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Updated on June 5, 2011

Your first website - Web Hosting for Beginners

If you spend anytime in the online writing and marketing world you frequently hear about the value of hosting your own sites.  With your own website you have complete control of all aspects of your design, layout, content and advertising.

But, with that complete control comes a new set of skills needed to properly administer and create such sites. You are wise, if you realize there is a learning curve.

But the sooner you start  to learn the quicker you will have a functioning site and the abilities to build more.

I see two main barriers to starting your own site:

  • Overload of information (much of it in a sales nature)
  • Learning a new vocabulary

Some may have included cost, but your own full featured website can be purchased and maintained for around $10 a month. You can handle that.


Best Deals in Web hosting

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Best Website Hosting for Beginners - Information overload

In an effort to dissuage your information overload, I will not outline options, I will just  tell you the best choices.

To get your website off the ground in just a few hours, you will require 3 things.

  • A Domain name
  • A Hosting Provider
  • A Content Management System (CMS)

Best Website for Beginners - Get a Domain

Selecting your domain is a very important decision.

You want to follow a few simple rules:

  • Easily said, memorable (Make your domain name something that can be transmitted orally) - usually the shorter, the better. Also, in regards to the ending (or Top level domain) i.e . .com , .net , .info , .biz etc. Aim for the dot com, its the one that will be most familiar to your visitors.
  • Either a brand name or keyword rich domain - If you have an established brand or business, by all means use it as your domain name - if not, using some basic topic specific keywords in your domain is a very powerful tool in getting your website found by search engines and visitors. Im a believer that hyphens are fine so if you need to experiment with slipping them in between words in order to get your domain of choice.

The domain provider I suggest will offer a simple search function taht will tell you whether your domain name is available - you can also just type the name s into a search bar - if it comes up as "page not found" then you probably found an available domain.

For more detailed and technical information into How to find available domain names


Cost of domains - A domain should cost you under $11 for a single years registration - less if you register for multiple years. You will see alot of scams out there charging $15-$30 for a new domain - you can buy that same domain from another registrar for better prices.

Suggested Domain Purchase Site (Domain Registrar)

I buy all my domains through GoDaddy - they offer a $7.49 first years coupon that cant be beat. This same coupon is good for renewals. A plus of GoDaddy is they allow a free transfer to other GoDaddy accounts, so if you ever sell the transfer can be done for free. Also having a GoDaddy account allows you to receive purchased domains from eBay - its not uncommon to find good domains for as little as .99 cents on eBay

So there you go - Buy a Domain for only $7.49


Best WebSite Hosting for Beginners - HostGator


The two main factors, one should consider for ALL web hosting decisions

  • Uptime ( How often the servers are online, a good web host uses a redundant backup structure and can guarantee an uptime)
  • Customer Service - especially ,as a new site owner you want to be able to quickly contact your hosting provider for any and all questions , and still be treated as a human being and not be upsold every time!

This is actually a rather easy selection. Hostgator consistently wins customer satisfaction awards, has great pricing and offers a ton of unlimited options that no other top Hosting provider can compete with.

Here are the winning features:

  • UNLIMITED Domains
  • UNLIMITED Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • Shared SSL Certificate

Most other services have caps on bandwidth and storage space (often in the small print) HostGator has proven to be genuine in their unlimited offer.

Some other distinctive benefits are Unlimited sub-domains, unlimited mSQl databases and unlimited POP3 emails. As your domain and site collection grows, Hostgators account can still offer you all you need.

I suggest the Baby Plan its $7.95 per month and has all the benefits I outlined above, plus many more. If you buy a years worth rather than paying month to month you will get a price break. But, I have a deal for you!

Hostgator Green Hosting 7.95 monthly


One click site installs

Your first website - Installing Wordpress

The third factor you will require is a content management system, you dont need to learn any fancy scripts or HTML coding, by using a simple framework all this stuff is taken care of for you.

The leading solution and my personal favorite is WordPress. Wordpress can be as much or as little as you need it to be.

