Web hosting provides "space" on the Internet for you to host your website.

Before getting started

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Prerequisites

Here are the prerequisites for getting your website online:
  • You need a domain name: This is your website's address, for example "ovh.com"
  • You need a web hosting package:
This lets you store your website and make it visible online.
  • You need a website: this means your site's files, the "code" developed by your webmaster, this is usually linked to a database.

  • If you are missing one of these elements, do not worry we will detail each of these steps below.

I do not have a domain name, web hosting package or website.

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Choose your domain name

First of all you have to choose a domain name and check that it is available:

1. Enter the domain name that you want on our website then click "Order/Transfer".
2. The domain that you need must be "Available".

  • If the domain is not available, you cannot create it, you must pick another domain.
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Choose options for your domain

1. The domain that you want is available, click "Continue".
2. Choose the option "Speed up access to your site..."

Traditional DNS: If your website is UK focused, traditional DNS will suffice.
Anycast DNS: If your website is going to be viewed from abroad, we suggest that you pick this option.
This provides faster DNS resolution time.

For more information on Anycast DNS click here.
3. You can also click on the "Choose" button to sign up to a Gold offer. No additional cost is entailed.
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Choose your web hosting package

On this page you have to pick the package you want.

In this example, we are going to choose Professional web hosting.

  • You can see details of the different packages [url="https://www.ovh.co.uk/web-hosting/"]here[/url].

1. Click the "Select" button to choose what you want.
You will be given some options.

2. Select the options that you want.

What is the GeoCache Accelerator (CDN)?. What is an SSL certificate?.

Please note: Accelerator and SSL Certificate options will soon be compatible which means you will be able to enable them at the same time from your control panel.

You do not need these options for your website to work.

3. Click "Choose" to confirm the chosen package and options.
The following page will show you the additional options again.

4 Click the "Continue" button to confirm your chosen package and options once more.
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Administrative information

1. This page provides a preview of your order, click "Continue" to enter administrative details.
2. On this page you have to select whether or not you have an OVH customer account.
You can create one if you need to.

3. Click "Continue" to go to the next stage.
4. You can modify the different contacts for your service. Click "Continue".
5. For some domain extensions you can protect information with the OWO Service, more information here.

6. Click "Continue" to go to the next stage.
7. You have to confirm acceptance of the contract and click "Continue" to get to the purchase order.
You now just have to settle your order using one of the payment methods.
It will take a few hours to create your domain name and web hosting package.
You will get an email when your services are ready.
You now have a web hosting package and a domain. In order to create a website, you can use our one-click module solutions.

These provide you with an interface from which you can build your website without needing any technical knowledge.

See our guide: Web hosting: Web hosting modules

I have a domain name with another provider

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Transfer a domain name

To transfer a domain name to OVH without experiencing any downtime, just follow this guide: Web hosting: how to transfer your website and emails without interrupting service
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Get my website online

In order to create a website, you can use our one-click module solutions.

These provide you with an interface from which you can build your website without needing any technical knowledge.

If your website is already ready, ie. you already have the files on your computer, you just have to get them online on you web hosting package, follow this guide:
Web hosting: how to get my website online

I have a domain with OVH but I do not have a web hosting package

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Log in to your control panel and select your domain

1. First you have to log in to your control panel by clicking here.

Account ID: This is your customer reference or NIC handle which would have been emailed to you when you created your customer account.

You can also enter your email address as long as it is only associated with a customer account.

Password: Your customer account password.

If you have forgotten your password, click "Forgotten Password?". We will send you a form by email so that you can enter a new password.

Then click "Login".
2. In the left-hand column, click on the domain name that you want to add a web hosting package to.
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Order a web hosting package

1. To enable a web hosting package on your domain, click the button "Order a web hosting package".
2. You then have to choose a web hosting package.

  • You will find details of all the different options on this page.

Then click "Next".
3. For DNS, if your domain is not linked to an email service, select "DNS records A and MX of ...".

  • This lets you automatically point your domain name to your future website.

Then click "Next".
4. To go to the next stage, you have to tick the box to say you have accepted the terms and conditions.

Then click
"Next".
5. This page is a summary of your order, clicking "Confirm" will redirect you to the payment page (purchase order).
6. Finally you have to settle your order by using one of the available payment methods.
It could take a few hours to create your web hosting service. You will get an email when it is ready.
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Get my website online

You now have a web hosting package and a domain. In order to create a website you can use our 1-click module solutions.

These provide you with an interface from which you can build your website without needing any technical knowledge.

If your website is already ready, ie. you already have the files on your computer. You just have to get them online on your web hosting package, follow this guide:
Web hosting: how to get my website online

I have a domain name and a hosting package with OVH, I want to get my website online

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Get my website online

If your domain and web hosting package already exists and you already have the files and database on your computer, the final step is to them online. To do so, just follow the instructions in this guide:
Web hosting: how to get my website online