Website Beginner Series: What is Web Hosting?

What is Web Hosting?

If you’ve ever been on a website and wondered how it even exists, it’s because of a web hosting service that is providing space on the internet for websites.

Web hosting services work by storing your website files in high powered web servers (computers) that are connected to a very fast network. Then when someone enters your website URL into their browser, the internet connects to the web server holding your website files and transfers the information from them back to the person’s computer. This person can then surf your web pages on your website.

Who is the best web hosting company?

There are many different web hosting service companies to choose from but 3 of the big names you’ll hear are BlueHost, GoDaddy, and HostGator.

I personally use BlueHost for my websites and 100% recommend them as the top web hosting service if you are considering starting your own website. I used to host my website with HostGator in the past because it was cheaper but once prices became similar I made the switch before my account with HostGator renewed.

BlueHost is great for managing their servers, software, security, support, bandwidth, speed, and much much more. You don’t have to worry about it at all because it’s all done behind the scenes.

How Difficult is Web Hosting to Set Up?

I’m here to take away the complicated belief that people have about websites and help you see how easy they are to create. Starting a website for your online business is a simple process but there will be some things to learn along the way.

To start a website for your business you’ll need to purchase web hosting. Visit this link to be taken to BlueHost’s website, purchase a web hosting plan, and then you’ll pick your free domain name URL that you want people to type to find your website. Read here about domain names if you want to understand the technical knowledge about them.

Once you’ve finished purchasing web hosting and selecting your free domain, you’ll need to begin building your website using a content management software. WordPress is the software I use and recommend. You’ve likely heard of them already as many people start off with a free blog using WordPress but their domain URL isn’t truly customized and professional because they have the WordPress extension on it, for example, asknickfoy.wordpress.com.

WordPress comes free when you purchase web hosting so no worries about cost. You’ll login to your BlueHost account and see a WordPress icon on the main page to click on and install WordPress to your website.

Then begin designing your website!

Overall, I hope this brief lesson helped better your understanding of web hosting and now you’ve got actionable advice to follow to begin building your website if you’ve been stuck on the fence.

Here is the link again to purchase web hosting from BlueHost, who I recommend having used both HostGator and BlueHost. You get basically the same services, but BlueHost customer service has always been phenomenal when I’ve called them with questions about technical things related to my website.

If you need more research before starting your first website, here is a video tutorial I created showing you step by step how to purchase web hosting and install WordPress. I’d love it if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel so you we can make this whole teaching thing easy by video learning. You’ll also never miss the latest uploads to our channel! Thanks for stopping by today, hope to see you around the blog again in the future.

Your Online Business Mentor,

Nick Foy

P.S. Read my newly published Ultimate Guide to Starting a WordPress Website in 20 Minutes or Less

By | 2017-03-19T17:46:07+00:00 July 4th, 2016|Website Beginner Lessons|Comments Off on Website Beginner Series: What is Web Hosting?

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