You have just completed buying your new domain for your business. Now what? Your job isn’t done just yet. you have to set up your web hosting. So, what is the difference between web hosting and domain name? Your domain name is the address of your website, think of it as the address of your house. Since the internet is made up of hard to remember numbers (for humans at least), such as 12.852.456.1, which is the IP address of your computer or website. A domain name is a unique name given to those numbers, which makes it a whole lot easier to remember. So, on to the next question.
What is Hosting?
Web hosting is more like the actual house. This is the place where all your website’s things are kept, like the files and images. When someone goes to your domain and you don’t have any web hosting, it would be like going to an empty street block. So, why is this important? Well, they are two different services; however, they work together.
Now, why do you want them to be separate? Well, let’s say you don’t like your house and you want to build a new one on your block. Having a separate hosting provider means that you can more easily change that provider. Or let’s say that you don’t like the neighbourhood you’re in, you could switch domain providers and move your house instead. However, having them separate means that you will need to renew both separately. Up to you on what you want to do.
Choose your hosting provider
Much like choosing a domain provider, this can be a bit overwhelming if you are not sure which one you should go with. I personally run all my client’s website hosting through Bluehost.com, they have great support and if you run into problems while you are trying to buy your hosting, I highly suggest using their chat function.
So you land on the Bluehost home page and like the website says, just click the “get started” button to begin.
You will land here and have to choose your desired option. Since you are only going to be using it for one website, the “Basic” package is the one to go for.
Linking your domain
This is where you will be able to link your domain to your hosting. If you haven’t bought your domain yet then check out how-to here. So, you can either enter your domain or skip this option.
Setting up an account to buy your hosting
Enter in all your details to set up an account. You also have the option of signing in with your Google account.
Buying your website hosting
So you will have to select your plan from the drop-down menu. As you can see the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate is free with your hosting. This just means your website is secure, is you want to know more about securing your site, check out my article on it here.
When it comes to the Package extras, I really don’t think they are needed. If, however, you feel that they are necessary you can add them on for an extra cost.
Once you have selected your plan and added any extras, you will have to enter in your payment option and information. If you rather use PayPal, you will have to click on the “more payment options” and then it will appear.
I hope these things help you set up web hosting. To link the two please follow along to this next article here. If you think I left anything out or you have any questions let me know in the comments or hit me up. If you have already set up your website and think it needs a review, you can book in a free website review with me here.