Today you will be getting hosting and registering your domain. Your hosting is where your website files are stored and is required to get your website online. By the time you complete today’s lesson, you will have acquired hosting and attached it to your domain so that you can get your website online.
Many domain registrars also offer to host. Often times it is easier to use the same company for hosting as its easier to set up. This is why we didn’t go ahead and register the domain yesterday. We’ll do both today!
This step can get a bit technical and each hosting provider will be different. The hosting provider you choose should have tutorials as well as support. Many hosting providers even have live chat support where you can talk to someone directly and have them walk you through the process.
When you are first starting out you don’t need an elaborate hosting package. In most cases, you can get a simple shared hosting package to start as you can always upgrade later. Getting a hosting package that has easy WordPress installation and cPanel access is a good start. Many providers are going away from cPanel, but it makes things so much easier, I’d recommend going with a hosting company that provides it.
For example, in the screenshot below you can see the hosting packages that Namecheap provides. As their name implies, they are REALLY cheap! I have also found their support to be better than any hosting provider I have used. BONUS: if you pay for the whole first year, your domain name is free!
As you can see you can get hosting for one website for as low as $1.44 a month! Remember, you can always upgrade later on.
After you have chosen your host you will have the opportunity to register your domain as well. This can be different for every domain name registrar and hosting provider so it is best to refer to their documentation for doing this.
As mentioned earlier, sometimes it is easier to use the same company for both. With NameCheap for example you can add your domain to your hosting at the same time as registering. For other hosting and registrars you may need your hosting Nameservers so that you can point your domain to your hosting.