It is fair to say that nowadays, it is essential, and also incredibly beneficial, for all businesses to have an online presence. Even if you use social media regularly, having a website is also highly recommended to all companies, no matter what services or products you provide, and it will help you to ensure you aren’t overlooked by potential customers. After all, the majority of people will take to a search engine when looking for a service or product these days.
If you don’t already have a website and you’re interested in getting one, you will have a few decisions to make to get you started, one of the first being which web publishing software to use. When looking into which software is available, you are likely to come across WordPress. Many people choose to use WordPress, especially when creating a website for the first time, and it is an incredibly popular option. To find out more about WordPress in general and also getting your website up and running, below is a beginner’s guide to WordPress web hosting.
What is WordPress?
Simply put, WordPress is a ‘website builder’ which is frequently used by people who aren’t necessarily web developers but are looking to create their own website from scratch. There are other companies like WordPress that offer similar services, however, WordPress is one of the most popular choices available, often due to its free and ease of use.
When it was created back in 2003, by its founders’ American developer Matt Mullenweg and
English developer Mike Little, WordPress was originally used for blog-publishing. But, over the years, it has evolved and it is now able to support a range of different types of web content too and we will look into this further below.
What is web hosting?
Web hosting is essentially a service that enables companies to make their website accessible via the internet. You can work with a web hosting company who will have the skills, knowledge, technologies and services needed for the website you have created to be able to be viewed by anyone on the internet.
Whilst if you look into web hosting in more detail, it may seem rather complicated, the basics that you need to know about web hosting services is that they are essential to getting your website ‘live’, so to speak. Without these services, people wouldn’t be able to see your website and it would be pointless creating one.
What websites can WordPress make?
These days, a WordPress site can be anything from a small personal blog website to a large professional company website. You can expect to see everything from an eCommerce site to a Forum created with WordPress, it really is incredibly flexible. So, when choosing WordPress, you can easily create a website that meets your needs and reflects your company.
Are WordPress.org and WordPress.com the same things?
When you search for WordPress on a search engine, like Google for example, you will notice that the two different websites above come up. You can create a website on both of these WordPress sites but they are actually slightly different. Below are the basic differences between the two;
? WordPress.org - This is a free to use website where you can use open source software to create your new website yourself.
? WordPress.com - This is the paid version of the same software that you can use if you need assistance creating your new website.
Whilst it may seem sensible to choose WordPress.com if you haven’t created a website yourself before, trust us when we say it is actually much more beneficial to still use WordPress.org.
What are the benefits of using WordPress.org?
Ultimately, there is no reason why you can’t use this free version of WordPress when wanting to create your own website. Below are some of the main reasons why we would recommend that you choose WordPress.org;
? It is free to use - As mentioned previously, this site is free to use and you will never have to pay to use the WordPress software, so it makes sense to at least attempt to use it before you turn to a paid service.
? It is flexible - You can create any website you’d like on WordPress.org and you will never be limited because it is free. You can even take advantage of additional plugins to modify the website to meet your individual needs and requirements too.
? It is easy to use - Even though you will be using the WordPress software yourself to create the website, you don’t need to worry, it is very straightforward to use. You don’t need any experience to be able to create a professional-looking website.
? It is modern - Not only will your website look amazing, you can choose from various themes to ensure that this is the case, but WordPress also works on all screen sizes and devices too which is incredibly important nowadays.
You can relax knowing that there is plenty of information available to assist you when using WordPress.org too, so if you’re struggling to create the website yourself, simply take to a search engine for some help. Thankfully, because so many people use WordPress, there are lots of guides available to talk you through the process.
So, what is WordPress web hosting then?
To prevent any confusion, it is worthwhile pointing out here that WordPress web hosting is essentially just a web hosting service that is used for WordPress websites. Some web hosting companies will have lots of experience working with WordPress websites and their web hosting services will be optimised to meet all of your website's needs. So, without going into too much detail, WordPress web hosting is better suited when you’re creating a WordPress site.
Are there different types of WordPress web hosting?
Like all other websites that are using web hosting services, WordPress sites have different web hosting options to choose from including;
? Shared website hosting
? Dedicated website hosting
? VPS hosting
? Cloud hosting
As expected, there are pros and cons to each of these hosting options and we have written about them in more detail in a previous blog post. It is beneficial to read this too as it will help you decide which will be the best type of WordPress web hosting for you.
Do you need anything else to create a WordPress site and have it hosted?
The only other thing you’ll need in order to create your WordPress website and use web hosting services is a domain name. This is essentially the name of your website and more importantly, the address which is required to find your website. For example, if your domain name was mycompany.co.uk, this is what would need to be typed into the address bar in order to find your new website.
If you’re unsure where to start when it comes to choosing a domain name, many web hosting companies also offer domain registration services and they will be able to assist you with both of these essential services. We have also written another blog post that will be helpful when you’re choosing your company’s website domain name.
Finding a company that offers WordPress web hosting
Hopefully, you will now know a little bit more about WordPress and also web hosting services. With this information, you can now begin to create your company's first website and expand your online presence. It goes without saying that with the help of WordPress and a web hosting company, you can get your website up and running in no time. You can guarantee that once you have got started with the process of creating a website, you will realise that it isn’t necessarily as complicated as it may seem.
If you’re searching for an experienced company that can assist you with your domain name and also provide you with WordPress web hosting services, look no further than JustHostMe. We are a UK-based web hosting provider that is known for providing companies with web hosting plans and solutions that are able to meet all of their needs. We are very proud to offer exemplary customer service to anyone who requires our help and no matter what the size of your company may be, you can trust our team will go above and beyond for you.
With over 10 years of experience behind us, we are the perfect independent web hosting company to provide you with the high-quality services you require. If you’d like to find out what others have to say about the web hosting services that we provide, please don’t hesitate to read some of our reviews over on Trustpilot today. We can assure you that we will always live up to our reputation when you choose us as your web hosting company, so get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you with your new website.
Saturday, July 4, 2020