What is a Web Host?

A web host is where your website’s files are stored. In simple words, a web host is like a computer that is connected to the internet 24/7. Each time a user tries to view your site, the computer responds to their request by sending them the necessary files that translate into what we call a website.

Buying a web host is like buying a computer: So, before buying a web host, you should think about its capacity, its speed, the services that come with it, etc.
The following list will assist you in choosing a good web hosting service:
  1. It must be capable of running PHP and MySQL in order to run WordPress.
  2. It should contain a one-click-install for WordPress for a quick easy installation.
  3. It must offer 24/7 technical support.
  4. It must have a great uptime record of 99 – 100% of the time, which means that your site will always be available on the World Wide Web.

On Top of These, You should Also Look for the Following

  1. It should provide a big storage space: so that your site can grow and can support a big number of images if needed.
  2. FTP support: it allows you to upload your files through FTP using FileZilla.
  3. Unlimited bandwidth: You can receive thousands of visitors monthly without limits.
  4. Unlimited databases: You may need to install more than one WordPress website on the same host.
  5. Supports email addresses: to create a custom email address such as: [email protected]’sname.com

You Couldn’t Decide? Here’s What to do

If you do not know what to choose, I highly recommend the list of the top 20 web hosting services and domain name registrars according to Google Maps Review, it will greatly assist you in choosing the best hosting service available today.

To make it short, one should go for a serious and a very well known company since many new companies came and then shortly disappeared and deleted all of their user files, some others added an advertisement on users’ websites without their consent.

If you are still unable to decide, I suggest my favorites InterServer & Namecheap.

Note that in most cases, when you get a domain name with a hosting service at the same time, they will be automatically linked. But if you get the domain name and the hosting service separately, some configurations should be done.

Linking the Host with a Domain Name

If this is the case, you can ask your web hosting customer service to configure it for you without efforts.
However, if you like to configure it yourself, you should know that the configuration may differ from one site to another but the general steps to be taken are common. They can be summarized as follow:1) Find the nameservers of your hosting. In general, the hosting name servers have the following form:

  1. ns1.nameserver.com
  2. ns2.nameserver.com

2) Copy the name servers and search for DNS settings in your domain name.
3) Past your name servers into the “name server fields” of your domain name.

And you are done.

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