Choosing a Domain Name and Web Host
You’re gonna need a domain name and a web host.
You probably already have an idea for a domain name but haven’t thought at all about where to host your site.
“But Nick there’s so many hosts out there, how do I choose the perfect host?”
I’mma tell ya partner, right here… right now…
There is no perfect host and they’re all pretty much the same as far as I can tell.
The most important aspect when choosing a host is not to overthink it.
Paralysis by analysis is real.
The most important step is that you’re here making the decision to start.
I’m not going to get into the technical differences because we’d be here for a long time.
And there are way too many options to choose from.
You need to find the host that’s best for you and your needs.
But first you need to figure out what your needs are. I can’t do that for you but it’s guaranteed one of these hosting companies will.
There’s 4 hosts that are very popular for start-up websites like this with similar pricing plans:
Bluehost “Basic” $5.95/month for 12-month plan, renews at $8.99
Hostgator “Hatchling” $5.95/month for 12-month plan, renews at $8.95
SiteGround “StartUp” $3.95/month for 12-month plan, renews at $11.95
Dreamhost “Starter” $3.95/month for 12-month plan, renews at $4.95, email extra
“But Nick they’re all too expensive!”
Not really. I got this site up for $75 USD for the first year. Not very expensive for my own “real-estate” on the internet where I own everything I upload.
I once tried self-hosting from a server at home using an old laptop, and guess what happened?
The frickin’ network card gave out after 2 weeks!
It was a fun little experiment but I learned to just pay for quality hosting, it’s much cheaper than trying to host yourself. Electricity costs alone would have been more than $75 a year.
You could also go for a free host like wordpress.com or blogger.com but they run ads on your site and you don’t get your own domain name unless you pay for it but then you’re stuck with a sub-par host.
Ugh. Don’t go that route. It’s not worth it.
And the whole idea is to look professional.
The ability to look professional and respond with a professional looking email address is crucial and SiteGround.com has unlimited email addresses included. You can use this link to activate a 60% off coupon.
But that can’t be the only reason to choose a hosting company. Unlimited email addresses?
Definitely not the only reason.
Here’s some other reasons to choose SiteGround.com
Free Auto Daily Backups
That might not sound like a huge deal but it’s like car insurance, you don’t want to buy it but you’ll be glad you did when you need it.
This perk is actually becoming super rare, all 3 of the other webhosts above charge extra for the service or they are not automatic and there’s also many WordPress plugins that can do the task but they charge for this as well.
With SiteGround.com, this is an included perk.
US-Based Server Location
There’s actually servers on 3 continents to choose from: Asia (Singapore), USA (Chicago), and Europe (Amsterdam).
Being able to host my site closest to my target audience is ideal and with a site in Chicago means that my site is hosted in the second largest internet exchange port in the world (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_exchange_points_by_size).
That translates to faster loading times because bits don’t have to travel as far = faster loading.
Free Site Transfer
Maybe you already have a host and you’re looking at reviews on which one to transfer to.
Well, SiteGround will do it for you.
And just to be clear, they don’t just move over the files. That’s what most other hosts do, but if it’s WordPress, SiteGround will also do the necessary tweaks to make sure everything is working for you after the move.
That same process would cost hundreds of dollars from some other hosting companies but it’s all included with SiteGround.
What is the best Hosting company?
The truth is, I have no idea whether SiteGround is better than their competition.
I’m not a tech expert and I’ve never used any other host other than SiteGround. All I can do is tell you about my experiences…
Their hosting works and I’ve never had any problems with them.
The one time I did, customer support was excellent and resolved my issue quickly.
What more can you ask for?
Unless you’re getting tens of thousands of hits per day, all you need is a basic shared-hosting plan.
SiteGround offers that at a decent price with good customer service.
Server uptime has never turned out to be a problem for me and SiteGround is repeatedly on the podium.
I hope that continues.
Why did I choose SiteGround?
I didn’t like what DreamHost offered at its price-point so I had to choose between Bluehost and SiteGround.
I knew my site would be up and running in no-time with a one-click WordPress install and they provided multiple features I wanted with their low-tier “StartUp” account.
Including many additional features I can look forward to when I scale up to a “GrowBig” account.
I also read this analysis by Online Media Masters and I was sold. SiteGround FTW.
Learning from other’s experiences to make an informed decision is the fastest way to learn.
Closing Thoughts on my SiteGround Review
So which hosting provider should you choose?
It doesn’t really matter all that much.
The most important thing is getting started.
If you’re a naturally cautious person, go with SiteGround and you’ll be on the safe side.
If you want to know how to start your own blog, like this one, see my article on “How To Start A Blog”
That’s all for today.
Until next time,
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