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Web Hosting Basics: How to Host a Website

Want to start a website? If so, one of the most important things you’ll need to know is how to host it. 

Website hosting can impact the UX of your site and affect things like site speed, functionality, and security. 

Statistics show that website performance influences what 66% of users think about your business. What’s more, 35% of people will be less likely to make purchases from a company whose website under-performs. 

Therefore, not only must you know how to host a website—but also how to host it so that it’s running at its best. 

Read on to find out how to do this. 

Choose a Hosted Service Provider

The first step is to choose the right web hosting provider. 

Hosted service providers vary based on what plans they offer, what additional services they do, and how much they charge. The best option will depend on your individual needs, and what type of package will fulfill them more cost-effectively. 

Start by vetting out a few hosting providers. Check their reviews and testimonials, and make a shortlist of promising providers. 

Compare Packages

Once you have a list of potential providers, you need to select a hosting plan. Start by comparing packages. 

Hosting packages usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Shared hosting: Common for small businesses and sites which receive lower levels of traffic
  • Cloud hosting: Often used by programmers and site designers and is highly scalable
  • Dedicated hosting: Most expensive plans, suited for large sites that receive a lot of traffic
  • Managed hosting: Provides hosting as well as hosting maintenance services such as server monitoring, backups, security checks, etc. 

If you are starting a new site, shared hosting will generally be fine. As your site grows, you may start to need more bandwidth. At this point, you can select an upgraded shared hosting plan, or move to dedicated hosting, where you have a server to yourself. 

If you wish to be free of backend hosting maintenance work, managed hosting is a popular option. Thanks to its convenience and cost-effectiveness, managed hosting is now the fastest-growing segment of the web hosting industry. 

Register Your Domain Name

Once you have selected a hosting plan, you will need to register your domain

One way to do this is on domain name registrar sites.

However, some hosting service providers (such as us) also offer domain names. 

Copy Your Website Files And Install Apps

Once you have purchased your domain name, the next step is to install your website files onto your hosting service.

With WooPilot you don’t need to hassle with this. Once you purchase a hosting package we automatically install a free WordPress installation for you. You just need to then login to your WordPress website install with the login credentials that you inputted at registration.

With other providers, you will need to login to their control panel (normally cPanel) or via FTP (file transfer protocol) and then upload all of your website files.

Now You Know How to Host a Website!

Before you know how to host a website, hosting can seem very complex. In reality, anybody can host their own website. They just need to find a plan that suits them. What can be complex, however, is managing your hosting once it is up and running. 

Many website owners don’t have the time or expertise to do backups, security updates, server monitoring, and storage management. 

This is why we highly recommend choosing a managed hosting package. With managed hosting, all of this is taken care of, and your site is guaranteed to operate at top functionality 24/7. 

If this sounds like your type of hosting, take a look at our managed hosting plans today.