How to choose the best online home for your business website
You’ve registered a domain name, and you know you want to use WordPress to create your online presence. The next question is, where are you going to build your website?
The next few lessons in this series will help you choose the best web host for your WordPress site. We’ll tell you the nine features that any WordPress host must have, and we’ll also give you our two top choices for web hosting.
OK, what exactly are we talking about here?
First of all, let’s define a few terms, because there’s some confusion out there about the web hosting world.
When we talk about a WordPress site, we’re referring to a self-hosted WordPress installation of the free WordPress software available at WordPress.org.
“Self-hosted” means that you have your own web hosting account. We have two recommended web hosts to tell you about soon — but first, what exactly is web hosting anyway?
Web servers = not your average household computer
Whenever you type a URL into your browser, your browser dutifully goes and finds the website associated with that URL (for more on URLs and domain names and how they work, go back to the free report on Choosing and Using a Domain Name we sent you earlier in this series).
That website is made up of text, images, and computer code, and those files have to exist somewhere, on a machine connected to the internet, so that web browsers can access them and display them to viewers like you.
This machine is called a web server. It’s basically an enormous, souped-up hard drive that’s plugged into a super-duper-high-speed internet connection.
Technically, it’s possible to use your home computer as a web server if you have the right software (or you could even buy your own web server machine), but in order to keep your website accessible all the time, your computer would have to be turned on 24/7, and even then, your site would probably load slowly because everyone in the world who wanted to view it would be using your (probably not super-duper-high-speed) internet connection.
Web hosts = the companies that own the web servers
This is why we have web hosts. These are companies that own lots of web servers, housed in big climate-controlled buildings called data centers. They rent out space on these machines to people like you and me who want our websites to be visible to the world.
Signing up for a web hosting account is like renting out a certain amount of server space for your files. These files, including software programs like WordPress, are then referred to as “self-hosted.”
Good news: Getting WordPress web hosting doesn’t have to break the bank
Tomorrow’s tip will explain how to get the most bang for your hosting buck. You’ll be surprised at how affordable good web hosting can be!
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