such as Wedding Wire or The Knot, but choose your own wedding website address, such as www.adamandeve.com. Some of you, however, may want to create your own wedding website from scratch. Maybe you don’t like the design and templates offered online. Or maybe you just want to showcase your HTML and CSS skills to your guests. Whatever the reason may be, you will need to host your own wedding website, and it’s actually not that hard.
Your Own Wedding Website
To host your own wedding website, you will need two main components, a domain name, which you are familiar with by now, and server space. All the server does is hold your wedding website so when one of your guests go to www.adamandeve.com, they download the website from the server you are using. You manage this server by uploading HTML files, pictures, and other necessary parts of a website OR using a blogging tool/content management system.
Many service providers offer both domain name registration and hosting services, and the one most people are familiar with is Go Daddy. Other popular service providers that receive positive reviews include Hostgator, Dreamhost, and Bluehost. I recommend Hostgator because I’ve personally used Hostgator and had a great experience. Use coupon code WEDDINGSPEND and get 25% off your order!
Let’s use Hostgator as an example. By using coupon code WEDDINGSPEND, your total cost is only $85.45 for 1 year.
Step 1: Select “view web hosting plans.” You won’t need anything more advanced for your own wedding website unless you are expecting millions of visitors!
Step 2: Select a plan under “hatchling plan.” Couples generally create and delete the wedding website within a year of the wedding, so the 1 year plan should be sufficient.
Step 3: Choose a new domain name.
Step 4: After filling in your personal details, make sure “domain privacy protection” is selected but everything below it is not selected. Domain name registration is part of the public record so anybody can see who owns which domain name. But if you choose domain privacy protection, you will remain anonymous and people can only see that Hostgator owns the domain name. If this feature is not important to you, you can skip it and save $9.95. Last but not least, type in WEDDINGSPEND for the coupon code to get 25% off.
Step 5: At this point, your domain name and server are ready. You will have to decide if you want to create your own webpage files and upload them to the Hostgator server of if you want to use a blogging tool/content management system, such as WordPress. I recommend using WordPress, and Hostgator has an easy one-click installation process; step-by-step instructions with a video are detailed here. According to Wikipedia, “. . . as of August 2011 [Wordpress] manages 22% of all new websites.” Using WordPress is beyond the scope of this post but it’s pretty easy if you’ve ever blogged before and I’m not a WordPress expert by any means, but feel free to contact me with any questions.
The Main Point
Creating and hosting your own wedding website will take a bit more work than simply buying a domain name and using forwarding combined with masking. As you can see from this post, however, you don’t need to have an extensive technical background. In addition, hosting your own wedding website can be very rewarding since you can customize every detail just the way you want it. This option is best for those who have a specific design in mind and don’t like the pre-existing free templates offered by online wedding organizers.
Disclaimer: I receive referral credit for some of the links above if you sign up through them, which I appreciate
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