Once you have your own domain name, you need to decide where it will point to.
Your ideal hosting services will depend on what type of business you plan to build. That's why it's important to have a clear plan before you start. The type of business you want to build can determine which platform you use to host your business.
Some of the popular platforms include:
WordPress: WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for building websites. It has lots of plugins that work just like apps on your phone. The more features you want, the more apps you can add. We have tried and tested many hosts for ourselves and our clients and only recommend SiteGround and WPengine for managed WordPress hosting. With multiple servers around the world, you can pick options that are close to your geographic location, making your site quick to load for your target audience.
WPengine is slightly more expensive but offers access to premium themes and guaranteed security. If your WordPress website is ever hacked, they will clean it for you. To provide this security, WPengine does not offer any email hosting which means you have to purchase email hosting somewhere else using providers like SiteGround.
SiteGround offers you full access to the CPanel with full control over your domain names, emails, backups and many other features. With more features comes more responsibility. If you are not properly updating your website template and plugins and it gets hacked, you'll have to hire someone to clean it for you… which is what every other web host would expect you to do.
Both platforms provide auto WordPress updates, auto backups, website staging, and speed optimization. If you have enterprise solutions for your emails, we recommend you get WPengine for your web hosting. But if you need to setup emails for your website and domains, then it makes more sense to get SiteGround so you don't have to pay for two services.
WIX: Easy to use click and drag type of website. Ideal if you only have a few pages. Cons, you cannot transfer the site to another vendor if you don't like working with WIX. You'll have to build your site all over again to move it. Wide selection of templates and logo creation tools. If you like to design, this could be a good platform for you.
Squarespace: Similar to WIX. If you like to use the click and drag method of creating a website, this is another option. It has less templates and more structured format than WIX. If you are a beginner having less distractions might work better for you.
Shopify: If you are building an eCommerce store to sell physical products, then Shopify is for you. Shopify is one of the biggest players for eCommerce businesses and they have great features and templates to make your store unique. They also have a large selection of apps you can add to your store that allow you to sell other people's products and services using print on demand and drop-shipping. I use it personally for my eCommerce store.
Volusion: Another great platform for eCommerce but does not have a blogging feature. If you want to build a blog and store at the same time, go with Shopify. If you don't care about blogging, check it out to compare.