Where Your Site Lives
Building a website is kind of like building a house. Just like any house (which needs a lot to be built upon), your website needs a place to be built as well. We call this hosting. It’s where your site files will live.
There are many hosts available, but in the spirit of no-mess no-stress website builds, I recommend one of 2 hosts for my clients that I manage on their behalf with all-in-one billing.
This is helpful because when we reach certain technical steps of website setup, I am able to do it on your behalf quickly and efficiently. If there are issues, it helps me diagnose and resolve them faster.
If you ever want to move your site under an account of your own, we can do that. But most of my clients find it practical to let me handle it for them. 🙂
You can purchase a plan directly with DreamHost (for affordability), or Cloudways (for performance). These are who I use and recommend as they have the right intersection of price and performance, plus much more intuitive panels than most other hosts. See link below to browse their hosting plans!
You can register a domain (first year free) with DreamHost when you sign up if you don’t have one already. Cloudways does not offer domain registration; they specialize in high performance servers. You can also find affordable domains at grape.ca (I have used them for years).
If you already hold one elsewhere, you’ll need to point the domain to where your site is built. If we are rebuilding on an existing server this doesn’t need to change. For Dreamhost DNS servers are ns1.dreamhost.com, ns2.dreamhost.com, and ns3.dreamhost.com. Cloudways will attach your domain to your site by way of an A record pointing to the server IP (don’t worry, we can do this together).
You’ll need to install WordPress onto your server/the domain you have hosted. Many hosts have 1-click install for WordPress (DreamHost & Cloudways included).