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7. FAQs about Website Hosting
Having helped thousands of beginners start their own websites, we have heard every possible question. Following are some of the most commonly asked questions from people who want to host a website.
- Why do I need a hosting provider to host a website?
Hosting service providers specialize in maintaining a platform to serve websites. They have engineers and system administrators in their staff that monitor their servers 24/7.
This allows you to focus on building your website and growing your business instead of managing server software.
- Can I buy a domain name and hosting from two companies?
Yes, you can. However, buying them from the same company allows you to manage both of them under the same dashboard. Also some providers like Bluehost even offer a free domain as an incentive to use their service.
- Can I buy a domain name and host my website later?
Yes, you can buy a domain name alone. However, it will not be pointing to your website until you choose a hosting provider.
- Can I host my website on my local computer and later move it to a hosting provider?
Yes, you can do that. However, if you are serious about making a website, then it is better to start with a hosting provider.
- Can I host a website with one provider and then change it to another provider?
Yes, you can move your website to any other hosting company at any time. See our article on how to move your website to a new host for detailed instructions.
- Where do I host my website?
There are so many hosting companies out there, that it becomes difficult for beginners to make the right choice.
Over the years, we have worked with all the top hosting companies on the market. This has given us insights into what makes a good hosting platform.
For starter websites, we recommend SiteGround. They automatically install WordPress, and they offer a beginner friendly dashboard, built-in caching, security, and more.
There are few companies offering free web hosting, but we recommend that you be very careful about those.
We hope this series of articles helped you learn how to host your website.