Hosting Your Website
You've bought a domain name, that's the address to the website you want to build. Now you need somewhere to put that website so your address will take people there.
A website is a sizable bit of data, you need someone with big computers to store your website and provide the software to enable people to visit and interact with it.
A host in action. The worlds 2 billion+ websites are stored on computers like these.
There are companies which will rent you space to store your website and provide all the software necessary for all the people visiting (your traffic) to interact with your website at the same time (bandwidth).
They will also give you the means to administer and maintain your website (a control panel).
These companies are called hosts, as they will be hosting your website on their servers. There are many companies providing hosting services, as with all industries there are good ones and bad ones.
If you are using our recommended free website providers: The Google Business one page website builder or stock websites from Site123 or WordPress.com, they will be hosting your website as part of your free package, see our article on getting a free website.
If you are building your free bespoke website with WordPress.org you will need to find your own hosting package. Take a look around at various companies and at what they offer.
Hosting Review & Comparison Sites
Choosing website hosting is like choosing an energy supplier, lots of providers, lots of different packages and rates. Just like finding an energy provider you need to do your research to find the best hosting plan for your needs.
Some review sites are genuine and give great comparisons, but because hosts pay commissions for referrals some sites will put their no.1 choice as the company which pays them most commission per sale.
No matter how good the review seems, find genuine user feedback before you commit yourself.
When looking at any hosting plan check the storage space (is it big enough for your website), the bandwidth (this limits how much traffic your site can handle).
If you exceed the allocations your host sets you're charged an extra fee and what looked like a 'good deal' can become very expensive.
Today a small personal website needs a minimum of 10GB - 30GB storage and 20GB bandwidth. WordPress sites need 20MB storage just for the core!
All Mekatrig hosting plans have unlimited bandwidth, basic starter Plans have 30Gb storage and most plans have unlimited storage.
Switching hosts is relatively easy, but changing host after a few months is a hassle you really don't need and can be avoided by choosing carefully in the first place.
Why host with us?
Professional: We have been in the website business for over 25 years and in the computing industry for over 40 (before mobile phones and the internet were invented). We have the experience to identify and meet your needs.
Affordable: We give premium service at the lowest price we can, this means you get the same professional level of service if you are paying £10,000 per month for a dedicated SSD NVMe server network or if you have a £1.99 monthly hosting plan.
We don't cut prices by cutting corners.
Secure: We are part of the largest shared hosting operation in the world with over 100,000 servers hosting over 20 million websites.
Reliable: We guarantee a minimum 99% uptime (the amount of time your website is visible and interactive). Our team is on-site and available 24/7/365 to ensure our servers – and your sites – are running at peak performance.
Honest: We give you the same low price for the life of your hosting contract. If we say £1.99 per month and you pay for 5 years then its £1.99 per month for 5 years.
We don't tie you in for fixed terms, if you want to pay for one month at a time, that's great, if you want to pay for up to 5 years in advance that's fine too, how you pay is up to you.
Flexible: We have a wide range of personal and business hosting plans, if you don't see what you need then contact us and we will do everything we can to meet your needs. We are THE one stop shop for all your internet needs.
Easy: 1 click install, easy use control panels which need no, or minimum technical skills to use. For WordPress our installation wizard (The Installatron) makes publishing your website a quick and easy process.
Everything we do is the result of decades of experience at learning how to make things as simple and effective for our clients as possible.
Getting A Hosting Plan With Us
Sign in to our website then open the account you created when you bought your domain name.
Click on hosting and click the get started button, choose the plan that suits your needs, if you need help call our support line.
Choose your plan
If you have a WordPress website have a look at our Installing Your WordPress Website post for managed and self managed options.