Hosting Account

PCC is happy to partner with Web Hosting for Students to provide students with low cost hosting and a free domain name for a one year period. You will be able to use this hosting service and the domain name you choose in the next step for a one year period. It is important to use the same hosting and domain name throughout your time in the Website Development and Design program. It will provide you with a consistent place to store work done in all your classes, it will allow you to familiarize yourself with a hosting service and its services, and it will allow you to master how the administrative side of your websites works.

All required courses in the Web Development and Design program will require students to use a hosting service outside of PCC. Once you have purchased your hosting and registered your free domain name, you will not have to do it again for other classes you take.

Hosting will cost $25 for a one year period and is purchased from the PCC bookstore, either online or in person. The one year period starts when you activate the account online using the purchased promo code following the instructions below, not when you purchase the promo code from a PCC bookstore.

The domain name will be free unless you choose to purchase a domain name for $12.50 per year. You are not required to purchase a domain name. If you choose to purchase a domain name, we strongly suggest that you spend the extra $5 for the ID Protection offered on the next screen after you choose your domain name. If you do not spend the $5 for ID Protection, you will recieve loads of spam offering all kinds of web services.

You will have the option to renew your service at the end of the one year period for the same price.

With Financial Aid Without Financial Aid

To start the process, you must purchase a Promo Code from a PCC bookstore. This can be done online or in person. If you purchase online, please be aware that currently there is a New Price and a Used Price for the Promo (Access) Code, as seen here:

Hosting Activation Code purchase from online bookstore showing new and used cost

THERE IS NO USED COST FOR THIS SERVICE. If you choose Used, you will be charged the $25.00 fee.

If you purchase your code online, the code will be shipped to you. There will be a $4.00 shipping charge in addition to the $25.00 fee. Please make sure you allow for enough time for the Promo Code to be shipped to you. You cannot purchase the Promo Code and have it shipped to you on the day your assignment is due!

You can have the code emailed to your by putting a note in the Additional Information or Notes field within the Cart application.

If you purchase the code in person from a PCC bookstore, you will be given the code in a sealed envelope at checkout. Please make sure you ask your instructor which bookstore you should purchase your Promo Code from if you choose to do it in person. Not every PCC bookstore will have them on the shelves.

Once you have your Promo Code, go to to start the registration process.

Go to to start the registration process.

Complete the purchase process

Start by reading through the instructions on the page. Once you have read the instructions, click on the Sign Up Now button.

You will first choose a domain name.

If you would like a FREE domain name, select Use a subdomain from Web Hosting for Students.

Students are recommended to use their name as their subdomain. For example, if your name is Sally Student, your domain would be sallystudent.
If your name is unavailable, you may use a variation of your name or an alternative name of your choice.

Free Domain choice

If you would like to purchase a domain name for $12.50 per year, click on the I need a new domain name choice.

Paid domain name choice

After you have found an available domain name, the next screen will give you the opportunity to purchase ID Protection. We strongly suggest that you spend the extra $5 for ID Protection. If you do not spend the $5 for ID Protection, you will recieve loads of spam offering all kinds of web services.

Domain Configuration

What is the difference between the two besides the price? Notice the formatting of the domain name: the free one is and the other is You will have complete control over the domain name choice if you pay for a domain name. If you choose the free option, the domain name will include your name and the name of the host (webhostingforstudents).

Once you choose your option, type in either your name for the free choice or your choice of domain name for the paid option and then click on CHECK. It will check to see if it is available. If it is not, keep trying until you find one that is.

Once you find a domain name that is available, you will go to the Review and Checkout screen. You should see a $25.00 fee for PCC 1 Yr Hosting Plan.

With Financial Aid Without Financial Aid

This is where you put in your Promo Code. Click on Apply Promo Code under the Checkout button. You must do this even if you are purchasing your domain name. The Promo Code is to purchase the HOSTING for the domain name.

Apply Promo Code button bekow checkout button

Enter your Promo Code.

Apply Promo code dialog box where code is input

Once you have applied the code and you return to the Checkout page, scroll to the top to make you sure your Promo Code was accepted.

Promo Code Accepted message on checkout page

If it was accepted, click on the Checkout button.

Click on the Checkout button.

Billing Information

Now you have to put in your billing information. You will not be billed in the first year for hosting or the domain name if you choose a free domain name.

You must enter your billing information to complete the process. You will be required to put in a credit card or PayPal account information. This is to set up your account.

If you chose to pay for a domain name, you will need to enter your billing information to complete that purchase.

Make sure to click on the Agree to Terms of Service checkbox after you have read the Terms of Service. Then click on the Complete Order button.

Once your order is processed, you see the Order Confirmation page. After you see the Order Confirmation screen, it will take a minimum of 60 minutes to activate the account.

Click on the Go to Client Area button and then on the My Domains area and you can monitor when your domain becomes active.

You will receive a Welcome e-mail that has an e-mail verification link in it YOUR DOMAIN WILL NOT BECOME ACTIVE UNTIL YOU CONFIRM YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS. Make sure you check your Spam folder for that e-mail if you don't see it in your Inbox.

You will also receive an email with a Subject line:

Welcome! Hosting Account Setup and Login Information

from Web Hosting for Students that has all of your account information, username and password for accessing the administrative area of your account and your cPanel access. KEEP THIS E-MAIL IN A SAFE PLACE!!

After you recieve this email, your new hosting is active.