If you`re setting up a website, you`ll need to buy hosting so people can access your files. The sign up process is pretty clear for most web hosts – however I thought I would write up this guide so you know what you are getting into before you are on the 3rd or 4th page of the web hosting sign up process.
Picking Your Hosting Plan Type The first thing you will need to know is what type of website hosting will you need. Chances are it will be a shared hosting account, however there are many other web hosting types out there. You also have:
Once you have decided on the type of hosting plan you need, you need to decide on what tier of service you need. Most web hosts will give you a small, medium and large option. The only real differences are the disk space and bandwidth in most cases. With things like VPS hosting account or dedicated hosting accounts – you can get more RAM, CPU power and other add-ons too.
Start Signing up for Hosting
Now you click that “Order Now!” button you see on your future web host`s website. Make sure you select the hosting type and plan you decided on and start filling in your information. First thing you should do is do a quick search on any search engine to see if there are any coupons available. If so, test them out and see which one (of the best hosting coupons) work.
Things like location, dedicated IPs and extra services can quickly turn your $4.99 per month hosting plan into a $25 or above per month hosting plan. Be careful you do not buy into any fluff features you do not really want or need.
Billing terms are another thing you should check into. If you can afford it, I would start out by going with the shortest term possible. You might save a few dollars by signing up for 3 years today – however, if you do not know the web hosting uptime or performance of this company, you could be killing your website`s chance at success. Once you have been with a web hosting company for a year or more and know they are a solid and reliable web host, then you can sign up for multiple years.
Should you register your domain name with your web host or transfer it over? It is nice to manage all your website needs in once place – however is something bad happens, all your eggs are in one basket. I`ll let you decide on your own if you feel comfortable with that. That is more of a personal choice.
So there you have it – a nice starter guide on how to sign up for hosting on 99% of the web hosts we have featured here on SiteGeek. Remember, if you find a web host you like, remember to review them here too.