If you want to build a WordPress website, you need to get a couple of things for that. You will need a web host to store your website. The first step to your own website will be to select your hosting provider and your domain name. Seeing a wide variety of technical data makes it hard to figure out what brings you closer to your goals. In this article, I will show you what you need to watch and how to choose the right web host for your needs.
Why do you need a web host?
Before you actually start building your website, you need to create the necessary technical stuff. This is the 0th step.
WordPress is a free content management system. It’s very good that you have found it and you don’t have to look any further.
You need a web host for this system and the content it manages (such as your own images, text, pages, etc.) in a secure place that you
and the visitors can access continuously from 0 to 24 through the Internet.
By renting storage space from a hosting provider, you create this opportunity.
Hosting providers run a lot of servers. When you rent a storage space, you take a very thin slice of memory on such a server.
You are going to store WordPress and other content in the form of files. Imagine the relationship between your server and your web host as if you were renting a small apartment in a house of a huge residential park.
The servers on which your data resides are constantly going and are constantly connected to the Internet. Thanks to this, your stuff on your storage space can be accessed by people anywhere in the world with the help of the net.
What is a Domain Name?
The domain name will be the address of your website (eg. wpviking.com) that people can enter into the browser.
You have to figure out what address you want to give to your website. This is often not an easy task.
The end of the domain can be .com, us, .eu, .me, .es and many more.
You have to look around what is available and what you would like to choose. It is worth starting from your target audience and choosing an ending that is most natural to them.
For the international
There is a problem when someone has already reserved the domain name of your dreams. You can then try to find out who bought this domain name and if you are lucky you can even buy it. I paid for our domain $700 because it was important to me, but you don’t have to do that.
Everything is easier if no one has chosen your beloved domain.
A regular, not taken domain name costs about $15 a year so it’s pretty cheap.
If you still have the domain that you liked, buy it immediately before someone else is taking it! (Here you can check if the domain you are looking for is free.)
Must you buy domain and web hosting?
WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) is completely free, but you need to buy the basic technical requirements, i.e. the domain and the web hosting (you actually rent it because you can get it for a fixed period).
Maybe you heard about a free domain and hosting solutions, but they are not working.
The free starter packages for various blog platforms usually give you a free domain name. However, this is not going to be your property, there will always be some suffix in your website address (e.g., yoursite.wordpress.com). It’s not really cool at all.
In addition, later, when you want to switch to your own domain, you will not have the name under which your projects – as a blog site sub-page – have been running for years.
I suggest starting with your own domain name in the beginning too.
Let’s talk about “free” web hosting.
You can bypass the rental of your own hosting space if you use a platform where they give it to you for “free” (like WordPress.com, Wix, etc.). Well, you going to pay for it but not directly.
However, this is very risky because your data will not be in your possession, the platform is not flexible, etc. That’s why you want to choose WordPress.
You could already have seen free hosting ads outside of these platforms, but these are scams. Do not use them.
Believe me, the free-of-charge detours just complicate everything that is simple and incredibly easy.
Generally, you should buy a domain name and web hosting from a hosting provider.
There are many service providers on the market, so you only have to invest a low amount of money that a newbie or blogger can manage each year.
Selecting a hosting provider for your needs
Now we know that you must look for someone, but where do you look?
I hate blog posts when they suggest 15 different providers when they look the same from the outside.
It doesn’t help at all…
I only recommend you 2, depending on your goals and opportunities.
Siteground – the best value for small money
For a simpler blog or website, I always recommend Siteground.
They’re optimized for WordPress, they do in fact have amazing support and not just boasting about it, and in terms of value for money, they provide fantastic servers.
Their smallest package is $6.99 a month, but you have to buy this for one year at least.
The wpviking.com/siteground page always directs you to their best offer.
You may look for other providers too, but generally, others will provide hosting for the same price. But by all means be careful, because the server business is gigantic and many others have shady offers.
Even at Siteground the price rises after the first purchased year, but there are places where this grows to 10 times the original and they will try to upsell a lot.
The value for cost is what matters and I think there’s no better offer for a blogger or for a small business website owner.
WPEngine – the best higher-end solution
I would choose WPEngine if:
- you have a larger budget,
- the premium quality is very important,
- you have a bigger eCommerce store where every tenth of a second matter
The WPViking website is also here, the servers are lighting fast, everything is premium.
Because they’re focusing on providing the best WordPress servers, there are things what you need to look out for.
They don’t have email servers, so if you want your domain name in your email address, you need to use another service, such as Google G Suite.
Of course, the prices are much higher than Siteground, but this will probably come back in ROI as you will have faster pages, so if you sell on your site, the visitors will buy more.
WPEngine starts at $35 per month at a basic price if you only have 1 domain name and up to 25,000 visitors per month.
You can always see the best discount on wpviking.com/wpengine.
If you will be creating your website based on our courses, we will do our best to make your website as fast as possible, but it also depends on the quality of your hosting.
What size package should I choose?
I’ve got a lot of questions about which package to choose.
As a beginner, it’s not easy to choose because marketers often show features that don’t really have practical benefits, so it’s hard to figure out what’s actually important.
There are differences between Siteground and WPEngine, but you are going to understand the base logic.
The most important values are:
- how much they cost,
- what number of websites you can use it on,
- how many visitors can you have in a month
There are 2 general situations for starters. You are probably in one of them.
You almost never have to choose the largest package at the start. The extra features do not justify this and you should have more than 100,000 monthly visitors, which you are almost certainly not going to have at the beginning.
If you have only 1 website…
If you are just starting out in the online world, you probably won’t build 3 websites at once.
In this case, almost always the smallest package will be your choice.
You often see that there are different web space offers, but 1 website is around space need is won’t be bigger than 1GB, so it’s never a barrier.
Later, if you want to build a new website, it’s easy to switch to a higher tier.
If you have more than 1 sites, but less than 25,000 monthly visitors…
You often need to switch to a higher package on when you start your second website.
The small number of visitors is important because it’s also a limit in most places.
The web host uses its resources when a visitor enters your website. That’s why it does matter how many people visit you in a month.
In this case, you usually have to choose a larger package than the smallest one.
Tip: At WPEngine, you can also use the “Startup” plan with less than 25,000 monthly visitors if you have 2 websites. But you will have to pay $20 per month for an additional domain. This is still much more favourable than the higher package.
Comparison: Siteground vs. WPEngine
It’s often easy to decide which one to choose from the two web host providers we recommend, but if you are somewhere between them, you may need some more help in making the decision.
We made a comparison, making it easier to see the important differences.
|Price with 1 website and 9,000 monthly visitors||$14.99 / month ($6.99 / month for the first purchased year)||$30 / month|
|Price with 2 websites and 20,000 monthly visitors||$24.99 / month ($9.99 / month for the first purchased year)||$50 / month|
|Price with 4 websites and 200,000 monthly visitors||$39.99 / month ($14.99 / month for the first purchased year)||$290 / month|
|Built-in Caching System||✔️||✔️|
|“One Click” WordPress Install||✔️||✔️|
|Free Daily Backup||✔️||✔️|
|Money Back Guarantee||✔️ 30 days||✔️ 60 days|
|Email Server||✔️||❌You have to use something like G Suite|
|Buying domains||✔️||❌You have to buy it somewhere else|
If you do not like the web hosting providers I recommend, look at these metrics.
What is most difficult to check is the safety, speed and quality of support, but I say Siteground and WPEngine are doing well in these.
Choose thoughtfully because it’s essential to have your site on a trustworthy company’s server.