If you want to DIY your website hosting, save some money and don’t mind website-related headaches, we recommend Siteground. A Bulgarian based company with an easy to use client panel to set up your website, emails & more. They also have good customer care for inexperienced users.
Whist we use Cloudways VPS with our maintenance plans, it’s quite tricky to set upf and maintain unless you are an experienced web developer.
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Please read below for more details on and how to set up an account with Siteground
There are so many options for website hosting, 1000s of them. VPS cloud hosting what we recommend and use with our maintenance plans but some site owners don’t want to spend $100+ a month so prefer to use Shared Server WordPress Hosting.
We recommend WordPress as it is a great functional & flexible CMS that powers over 30% of the internet. If handled by an experienced Developer, WordPress is safe, secure and fast. These things help with Search Engine Optimisation of a website.
Hosting is confusing as there is so many options out there starting from $3 a month up to $300+
It’s hard to know what you need in your hosting plan, Plesk, Cpanel, WP-CLI, SSH access, PHP version control, Git integration… the list of options is almost endless
How much does Hosting cost?
You would think that it would be as simple as search google ‘website hosting’ to find hosting but it’s not. Hosting quality is important and you may end up with total rubbish unless you know what you are looking for. It’s easy to get stuck with a 1-year contract of slow crappy hosting and little to no customer service or support.
Site Speed is vitally important to your website and quality hosting enhances your site speed. I suggest buying the fasting hosting you can afford with the best server set up.
At Minx, we do all sites in WordPress, and we use Cloudways with Vultr which has a Sydney Data Centre.
A WordPress website or a store is only as good as the hosting solution that powers it
If you are considering getting a website be sure you get your own domain. If you are not sure how to do this, we are happy to help you with this. You can also refer to my blog post choosing a domain
We do our own and our client’s sites in WordPress as we like the flexibility and functionality it offers. WordPress is great for a simple blog but also great for more complex functionality and custom coding.
WordPress Hosting gives you full access to your website. You can backup everything & store it on my local hard drive.
Site speed is very important since Google changed to mobile indexing first mid-2018 – Hosting plays a part in site speed
For the speed, you get with Siteground its excellent value for money. I have worked on clients hosting which has been much slower + charged additional annual fees for a lot of the services that are included with Siteground. It’s easy to set up and they have excellent customer service if you are doing your own maintenance and get stuck.
1. Choose your Website Hosting plan
There is three shared WordPress plans. The startup Plan is all you really need for an individual website whereas GoGeek is best for larger businesses
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is great for multiple websites. The SuperCacher greatly improves WordPress and Joomla website speed
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for e-commerce and larger sites and more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
2. Choose your Domain
You can buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain. GrowBig and GoGeek plans include site migration too
3. Review, complete and pay
Unlike many other hosting providers Siteground’s advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign up process
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