One question I get asked pretty often is: Where should I buy my domain name and web hosting?
Well, I have the answer for you! Scroll down to learn which provider I most prefer + get my special rate while you're at it! 🙂
*This post contains affiliate links.
Before I get into the good stuff, let's go over some basics.
General Cost of Setting Up a Website
You're going to need both a domain name and hosting before you can start building a website. These are two separate services but can be purchased together from the same company to make things easier on you. If you buy them from separate companies, you'll have to point your domain name to your web hosting company by editing its DNS settings (you won't have to do this if you purchase them from the same company.)
I personally think it's much easier to purchase, manage and renew both services under the same company so that you don't have to add any extra steps to your already full to-do list! 😉
Below is a price break down showing you what you can generally expect to pay in domain and hosting fees each year.
A domain name is your website URL (www.yoursite.com) and generally costs about $10-$15/year.
Hosting is where all your website files live and generally costs about $6-10/month, or $72-$120/year.
The Best Place to Get a Domain + Web Hosting
My top domain and hosting recommendation is BlueHost. They power over 2 million websites worldwide and offer 99% uptime. If you ever have any issues that come up, their customer service is top notch and easily accessible via phone or online chat.
Their new hosting plans have very easy backup and restore options for websites using WordPress, which is extremely important in case anything should happen to your site. You can also use the same hosting account for multiple domain names and websites if you plan on creating more sites.
Special Offer from BlueHost
Bluehost offers web hosting rates that start at $7.99/month.
However, as my #1 recommended domain and hosting provider, they have agreed to work with me to create a special deal for my readers and clients!
This package includes:
- High Quality Hosting
- Free Domain Name
- Free SSL Included
- 1-Click WordPress Install
- 24/7 Customer Support
- A 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Things to Consider
To be completely transparent, this introductory rate offers you a savings of over 50%, however, you will have to purchase at least 36 months in advance, which would be a total of $142.20. Or 60 months in advance, for a total of $237 up front.
If you plan on having your business or blog for a while, locking yourself into a rate of $3.95/month for 3-5 years would actually be your best option as you'd have a few years covered right from the beginning plus you'd be getting each of those years at the discounted rate.
If you just want to pay for 1 year, the monthly rate would go up to $5.95 a month or $71.40/year. After that, your rate would go back to $7.99/month and $95.88/year.
So for 5 years, you'd be paying $454.92 total, which is $217.92 more dollars than you'd have to pay if you purchase the $3.95 rate for 5 years up front.
Isn't math fun? (No. No, it isn't... which is why I figured it all out for you already and listed it all out in the post, haha.) 😉
Here's the price break down:
The normal retail price is $479.40 for 5 years at a rate of $7.99/month.
The discounted rates are below...
- $3.95/mo. for 60 months = $237.00/year. (50% off, save a total of $242.40)
- $3.95/mo. for 36 months = $142.20/year. (50% off, save a total of $145.44)
- $4.95/mo. for 24 months = $118.80/year. (41% off, save a total of $84.96)
- $5.95/mo. for 12 months = $71.40/year. (33% off, save a total of $36.48)
I also highly recommend adding the Codeguard Basic (automatic daily website backups) onto your package. Website backups are absolutely essential and worth the investment.
Related: The Value Behind Website Maintenance
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