Choosing a domain and web hosting service

Domain and web hosting

Think about your brand

When starting your online business there are a few things that are crucial to your success, having your own domain name and a web hosting service are two of the most important. Your own domain name will allow you to ‘brand’ your product or service and you need a good hosting company that can provide you with a space to put that domain name and the website you build around it.

It's like a storage facility

Think of it like this, a big storage facility where anyone can rent one, or more, storage units.  You pay an annual fee and will have varying degrees of access to your storage space.  The company that is renting the storage buildings will take care of all the maintenance and service, you just have to watch out for your particular storage unit.

What is hosting?

Web hosting is a similar concept. There are many companies that will provide you with an online ‘storage space’ where you can ‘place’ your website. You will be renting a portion of their server, or a whole server depending on your needs.  You will pay a monthly fee and they will take care of making sure that their servers are up and working 24/7.

There are several  hosting companies, some of the more common companies are  GoDaddy, HostGator and Blue Host, they offer several packages to suit virtually every online business need.  For many people a simple shared hosting  plan (where you rent a portion of a server) that will allow them to host unlimited websites (as long as none of them require a lot of bandwidth) will be plenty.  If you are building a niche website empire you might want to consider a dedicated hosting account where you can rent a whole server from your hosting company. By going this route, you have more control and a lot more bandwidth.

What's a Reseller?

Still another option is a reseller account. This is where you pay to rent a block of the servers and you can sub-divide that block into smaller units and then rent those out. The hosting company will still handle all the maintenance and usually the customer service. Just check the specifics with whichever hosting company you choose.

How do I choose a web hosting service?

When choosing a host make sure you get one that guarantees 99% up time.  You will lose money if your server goes down and customers can’t get to your website.  Great customer service is another thing to consider. You want to be able to reach someone 24/7 if you have a problem or a question.

Most companies are quite inexpensive and if you pay a year, or more, ahead of time your actual cost can be as low as $4 or $5 a month depending on your plan.  If you don’t prepay and you opt for a monthly payment plan you can expect to pay around $10 a month for a shared hosting plan which will still allow you unlimited websites. You may have some bandwidth restrictions with this type of plan but unless you are getting millions of hits every day you shouldn’t have to worry too much.

What else do I need to know?

As your online niche website empire grows you might want to consider getting a dedicated hosting account so you can have more flexibility in the bandwidth as well as some other functions.

Once you’ve bought your domain name, you will need a place to store that domain name.  You will need domain web hosting and with all the reliable companies around today you can get the hosting you need for less than a cup of coffee.

Looking for an easier way?

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I trust Wealthy Affiliate for its honest top level training on how to make money online. I highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate for its training, tools, community support and its included hosting features.

30 Comments on Choosing a domain and web hosting service

  1. I appreciate how you say that you would want to make sure that a hosting site has good customer service. Finding a site that takes care of you would be really helpful. My brother is looking for a hosting site, so he’ll have to find one that has good customer service.

    • Hi Gloria,

      Yes great customer service is a must, the last thing you need is to have built a great website and have something go wrong with the hosting. Good luck to your brother and thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  2. Thank you for some well thought about information, presented via a cool and clean website. I love Wealthy Affiliate. Cheaper is out there, but the learning experience at Wealthy Affiliate is great and second to none. I considered GoDaddy before, but chose Wealthy Affiliate instead and I am happy I did.

  3. Hi Gaylene,

    I have always been partial to HostGator myself. I have heard about problems with them but I have always had outstanding performance and a great price with them.

    When it comes to a domain name I always go with Go Daddy. I’m not sure why but I’m sure it’s because the price is so cheap and I have never had any problems with them. I’m going to say that the mass amount of advertising pulled me into both services.

    Anyways, thanks for writing this information on web hosting and domain services. I know that when I was starting out as a marketer I could’ve used an article like this to help me get a start out in the right direction!


    • Hi David,

      I guess a lot of it comes down to preference when it comes to deciding on web hosting. I used Hostgator at a time when I was just getting started many years ago and didn’t really know how to decide which one to choose, I went with them because they were one of the biggest providers. I eventually chose GoDaddy because of the cheap deals I could get with domain names, and like you, I’ve never had any problems. I have a couple of websites with GoDaddy as well, but I need to decide before the renewal date whether to leave them there or transfer them to Wealthy Affiliate – I’m leaning strongly towards Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

    • Hi Furken,

      Yes Wealthy Affiliate is a great program that I highly recommend. At Wealthy Affiliate, you have the best servers, great Security, more than enough Speed, more than enough Power to process the complexities of WordPress, more than enough Power to keep your websites backed up, more reliability. At WA, your sites share the server with fewer websites compared to other hosts. Thanks for the comment:-)

    • Hi Lawerence,

      Yes you’ve made a great choice with Wealthy Affiliate, especially if you’re just starting out. Wishing you all th best and thanks for the comment 🙂

  4. Great post! I like that you included Wealthy Affiliate because that is where I learned about everything on how to start my blog. It has been a ,life saver to say the least! I do think once I am done with all the training, I will need to go onto my own hosting site. So this was a great read for my future.
    Thank You

  5. I have only tried Hostgator and Wealthy affiliate hosting, I am so happy with Wealthy affiliate apart from the great hosting they offer.

