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Questions answered on this page:

  • What is a website host anyway?

  • Who needs a website host?

  • Whats a domain name? What’s a URL?

  • How to find a good website host

  • How do I know if my website host is any good?

  • What will hosting cost me?

  • What can my website host do for me?

  • What if my website goes down?

  • What about WordPress? Do website hosts provide that?

  • Can I expect to get help making my website from my web host?

  • How do I get a domain name for my site?

What is a website host anyway?

A website host is a company that has servers connected to the internet. If you want a website, you will need a website hosting account with a website host. They will create a space on a server for your website files, so that they are found when someone enters your website address (your URL) into a website browser.

Who needs a website host?

Everybody who wants a website needs a website host. A website hosting account will cost you around $10-$20 per month.

Whats a domain name? What’s a URL?

Your domain name is your website name basically, such as Google.com or WhiteHouse.gov, or YouTube.com. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which is a fancy name for a web address. A URL can be longer than just the domain name, for instance ‘http://www.google.com/search?q=apple’ is a URL, and so is just ‘http://www.google.com/’.

How to find a good website host

Most website hosts at this list should be able to do a perfectly good job for you. Optimally, you should email or call them to make sure they offer backups included in their standard monthly fee.

Backups are important because if the server your site is on dies for some reason, you would need a backup copy to re-post your siteā€¦ otherwise you could lose your entire site if there’s not a backup.

How do I know if my website host is any good?

Compare the features that the host offers, to other hosts. Look for uptime guarantees (99.9% is a good uptime guarantee), look for included technical support, look for redundant internet connectivity, fiber connection to the internet, high bandwidth allowances all this should be included in their standard plan.

Most hosts also include WordPress hosting and setup, at no extra charge with their plans. Be sure to look at our huge collection of gorgeous WordPress Themes which can be applied to your WordPress site in a couple minutes, with just some simple clicks.

Some web hosts have a 30 day guarantee so you can try them out to make sure you’re happy.

What will hosting cost me?

A standard hosting plan should cost around $10 or so a month. If you have custom needs or running a site that will have a lot of traffic you might pay more for an upgraded account.

What can my website host do for me?

They will give you access to space on a server that has other websites hosted on it – this is called virtual hosting. When you log into your server space you will not see the other sites, just your own.

Your website host will make sure the server is always up, and always connected to the internet.

They should also provide you with some technical support (although this could be limited, given the low monthly price of hosting, they can’t do a lot for free).

They should provide free backups, and other technical things like DNS servers, SSL certificates, etc.

What if my website goes down?

Contact your web host immediately. With any luck they will already know it’s down and should be working on it.

What about WordPress? Do website hosts provide that?

Yes almost all hosts provide WordPress hosting and set-up at no extra cost these days.

Can I expect to get help making my website from my web host?

Not really. They are normally in the business of providing you with the server space, but not normally in getting your website built.

Some hosting companies do have a group that will build your site, or help you build it however. Just ask and see what they offer.

How do I get a domain name for my site?

We strongly recommend GoDaddy Domain Names. They have been doing this for a long time and their prices are extremely competitive.