Hosting your website is a great step because it helps to offer your business an online presence. With the massive surge in the use of the Internet today, it isn’t surprising that having a website is something you must endeavor to do.
Undoubtedly, you may have some challenges in the course of hosting your own website. It is partly because you don’t know what to do and mainly because you don’t have the knowledge of how to go about it.
In this article, we will lead you by the hand to learn the steps to host a website. That way, it will only take you a few hours of learning and implementing the tips shared here and your new website is up and running!
Why Do You Need a Website?
So, why do you need a website in the first place? Isn’t it better to continue publicizing your business offline as you have always done? Or is there something enchanting about having a website that you don’t know?
Indeed, there are many reasons why you must have a website. We will list a few so you will now understand why you mustn’t relent to use the tips we share in this content to host your website.
- You will reach more customers and potential clients when you have a website
- It costs less to host your business online and having a website is the right way to start.
- Having a website gives your business a more legitimate look and helps to build the credibility of your business
- Your competitors are performing because they have a website, so you need to have one to remain relevant.
- Having a website helps your business to be online at all times, which is better than the limited hours of traditional businesses.
What Do You Need to Host a Website?
Now that it is obvious that you and your brand need a website, the next thing is to understand the things you need to have in place.
Indeed, there are many factors that will play a vital role in helping you host your own website from home and access from anywhere.
Here are some of the things you will need to host your website:
- Using a Website Builder, such as Wix
- You may want to use WordPress as your Content Management System (CMS) because of the simplicity.
- Domain name – this will be the name or address of your website. Something like www.yourname.com
- A website hosting plan that allows your website to be active on the Internet
- A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate that adds an additional layer of security to your website.
- A website template or theme
Disclaimer: There are many other ways of hosting your website. It is not only about using Wix and WordPress because some other platforms are out there to help you. Some of those are Site123, Shopify, and Weebly.
Step-by-Step Guide on Hosting Your Own Website
It is time to host your website. It can be a daunting task and a tricky experience, but we are ready to make it easy for you.
Follow the steps below, as we lead you by the hand until your host your own website.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
1. Decide on a Domain Name
As we mentioned above, the domain name is like the address or the name of your website. It is the name that people will enter in the search bar so they can visit your website and check out the services you have to offer.
Therefore, you must be tactical when it comes to selecting a domain name. You don’t want it to be complex or something that people can easily forget.
1.1. What Is a Domain Name
WP Beginner defines a domain name as “The address of your website that people type in the browser URL bar to visit your website.”
That is very true because the domain name represents what your business or brand stands for. You only have one customized for you, meaning that no other person or brand can claim it.
For example, if your domain name is www.yourname.com, it means that it wouldn’t be available for other people to claim. Instead, only variations, such as www.yourname.net will be available for other people who may want to buy it.
That said, see the screenshots below so you can see what a domain name looks like:
1.2. How Does a Domain Name Work
There are some technicalities involved in the functioning of a domain name. We would like you to understand these processes too.
First, the domain name must be entered in the browser URL bar. For example, if a potential client or customer wants to visit your website, he or she will enter your domain name in their browser URL.
Immediately the domain name is entered, the next step is for the browser to send a request to the global network of servers. These are the servers that make up the Domain Name System (DNS).
The third step is for the domain name servers (which are provided by your domain name provider) to check for the name servers. The name servers being checked are usually the ones that are associated with your domain name.
The last step is for the global network of servers to find out the name servers of your domain name. In a few seconds, these servers will forward the request for access before your domain name can be accessed.
All those processes can be completed in a few seconds, depending on the strength of your network and Internet connection.
1.3. Tips on Selecting the Best Domain Name
There are no corrections to be made after you must have registered your domain name. That is why you must be careful when you are selecting and registering a domain name for your website.
Ahead of the mentioning the requirements for web hosting; here are some of the tips you can use to select the best domain name:
- Do not use hyphens in your domain name
- Do not use abbreviations and shortened words
- Ensure that the domain name represents you and the service you are offering
- Always use the “.com” domain extension
- Endeavor to keep the domain name between 10 and 15 alphabets
If you are looking to get a domain name at affordable costs, you can check Namecheap. Here is the web address for it and below is the screenshot of how the platform looks like:
2. Get a Domain Hosting
You will now have to buy a domain host, which is also called the Web Host.
2.1. What Is a Web Host?
We understand that you may be confused on the difference between the domain name and the web host.
You are not only one feeling that way. There are many other potential website owners out there that don’t know about the difference between the two.
We will state the difference now so you will understand it better:
- A domain name is the address of your website while the web host is the server that hosts your website.
- It is the work of the domain/web host to publish and keep your website online meaning that without the web host, your website wouldn’t be visible on the Internet
2.2. Types of Website Hosting Services
There are many options out there when it comes to hosting a website. One of the web hosting basics you must understand is how to differentiate between the different types of website hosting services.
