Buying your domain name, getting hosting…and finally…FINALLY…installing WordPress to get your shiny new site up and running are exciting steps and the beginning of launching your new online dreams.
I know how overwhelming these steps can be. Questions swirl: What hosting should you use? What does “hosting” even mean? How do you get a domain name? Then, how do you go about turning your domain and host into an actual website with words and pictures that appeal to potential clients?
First, take a deep breath. This is all quite figure-out-able and doable.
Some Website Definitions (so you know what I’m talking about)
Let’s start with some quick definitions. Your domain name is your URL, your address. For example, the domain name for this site is EntwineWebDesign.com.
Hosting refers to the company who has your website on their servers. They provide the space for you to build your site. They’re like a giant community complex with different types of houses – you can purchase a small apartment that shares a building with a whole bunch of other apartment.
This is what is called “shared hosting.” These plans generally are the cheapest and are perfect if you’re just starting out online and don’t have a big audience hitting your blog or website.
The next level is VPS hosting, or Virtual Private Server. This would be the equivalent of a duplex or townhome. Fewer people share the same server.
Finally, you can have a dedicated server which would be like buying your own building in the community. You have your own server and full control of the entire thing.
There are hundreds of companies that provide hosting services to people worldwide. After working with quite a few of the bigger players in the market, I recommend Siteground.
Why I like Siteground
Here are a few of the reasons I love them:
- Siteground has stellar 24/7 customer service
- I had one client choose a smaller company that only provided customer service during regular business hours. This wouldn’t have been an issue, but they were located in a time zone about ten hours away.
- Siteground has an easily navigable customer portal and c-panel (trust me when I say that navigating some smaller company’s sites can be a nightmare)
- Siteground provides a free SSL certificate. This gives your site an “https” address so you get the little green lock and “secure” symbol in the address bar. Google is docking sites that don’t have an SSL certificate, so this is a great feature.
I love their hosting for more reasons than this, but in the interests of getting your site up, let’s move on.
If you’re ready to sign up for hosting and to get your site going, here’s a quick video on how to do that.
In this video, I walk you through how to purchase your siteground hosting package and how to install WordPress on your new site. The Siteground/WordPress combo is unbeatable.
Now that you’ve got hosting squared away and WordPress installed, the work begins.
If you’re not sure what to put on your site, how to figure out your branding, or how to write the copy for all of the pages you need, I’ve got several packages of WordPress Coaching to help you create your dream website.
Let’s get started!
*Disclaimer: The Siteground links in this article are affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission for any purchases you make using the link. This blog is designed to educate and encourage you in your website endeavors, but this is also my business! As you build your site, I encourage you to also explore affiliate opportunities to help offset the costs of your website.