Registration and Domain Hosting
Once you have chosen your domain name for your business, you will need to purchase and
register the URL. This can be done very easily though a domain name registering service or a hosting
provider. Once you have registered your domain name you will need to find a hosting service to get your
website up and running.
Free Hosting - I'd not recommend this. You need your
own domain name, and most free hosts won't let you put your
own domain name in their space. The reason you need your own domain name is because some search engines won't
index sites in free space anymore. Also, I have a client who put AdSense on sites in free space, and I don't
know what the exact issue is, but ads do not show up on her site. Not sure if that is a fluke, or if it is
tied somehow to the free space (anyone who wants to comment on this, please email me). Free hosting also does
not have adequate stats tracking, which you NEED to operate a successful AdSense
The features you need in a web host are as follows:
- Good stats tracking. This is a must. Any
host that offers CPanel, or business class hosting will do the job.
- Enough space to grow in. Anything over
1000 MB will be more than enough.
- Enough Bandwidth to allow for traffic
growth. Anything over 10 GB will be enough.
Everything else is pretty much dependent on what the direction of your
If you plan to just have a single domain, with a single website which
you add to over time, then almost any business class hosting will do. Expect to pay about $10 per month or
$100 per year for it.
If you plan to build multiple sites, then you need to find a web host that offers the ability to put multiple domains into your space. This
will save you a ton over time, because otherwise you have to have a separate hosting account for each
Oddly, hosting that offers multiple domains in the same space does NOT
cost more than hosting that doesn't.
Yes, I do have some recommendations. And yes, I do participate in some
affiliate programs from which I earn a commission if you sign up through my link. But you need to know, I
canceled out of the hosting affiliate program that paid me the best, because I could not in good conscience
recommend their service. The two that I recommend here are solid, reputable, and are also highly recommended
by independent sources:
BlueHost - If you can afford $100 per year, billed yearly, this is the
one to use. They'll allow up to 6 domains in your hosting space. Plenty of goodies in with it. Two of my clients use this, and I
administrate their hosting, so I know the service is good.
HostGator - No setup fee, and just under $10 per
month. You can even pay through PayPal if you like. Unlimited
domains in the hosting space, plus all the other business class support goodies that you'd expect in this
price range. I use this one myself for two accounts. This is my best recommendation for shoestring startups,
especially if they are looking at building multiple websites.
Both have CPanel, Fantastico, PHP support, plenty of MySQL databases,
Spring for the $10 domain name (GoDaddy has them for less than that,
just barely - just DON'T order hosting from GoDaddy!), and then commit to $10 a month for hosting. The
difference between $5 a month hosting and $10 a month hosting is considerable, and will make a difference for
you long term.