How Long Will It Take To Setup My Account?
Depending upon who your web hosting provider is it can take between 24-48 hours to setup an account. We have experienced up to a week to setup an account for a few hosts that we have tested, generally those are not good companies and of course we do not list any of the “long wait time” web hosts here.
Here is what happens when you sign up for an account:
Your web host receives your information (Domain Name, Name, Address, Phone, Billing Info [Credit Card, Check, Paypal]), and Email. Once they have your information they may automatically approve and activate your account, but most likely they will want to confirm your account by phone. Unfortunately the web hosting industry experiences a huge amount of online fraud which can delay the activation of your account until your web host can reach you by phone. Your best bet to ensure a speedy setup is to call the web host right after you place the order and verify with them that you placed the order.
What happens next now that your account has been approved?
The company is now setting up your space and control panel onto the server and they are going to email you with all of your login instructions as well as tips on how to use the system or any promotional material they may also want you to know about. * This login information email is incredibly important and you should make sure to keep it in a safe place where you can access it easily. 30% of all tech support questions answered within the first 30 days of a new account are people who have lost this email.
Now let’s assume you have their login information email and you see 3 items of importance in that email. You will have;
1. your temporary login instructions,
2. your regular login instructions, and
3. your DNS (domain name server settings).
1. Your temporary login to the control panel usually assumes an IP address followed by a login instruction, something like this: (example) http://123.456.789.10/login and then a user name and a password. This is the login that you will use up until you have pointed your domain name to the server at which time you will then use your
2. regular login URL, usually something like (example) http://yourdomain.com/cpanel with a user name and password. Please note you may have different usernames and passwords for your temporary and regular control panel logins which is why you want to be sure to keep your login information email.
3. DNS (domain name server settings) this is the information needed to point your domain name to the server that you are going to host your web site. If you registered your domain through your hosting company then the hosting company is responsible for setting this up for you. If you purchased your domain separate from your hosting then you will need to change your DNS settings. If you need help changing your DNS settings for your domain name contact your web host and they should be able to assist you.
It takes about 24 hours to register a domain name and another 24 hours for a domain name to propagate, so if you are registering a new domain it will take about 48 hours for the domain to be registered and to propagate to the server you are on. If you already own a domain name then you can point your domain to that server right away and it would only take the 24 hours of domain propagation before your domain will be visible to the web from that server.
At this stage you should be able to login to your account and upload your web site files and create your email accounts and when the DNS propagates your domain to that server you will be live.