Over the last couple weeks we have been discussing website design as well as other things. Having complete control over your website is very important. When I first launched my online resale boutique I started on Buy it Sell it. Then they got acquired by Highwire. Things went down hill after that, in regards to how they ran a company. In the midst of being a user of their platform, they changed the pricing thinking it was “fair” to charge all store fronts the same rate. That was the last straw for me.
I went into full design mood; wanting to have as much control as possible over my website. Their site maintenance was also horrible.
At the beginning of this series we discussed you purchasing a WordPress template from TemplateMonster.com. Some of you might have gone with Drupal, Joomla or Wix. However, for the purpose of this article we are going to focus on WordPress.
When you purchase a WordPress (self-hosted) theme it means you need to also purchase web hosting for your company. First, let’s define web hosting:
is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.
When you use third-party shopping carts like Squarespace they provide the hosting for your company. It is included in your package. However, when you build your own website you need hosting to have your site up.
There are a plethora of companies to choose from when website hosting. Hostgator and Go Daddy are popular options. To be completely honest you are going to hear raves to rants with any company. It’s all in what you make it. While using Go Daddy I have NEVER had an issue with my hosting, email, domain or anything else. The same for goes Hostgator.
Hostgator: is a great hosting company. Earlier this year I went shopping around for new hosting company. Hostgator was the company I wanted to work when it comes to my sites. Hostgator offers an easy installation of the WordPress software. Literally step by step guide. In addition to tech support to help you. They offer unlimited sub domains, emails and guarantee 99.9% uptime guarantee.
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Go Daddy: Has there very own WordPress x Go Daddy hosting guide. Which is pretty amazing and separate from their other hosting services they offer. You receive free domain, one click migration and much more with their plans for WordPress hosting.
Note all hosting companies will show how much it cost monthly to use their platform. Be that as it may you are charged for a year upfront. Which is not really bad. I prefer to be charged for one year versus multiple times. Both companies have three different levels of plans to choose from.
Personally, I believe these two are the top companies when it comes to hosting work for your blog or eCommerce website. They also both have very great pricing and much more.
Are you currently shopping for hosting? Or are you using a particular company already? Share your thoughts, rants and raves about various web hosting companies.