Here are the different types of web hosting plans and services and how they work:
Dedicated Hosting Plan
This type of web host is ideal if you only have one website. It is also the go-to if you don’t intend to share your web storage space and hosting with any other person.
Cloud Hosting Plan
Some potential website owners prefer to use the Cloud Hosting variant because it offers unlimited uptime for their websites.
Because the website is hosted on the cloud, it means that when one of the cloud servers suffers downtime, the others will continue from where it stopped.
Shared Hosting Plan
This is undoubtedly, one of the most used domain/web hosting plans. The idea is for you to share your server bandwidth with many users.
Even when you don’t have additional users to share it with, you can always use your Shared Hosting plan to host as many websites as you want to host on the Internet.
2.3. How to Compare Web Host Services
With many web host companies out there, you may be confused on the ones to select.
We highly recommend Bluehost because it has one of the best and robust servers that will keep your website active without breaking a bank.
In addition, you need to have these in mind when looking for the best web host service provider:
- Uptime: This is the reputation of the web host company to keep your website active on the Internet with limited downtime.
- Disk Space: This is the storage that the web host company offers. You might want to go for the one that offers up to 20 GB of storage.
- Type of Hosting: (Shared, Dedicated, Cloud). This should be based on web hosting needs you have.
- Traffic management so your website wouldn’t crash when the traffic or number of visitors surges.
- Good value for money so you will get enough value for the price you paid.
3. Get an SSL Certificate
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate is an added security feature that helps your website to be secured.
The security of a website helps to increase the trust of the website visitors, as they are confident that their personal information/data and credit cards aren’t compromised.
An ideal way to find out if a website is secured and runs on an SSL certificate is to check for the padlock on the top left-hand side of the browser URL.
See the screenshot below for that…
Sometimes, your web host provider, such as Bluehost can provide you with the SSL Certificate either free of charge or at a reduced cost.
Otherwise, you might want to buy the SSL Certificate from a third-party provider, like Comodo.
4. Install a Website Template
Your website is almost ready. You may want to ask your web host provider to install the website on your behalf so that it will become operational in a few hours.
Even if you want to go about it yourself, you must understand some things too. The first is that the domain name directs visitors to your website. The web host provides the server and basis for hosting your website online. The last is the installation of the template or theme.
Special consideration should be laid on the website template/theme because it is the singular element that gives your website the structure you deserve.
So, it is time you go shopping for a website template or theme. There are two ways to go about that and these are:
- Using the pre-installed and free website templates/themes on Wix or WordPress depending on which of them you used.
Here is the screenshot of some of the available website templates/themes on Wix:
Here is that of WordPress:
If none of those doesn’t fit into what you need, the other option is to purchase a website template/theme from third-party vendors.
Some of the trusted brands that sell the best website templates/themes are:
- My Theme Shop
- Theme Forest
- Ink Hive
How Much Does It Cost to Host My Website?
The price of the cost of hosting your website should also be considered anytime you want to host a new website.
We must mention that the major factors that can contribute to the cost of hosting your website are:
- The domain name purchase
- Buying a domain/web hosting plan
- Purchasing an SSL Certificate (if your web host provider doesn’t offer you any)
- Paying for a website template/theme
Ideally, the cost of hosting your website varies by the hosting plan you want to buy.
Here is the pricing plan of Bluehost, which we think is affordable too!
For the domain name pricing, here is the current cost of buying a new domain name on Namecheap:
Are you looking at buying an SSL Certificate from a third-part provider like Comodo? Here is the pricing plan for the Comodo SSL Certificate:
You may want to check out the website templates and themes from third-party platforms, such as My Theme Shop and Theme Forest.
Below is the pricing plan for subscribing to My Theme Shop website templates and themes:
And if you want to buy your website templates and themes from Theme Forest, here are some of them and their pricing plans:
What Should I Do Next After Getting a Web Host?
Once you have bought the domain name, web/domain host, website template and SSL Certificate; proceed to set-up your website.
If you are using Wix as the website builder, sign up for an account and follow the steps:
Click on “Create New Site”
Select the type of website you want to build…
Enter some information about the website you want to build so Wix will select the best features.
Otherwise, click on the “Choose a Template” button so you can select from the list of existing website portfolio and customize your new website.
Select from any of the available website portfolios that relates to your business and customize it.
Continue with the on-screen prompts until you integrate your domain name, web host, and SSL Certificate with the new website.
If you’re using WordPress to build your website, we advise that you contact your domain/web host provider to help you set-up your new WordPress website.
At the same time, make sure you give the web host provider the details of the SSL Certificate and the website template/theme you want to use on your new website.
Host Your Website Today
Hosting your new website can be a breeze if you know how to go about it. We are sure that you have gained considerable insight on how to host a website in a few hours.
We wish you luck and hope to hear from you about how our guide helped you in hosting your new website.