A website can’t exist without a domain name and a web hosting plan. There are a ton of web hosting companies on the web and then there is countless web hosting comparisons, reviews, coupons, and deals of those hosting companies. And almost all of the bloggers recommend at least one web hosting company of their choice. The problem is, the web hosting provider recommended by ‘Blogger A’ could be the worst rated hosting company by ‘Blogger B’ or vice versa. Again, a good percentage of the bloggers or the “best web hosting reviews and ratings” are biased. I would say there’s no such thing as a perfect web hosting company. You need to select a web hosting plan based on your actual requirements and budget. If you are unsure about it then the best thing is to get help from your geeky friend or ask on a web hosting forum. You can also check out my Web Hosting Handbook to know all (almost) things web hosting. Anyway, I’m recommending a shared hosting plan by Hawk Host (for this very tutorial) as it's reliable and affordable (especially when it comes to renewal). Just in case, Shared Hosting is the most popular — and also the most affordable — web hosting plan. It’s super-easy to manage a shared hosting plan and it’s equally good for beginners as well as experienced webmasters. Shared hosting basically means that you’re sharing your server (resources as well as the cost) with hundreds of other websites. And that makes it affordable for everyone. The majority of websites on the web are actually hosted on a shared hosting plan. It can cost as low as $1 per month to as high as $25 per month depending upon the hosting brand and their resources. If you are new to blogging or have an existing WordPress.com or BlogSpot.com blog that’s not getting a lot of traffic, a shared hosting plan is all that you need. Also, shared hosting is good for a personal website or a small business website (assuming that you don’t expect too much traffic every single day, and all you need is an online presence plus business email). And hey, a shared hosting may also be suitable when you need to host multiple websites — as long as you don’t expect hundreds of thousands of visits an hour to each website. So let’s get started!
The first step in building an online business is registering a domain name. It’s like incorporating a company when you want to set up a business. The only problem is, it takes a lot of thinking and patience to find a perfect domain name that reflects your personality or business, or both. A domain name is your identity on the web. So try to find a name that’s unique, memorable, short, readable, and brandable (preferably a .com). You will also have to make sure that it doesn’t conflict with other brand names or trademarks.
Recommended Read: How To Choose A Domain Name For Your BlogEven though you usually get a free domain name when you sign up for a 12-month web hosting plan, I would recommend purchasing a domain name on your own from a domain registrar like Namecheap.com or GoDaddy.com and it costs $10-$15 per year. Doing so will make it easy to manage all your domain names from a single dashboard (assuming that you will need more domain names in the future). Web Hosting Companies offer a domain name free of cost only for the first year, after which they start charging a premium rate. There’s every chance that you might not stick with the same web hosting company in the future, so it’s always better to purchase your domain names elsewhere and manage them separately. So let’s get started!
There are a ton of web hosting companies on the web and countless web hosting comparisons, reviews, coupons and deals of those hosting companies also exists. And almost all of the bloggers recommends at least one web hosting company of their choice. The problem is, the web hosting provider recommended by 'Blogger A' could be the worst rated hosting company by 'Blogger B' or vice versa. Again, a good percentage of the bloggers or the "best web hosting reviews and ratings" are biased. For instance, HostGator.com is among the Top 10 Web Hosting Companies (actually at #2) by PC Magazine in 2015 and its Editor Rating is EXCELLENT (Screenshot) --- when it's easily one of the worst rated host in 2015. And recently I noticed that an 'award-winning' blogger was promoting a Black Friday deal of a web hosting company that he otherwise loved to hate. Then again, there are bloggers who is hosting their website with 'Host A' but they are promoting 'Host B'. You know why? Affiliate commissions. Period.