Now that you have a domain name in mind it is time to purchase web hosting. This is the “expensive” part of owning a website because you actually have to take up space on a company’s server and use their bandwidth. These days we are able to find some good prices on web hosting; let,s look at geek-domains.com as our example.
Buy Web Hosting: Plans
There are almost always different tiers when it comes to buying web space. Most of the time, the longer you purchase the space the less it will cost at a month to month basis. Please use the link to NameCheap below; I’ll get a small kickback at no extra cost to you. I chose NameCheap due to their great support and very low cost for the first year of hosting.
NameCheap.com Value Plan:
What they offer:
- 20GB SSD Disk Space
- Easy WordPress setup
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Host up to 3 sites
- Daily Backups
- 50 Sub-domains
- Up to 50 FTP Users
- Up to 50 email accounts
- Up to 50 Databases
- 24/7 Live Support
- 14 day money back guarantee
This will cost you about $9.88 for the first year then $38.88 every year after that. This is great for us since we are just starting out. Low barrier to entry! If you would like to have more space or more sites there are several other shared Hosting Packages.
I have used the Value hosting plan for several websites and have always had the best results. There is really more there than you will even need to start, and most likely ever, in your blogging career.
Since your site will be mostly words and photos the unlimited amount of space is a bit overkill but worth it in the case of expanding your site. Unlimited data transfer is a must; you don’t want your visitors to be pushed out or unable to access your site due to overcrowding. Databases are needed to store WordPress information and this is all included in their 1-Click WordPress setup.
If you are not using NameCheap.com to purchase your domain and web hosting make sure you read what each package offers. Don’t get caught up in the details too much; just make sure that you, at least, get unlimited bandwidth and a 20 Gigabytes of storage to host your site.
For free hosting, join Wealthy Affiliate, it’s good to get your feet wet and try out blogging. I do recommend self hosting so you have complete control.
As always, please ask any questions in the comments. I will answer every question as soon as I am able.