Who you choose as your website host is an important decision. Here are some things to consider, what to look for, and who I recommend.
You need at least:

  • PHP version 7.0
  • mySQL version 5.6 or greater
  • https support (able to install an SSL certificate)
  • I also require that you have cPanel.
You’ll find a lot of cheap shared hosting plans out there, advertising prices like “$3.95/month”. These are shared hosting plans. Here’s why shared hosting sucks:

  • If you don’t expect to get many visitors, shared hosting might work for you. If you plan on getting a decent amount of traffic, though, you should consider VPS hosting.

    Shared hosting providers will stick as many people and websites on their servers as they possibly can to maximize profit. So what does this mean for you?

    1. Your site will load very slowly, especially during peak traffic times when those other 10,000 websites sharing your server are getting a lot of traffic, too.

       

    2. If somebody else who’s using your server does something wrong – sends spam, gets malware, etc., your site is also affected, and chances are, your site will be down until the admins get the problem fixed.

      And I don’t have to tell you that, if someone comes to your website and sees that it’s not there, there’s a good chance they won’t come back again later.

       

  • Slow-loading websites will cost you customers and visitors,
    but Google also counts loading time in their algorithm. If your site is slow to load, chances are you’ll take a hit from Google in your rankings. Shared hosting is notorious for slow loading times. There are just way too many people sharing those servers.
  • I’ve used a lot of different web-hosting services, and there is one that is just really bad.  So I’m sorry, but if you use GoDaddy as your web host, I will not work on your website.  That web host is just a nightmare to work with. I’m not a fan of fatcow, either.

     

  • I really, really recommend that you purchase an SSL certificate and use an https:// address. Google announced that they’re going to crack down on websites that don’t use SSL, and starting early next year, they will display a message to people visiting sites that are not using SSL, saying “This site is not secure”. They’ve also stated that, although small, it plays a part in their ranking algorithm. So not having one could hurt your ability to rank higher up in Google.

Who I Recommend


I love namecheap because:

  • It’s easy to use and manage
  • It’s very cheap
  • They give you private WHOIS registration for the first year, and after that, it’s only like $2.88/year to renew it after that.

    Why do you need private registration? Because if you don’t, anyone can look up your domain name and get your personal contact information – name, address, phone number, email, etc.  And a LOT of people will do that.  Which means you will start getting lots of spam emails and phone calls, and you’ll get added to lots and lots of marketing lists.  Save yourself the headache and keep your registration information private.

If you want to help me out, you can sign up and get your domain name there by using my affiliate link. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, and it might give me a buck or two. You can sign up here.

As I said above, I really recommend you get VPS hosting, if you can afford it. With VPS hosting, you get a dedicated IP address (usually), and it’s similar to getting a dedicated server without having to pay a couple hundred dollars per month.

With VPS, you don’t share your server with over 10,000 other people, so website loading times are much better. And, you have more control and access to the server.

If you get VPS hosting, make sure:

  • It’s managed (unless you want to figure out how to set up and run your own server).
  • You have cPanel
  • Make sure you know if the hosting provider imposes a limit on the number of domains you can have, and what the file storage limit is (and find out what your bandwidth limit is, too!).

I recommend 2 different hosts:

  • Bluehost VPS – Managed WordPress Hosting

    You’ll find mixed reviews online about Bluehost,
    and most of them are talking about the shared hosting (and I’d have to agree with most of them).

    But I have used their VPS hosting for several years, and I think their customer support is great. I can instant chat at 3 a.m. and they’re always very helpful and resolve my problem. And I’ve had nothing but good experiences with their VPS hosting. However,
    their hosting comes with only 30 GB of storage space, so if you plan on creating a lot of websites on your server, that’s something to consider (I have 6 on mine and don’t even use 30% of my space).

    Currently, it costs $20/month for the first year and $30/month after that. Always check to see what their latest prices are.

    Again, if you want to help me out, you can sign up with them through my affiliate link here.

     

  • InMotion VPS Hosting

    InMotion also has wonderful support, and they give you either 70 or 75 GB of space to work with. It does cost more than Bluehost, though, but they have a special for the first year. (Last I checked, it was about $25/month for the first year, and $45/month after that). They are really good,
    though, and you can check them out here. (again, I’m using an affiliate link, but only because I truly recommend their services).

I highly recommend you get an SSL certificate for the reasons listed above. Sometimes your hosting comes with one free SSL certificate, but check out the encryption level.

I recommend you get your SSL certificates from namecheap. For instance, Bluehost sells an SSL certificate for about $50, but you can get the exact same one from the same issuing company at namecheap for $9/year. That’s a no-brainer.

Yep! I have an affiliate link for namecheap, too, so if you want to help me out a bit, you can sign up here.