Website Setup (Hosting + Domain Name)

To get started with your first website, you only need two things:

  • A hosting provider: I recommend SiteGround (however, AppSumo is running a Lifetime Deal on WP Super Host which is also perfect for beginners)
  • A domain name: I recommend Google Domains

When I first started, I bought a cheap hosting plan from Bluehost ($255.96 for 3 years) which allowed me to host an unlimited number of websites. Of course, the tradeoff is that the overall performance was generally worse than more expensive packages.

I later migrated to Siteground which had a good deal and seemed to offer better performance, although I do hear that it’s been going downhill in recent years.

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