How to Actually Host a Website
Much like buying a domain, finding a solid place to host your website is important. Figuring out how to host a website can be confusing, though, especially if you take advice like Adam’s.
Below are some of our favorite choices to host your website that are fairly priced and offer consistent uptime (meaning you won’t have to run around screaming “my website is down because the server crashed!” very often. That’s a good thing).
This is a great service to consider especially if you’re going with a WordPress site as your first site. If you sign up with them for hosting, you get a free domain for a year, and they have great plans for WordPress and WooCommerce. They have regular backups and 24/7 support with free SSD and free SSL (which is SUPER important. If you’re wondering why, check our blog post on SSL here). If there’s something you don’t like about their service, you have a 30 day money back guarantee, so that’s pretty great in itself. With management support, though, they may be slightly more pricey than other sites.
Next up there’s inMotion Hosting. Their shared hosting starts at $3.99 a month, and they offer free backups and SSH access on the lower end plans, as well as WordPress support integrated with WP-CLI (that’s just cool programmer stuff). With InMotion, an all SSD infrastructure is offered, and they have 24/7 telephone support with options to add ticket, email, and chat support. They offer free SSL and free malware detection, so that’s pretty rad.
For our final choice, we have HostGator. With a 99% uptime, it’s hard to find many other places that can boast such a killer reliability. It’s unlikely you’re site will ever go down. If you’re just starting out, they have a shared hosting plan at $2.75 a month, which is pretty great. They have plans for any kind of site you might need as well as uptime monitoring, regular backups, and free cPanel or Plesk. The only thing they don’t support is SSD on all plans, so it’s not quite as fast as it could be, but affordability is a good tradeoff for speed.
How Will You Host Your Website?
There are multiple options when it comes to finding a place to host your website. If you’re just starting out, these are great services to use to get your site up and running. If you are planning to have your domain hosted somewhere, be sure to check if they offer a free domain provided you host with them as well. It makes the whole process easier, and who wouldn’t want that?