Your website will be located on your own webspace. This will allow you full control over your site from the very beginning and will allow you to upscale your business as you grow.
So we’re going to begin by setting up both a domain name for our business and ordering web space to build our website upon. Here’s where we need to invest a small amount of money to get started.
Choosing a Website Hosting Companies For Your E-Commerce Business
Here are a few suggestions to get you started using some popular web hosts. You will see that some offer you the opportunity to pay monthly whereas some insist you pay annually.
123-reg.co.uk – 123-reg offer a ‘Web Hosting’ package at £3.49 a month (plus VAT, after 12 month it rises to £4.99), allowing you to host multiple sites on one package. They also give you ‘at least one free domain’ as part of this deal. This package includes 10GB of webspace & 1 500MB MySQL database.
Blue Host – Blue Host thinks very highly of itself and claims to be an officially endorsed WordPress host. It currently has an intro offer of £3.25 a month for an initial term of 36 months, this includes a free SSL certificate and 50GB storage.
GoDaddy – GoDaddy offers an annual plan that includes 100GB website for 1 year and a free domain name for £3.99 with a 12-month minimum term, renewable at £5.99. You have to pay for a year in advance for this deal so only good if you are willing to pay upfront.
Heart Internet – Similar to GoDaddy, Heart Internet requires an upfront payment. Their Home Pro package is £10.99 a month for 1 website, 100GB of webspace. They do have a ‘Starter Pro’ option but this does not include any MySQL option so is no good for WordPress usage.
Host Papa – The ‘Business’ package offers great value if you pay upfront. You can get unlimited websites and storage with a free domain for only £1.95 a month if you pay in advance. For three years that’s £70.20. If you wish to pay monthly it will cost £13.99 a month!
1&1 Ionos – These guys have been around for years, and are my go to web host. They’re reliable and reasonable priced. A starter price of £1 per month will get you started with a domain included with SSL, 2GB of storage and plenty of MySQL databases to base your WordPress sites on.
https://www.ionos.co.uk/hosting/web-hosting (affiliate link)
Setting Up a Hosting Package and Domain Name Using 1&1 Ionos
So let’s go ahead and register our domain name and hosting package. I’m going to use 1&1 Ionos (affiliate link) as they offer a good value package combining hosting and domain name registration and will allow me to spread the cost monthly. At the time of writing 1&1 have the following packages which will meet our needs for starting an E-Commerce business:
The Business package will give us minimal outlay whilst we get our site up and running so let’s choose that.
We’re going to need a good address for our domain name, hopefully something memorable, something snappy. For the purposes of this tutorial, our domain name is going to be sellstuffonline.co.uk – For your domain, you’ll need to see if it’s available. Once you’ve selected the hosting package, on the next page type in your domain and hit ‘Check’, hopefully it will be available.
If you’re lucky we can continue, if not, try again. You can add extra domains if you like at this stage based on the one you have chosen, we’re not going to here. Hit ‘Continue’ at the bottom of the page
The following page will show our shopping cart, we don’t need to add any other features to our package at this stage. You may choose to add ‘FREE private registration to keep your personal details private. 1&1 Ionos will add their own data in place of your personal details at no extra charge.
You’ll now need to register on the website, or login if you already have an account, and enter your payment details. Once you’ve completed the ordering process you may have to wait a short while. Make a cup of tea, take the dog for a walk, come back in a little while and we’ll take it a step further…