Welcome, today I’ll show you how to buy web hosting (with pictures). I’ll share with you which company you should choose for hosting your websites, and finally what are the next steps to build your website.
I’ll not bore you with technical terms. Rather I’ll tell you in the most simplified form.
A quick definition of web hosting: It’s the home of your website. That’s where it lives. Period. End of story.
I’m sure you wouldn’t wanna live in a bad house with all sorts of problems. It’s exactly how I think about web hosting. You don’t want your website to live in some random and shitty place. You want it to be in a safe environment.
All this might sound a little bit cliche, But choosing a right hosting company can mean wonders for your business. One that supports you and your business in every step of the way. One that is safe and affordable.
And the “one” I’m talking about here is called SiteGround (affiliate link). It has all the qualities you’ll need in a hosting company. I’ve personally been using their service and I absolutely love it.
I’ll not make this a sales pitch. Rather quickly give you some of the reasons I love them.
- Free website Migration (if you’re not happy with your current host)
- Officially recommended by WordPress.
- And Finally, their support is abso-freakin-lutely Fantastic and Mind Blowing (There are super supportive in every case. Telling this from personal experience.)
Other than Siteground, some other companies I’ve heard good things about are WPengine, Flywheel, and cloudways. These are more expensive than siteground and offers little extra to similar features to that of siteground.
I wouldn’t go with GoDaddy or Bluehost (or any of its parent company, EIG) because I have heard some really bad horror stories about them. So I wouldn’t go that way.
If I would have to recommend you Today, I would definitely go with Siteground, mostly because they’re affordable and their amazing support.
Now, let’s move on to the how.
How to Buy Web Hosting?
Purchasing Web hosting is extremely simple. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have your web hosting setup in the next 10-15 minutes.
Step 1: Go to SiteGround
The first step is to go to SiteGround website. Simply click here to go there.
Full Transparency, this post contains my affiliate link of siteground which means that I’ll get a small cut if you make a purchase through my link. This is obviously at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support.
Once on the site, click on the sign-up button as shown in the image below.
Step 2: Choose your Plan
Here basically you have 3 options/plans to choose from – StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek.
I’ll quickly tell you which one might be right for you.
StartUp Plan – If you’re just starting out and you have little to no audience or traffic source.
GrowBig Plan – If you are starting your website now but you have some audience on social media from where you can direct traffic to your site. Or you want to host multiple websites.
GoGeek Plan – You have a good amount of followers and you want the absolute best experience and speed.
Once you decide which plan is best for you, click on the order now button as shown in the Image above.
I’ll save you some cash here. Don’t be very excited and jump on bigger plans. Unless you have some huge audience (or strategy) and think you can pull off thousands of visitors every day, then just go with the StartUp plan. The number that you see on the StartUp plan about the monthly visitor is 10K. It’s just a soft number. I know a guy he’s on the startup plan, gets over 30K Pageviews per month and occasionally gets even up to 50K and his site is working perfectly fine. And by the way, you can always Upgrade your plan.
Step 3: Choose Domain
If you already have your domain name registered, simply click on “I already have a domain name” and enter your domain name and click proceed as shown in the image below.
Now if you haven’t registered your domain name yet, there is an option to register your domain name through siteground but personally, I don’t recommend it. I would tell you to register it through a company that specializes in domain registration like NameCheap.
Siteground is great for hosting but not for domain registration and I’ll tell you why.
- You pay 3 USD extra if you register through siteground and that could be used to get a cup of coffee (and I know you like coffee. Who doesn’t? lol)
- You’ll have to pay extra for domain privacy on siteground vs it’s free if you register your domain through NameCheap.
- Registering your domain through other company other than siteground will give you a lot of flexibility. For example, if you want to change your host in future, you’ll simply change the DNS from your domain registrar account vs on siteground you’ll first have to transfer your domain and then point to your hosting which is a hassle in itself.
I’ve written a post on how to register a domain name step by step with pictures and you check that by clicking here.
Step 4: Review and Complete
On this page, you’ll simply enter your information like Name, email, address, phone number, billing information, etc.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
Data center: Here’s how to think about Datacenter. Keep your data centers nearest to your site visitors. It will improve the speed of your site by little. So if your visitors are from EU, choose the EU datacenter. If you have global visitors choose the one in the United States.
Period: This is the time period you are buying your hosting for. The Important thing to keep in mind here is that the price that you see is the Introductory price and is valid only on the first Invoice. After that, you’ll be charged their regular price. So the bigger period you choose the more you can save in future. Of course, you’ll have to pay that amount upfront but over time you’ll be able to save some money. So, I recommend choosing at least 1 Year.
Remember, you have a 30-day money back guarantee so there are no risks, if you don’t like it, you can get your money back.
SG site scanner: Don’t select it. you’ll not need it. There are plenty of ways to keep your site secure.
Once everything is set simply click on Proceed.
That’s all there is to Purchasing hosting. If everything is done successfully, You’ll see something like this.
Simply click on Proceed to Customer Area. From there, you can Login to your SiteGround account and start building your website, etc.
That’s it. I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, comment down below, I’m here to answer.