Although building up a website or a blog for the first time can be an intimidating task for you, the first thing you should do is to register a domain name and choose one of the many website hosting services.
You can usually get both your domain name and hosting from the same company, but even though it’s the easiest way it’s not the cheapest. Of course there are some websites that can offer you a domain name for free, but we don’t advise you to do so if you want a .com.
Keep in mind also that the free Website hosting sites are too limiting. But when searching for a hosting website, it’s better to review some of them first, because prices for domain names can vary. In fact you can set a DSN later, in case you decide to get your domain and hosting name from the same companies.
Once you found your hosting website, you’ll be provided with a control panel from where you’ll have the options to set up and manage various aspects, such as data bases, email, statistics etc. You can choose Cpanel, which is one of the best ones and many hosting services using it.
Keep in mind that there is a great deal of website hosting companies around the internet and it might be very difficult for you to select the best one for you. Of course you can check for reviews around the Internet for a specific hosting company, but in most cases these are so many and might be confusing for you. But you can always check some forums, like hostjury.com and webhostingtalk.com. You have to know also that if you decide to you the cheapest one is not the best way, because there are still going to be some service limitations for you. It’s also not the best solution to find a very expensive one. Instead, it’s better to find a service that provides Website hosting services that suit your need with the best cost for you.
The most important factors you should take into consideration when deciding are the following:
Speed of display – Your posts must display swiftly, otherwise people won’t find them interesting
Availability – Your website should offer a guarantee of 99.9% uptime, otherwise people won’t be able to locate your website (downtime can be unhealthy)
Customer help and support – If you choose a reputable hosting service company, you’ll be certain that you’ll always have any technical support you need for any problems that might occur 24/7.
In case you’re building up you first and new website, you should not be concerned about the “unlimited” disk play that the companies may offer to you. Your initial hosting will be on a shared server and will do a good job for you, unless of course you site will have a lot of traffic. In the future you’ll have the possibility to upgrade in case you want to.
Loading time – Your page should load very quickly; otherwise you’ll have a problem.
Uptime – Downtime will make you lose visitors.
Technical support – You need to have technical support 24/7
Most hosting accounts are “shared”, which means that server and bandwidth are shared by many customers. In fact this is O.K. in most cases, but if your website will have a lot of traffic in the future, you’ll have to consider upgrading it.