You got the domain…
(If you are yet to register a domain name, get one from GoDaddy)
What next after getting the domain name?
You need to put it up online.
For that, you need to rent a hosting space.
Before that, you need to know the types of hosting.
There are primarily, three types of hosting available.
1. Shared hosting: As the name suggests, you share the same server with several other customers and websites. It’s the perfect type for the beginners. It’s cost-effective, uncomplicated and suitable to host a personal website or a blog or a startup website. You can move to a better option once your needs demand it.
2. VPS hosting: VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It’s a virtual server in an actual server. You get more control and better space than the shared hosting. It gives you flexibility when you’re growing fast.
3. Dedicated hosting: it’s the most expensive one. But, gives you top-notch hardware, managed services, dedicated IP and around the clock support.
You should pick the one that suits your needs.
And to do so, you need to know the type of website you’re going to build.
If it’s a blog, you can start with shared hosting.
If it’s a shop, you need to choose an e-commerce hosting provider who gives you beautiful templates, shopping cart, payment, and email tools integration, etc.,
If it’s a personal site where you share your resume or portfolio, you can either choose the cheapest option available or a website builder.
If it’s a business website, you need to consider a host who can accommodate your growth. You don’t want the headaches of transferring the domains and files regularly because your current host couldn’t handle your newfound traffic growth or technical requirements.
Now, you know which type of hosting to choose based on your website type.
It’s time to pick your hosting service partner.
Remember, though the price is an important factor, it shouldn’t be the deciding factor.
Let’s see what else to look before choosing the right hosting service.
Customer reviews: You need to check what their customers are telling about them, but don’t base your decision on one single review either good or bad. Check multiple hosting forums, reviews and sites.
Uptime Guarantee: Don’t settle for anything less than 99% uptime guarantee and don’t take the service providers word for it. Google for complaints related to uptime [or downtime] issues for the particular service provider. People are vocal when their website goes down.
Storage and bandwidth: Though most service providers will offer unlimited storage and bandwidth, there is no such ‘unlimited’ thing. There’ll be limitations that are in fine print. Look carefully to make sure you get what you need.
Prices for both signup and renewal: Most hosting providers offer unbelievable signup prices, but their renewals could cost you a lot. Don’t fall for it. Check both the signup price and renewal price before signing up. You can save a bit more by picking an extended contract period while signing up leveraging the signup offers.
Flexibility: Can you upgrade to a better plan tomorrow? How much will it cost? Do they offer pain-free migration to another host if you need? Check them all or talk to the pre-sales support about it. You’ll never know when such demand or situation will arise and you need to be prepared.
Support: Timely and quality support is vital for your website or blog. Make sure your host offers the top-notch support. You can check for support related complaints and get the idea how their support fares.
Reputation: Choose a provider who has a solid reputation, expertise, and experience in the business. They are not going to be cheap but even a $ extra you pay will be worth and could save you from sleepless nights and unnecessary tensions.
Well, That’s all.
Go and check the hosting offers out there.
Find someone who fits your requirements and satisfies other criteria, your ideal hosting partner, signup with them.
Here are a few of my recommendations.
– Siteground is one of the best hosts for blogs and startups. Their service and support rocks.
– Bluehost is one of the providers who has been there for a while, and they have highly cost-effective starter plans.
Let’s talk about WordPress in the next Blog.