What is a web host?
A web host is a company that you pay to give your website space on their servers.
Servers = lots of electronic boxes where websites are stored. Think of them like cubbies for websites.
Without getting hosting space, your website can’t be seen on the internet.
Where do I buy hosting?
Some platforms (like Wix and Squarespace) offer hosting within their company. Otherwise, you can buy hosting from separate companies. Godaddy is probably the one everyone has heard of, but it’s also the one I definitely DO NOT recommend for web hosting.
Things to Consider
How much can you afford to spend on hosting each month or year?
Price is important for your budget, but also for setting your expectations. If you choose the cheapest possible company, the service may reflect that.
You can think of bandwidth like a road. The bigger the road, the more people can travel to your website at once. So you need to have an expectation of how much traffic your site will be experiencing in order to figure out how much bandwidth you need.
Space is taken up with each photo you upload, email account you open and page you add.
You’re essentially renting space on your host’s server, not unlike renting a room in a house, and if you keep adding new stuff, you may eventually have to upgrade to a bigger house – or a bigger hosting plan in this case.
There are so many different web hosting companies out there, and they all have upsides and downsides. However, after some research, there are 2 that I feel comfortable recommending to you.
I have used Bluehost for years and still recommend them.
Their pricing starts at $3.96/mo for 100GB of space and unlimited bandwidth and 1 Website.
The next level up is unlimited websites and unlimited space starting at $6.95.
You should be aware that Bluehost has had a solid reputation for years, but recently some complain that their quality has declined a bit.
I continue to recommend them because I have never had any problems with them, they still receive plenty of positive reviews, and their pricing is affordable.
For continual growth
I have not personally used this company but have done the research and have found that they have a very solid reputation.
For shared hosting they start at $35 a year, which includes 1 website, 500MB of storage space, and 5GB of bandwidth. Pricing, space, and bandwidth goes up from there.
They are a little pricier than some of the more mainstream hosts, but it sounds like they really work for their money.