Halihost.ca - Halifax's top web hosting provider

We Make Web Hosting Easy: A Complete Guided Tour


A Step-by-Step guide that will help you get from offline to online in no time™!

We've designed, engineered and streamlined the web hosting process to be as easy as possible. This short guide will help any individual of varying experience get their website online from start to finish.

Please take a moment to view this short video on our streamlined ordering process for HaliHost web hosting. The entire ordering process is completed in a few easy steps that takes less than 2 minutes!

Take the Guided Tour - It's easy!

Note: While the video may show our old site design, the ordering process is the same.

Choosing a Web Hosting Plan

Choose one of our web hosting options that best suits your needs. Mini is a great package for a single website that gets moderate to low traffic. Basic is good for several moderate traffic websites. While Premium is better for higher traffic larger sites. (If you're at all uncertain, you can upgrade to a larger package or more features at anytime). Each of our packages (except the mini) allows multiple domains to be hosted.

The purchase process is step by step; your account and website are configured automatically upon payment. Details regarding your account, passwords and additional instructions are emailed instantly for your records.

Choosing a Domain Name

Purchasing a domain name is easy once you've found one that's not already taken. The majority of our customers already own a domain name. (Typically one might think of a great idea for a website or domain name and want to buy it before someone else does). Contrary to what some may say, you don't need to have a hosting package to own/purchase a domain.

If you don't already own a domain, you may choose one during the hosting purchase process. (We will let you know if its available or not). Otherwise choose to update your existing name servers, and enter your domain in the field provided.

Name Server Settings (If you're updating domains you currently own)

If you already own a domain (or domains) with another company such as godaddy or register.com, you will need to login to your client profile on their site and choose/edit "DNS settings". For each domain you wish to have hosted with HaliHost, you just need to point the Name Server (NS) records to the addresses outlined in your auto generated client email. Typically though you should be able to use:

  • NS1.HALIHOST.CA
  • NS2.HALIHOST.CA
  • NS3.HALIHOST.CA
  • NS4.HALIHOST.CA
Propagation will start almost immideatly, but can take anywhere from 24-48 hours to become fully available globally. (A nameserver record is basically like the address to your house, except in this case, its the address to your website. When you change the nameservers you're issuing a "change of address" to everyone in the world that is holding your websites address in their address book so to speak - and this takes approx 24-48h).

Uploading Your Website Files

Once you've made the purchase, you will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to login to the website control panel. You may either use the built in web ftp, or use an existing ftp client on your machine. Either way the password details are provided, and the control panel is very intuitive.

Upload your HTML or PHP files into the public_html directory and they will be available to view online at <yourdomain.url>!

Configuring Your Email

Every website or business needs to have yourname@yourcompany.url. It much better than clients seeing email addresses like yourcompany@somefreemail.url

Simply click the appropriate link in the control panel and add a new address you wish to use. Once you click save, you can download the outlook settings and import them directly into your email client!

Finished

That's it, you're online! If you have any questions or need help at any time, feel free to contact us.

$5.95/month
MiniPlan
  • 2 GB Storage
  • 50 GB Transfer
  • 5 Email Addresses
  • 24/7 Support
$9.95/month
BasicPlan
  • 10 GB Storage
  • 200 GB Transfer
  • 50 Email Addresses
  • 24/7 Support
$17.95/month
PremiumPlan
  • 20 GB Storage
  • 500 GB Transfer
  • 250 Email Address
  • 24/7 Support