Recommended Web Hosts
There are any number of excellent web hosts and I've listed some below for you to investigate.
However, the one that I use and recommend is SiteGround.
I like SiteGround because it has:
- Superb uptime. Your website will always be available.
- Powerful servers. Web browsers like speed and SiteGround delivers.
- Ease of use. The SiteGround website is easy to navigate, especially for creating new websites or editing existing ones.
- Excellent pricing that delivers good value for money.
SiteGround has three pricing plans.
They are called StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek.
This plan is all you need when you are just starting out. It allows you to host your website, with 10GB of storage and 10,000 visitors a month. This is ample to get you going. And it's cheap, which is always useful when you're starting out.
The first major difference you'll notice with the GrowBig plan is that it allows you to host an unlimited number of websites (within the total storage allocation, of course). It provides 20GB of storage and 100,000 visitors a month. You should upgrade to GrowBig as soon as either your visitors exceed 10,000 a month or you want to expand to a second website. And it's only slightly more expensive than the StartUp plan.
The GoGeek plan doubles the GrowBig storage allocation to 40GB and allows a massive 400,000 monthly visitors. Again, the additional cost is marginal.
As you move up the plan structure, more features are made available to you. These are detailed in the SiteGround website.
All three of the above plans use shared hosting, which is all you need until you have a number of highly successful website based businesses. Then you may wish to consider the extra performance and cost associated with a dedicated server.
SiteGround offers this under the heading Cloud Hosting.
There are four plans offered on the cloud hosting platform:
- Jump Start
- Business Plus
- Super Power
Each plan offers dedicated servers with increasing power via CPU cores, RAM and SSD storage space.
They are also expensive.
They are not relevant to you at this stage. I've included them just so that you are aware of SiteGround's complete offering.
SiteGround Used For Illustration
Note that I will be using SiteGround for illustrating the techniques taught throughout this course, including website building and hosting.
Other Web Hosts
See a review of WPX hosting at WPX Hosting Review.
See a review of A2 hosting at A2 Hosting Review.
See a review of Liquid Web hosting at Liquid Web Hosting Review.
You are welcome to browse each of these reviews to see if any of them appeal to you more than SiteGround.
Note, however, that moving your website from one host to another is a relatively simple task. Providing you know how, of course.
This is covered in the next module.