Hosting: Starting Your Own Website?
There Are A Few Things That
You Will Need To Get Started.
First, you will need to
choose a domain name. If you already have your domain name
chosen then an easy way to get started is to obtain your
domain name along with web hosting. Most web hosting plans
will provide you with a free domain name when you sign up.
With BlueHost, you will get 1 free domain name and the option
of using up to 5 more domains in the same account.
If your wondering why you
would need a web host and what exactly is a web host, then let
me briefly explain. A web host is a company/individual or
anyone who is maintaining a server that stores the files for
websites in order for those sites to be viewed on the
Unless you plan on purchasing
your own server and learning about the technical side of
running a server, then finding an affordable web host that
fits your needs is what you will be doing in order to start
your own site.
you're considering a free web host, you may want
to reconsider because it isn't really free. Free
web hosts will place advertisements on your site
that will annoy your visitors. With a free web
host, you will most likely not be able to use
your full domain name as well because you will
have to use a sub-domain. For example, instead
of yoursite.com, you will have to use
simply answer is that there is no such truly
free stuff and it probably will cost your
reputation in the long run. We definitely would
disassociate ourselves from such services to
maintain a good reputation within the hosting
community. Nevertheless, we
Second, you will need to
choose a web host. We find that it's a little easier on the
pocketbook if you purchase the domain name at the time that
you purchase your web hosting plan. Most plans will give you
your domain name at no charge when you sign up for web
If you already own a domain
name, you can usually transfer your domain name at no charge
when you sign up for a web hosting plan.
There are many different web
hosts and web hosting plans, and we try to help you make a
decision that is right for you. Unless your site is VERY big,
then one of the starter web hosting plans will work just fine.
It's hard to say exactly, but I have heard numerous times from
numerous sources that over 95% of all websites use under 10 MB
of storage and under 100 MB of bandwidth every month. This
means that you will be just fine with one of the cheaper web
hosting plans. If you ever need to upgrade your plan, then it
is easy to do it.
Third, you will need to build
your site or have it built by a professional web designer.
Getting your site built by a professional web designer should
not be a first option. Personal web designers charge way too
much money, and you can get much more for your money
Purchasing a template or
using a website builder are both very affordable options that
can produce a nice, functional, professional website.
Templates can be found all over the internet for very
affordable prices ranging from a couple of dollars up to over
$100 for some of the more sophisticated templates. Many
template companies offer web hosting services as well, but
they are usually very expensive. You get more value for you
money if you find your template and web host separately.
The problem of building your
site is becoming less and less of a problem for people with
all of the new and easy to use templates and web building
software available. Don't be intimidated by all the
information. It's a lot easier than you might think to build
your own web presence.
HAVE FUN! It's the beginning
of the age of the internet, and you're here to witness it. Get
started with your own website.