Where to Host your Website
There are thousands, if not more, of hosting companies out there. They come in all price ranges, and with all kinds of bells and whistles.
It can be a bit intimidating to decide which one to choose; especially for those taking their first steps in the online world, but for the most part it’s actually quite easy and straightforward process.
Here are the main things you want to look for in a hosting company:
Support – In my opinion, this is the most important aspect of a hosting company by far. If something goes wrong, a quick, courteous and reliable customer support can make a huge difference. You want a hosting company with a 24/7 live and phone customer service. No less than that.
Storage space – Most hosting companies provide more than enough storage space but if you plan to store video or audio files, you’ll probably need a hosting plan that offers significant storage space.
Bandwidth – The more traffic your website gets, the more bandwidth is consumed. Bandwidth is usually not a problem for a small-to-medium sized blog, but when you start getting high amounts of traffic, you’ll want to have a host that provides high bandwidth and can easily upgrade your plan if your web traffic grows unexpectedly.
Domains – If you anticipate that at some point you’ll want to host more than one website, then it’s best to make sure you have the option to so in the future. Also, some hosting companies offer a free domain name when you sign up; however, this should be a small factor in your decision, as saving ~$10 on buying a domain isn’t as important as the above factors.
Extras – This includes SSL, scripts, and such. You might need some of these in the future depending on the type of site you’re building, but in most cases you won’t need them at all. The most important thing is that the hosting company supports WordPress and makes it easy to install it.
BlueHost and HostGator are good examples of reputable hosting companies that can meet the budget of starting entrepreneurs. I personally use my own dedicated server due to the high amount of traffic my sites generate, but I can definitely say that a number of high-profile bloggers recommend BlueHost as the best web hosting for WordPress.
BlueHost checks all the boxes we discussed above:
– You get a free domain name when you sign up.
– You can host multiple websites on your account (If you choose the “Plus” package).
– They give you unlimited storage space and bandwith (If you choose the “Plus” package).
– They’re priced very competitively
– They provide 24/7 customer support.
* Update – I started using BlueHost for a few of my sites, and I can report that it’s excellent. My site’s response time has improved dramatically since switching to Bluehost and the customer service is unmatched.