What is involved in getting web hosting?
A web host company provides the space and bandwidth for your website.
Web hosting can cost anything from a few dollars a month to hundreds per month.
With web hosting, one size does not fit all. Finding the best web hosting for you is a process of elimination. You shouldn’t pay for more than you need
Shared web hosting is suitable for a great many small business and personal websites.
Be sure to research the best web hosting services for your needs.
Should I get my domain name and web hosting with the same company?
Many web hosts will offer domain name registration as well as web hosting, and may even offer a free domain name if you sign up for web hosting with them.
It is often recommended though, that your domain name is registered with a different company than the company you choose for your web hosting. If you are dissatisfied with your web hosting, it can be easier to change your domain name pointers over to your new web host.
On the other hand, you might find the process of registering a domain name easier if you do this with your web host. Some hosts also offer ‘forever free’ domain names – which is a great deal!
There are free web hosts, where you can use your own domain name, or use a second-level domain name from them.
I want more than one website. Can a web host provide hosting for more than one website on the one account?
Some do. These are commonly called add-on domains. An add-on domain is like a sub-directory of your main site – but can have its own domain. Iit looks and acts like a totally separate site.
I don’t see a money-back guarantee – should I assume that there is one?
No you shouldn’t. Check that there is at least a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Complaints and questions
Follow your web hosts directions when requesting support. If they ask that you use a specific support ticket procedure – use it, everytime.
Keep all email correspondence if you have an unresolved problem. Keep your cool – a problem may be coming from your end.
In any case, your problem may be something that your web host can help you with if you provide clear communication.
Know why you want your website and what features you want to implement.
And the design and content of your site is something that you should have sketched out on paper and have ready to start building.
If you want to run particular applications such as WordPress – be aware of the requirements. Even if you don’t know what things like MySQL and PHP are, don’t assume you won’t need them for the applications you want to run.
For example, this site, make-website.com, uses a MySQL database.
Web hosts with a solid reputation, such as BlueHost, DreamHost and Hostgator are all good choices.
Start building your site as soon as you have your hosting set up.
If there is something that your web host lacks, it’s better to know sooner rather than later. You can claim your money back within the first 30 days with most hosts. You can then go and get the hosting that suits you better.
Some web hosts don’t have a money-back guarantee, but have a ‘customer satisfaction’ guarantee instead.