How To Host A Website

by Sep 13, 2020Website Configuration

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Website Hosting Done In Three Easy Steps

  1. Buy a domain name
    The first step to creating a website is registering a domain name. A domain acts as an address that users can go to and view your site. This is the permanent location where internet users can find a website. Domains can be created and purchased through several companies like NameCheap, Google, Siteground, etc.
  2. Select a hosting provider
    Every site needs a web host — the company that provides servers that store your website and make it available online for others to view. Domain registrars typically offer web hosting. It’s also possible to buy a domain name and web hosting separately. You may want to do this if you want the GSuite apps and email but you want to build a custom website.
  3. Choose a hosting plan
    Before you start building your website, you need two things: a domain and hosting for it. There are five main types of hosting available: SharedManaged WordPressVPSDedicated, and Reseller. For new sites, a good shared hosting account or managed WordPress account are good places to start as they are cheap and easy to maintain. When a site grows bigger, you can upgrade to VPS or dedicated hosting — they offer more bandwidth and disk space to handle the traffic of larger websites, as well as greater control over server configuration.

In this article we will cover the following:

  1. What is Web hosting?
  2. Choosing a Hosting Provider

If you have already chosen a provider or are wondering who to use to build your website, check out our article on How to Build a Website.

What Is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that allows businesses and individuals to display a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. When users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.

Choosing a Hosting Provider

When it comes to hosting providers, it can get a bit overwhelming when trying to choose one. We have done the work for you and here are some of the top providers to pick from.

This table provides some of the most important information you need when deciding who to host with. All of the listed hosting providers also provide domain registering services. Purchasing a domain from your hosting provider allows for an easier and direct method of connecting your website to your domain that does not involve editing and configuring your DNS settings.

Features

Bluehost

SiteGround

GoDaddy

Dreamhost

Shared Hosting

Wordpress Hosting

$3.95/mo

VPS Hosting

$19.99/mo

Dedicated Hosting

$79.99/mo

WooCommerce Hosting

Free SSL 

Not available with base packages

Free Domain Name (1st Year)

Free Email

Available with higher tier plan

Available with higher tier plan

Daily Backup

Available at an addtional cost

Not available on all plans

Not available on all plans

Available Website Traffic

Unlimited

10,000 Monthly Visits

Varies per plan

Unlimited

Let us know below if this article has helped you and who you ended up hosting your website with! If you have any questions about any of the hosting providers or how to build your website, feel free to reach out to the individual companies’ support teams or by contacting us at [email protected].

About The Author

Cody Stevens

Cody Stevens

Founder of SugarFree Designs and Lead Designer. Cody has a passion for web design and helping businesses build something that they can be proud of.

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