Get Started Online - Part 3

So, you’ve got your domain name, and you’re your website is designed and developed, what now? Well, this is probably the easiest part - picking your hosting.

The chances are, if you’ve gone with a solution like Squarespace or Wix, they will have proprietary hosting built in, so your best bet would be to go with that. This should avoid any issues and will mean that their support services can help you out if you run into any problems along the way.

If you got your website developed by a digital marketing company/freelancer or if you built it out yourself, the kind of hosting you will require will be based on the type of website you have. Your best bet will be to ask your developer for recommendations, but here is a rough guide to get you started.

Static websites, such as a standard business website or a portfolio will only require a basic hosting package on a shared server. In this case, I would once again recommend 123-reg.co.uk. Their basic hosting plans start at around £3.50 per month at the time of writing this and realistically for a small business website you will probably never need to go for a package that costs more than £7 - £10 per month.

If however, you have created a more advanced website such as a blog or a store, they chances are you will need a dedicated server to run your fancy new site from. Don’t be freaked out by this, believe me, it’s not as bad as it sounds! For anyone in this position, I would recommend a service such as Digitalocean.com, which this blog is currently hosted on. Their packages start at around £5/mo and can be easily scaled up as your website gains more traffic.

It's also worth bearing-in-mind that some of these services will offer you a free domain name when you’re buying your web hosting, so keep an eye out for special offers like that, which can save you a good amount of time and money.

This was the last major part of this smalls series. I hope you found some value in this, and as always, if you have any further qustions or have a great idea for another blog topic, please do get in touch with me either via email or through Instagram.