Let’s talk about hosting here for a moment. Now, if you are following this blog exactly, you will be building a Weebly blog and if you buy the domain the way I showed you in my last post (How to buy a domain on weebly), then you’re good to go and you don’t have to worry about finding any hosting because it comes with the weebly set up I showed you.
However, if you decide you don’t want to host with weebly or you want to benefit from this blog but not necessarily try to use Weebly as your “go to” host, then this post will is for you.
The way you publish your first blog online is to get a good Web host. There are so may different web hosts out there that it can be difficult to choose a good one…and ….there is the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to hosting online.
Basically, if you own a domain, you need an IP address that the domain points to. That’s were the web host provider comes in. If someone enters your address, they are pointed to the IP address of a particular server where your hosting site is kept.
Larger hosting companies may have several computers and IP addresses while others may be smaller companies. There are some advantages to smaller versus larger web host companies. Some larger companies may have better customer support and options but may run slower. Smaller companies might have slower customer service because there are less people in the “company” to address the problems if there is a problem.
I faced this recently with Network Solutions. It’s been over a month now that they have been trying to fix one of their server errors and it’s to a point now where I just laugh because their email says “we are working to fix the problem”. No they are not. I have a sneaky suspicion that they have no clue what they are doing and they have this email on auto repeat to send to me each week.
Eventually I will call and remove all my sites from them because I am completely turned off by their inability to put the customer first. Rather than assign me a new position in the server, they are making me wait it out for them to fix it. Money down the drain.
So..moral of the story?
Your choice in a Web HOST is super important.
So if you want to go outside of weebly, make sure your web hosting service doesn’t suck. How do you do that with so many out there?
First, make sure they have good technical support. You can pretty much google and find out if there are lots of problems with their web hosting or not.
Second, make sure they have good security. Hackers suck.
There are quit a few good hosting sites out there and I’ll address how to point your domain in one of my future posts.
But know that you can buy a domain in one spot and get hosting in another. This is important to know because if you win a website at auction but the registrar doesn’t have hosting or they have shitty hosting then you know there are thousands of other options.
Here’s a list of a few goods hosts that come to mind:
Ask for host.com
Weebly (of course)
Asmallorange (I love this one because of the name and they have good support)
So there you go.
You need to know the difference between a domain registrar, hosting and your website (site files).
Ip addresses are basically computer linking addresses or phone numbers. Domain names are more like the index, glossary or phone book that guilds you to the “home”. (Learned that from this great post: http://planet-websecurity.org/)
Want to learn more?
Don’t be shy. Contact me here and I’ll make a post to help you out.