2 – Hosting your website

Now you have a name or your website (assuming you followed step 1) – its time to get somewhere to store your site so people can view it 24/7.  

There are many different hosting providers offering many different levels of hosting, some of the most common are:

  • Shared hosting – ideal for most entry level websites. A shared hosting plan means the server is used by multiple people to host their websites and the resources of the server (space, memory processor etc are all shared by all the domains on that server). This is the most cost-effective type of hosting when starting a small scale site.  The downside is that should any of the other sites have a surge of traffic, that will slow the server down and also affect your site.
  • Cloud hosting – one of the latest buzzwords when it comes to hosting, however it can mean many things. Usually, with cloud hosting just like your electricity supplier, the feed is from multiple locations and can be scaled as required to avoid any performance issues.
  • Managed WordPress Hosting – With the rise of WordPress as a popular website platform, many hosts now have dedicated WordPress hosting plans that keep your WordPress installation up to date for you trying to minimise security threats.
  • Reseller web hosting – these accounts often come with a larger capacity and control panel that allows you to resell the space to other people (potentially making a profit) – however with the number of web hosts available, this can be difficult to promote and resell unless part of a package you offer.

It really is a great idea to shop around to see which host has the most suitable offer for the type of hosting you are after. It’s often easier to start with a smaller package and have your host upgrade it if necessary.

Some of my recommended hosts are:

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