For both hosting and domain registration, I use two companies. Media Temple and Blue Host. I’ve used Media Temple since the early 2000’s and have many of my domains parked there. I have a type of hosting with them that allows me to have several domains and websites on one hosting account. Typically, when I am setting up a site for a customer, I use Blue Host, as the cost for a single site is less expensive with them. Both companies are 100% based in the US and have built and maintain their servers, with their own engineering crews. Blue Host has been around since 2003. Media Temple since 1998.
I purchase hosting and domain registration at the same place. With certain hosting companies, they will actually own your domain. This is not desired, and is a bit unscrupulous. When registering a domain with Media Temple or Blue Host, you will own the domain.
Both companies have specific WordPress oriented hosting. This specific WordPress hosting is not a necessity. The WP specific hosting delivers up a website faster than standard hosting using different storage technology than standard hosting. One can always upgrade in the future if desired. This site is hosted on a standard hosting plan.
They both have easy installs for WordPress regardless of your choice of standard or premium hosting.
Bluehost’s standard hosting starts at $3.95/month.
Bluehost’s Premium WordPress hosting starts at $12.50/month.
To view some helpful videos on WordPress instsallation with Bluehost, Click Here and then follow:
Support -> Self Help -> WordPress Icon (below the menu) -> How to Install WordPress
There are videos, and text based examples.
Media Temple’s standard hosting starts at $20/month. This hosting uses SSD storage for much faster site loading….and is quite comparable to the Premium WordPress Hosting.
Media Temple’s Premium WordPress hosting starts at $29/month.
Click Here to visit Media Temple’s Site.