Start Your Business Guide to Web Hosting

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 1, 2010

Once you have your domain name, you will need to purchase hosting to get your website up and running. Choosing a host is important, as you want one that is reliable so your website does not experience downtime and loads fast. You also want a host that has great customer service just in case you run into any of these issues.

We recommend starting with a basic package on HostGator. The basic package starts as low at $4.95/month. We also suggest purchasing hosting for extended periods of time because it saves you money! is another popular option where packages start at $6.95/month. is also popular where packages start at $6.95/month.

Hosting FAQ:

Can I use a free web host?

There are a few free options out there to start and host your website, but you generally get what you pay for.  Many free hosts have ads, and GoDaddy will try to suck you in on a free month, and then you’ll be stuck with their subpar hosting.  These platforms are going to greatly limit your site and the flexibility you have on it. Most importantly, no one will ever offer to buy your website if it’s hosted for free!

What is the difference between shared hosting and dedicated servers?

Shared hosting is the most common solution, especially for new websites. Essentially it means you will be sharing space on the server with a handful of other websites. Each site gets a percentage of space and bandwidth to work with. Don’t think that this solution can’t handle high traffic numbers; even if you are getting 100,000 visitors a month, your server should be able to handle it.

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Dedicated servers means you own the whole server. This will only be necessary if you are getting 100,000s of visitors to your site and upwards.  It is much more expensive and is rarely the way to go when first starting out.

For entrepreneurs looking to delve into the web hosting business or agencies seeking to offer hosting services to their clients, reseller hosting is an enticing option. With reseller hosting, individuals or businesses purchase hosting resources from a provider and then resell them to their own clients. This allows resellers to create their own hosting packages, set their own prices, and even brand the hosting services as their own. Reseller hosting providers typically handle the server maintenance and technical support, freeing up resellers to focus on building their hosting business and serving their clients.

What is disk space and bandwidth?

Disk space is simply how much space your website has to use. Just like a computer everything you upload takes up some space, be it 1 megabyte or 1 gigabyte. Each picture, word and application on your site is using some amount of space.

Bandwidth is the amount of data the server will let your website send in a month. Each time your site is viewed by a visitor data is sent to produce the site.

How do I Upload my site to my host?

Many hosts today will have easy installs for basic applications like wordpress, shopping carts, forums etc. This means that if you are planning on using wordpress it will take you a few clicks and about 5 minutes to have it up and running.

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Otherwise, you will probably find yourself using an FTP Client like FileZilla, which is a free FTP solution. FTP clients simply make it easy for you to upload files to your web host such as the files you have for your website.

Can I buy my hosting at the same place I bought my domain name?

Yes, you usually can. For example if you bought your domain at GoDaddy you can also purchase your hosting there. We recommend HostGator because they are simply better at hosting while GoDaddy rocks for finding your domain name.

Once I choose a host, can I change?

Yes, almost any host will be happy to assist you with the transfer. If you contact the host you want to switch to, they will ask you for the information they need to transfer your site from your existing host.

How do I track visitors to my site?

Most hosts will give you something like Awstats to show your visitors. However, we recommend using Google Analytics because it lets you see more details about visitors.

About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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