Web hosting is your starting point for your website. It is where you will store your site and picking one is the easy part compared to picking a domain name.
So What Is Web Hosting?
The web host (such as BlueHost) are renting out their servers for you to store your website files on, pages, posts, images, videos, etc.).
There are hundreds of web hosts to choose from and there are a few things to consider up front.
First you need to have a plan, pick your Niche and decide what you are going to do with the website. Is it going to be a blog, eCommerce, a forum site or something else?
Things to take into account:
Disk Space and Bandwidth (data transfer) – how much disk space do they offer for basic plan?? When you are just starting out the basic plans that are offered are typically enough and they can be upgraded once your website really takes off.
There are free web hosting companies out there but these do not allow for upgrading if needed. So buy a hosting plan if you are serious about your website is the smart way to go.
Technical Support – make sure you get a host with 24/7 customer service, unless you are a webmaster and don’t need any help.
Email Service – you need one that will provide an email service for your website. This is not for getting people to subscribe to your site but an email with your domain name.
If you sign up to be an affiliate with just about any company or affiliate network, you will need to use your website email. This email is important for verification that you are the site owner. A lot of people try to scam affiliate companies so they will send a confirmation email for proof.
Reliability – look for their guarantees for up-time. Most web hosts can guarantee your site up and running 99.9% of the time. (and this is where customer service comes into play, can’t have your site going down). All of the downtime causes lost visitors to your site which can in turn mean lost income.
Free Trial or Money Back Guarantee – this is important for people who are starting out. You may find it does not offer what you are looking for so testing it or getting a 30-60 or 90 day money back guarantee is important.
Look For 99.9% Up-Time – Don’t Let Your Visitors See Loading Icon!!
These are the basic features that you will need no matter what type of website you do. There are other options like ftp (file transfer protocol), upgrades, site backup, security, statistics and more. Just choose a robust web host and you will be provided with all of the choices.
Many of the web hosting companies offer a free domain name but if you buy a domain name first you can easily transfer it to the web host.
Word Press is the number one blogging and website content management system (CMS). It is an open source website creation tool. Open-source means the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.
Always look for a host that has managed WordPress hosting if you decide on building a WordPress site.
WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com – there is a huge difference between the two.
WordPress.org – this is a self-hosted website. You sign up for web hosting and a domain and it gives you total control over your content.
WordPress.com – is hosted by WordPress and you do not get all the features of a self-hosted site. This is good you will be writing a blog and not adding any monetization to it, or free downloads (like ebooks)
I started out trying WordPress.com and I did not find it any fun. Just writing and you cannot tweak it to make it your style. Kind of like back in the day with MySpace.com and you could add code and backgrounds and music……
I like to have fun with my sites. And the great thing about it is someone has developed a plug-in already for whatever you need. I just google something and bam, plugins for it. I have only free plugins, but I have paid for themes before.
That was a huge mistake!!
Don’t do it unless you have some experience or some help to install and configure it. I spent days undoing the install of the theme I bought, I hated it so much.
Domain Name – this is an important aspect of your host. You can get free hosting or free blogs with a website name you pick but it will have their platform name after it. Such as studyguidecis.blogspot.com.
This is a good choice if you are new to blogging or creating a website. Most allow you to upgrade from free hosting to paid and then your domain drops their platform name. Example:
This is a live link that you can go to and create, experiment and learn. It is upgradeable to your own personal domain without .siterubix.com at the end. Some free platforms do not allow for upgrading so always read the Terms Of Service to see what is and is not allowed.
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