This article will help you select a provider for your web hosting – called a host; and for a domain name – called a registrar.
We recommend WP Engine.
For a simple website that is brand new and doesn’t expect a huge amount of visitors, you can expect to pay $4-$8/month for a ‘shared hosting’ account. As soon as your site gets too full of content, or you get too many visitors you’ll notice the site getting sluggish.
At that point, you’ll need to upgrade to a “Virtual Private Server” or VPS. These usually start around $20/mo and go up.
When its time to get your own dedicated server, you’re looking at $175/mo and up.
The new way to host a website is to do so in the ‘cloud’. That is to not be restricted by a physical server/machine. These types of accounts can handle website growth easily without hassle of physically moving your website.
If you get over 500k hits per month, we recommend Orange Geek (use coupon code “WPBarista” for an affiliate discount).
Behind the scenes there is a lot going on to make sure that there is only one owner to each domain and that all the computers all over the world know where to look for a particular website.
The regulating body of all of this is known as ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. You need to know this for this very important legal tidbit:
There are three contacts on each registration: Registrant, (Aux Billing) Administrative and Technical. You have to have YOUR name in the Registrant contact or the domain is not legally yours.
It is a good idea to be sure that you have the ability to check and edit the contact information and “Name Servers”. We sell domain names here.