It is easy for small business owners to manage their own hosting and domain registration services if you keep it simple and avoid temptations.

1) Start Here with hosting.  Do this before you initiate hosting or at the same time.

2)  Follow this link to order a shared hosting plan with HostGator.  If you have one domain order the “Hatchling Plan”; if you have more than one domain order the “Baby Plan”. If you have a busy retail site, you may want to consider VPS hosting.

3) If you purchase from Hostgator, they will provide “.. free transfers for new accounts within 30 days of sign-up, and to newly upgraded accounts. For upgraded accounts it must be an inter-server upgrade to qualify. Please note that downgraded accounts do not qualify for free transfers. ”

Other Hosts

If you choose another host, you will need to transfer your site files, create a new database and import the files, and update your domain dns settings to reflect the new settings. Ask the new host for help and instructions.