And guess, what your all done reading! Because, Hostgator offers you a one click install - you press a button and answer a couple of questions and your wordpress site will be up and running.

If I thought it needed explanation, I would give you one - but its really just a click away.

If you need a more in depth description of the options offered by Hostgator and its alternatives

Make Your own site: Hostgator vs Godaddy

For more detailed information about the options that Wordpress can provide for you

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    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Sound advice man thanks for the heads up. I need to realize this and get it done! I didn't even think of the monetizing outline and building time that you mention. I did peruse the prefab sites offered but didn't find one that looks like I can tweak it enough for what I want, back to the drawing board for me!

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      Bryce 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for the overview. I started a site on Blogger and want to move up to my own domain name once I see what kind of content performs best for me. I appreciate your articles.

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      sunforged 5 years ago from Sunforged.com

      I think Xomba has gone the way of the Buffalo Post Panda. They became quite aggressive about "self promoting" links and I cant say Ive seen that address show up in my earning reports in past months anymore.

      Its a bit of wishful thinking to expect profits from a first website in the next 4 or so months. But, since one earns from the website by creating business partnerships .. each of those partnerships could be potential things to have to file.

      You can build the site - just dont monetize it til post Tax season ... most wont accept you as a partner until you have a decent site built up anyway. A bit more of a long haul operation then popping up hubs or utilizing a free online blogging service.

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      Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for the follow up J S, my wife is telling me for tax reasons I should wait until the new year to start a website/blog. Somehow I don't know if I will make enough money between then and now for it to matter. I'll check out the xomba site and book mark it thanks. I used to publish short quips on xomba, funny one of the last times I looked at my print there, months ago, someone had said something about "taking my traffic" ha! I don't know how they'd do that, but I rarely check xomba anymore so maybe they new a way to divert what little I had created there.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I hope to have my own site at some point, and of course I'd heard of Go Daddy.

      I'm just so code retarded that I wonder if I'll ever be able to have my own site without ....going wherever it is that people go to learn css or html, etc.

      As always, you seem like the go to guy for information for everything that I wish I understood.

      I need a ....pre Sunforged knowledge base, or something - so that when I read your stuff about the web - I can then comprehend it on the proper level.

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      sunforged 5 years ago from Sunforged.com

      Hi ben, I see you worked your way through some of the business/web hosting articles. I really dont differentiate much between blog/website .. originally "blog" was "weblog" and referred to an online diary of sorts. Nowadays the term is often used interchangeably. But one think that was unique about "blogs" is that they were constantly updated while "websites" are often rather static .. 5 or 6 info pages. So in that regards we do seem to still get more g love and natural human traffic if we update frequently .. so I do suggest a blog format or adding a blogging to your existing site.

      I keep my best hosting info updated at : http://xobba.com/xobba-hosting-packages-wordpress-... those suggestions and links are always kept fresh with current deals and reputable sources

      But as you move on to building sites for your different interests if you need any assistance feel free to email at admin(at)ihostpress.com or sunforgedstudios(at)gmail.com whatever is easier to remember. Im always willing to assist a fellow artist and writer. I actually suspect that many of our "niches" will cross paths, so I may have some unique options for and artist/webmaster such as yourself.

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      Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      More well spelled out info thanks Sunforged. I wonder if you can tell me your opinion if you can make just as much money from a website as you can from a blog? Sorry about all the questions!

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      20webhosting 6 years ago

      Very organized hub,it has provided me with valuable information to work on.You have done an impressive job!

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      David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Thank you for this hub. I am thinking about making a website. This was very helpful.

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      BestWebHosting911 6 years ago

      dot info is more cheaper at Godady, thanks for sharing this is valuable information especially for newbies like me :)

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Another GREAT hub Sunforged. It came to my attention just as I was about to start another blog.

      After nine months or so of steep (but excellent) learning on HubPages,I guess its time for me to jump off the cliff and start my own site rather than hanging onto the simplicity of blogger.

