There are a wide range of website hosts available. A Google search for “website hosting” will bring up many for you to choose from.
Web hosts also manage any email addresses that are attached to your domain (such as email@example.com versus firstname.lastname@example.org). You are not required to have an email address for your domain, but it can be considered more professional.
What You Need
You will also need a domain name. You may already have one, which is totally fine.
What You Don’t Need
As you are signing up for web hosting, you will be offered a number of additional services that come with additional costs (monthly or annually). Unless you have been told otherwise by us, none of these additional services are required. Do not select any of them during check out.
Even though your website will be built on WordPress, you do not need to purchase specific WordPress hosting.
Please select a shared hosting plan that allows you multiple websites and email addresses (best if unlimited). We’ll explain a little more about that below.
What We Recommend
Your Domain Name
If you don’t have a domain name yet, you will be able to purchase one with your hosting. Sometimes web hosts will offer free domain names with a customer’s first purchase. Search for your domain name to see if it is available. If it’s not, keep searching until you find an available domain name that suits your brand.
(Sidenote: Some domain names are designated as “premium”, which means that they are very expensive — sometimes very, very expensive. In these cases, shopping around won’t find you a better price. It’s up to you if you’d like to pay the premium price for your domain, but often very suitable options are available for less.)
What to Do Once You’ve Bought Your Hosting
Here’s a Video to Help Even More!
Branding, marketing, and web design for women-identified entrepreneurs. Because you are too awesome to have a crappy brand.