Let’s get hosting

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If you’ve followed through the previous lesson, you’ll already have your own domain name set up. If not, please go and review that lesson.

If you already have a domain name, you’ll need to contact the company that you’ve registered it with and ask them to change the nameservers (as described in step four).

Why do I need hosting?

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In simplest terms, websites are a collection of data (text, images and videos) that are stored (or hosted) on hard drives (or servers) around the world. The data is transferred over the Internet and displayed on your computer or mobile device.

Since servers are computers that need to be reliable (and always switched on; otherwise your website won’t display), we need to pay for a hosting service.

There are various factors to consider when choosing a hosting provider, key among them:

  • Storage space & bandwidth
  • Server hardware
  • Features (such as FTP accounts, databases, email)
  • Server uptime and support
  • Server location
  • Hardware infrastructure
  • Price

Pick your hosting

I’m a huge fan of automation and building an MVP (a.k.a. “getting shit done faster”). In line with that thinking, you can simply provide me with the domain you registered during our previous lesson and I’ll provide you with free hosting for the next 30 days.

Alternatively, I’ll guide you through the process of getting your own hosting for the next twelve months.

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About me

Werner van Rooyen

Formerly Business Development and Marketing at Luno (where we went from eight nerds in a tiny office to hundreds of people spread over three continents) and before that Marketing at PayFast. Currently a full-time nomad, learning, running long distances and doing research, mostly in Mexico.