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      David Kellas 7 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      THANK-YOU for your up-front and helpful advice! I will take your opinions into consideration while shopping around for a brand new webhost, also the banner ads on this page where very helpful indeed!, whenever I want a new webhost, I simply come here and "click" them to find the BEST OF THE BEST webhost who's willing to spend money on advertising! a genuinely GREAT service, respect!

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      Anesidora 7 years ago from Pandora's Box

      Good hub, sf. Thanks for writing.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi sunforged, I have a website - a failed one really. I dont think I had the skills to promote it at the time. However, recently, I feel more confident to resurrect it. I am thinking about making changes but not sure what direction to take it. I would love it if you could take a look and give me your views - you know fresh eyes. www.entertainmentathome.net is a website that needs tlc - like an old building needs a makeover.

      Or do you think I should just start again? Give it up as a lost cause?

      I value your opinions:)

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      sagbee 7 years ago from Delhi

      Great info for the beginners.. liked you hub.. thanks a lot for sharing it with the hubbers..

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      I have been interested in having my own website for a few months now. I've been a bit hesitant because i feel i wouldn't have a clue as to how to manage it, well like i'm not ready or something.

      However this great hub (as usual Sunforged) makes me feel i can give it a go. I have heared good things about GoDaddy and Hostgator so its a good thing you are recommending them, so i'll go for it.

      Thanks for making things so clear and easy ro digest.

      Bookmarked.

      Cheers

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I agree...Go Daddy is definitely a great service for websites! Well written hub with great information!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      sunforged, you are one of the main reasons I feel I can venture forward. Over this past year I have learned so much, and the proof is that I understood practically everything written here! lol I am about to decide on a domain name from the ones I have created, and already have a Wordpress account, so except for signing up with godaddy. and hostgator, I think I am finally ready to begin. Thanks so much for your help.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      Thank You, Ian.

      I do try and keep advice to topics that I have experimented and succeeded in. I hope to make topics that seem esoteric a bit simpler.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      These are wonderful tips and help, especially for a beginner like me. I have to go over this again and again to digest all these information. Thank you for being so kind and sahre it.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      lol, great timing huh! But, yes, absolutely ..my sites were not effected and as the forum thread stated this is the first time many of us have ever seen that happen w/ Hostgator even after years of service.

      The location that had server outages is one of biggest server farms on the planet - not only was HostGator down - but also dozens of other major hosting providers

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thanks, Sunforged. I'll stay with the free version at Weebly for now. Do you still recommend Hostgator despite yesterday's down time?

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      Peter Freeman 7 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      This is great information. I haven't tried setting up my own site yet but I have plans to do just that. This is the kind of info' along with other good advice that makes me keep coming back to yur Hubs. Incidentally you are on my list of Hubbers who Help Me.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      From what I can tell - I would absolutely not use Weebly pro for a site that i was to put any significant effort into.

      This is the feature list I found:

      Password-protected pages

      Remove or Customize Weebly footer

      10 sites per account

      100 MB file uploads

      Audio player

      Video player new!

      Embedded documents new!

      A $25 Google AdWords™ credit*

      Premium Support

      I see a price of $5/month for 6 months reg or $4/month for 12 months. The price for a domain is 24.95 (almost 4 times the price of the services I listed) - the "free" domain is a weebly sub-domain i.e. ayakatz.weebly.com

      Everything else listed is standard with any wordpress install - the other options like 10 sites - can be got as unlimited via Hostgator for essentially the same price

      Im not a supporter , I do use the free weebly for quickie sites and know that I can just backup my sites an dmove them to any other wordpress site if I wanted to.

      You also have very limited theme and design options with weebly

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      Aya, I will look into it, Im a user of weebly free, I am under the current impression that most services that offer a free site and the possibility of a paid upgrade tend to overcharge for the upgrade as they feel the user wont bother to look for alternatives or want to move their already established site.

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Sunforged, what do you think of Weebly Pro? I have a free page on Weebly, but since I'm forgoing Adsense there, I don't seem to have it indexed. They just sent me an offer for Weebly Pro with a 33% discount. I understand it would include a domain name.