DOMAINS & HOSTING
DOMAINS: What’s a domain? A domain is the name, or address, of your website. It’s what people type into their browsers to get to your site. For instance, our domain name is easttexonline.com. Obviously, you must have a domain name. Then you need…
HOSTING: If you don’t already have it, you will need hosting for your website. What is hosting? Hosting is where your website “lives”. It is the server (or sometimes many servers) where all the files that are your website are stored, or “hosted”.
Below are a few places we can recommend for domain registration and hosting services. All have very affordable options perfect for small businesses and can offer additional and expanded options should you need them as your business grows.
SiteGround is a rock-solid hosting company. We currently have the EastTex Online website hosted here and have no issues. Their customer service (the rare times we’ve needed it) are prompt and knowledgeable. These guys are definitely our top recommendation.
HostGator is another good hosting option and, like us, they are based in Texas, with offices in Houston and Austin. We’ve used HostGator for years and have always found their customer service to be above par.
Update: We’re currently moving all of our properties to SiteGround. HostGator’s performance has gone downhill over the past year or so causing very slow websites and several instances of websites being entirely unaccessible to visitors. HostGator uses many servers, however, so you and other users of theirs may not encounter such issues.
We have all of our domains registered with GoDaddy. They make the process very easy to register domain names and even offer an option to “round up” your final dollar amount and have that small bit donated to a charity of your choosing. Doing good is always good! As with the others mentioned here, they have stellar customer service and very reliable hosting options.
Pro Tip: It’s easiest to have your domain registered with the same company you host your site on, but you don’t have to do this. If you’ve already registered your domain with one company, you can host your website with a different company. The domain simply needs to be “pointed” to wherever the site is hosted, and we can do this for you.