    The training is high quality and they teach you how to create a successful online business and yes hosting is crucial for that! 🙂

    I recommend you to go for WA hosting they have a support team, that will respond in literally 2 minutes! Great stuff! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and have a great day! 😀

    • Anis,

      Thanks for the comment. And yes, Wealthy Affiliate is a great choice especially if you’re just starting out, their training platform is 2nd to none and like you I highly recommend them. All the best 🙂

  6. I don’t understand all the technicalities of website hosting and I know that if I had to put each part of the website puzzle together, I would crazy. So I am so grateful that I have found WA. On another note, the concept of reselling sounds interesting. However, I don’t quite understand it. How do you buy domains in bulk? Is this one domain name or…?

    • Hi Lindsey,

      Yes, hosting can be puzzling for people especially if you’re just starting out, so it’s good that you’ve started out with Wealthy Affiliate. As you go through all of the step-by-step training you’ll learn more and more every day and one day you’ll look back at this comment you’ve made here and say “what was I thinking? Hosting is not technical at all”. On the issue of buying bulk domains, it’s very easy. I buy a lot of my domains from GoDaddy, and they offer many deals for example, sometimes you can buy 5 domains and get up to 60% off, but you have to remember when it’s time to renew them in 12 months time, you’ll be paying full price, and on average you can expect to pay about $15 per year for each domain. Hope this helps 🙂

  7. Great post on domains and hosting, you have explained things very well and in an easy to understand way. Even though I have a domain, there are still so many aspects of it all that I don’t understand but you helped answer so questions I have previously had. Can you change your hosting, like once the amount of time you paid for is up? I think I would like to switch to Wealthy Affiliate hosting if I can.

    • Hi Summerly,

      Yes you can change your hosting anytime, you don’t need to wait until your renewal date to do this. My recommendation would be to submit a query through Wealthy Affiliate Site Support and follow their instructions on how to transfer your hosting to WA. Hope this helps 🙂

  8. Hi,

    Great post! I never understood the concept of buying domains in bulk. Do they resell it for much more? Is this profitable?

    • Hi Tasleem,

      Yes, some domains have sold for millions! Back in 2010, sold for 35.6 million! Apparently, it’s one of the most expensive domain names ever sold. More recently, sold for 8 million this year; and in 2015, sold for 17 million. So yes, there’s money to be made if you have a great domain name. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  9. I have used WA for hosting in the past but am now with Siteground. WA is excellent if you need extra training, it’s why I’m here now. I have never used Bluehost or GoDaddy but I’ve always heard great things about them. All the best with your site and business.
    Cheers, Peter

    • Hi Peter,

      I have to say Wealthy Affiliate is my preferred provider because it comes with great training. But I’ve also been using GoDaddy for my domains mainly, but I do have 2 sites hosted with them. However, I think it’s time I transferred those sites to WA and save myself a bit of money. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  10. Great info on domain and hosting here. I’m aware of other services but looks like Wealthy Affiliate combines everything at an affordable rate. Plus the training looks to be top in the industry. Great post. Thanks for putting this out there!

    • Hi David,

      I totally agree, Wealthy Affiliate is my preferred provider for all the reasons you have highlighted – affordability and training! Thanks for taking the time comment 🙂

  11. Years ago I fell into the trap of buying domain names in bulk. Basically, had plans to do many different sites. Didn’t really make much progress because I bit off more than I could true.

    However, GoDaddy I actually don’t favor their hosting. They have a significant market share, but I have found that their servers are slower and have more bugs.

    Also, Hostgator is another host I have used. The problem with them is they were bought out by EIG. It’s a company that owns over 90+ hosting companies.

    I love Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting, though. It’s a managed WordPress plan with tons of great training, too. Probably the smartest business decision I have ever made in my 8+ years 🙂


    • Hi Garen,

      Thanks for your feedback. I too have bought domains in bulk, I had a ridiculous number at one time I currently have about 30, but one of the ones I had, I didn’t renew and a few months later it sold for $1,300! So now I’m holding on to a few that I think will sell for a great price.

      On the issue of web hosting, I’ve used GoDaddy for 5 years and I’ve never had any issues. But for the cost and level of service, I’m sure I could get a better deal somewhere else, but for now I’m content to stay with them. However, I do agree Wealthy Affiliate provides the best deal and if I were to change, this is where I’d transfer to.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • As weird as it sounds I have made some good money buying domain names on eBay and selling them on GoDaddy Auctions or vice versa. Domain names are fairly cheap on GoDaddy, but the price does increase. For instance, buying a domain cost .99. But, the next year the price does go up to $14.99. Not really a fan of rewarding your customers by giving them a higher price tag.

        • Yes you’re right Garen,

          GoDaddy give you cheap deals when you first buy your domain and even offer cheap rates if you buy bulk, but then when it comes to renewal, you pay full rates for all of them. But they make it clear that you’re getting 50 or 60% off when you first buy a domain. And I yes I know selling domains can be a very lucrative business, it’s hard to believe that one domain could or has sold for millions – and there’s several of them. I’m hoping one of my domains will sell for millions too. Thanks again for the comment 🙂

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