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Start Your Business Guide to Web Hosting

| October 1, 2010

Once you have your domain name you will need to purchase hosting to get your website up and running. Choosing a host is important as you want one that is reliable so your website is does not see any down time and you want your site to load fast. You also want a host that has great customer service just in case you run into any of these issues.

We recommend starting with a basic package on HostGator. The basic package starts as low at $4.95/month. We also suggest purchasing hosting for extended periods of time because it saves you money!

Bluehost.com is another popular option where packages start at $6.95/month. HostMonster.com is also popular where packages start at $6.95/month.

Hosting FAQ:

Can I use a free web host?

There are a few free options out there to start and host your website, but you generally get what you pay for.  Many free hosts have ads and GoDaddy will try to suck you in on a free month and then you’ll be stuck with their subpar hosting.  These platforms are going to greatly limit your site and the flexibility you have on it. Most importantly no one will ever offer to buy your website if it’s hosted for free!

What is the difference between shared hosting and dedicated servers?

Shared hosting is the most common solution especially for new websites. Essentially it means you will be sharing space on the server with a handful of other websites. Each site gets a percentage of space and bandwidth to work with. Don’t think that this solution can’t handle high traffic numbers, even if you are getting 100,000 visitors a month your server should be able to handle it.

Dedicated servers means you own the whole server. This will only be necessary if you are getting 100,000s of visitors to your site and upwards.  It is much more expensive and is rarely the way to go when first starting out.

What is disk space and bandwidth?

Disk space is simply how much space your website has to use. Just like a computer everything you upload takes up some space, be it 1 megabyte or 1 gigabyte. Each picture, word and application on your site is using some amount of space.

Bandwidth is the amount of data the server will let your website send in a month. Each time your site is viewed by a visitor data is sent to produce the site.

How do I Upload my site to my host?

Many hosts today will have easy installs for basic applications like wordpress, shopping carts, forums etc. This means that if you are planning on using wordpress it will take you a few clicks and about 5 minutes to have it up and running.

Otherwise you will probably find yourself using an FTP Client like FileZilla which is a free FTP solution. FTP clients simply make it easy for you to upload files to your web host such as the files you have for your website.

Can I buy my hosting at the same place I bought my domain name?

Yes, you usually can. For example if you bought your domain at GoDaddy you can also purchase your hosting there. We recommend HostGator because they are simply better at hosting while GoDaddy rocks for finding your domain name.

Once I choose a host can I change?

Yes, almost any host will be happy to assist you with the transfer. If you contact the host you want to switch to they will ask you for the information they need to transfer your site from your existing host.

How do I track visitors to my site?

Most hosts will give you something like Awstats to show your visitors. However we recommend using Google Analytics because it lets you see more details about visitors.

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  • Joe G

    Man, your articles are getting spammy! True and tested advice is appreciated, but I think you should disclose on an article-by-article basis that these are affiliate links, and this is, in a sense, an advertisement. Same with the VOIP references and many of the recent articles. I like the concept of the site – be honest, keep building your community, and you’ll have many reasonable ways to make some money.

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    Thanks for the comment Joe. Great idea to disclose everything, we have no problem doing that just been busy and it slipped our mind in the pieces. We are testing different formats and different revenue streams so that is why you are seeing some promoted pieces lately.

    Overall we will be pushing more product simply because many readers have asked for recommendations and reviews on the best things to use. In the past our content has a lot of motivation, inspiration and advice but little content on the actual tools that can help your business run better. We will also be directly partnering with many of these companies to bring exclusive deals and discounts to our readers which we hope helps people bootstrapping their companies.

    We will keep testing and improving how we bring it across thanks to comments like this! And of course we are open to suggestions as to how you want to hear about the top products/services out there for your young startup company.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/walid.saleh Walid Saleh

    why did my comment get deleted? Is this blog censored? Don’t you want the best information and advice for your subscribers? Or you only want to push what will get you paid?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MorganBarnhart Morgan Barnhart

    I’ve never had a problem with Godaddy.com. We use them for everything and their pricing is right. Never gone down and have always had top-notch support. I also like HostGator, but for some reason have just always gone with Godaddy.com. Nothing wrong with HostGator, though. I might also suggest looking at BlueHost, which is becoming popular among people who want to integrate wordpress.

    Whatever you choose, make sure you read the guidelines and customer reviews first.

  • http://Under30CEO.com Jared O’Toole

    Your comment was not deleted. Maybe you forgot to hit save but there is no record of any comment deletions.

  • Joe G

    Good response, Jared. I respect the desire to recommend products. In the context presented, it can be hard to trust affliliate links and harder still to trust them if they’re not disclosed. But you’re right – we do need the practical articles with recommendations as much as the inspiring & motivating articles. Thank you for your contributions to our generation’s entrepreneurs! It’s great to see this community grow.