Hey ya’ll. Welcome back for Part 2 of our series. You can check out the Intro here. Today, we are chatting domain names and hosting. One of the most common questions I see pop up in forums and facebook groups by peeps who are diy-ing their WordPress websites is:
“Where should I buy my domain name?”
“Who should I host with?” or
“Who is the best host?”
Let’s start with domain names. I have what one might call a domain name buying problem. Whenever I think of a new business idea (it happens A LOT), I immediately buy the domain name. I have two go-to companies for this.
But first, I’m about to let you in on a fab little secret. There is an extension you can install on Google Chrome called Honey. This handy little tool will search for coupon codes whenever you try to check out from most ecommerce sites. Brilliant. Most of the time I can get domain names from GoDaddy or Namecheap for about $1. So, this is the route I always recommend clients go for cheap domain names.
I’ve been building WordPress websites for almost 5 years now and have recommended several different hosts at varying times and for varying reasons. I used to recommend Hostgator or iPage, but their customer service has become just terrible and I am convinced that their security is just as bad.
So off I went, searching for new place to send peeps for hosting. Now, if hosting was my thang, I could just set up a reseller account and host my clients’ websites there, but I know my skillz and that ain’t one of them. One of my least favorite things to do when building a website is moving the site from staging to live. My brain just doesn’t like it so when I went looking for hosting solutions and came upon a biz that offers one-click staging and a whole ton of other amazing things, I was totally thrilled.
- One-click staging + free demo site. Here’s what this means and why it rocks. I set up your demo site from my Flywheel account. We work massive amounts of magic together designing and tweaking your website. When we are ready to live, I transfer billing to you. After you complete billing, it literally takes me 25.2 seconds to push your pretty new site live. I LOVE THIS.
- Security and updates. Flywheel monitors for malware that dirtbag hackers like to attempt to put on websites and they also take care of all core WordPress updates.
- Automatic Backups. Your site is backed up NIGHTLY. So if your backup plugin fails, or some other weird crap happens, Flywheel has you covered.
- Their customer support is STELLAR.
Flywheel will run you about $15 a month. The plan is based on website traffic, so if you have a post go viral (YAY!), you’ll probably have to bump up your plan.
So there it is. Godaddy or Namecheap for domain names and Flywheel for hosting.
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