If getting a domain name is analogous to getting a business name in the brick-and-mortar world, then getting a web
hosting account is like renting office or shop premises for your business.
When you create web pages by adding text, images or other forms of data (ie. video), you need to save the pages on a
computer so that it can be viewed by web users. In order for your web pages to be accessible to many people at the same
time, the computer that is used to store your web pages needs to be of a higher specification than a regular desktop computer
and needs to be connected to the Internet through a very powerful link. The job of providing these super computers (also called
web servers) and the powerful connection is called web hosting.
There are many types of web hosting. The best type of web hosting for entry-level websites are:
Shared hosting – in this type of hosting, one physical server and its available resources are shared among hundreds of
websites. This is possible because each of those websites are relatively smaller and requires minimal resources (hard disk
space, bandwidth, RAM, etc.)
Website builder hosting – this type of web hosting is provided by your website builder
In other words, if you are using a website builder, you don't have to worry about web hosting.
However, if you plan on using the self-hosted WordPress platform to build your website, then you will need to sign-up for web hosting services.
Will shared hosting be sufficient?
If you are using the self-hosted WordPress platform to build your website, then you will need to sign up for web hosting services.
*NOTE* If you are using a website builder to create your website, then you do not need to worry about web hosting –
your website builder should provide you with basic hosting services.
If you are new to websites, it is always good to start small with a shared hosting plan – a shared hosting account is affordable, easy to
maintain and sufficient for most new websites. There are many shared web hosting service providers in the market: BlueHost, Doteasy, GoDaddy,
iPage and Hostgator, just to name a few.
Should I get a domain name and hosting from the same service provider?
For the sake of easier, centralized management, it is recommended that you purchase your domain name and web hosting services from the same
The big players in the shared hosting market often package their domain name registration and web hosting services as a value plan.
For example, Doteasy and BlueHost both throw in a free domain name registration when you signup for their shared hosting plans.