Buying cheap web hosting for the first time is confusing and exciting.
The first time I bought it, I had no clue what I was doing, but I got there in the end and you can too.
It is important to understand why you need cheap web hosting and what to look for when picking a hosting provider, before you buy it.
When you build your website it contain files and folders that are somewhere else.
They are stored on the hosting provider’s “server,” which is “always ready”online, safe and secure.
That is what hosting companies provide.
Essentially, they sell space on their servers to hold your website files and folders.
When you buy your domain name, you must point it to your their server where your website files are contained.
This is done by using nameservers.
This step is simple to do, but it sounds technical.
There are thousands of web hosting companies out there who offer a range of hosting packages.
It can be very complex if you don not understand.
The bottom line is when you build your first website, you need quality hosting that does not cost a lot of money.
I recommend that your web hosting provider has the capability to add other domain names if you decide to build more websites in the future.
The most important thing is to make certain your website is “live” so visitors can find and access it.
Hosting companies refer to a live website as “up time” and they usually guarantee 99%+ uptime.
They also offer four main tiers of hosting ranging from shared hosting to Virtual Private Servers.
Shared hosting is all a beginner blogger need.
Shared hosting must have enough storage, bandwidth, a control panel, security and good customer support whenever you need it.
Here is a list of three good web hosting providers:
Various offers are available online and prices vary depending on the hosting company you choose.
The cost is relatively low on a monthly basis with all of them.
There is no need to pay more than $8.00 a month or less to get quality hosting service.
When you build more websites, upgrade to a larger hosting capacity.
Again, all you need for one website is a shared hosting package.
You have two choices here:
1. Buy your domain name and cheap web hosting from the same company.
2. Buy the domain from one company and hosting from another.
It does not make a difference whether you buy your domain name from GoDaddy, etc. and host your website with another company or vice versa.
If you decide to buy your domain name and hosting from the same company, then when you buy hosting add the domain name to the hosting package and your website is all linked up.
When you buy them from separate companies, you must tell the domain provider to point your domain name to your hosting server.
There is a little more work involved, but it is easy to do.
For example, I am pointing my domain name to my hosting company since my website is on their server.
First, you must create an account with your chosen hosting company.
If you decide to buy your domain name and hosting from the same company, then set up one account.
In order to keep them separate, you must set up an account for your domain name and one for your hosting.
Pick the package that you like the best and sign up.
Remember, if you decide to build more websites, then get a package that allows unlimited domain names.
Use a shared hosting package when starting out as explained above.
Second, pay for your cheap web hosting package.
You will receive an email from your hosting provider that contains important information.
It will contain your login details, nameservers and ftp details (maybe).
Most hosting providers provide a live chat service on their website.
Do not be afraid to ask for assistance because they guide you through this process.
Keep it simple and do not get over technical about buying cheap web hosting.
Hosting providers have phone numbers and a chat service so contact them.
Tell them that you need help setting up your domain name and web hosting.
They can talk you through the process and it is simple.
Do not get stuck on this if you encounter problems.
Get in touch with the help desk and they will fix it for you quickly.
Almost every hosting company uses what is called a “cPanel” for you to control your hosting account.
When you log into it the first time, it looks like something out of Star Wars!
Try not to be intimidated because it is simple to use after you self-teach yourself how to use it.
As a result, you can check your visitor stats, set up email accounts, add sub-domains and a range of other features.
Depending on which cheap web hosting provider you pick, your cPanel may look slightly different in design.
However, they all contain the important elements.
Whether or not your domain and hosting are with the same provider or, you have different companies, the hosting provider has videos to show you how to add a domain or you can call them for help.
In later lessons, you will learn what WordPress is and why it is my choice of a content management system that I use with cheap web hosting.
Since WordPress content management system is already installed in WordPress templates, it makes building a website so much easier.
In conclusion, to build a website you need to buy a domain name and cheap web hosting.
Buy a simple and cheap shared hosting package for about $8.00 or less a month.
You can buy your domain and hosting from one company or buy your domain from a different company, and your hosting from another.
If you decide to do it this way, then point your domain name to your hosting provider’s nameservers.
For example, because I moved RuralMoney.com a few times, I point my domain name to my new web hosting service using their nameservers.
I recommend using a hosting provider that will add your new domain name for you.
I hope that you understant why you need cheap web hosting and what to look for when picking a hosting provider, before you buy it.