In your book, Tris talks about the need to find a balance between cost and features when picking a web host. This is like any other purchase decision. One of the pluses of using WordPress as your content management system is that it is relatively straightforward to move your content from one host to another. This means you aren’t locked in except by the terms of your contract.
- 2-5 GB storage
- 30-50GB of transfer per month (unless you are hosting streaming video)
- CPanel with Fantastico installs, including WordPress
- Unlimited domains and subdomains
- Unlimited databases
- If you don’t have a domain, one-year free registration.
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- BlueHost has student pricing (use uw.edu email to sign up)
- Basic hosting at FatCow is currently $3.15 a month (24 months) – act like you are going to quit/leave the sign up page and you may get another discount
- Michelle recommended TigerTech
- WordPress.org also recommends hosts
Ask your friends. Understand that someone will have had some sort of bad experience at every host (probably). But at the basic level, the substitutability is fluid.
If you have a site with more traffic or heavy-duty internal ecommerce duty, then you’ll probably need to step up from shared hosting.