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Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy
6,162 Points

I have a domain, now for hosting

Hi, the site that I have built for my company is ready to go live.

The domain name already exists, how do I best choose a web hosting plan and provider?

Any tips would be appreciated.

3 Answers

nicholas maddren
nicholas maddren
12,793 Points

Depends how much data you will be using? I have stuck by http://www.siteground.com, their support team are really helpful. The hosting costs slightly more than GoDaddy however if you go for the GrowBig or GoGeek packages they come with a free SSL and some plugins that improve your sites performance. They also have daily backups and hackalert.

Believe it or not I don't work for them I just think their services are spot on.

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy
6,162 Points

Thanks, appreciate your feedback!

This isn't really anything that anyone can tell you, it's all down to personal preference really, but there are a few things I would recommend you consider:

Price (This goes without saying, you obviously want the best service at the lowest price)

Features (Most hosting companies have the same features, such as email addresses, MySQL databases etc. This comes down more to how big your site will be. It's generally best to start with a small package, and upgrade as and when necessary)

Reliability/Reputation (If you can do some research in to this perhaps to see where your favourite sites are hosted. For example, I use Media Temple because I knew popular sites such as CSS Tricks were using them, and figured they would be reliable. Word of mouth goes a long way!)

Hope this helps?!

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy
6,162 Points

Thanks, appreciate your feedback!

It comes down to preferences, recommendations and trial and error. Take into account where you live, your site requirements and your budget. There is a Treehouse student plan if you just want to try an inexpensive plan.

I have used several hosts; hostgator, site5, greengeeks. The most important to me is the support, budget and the use of cpanel.. They all have their strength and weaknesses. Make sure you separate your domain hosting and your site hosting.