Once you have researched and registered a domain (see the post entitled The Domain Name), your next step is to get a web hosting account. It is typically more convenient to get your web hosting account with the same company you registered your domain with.
A web host is a server farm “in the cloud” that hold or host all of the files that make up your website. They rent you server space.
Web hosts offer different packages depending on how small or how large your website will be. Not rocket science. If you anticipate having a small website or just one website, you would select a cheaper package. On the other end of the spectrum, if your website is business/corporate-grade – or you plan on having more than one website, you would select a higher-priced package. The bottom line is that without a web host account, it is not possible to have a website.
Personally, I never purchase the cheapest web host packages because they either are not robust enough, only allow you to host one domain, and therefore not useful for growth.
A web host package will cost as little as $3.95/month up to $11.95/month. All you have to do is select the right package for your needs. Like I mentioned earlier, I never purchase a low-end package. I select either the next higher-priced one; and on rare occasions, a higher-end package.
As mentioned in the post The Domain Name, I recommend using any one of the following web host providers. The advantage of getting your web host account with the same company that you registered your domain with, is that your “starter” website will be up and running in minutes. (When you get your web host account, you will receive an email detailing your account login credentials and other details concerning access and configuration your account. Save this email.
Recommended Web Host Providers
Tomorrow, I will discuss the next logical step to starting your own Internet radio station, getting a cloud-based radio station management system. This is where you will upload your music files or other content to and manage them. You will also be able to create playlists, schedule events and much much more. It is pretty cool.