If you`re setting up a website, you`ll need to buy hosting so people can access your files. The sign-up process is pretty clear for most web hosts - however, I thought I would write up this guide, so you know what you are getting into before you are on the 3rd or 4th page of the web hosting sign up process.
Picking Your Hosting PlanType
The first thing you would need to know is what kind of website hosting will you need. Chances are it would be a shared hosting account. However, there are many other web hosting types out there. You also have:
- Reseller Hosting
- Virtual Private Server Hosting
- Dedicated Server Hosting
Once you have decided on the hosting plan you need, decide on what tier of service you require. Most web hosts would give you a small, medium and large option. The only real differences are the disk space and bandwidth in most cases. With things like VPS hosting account or dedicated hosting accounts - you can get more RAM, CPU power, and other add-ons too.
Start Signing up for Hosting
Now you click that "Order Now!" button you see on your future web host`s website. Make sure you select the hosting type and plan you decided on and started filling in your information. The first thing you should do is do a quick search on any search engine to see if there are any coupons available. If so, test them out and see which one (of the best hosting coupons) work.
Things like location, dedicated IPs, and extra services can quickly turn your $4.99 per month hosting plan into a $25 or above per month hosting plan. Be careful you do not buy into any fluff features you do not want or need.
Billing terms are another thing you should check. If you can afford it, I would start out by going with the shortest term possible. You might save a few dollars by signing up for 3 years today - however, if you do not know the web hosting uptime or performance of this company, you could be killing your website`s chance at success. Once you have been with a web hosting company for a year or more and know they are a robust and reliable web host, then you can sign up for multiple years.
Should you register your domain name with your web host or transfer it over? It is nice to manage all your website needs in once place - however, is something wrong happens, all your eggs are in one basket. I`ll let you decide on your own if you feel comfortable with that. That is more of a personal choice.
So there you have it - a nice starter guide on how to sign up for hosting on 99% of the web hosts we have featured here on SiteGeek. Remember, if you find a web host you like, do n't forget to review them here too.