Registering a domain name is comparable to getting a business license. Your business license does NOT include a building or inventory or staff or anything except the right to use that name. Registering your domain name does not include a place on the Internet to put your website; it only means that once you build a website you can put that domain name on it.
We sell web hosting at ABCInc-Domains for around $75/year with unlimited storage space, unmetered bandwidth, and free SSL.
Many people start there for the the first year. It’s easy to move your website, domain name and all, to another web hosting provider.
There are many other companies that offer web hosting services, and some that special in hosting WordPress sites:
- The consensus among WordPress developers is that you should avoid GoDaddy hosting (domain name registration is OK).
- Bluehost is recommended by WordPress.org, and runs $100/$180 per year (often on sale)
- Dreamhost is recommended by WordPress.org, and starts at $36/year ~ but you have to read this, and other offers, carefully. Not only is email sold separately, customer service wrote “Prices: Monthly plan: $4.95, 1-year plan: $47.40, and 3-year plan: $93.24”
- Siteground is recommended by WordPress.org. They run $144/yr to $420/year (on sale Jan 2019 for $50-$140/year)
- WPEngine has an excellent reputation but is expensive, with the starter plan priced at $35/month
- Also for your consideration: Hostgator.com, InMotionHosting, A2Hosting.com, Site5.com, etc.
There are several features to compare: site load speed, storage, bandwidth, email, and especially support (availability, experience).
But for now, simplicity may be the best choice over paying attention to a lot of little details.
Here’s an after-thought: How to Determine When It’s Time to Switch WordPress Hosts.
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