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How to host a website

how to host a website

The question of how to host a website is one that comes across many entrepreneurs’ minds. How does it actually work? What steps does it involve? Can I do it myself or should I get someone to do it for me?

So many questions, so little time. Especially when you’re trying to run a business at the same time.

Here are the major steps involved in the process of hosting a website.

How to host a website – what is hosting?

Web hosts are the companies that rent out servers/computers for use by people who need space to store their website. More often than not, you will run into the term web hosting which could mean either the hosting company or the server hosting your site.

So don’t let that throw you into a confusion. You will also come across another term ‘data center’ in your communications with your web hosts. To put it simply, that’s just a facility where the servers are stored.

How to host a website – Domains

The first step is to have an address for your site, which is known as the domain. Through this people will find your site, and this can be done in a variety of places, including the likes of Google Domains and GoDaddy. This is an important step as you will have to live with your domain name for the entire time your site is in operation.

How to host a website – Decide which type of hosting you want

Choosing which type of hosting will suit your business needs is critical to ensuring you optimise your site. Realistically, you can rule out any option that offers ‘free hosting’, as it is highly unlikely to offer a reliable service of any kind. Shared, dedicated, VPS and cloud hosting are the most common types nowadays, you can find comparisons here and here.

While shared hosting is the cheapest, cloud hosting offers the most flexibility, scalability and reliability, especially for SMBs. Cloud With Me offers a variety of cloud hosting options for different business needs.

How to host a website – Build your site

As far as the hosting side of things is concerned, that’s it really! The next stage is to have a website builder which can allow you to build great content on your site.

There are a number of options you can choose from to do this, but we recommend going with an easy to use platform like WordPress. Not using a platform like WordPress, Wix or Squarespace can be time consuming and complex for non-developer types.

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