First, Happy Father’s day to all you dads out there! Hopefully you were able to spend some time with your family today — if not in person, then at least in spirit. Today, I’m going to show you how to set up your website hosting.
By now, you should have determined what area you want to focus your business on — your niche — and you should have already acquired your domain name. If not, no worries. You still have time to do so, but you will need to have your domain name before you can set up an account to host your site.
If you still have questions about either how to narrow down your niche or how to get a domain name, be sure to post it in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.
If you’re like me, when I first heard about hosting, I was scratching my head wondering what exactly is it? Think of webhosting this way:
Website hosting is simply a location on a computer where all of the files for your website reside and where others can view them on the internet.
It’s really that simple.
Now, could that be any computer? Well, kind of, but not exactly. Among other things, a computer that hosts websites needs to have special software installed that presents or serves the pages of your website whenever someone asks for them. This type of computer is called a web server or host computer. As I mentioned in my earlier post, your domain name is the address people will use to find your site. When someone types your domain name into the address bar of their browser and clicks “Enter”, a connection is made to the computer where your website is hosted and a request is made to present the home page of your website. A similar thing happens when someone clicks one of the links on your site.
Webhosting companies have computers and internet connections that are very robust in order to handle a great deal of traffic. This helps ensure that your website is available when people try to access it. They can also provide services that help you promote your site and protect it from being hacked. This is the value they add and why you would pay someone to host your website rather than trying to do it yourself from your home computer.
There are several different webhosting companies out there. Some hosting companies specialize in smaller websites with less traffic and some specialize in larger sites with lots of visitors. Others specialize in both. I’m going to keep things simple and just talk about two. These are companies that I’ve either used or am currently using and both support the use of WordPress which I’ll talk about in a later post.
Web Hosting Hub
The first one is Web Hosting Hub. Web Hosting Hub is where this blog was first hosted. They’re a great company with excellent customer service and specialize in smaller sites with light to moderate traffic.
The other is A2Hosting. A2Hosting is where I currently host my sites. They’re also a great company with excellent customer service, but they can handle more traffic and the computers they use are super fast.
If you expect to have a healthy number of visitors to your site out of the gate, I’d recommend using A2Hosting. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a coin toss. Both of these companies make it very easy to get started and they share some of the same technologies which makes it easy if you ever need to move your site from one to the other. Their basic package is pretty much the same. A2Hosting has two basic options, one of which is slightly beefier and uses the latest hard drive technology. They also have some more robust options that you can move to later as your site becomes more popular.
Signing up for a hosting account is pretty easy. You simply choose the package you want – I recommend starting with the most basic package — enter your domain name and click “Next”, select the length of time you want to sign up for, provide your payment information and voila! You now have a hosting account. You will receive emails from the website host confirming your account and letting you know how to access it.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how to get your domain name connected to your newly setup hosting account. Well first we need to get some website pages set up so that people have something to look at once they get there. In my next post, I’ll show you around the control panel — or cPanel as it’s called — for your hosting account and then we’ll get started creating your site. If you think things are exciting now, just wait!
Hopefully, you have a better understanding of what website hosting is, how it works, and how to create your own webhosting account. If you’re still left with a few question marks floating around, be sure to post them below and I’ll do my best to clear them up for you.
Thanks for stopping by and, until next time, have a great week!