Why should you have a web host company that is different from my domain registrar?
The answer is simple: while you can get the most affordable domain registration prices at a domain registrar like Register Anytime, you get the best web hosting deals (when you consider all of the features etc.) at a web hosting company,
like Host Gator.
Stop for a minute and think about what is involved with web hosting. Your web host is where all of the components associated with your web site resides. This includes:
- where your website resides on the internet
- how your website is loaded after people type in your domain name
- your email accounts
- all of our web pages
- your images
- your electronic documents
- sub domains (e.g plugins.yourwpdiva.com (where plugins is the sub-domain)
- add-on domains (e.g. www.onlinebizexpert.com – another website I own that is added to my single web hosting account)
In other words, your web hosting account is the engine that drives your online presence!
Although there are many more features included in many web hosting offers, here are are 15 things to look for in a web hosting package (and these should be included at no additional cost – which is why I love Host Gator 🙂
- emails – unlimited, with mail forwarding and auto-responders
- bandwidth – unlimited
- add on domains – unlimited
- sub-domains – unlimited
- easy WordPress installation
- PHP 5 (minimum) programming language
- site builder tool (in case you want to build your site yourself,without using WordPress)
- FTP capable for transferring files without having to log into your hosting account
- 24/7 technical support
- automatic data backup
- online tutorials
- website stats (not everyone wants to be bothered with Google Analytics 🙂 )
- safety certified
- password protected directories
Many people purchase web hosting form the same company from whom they purchase their domain name, only to discover,that as their business grows and needs change, the costs keep going up. With a reliable web hosting company like my favorite (and I’ve tired several over the years), you will find that it allows you to grow your business with little or not additional costs, since it is what they do and, there are tons of tools already included in many of the affordable packages they offer.
You've selected and bought your domain name and web hosting, now what? It't time to install WordPress. I'll show you how in an upcoming post.