When my uncle asked me to help him self-publish his book, The Shrine of Arthis, part of what went along with that was building a website. I wasn’t concerned about the technical aspect, I’d played around with html and css before, but I had never actually published a website before. So I really had no clue how to go about doing that. I figured the hardest part would be figuring out where to find a reasonably priced domain name and that would be that.
Wrong. purchasing a domain name is trivial compared to finding a place to host it. Not quite sure what I’m talking about? Take a look at my post on websites here.
A google search for a web host will turn up an overwhelming amount of results. So how do you choose which to use?
I picked eHost. Here’s why:
eHost offers to host your site for $2.75 a month for 3 years (that’s their 50% off rate, but it seems to be their standing promotion). Does the price go up after that? I’m not really sure yet, but who knows what will be going on with web technology three years from now? I’m set for the next three years and I got it at a decent price and I’m happy with that.
eHost offers a free domain name for as long as you maintain a hosting account with them. So there’s no surprise there when yo go to renew.
Unfortunately, you are charged $9.99 per year for privacy, which means that your personal information will not be listed anywhere. This is really the only negative that I found with eHost.
Here is a nice video tutorial for how to install and use WordPress on eHost.
To sum up:
- You have to pay for privacy for your domain name.
- Once you create your account, you cannot change it. If you picked the website builder option, you cannot change to the cPanel option. You have to buy a new account.
- Inexpensive. Under $3 a month when you purchase 3 years.
- Free domain for life.
- Easy to use drag-and-drop website builder for a quick and easy custom website.
- WordPress compatible and easy to install.
- 45 day money-back grantee