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Web hosting is simply a service you pay for to store your website files in. Think of it this way, if your website is your house, and your domain name is your house address, then web hosting is the land beneath your house.

Your website is made up of many different types of files. To make your website accessible to the Internet, you need to host your website files with a good hosting company. You can’t just store your website files on your local computer. It’s not powerful enough to handle the traffic.

When you host your website files with a web hosting company, they are able to serve up your files to your visitors 24/7. They have powerful computers or servers to keep your site online.

Web hosting companies offer different hosting plans to their customers. From shared servers to virtual private servers, you have a host of options to choose from.

But for your new website, you don’t need to pay for the most expensive plan – a beginner or ‘newbie’ plan that runs on shared hosting will work just fine.

You can always upgrade to a better plan when you start gaining some traction with your site.

So, what’s the best hosting for your WordPress site?

While there are thousands of web hosting companies in the entire world, WordPress.org officially recommends three web hosts. These are Bluehost (https://www.bluehost.com), DreamHost (https://www.dreamhost.com), and SiteGround (https://www.siteground.com).

A Quick Comparison Of Bluehost, DreamHost and SiteGround

While I’m not going to be recommending one host over the other (you have to decide for yourself), here’s a quick rundown of the differences and similarities between each web host.

 

  • Pricing: For pricing, Bluehost’s Basic Plan offers the lowest price at $2.95/mo if you lock yourself in a 3-year contract. The second cheapest is SiteGround’s StartUp Plan at $3.95/mo for a 12-month contract. The most expensive among the group is DreamHost. Its $6.95/mo plan gets you locked in a 3-year contract.
  • Free Domain Name: Both Bluehost and DreamHost offer a free domain name for all new customers. For SiteGround, you’d have to shell out an extra $15.95/year for your domain name. 
  • 1-Click WordPress Installs: All three web hosts make it easy for you to install WordPress with this feature. With just a single click, you’ll have WordPress installed on your site in no time at all.
  • Money Back Guarantee: If you change your mind about your hosting, both Bluehost and SiteGround offer a 30-day money back guarantee. DreamHost, on the other hand, gives you a 97-day money back guarantee.
  • Support: You can’t go wrong with any of these web hosts when it comes to technical and customer support. You can contact them for help 24/7. If you like figuring things out yourself, all three hosts provide a robust knowledgebase full of tutorials and screenshots. 

If you don’t want to use any of the official WordPress partner web hosts, know that you’re free to use any other web host you like.

You just need to make sure they are able to meet the minimum requirements for running WordPress:

<pre> 1. PHP version 7.2 or greater

          2. MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater

          3. HTTPS support</pre>

If you’re not sure your web host meets these requirements, WordPress even makes it easy for you to send a quick email to your host by supplying this copy-and-paste letter for you:

<pre>I'm interested in running the open-source WordPress <https://wordpress.org/> web software and I was wondering if my account supported the following:

* PHP 7.2 or greater

* MySQL 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB 10.0 or greater

* Nginx or Apache with mod_rewrite module

* HTTPS support

Thanks!

For the most part, however, many commercial web hosts do offer WordPress support, so you may not need to use that email at all.

Next Article: Important Tip About Your Domain Name And Web Hosting



 




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