You just bought a domain (congratulations!), and now people tell you that you also need to buy hosting… If you are completely new to creating a website you probably ask yourself:
- What the heck is hosting?
- Do I need it? (yes)
- How do I get it?
What is hosting?
When I was a website newbie, it took me some time to understand it too, and I was confused about it even after asking Google. I realized that I wasn’t the only one, so I’ve written an explanation for the absolutely clueless:
The hosting service is what makes it possible for others to see your website on the internet.
Without the hosting service, your domain (you know, the “www.yourbusinessname.com”-thing) will not be accessible to other people.
Let’s compare with something you are familiar with – A phone number and a phone line:
The phone number represents your domain, and the phone line the hosting service. So if you have a domain, but not hosting service, it would be like having a phone number without a connected phone line. You can give people your phone number, but when they dial, they will just get an error message until a line has been established by the phone company.
There are different kinds of hosting services, but I will not bore you with the technical details and explanations of why one is better than another. I keep an eye on what is the best hosting option at any given time for coaching websites created with WordPress, and will keep this blog post updated accordingly.
How to buy hosting
The recommended hosting would be from a provider called Siteground, and I will take you though step by step how to get a hosting service from them:
Click the See Plans button
Then choose the StartUp plan (if you plan to have more than one website, choose the one called GrowBig). If you are in doubt, start with the StartUp plan, as there is no problem to upgrade later if needed.
Click for I already have a domain (if you don’t, you can read this blog post on how to buy one here), and enter your domain name.
On the next page fill in all your details in the sections: Contact Details, Password Information (chose a very, very secure one, please. Everything that has to do with your website needs to be hack proof, and that starts with a strong password) and Payment Information:
In the Purchase Information section, there are a few things to pay attention to:
Data centre: You are asked to choose a data centre. What does this mean? It’s the location they will use for your website files. Choose a location that is the closest to where most of your clients are to improve their user experience..
Period: The period is automatically set to 12 months, but if you want to commit for longer, you can of course chose 24 months or 36 months.
Extra services: Keep the Basic Backup Service and the HackAlert Monitoring, and choose as you wish for the Premium Support.
Click Submit Order.
You will now be taken to a page that confirms that your account was created successfully.
Well done, gorgeous!
Did it all work out well? Do you have questions? I would really like to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below.