In order for your website to be visible to the world, it needs to be hosted on a server somewhere. The server is basically a big computer, but it’s configured especially to deliver web files. It means that when someone types in your domain name, wanting to visit your site, the hosting provider, serves up the correct web files associated with that domain name. (If you haven’t registered your domain name yet, you can go through the steps on our previous post)
While we all see the value of producing fantastic content on our websites, sometimes the business of where we choose our website to live (ie our hosting company), is rather overlooked.
Reliable web hosting is a crucial part of building a robust website which is available 24/7.
So now that we have recognise how important it is to make a good choice with your web host, what kind of things should we be looking for in terms of features?
There are lots of hosting providers out there, and many of them do a really great job. I choose to use SiteGround for all my sites as they satisfy my checklist of features to look for in a host, and provide a great service.
Here are some of the reasons that I love them:
1) They are one of the few hosting providers recommended by WordPress.org. They also have a data centre in London.
2) They offer three shared hosting plans so there is something to fit every scenario
3) They are GDPR compliant so they comply with the new data privacy laws in the UK.
4) They offer amazing speed, security and support.
When you visit SiteGround, click on the option to ‘See Plans’.
This will take you to a page with 3 options. For most small businesses, the StartUp Plan is adequate. You can get started here, and upgrade later if you find that you need more space.
When you click on ‘Get Started’ under your plan, you’ll have an option to purchase a domain name, or specify the one that you have already registered. Check the ‘I already have a domain name’ option, and specify the one which you are going to use as your primary web address. Click ‘Proceed’.
Choose ‘I don’t need help’ from the next screen.
Fill in the client information and your payment information on the next screen to create your account. Under the ‘purchase information’, if you can stretch to include SG Scanner, it’s a very worthwhile service, as it scans your website for malicious activity and helps protect you from hackers. If it’s too much of a stretch financially, you will be fine without it it’s just a great safety net to have in place.
Agree to the Terms & Conditions, and complete the purchase.
Your hosting plan is now in place. You will receive a couple of emails from Siteground confirming your account details. Don’t forget to keep them safe!
Now you have your hosting plan ready, and your domain name, we’re going to connect the two of them in our next post which talks about redirecting your domain name.
Disclaimer: Some of the links that I use in this post and throughout this challenge may be affiliate links. That means that I may be paid a commission for purchases made through these links. It doesn’t cost anything more to purchase through an affiliate link, and I use any commission payouts to advertise these kind of challenges to ensure I’m able to reach and help as many entrepreneurs like you as possible. I will only ever recommend products or services which I myself use and trust.
If you’re struggling with any stage of the process, you can book a free 30-minute Website Jumpstart session with me to give you a roadmap of action steps to take to get you up and running faster.
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