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SSL Certificate

Website hosting stores the files that make up the visual parts of your blog. A website’s design is made up of code and files. When you buy a domain, it allows you attach the file storage (hosting) and park that onto the website’s address.

So you can have a website without hosting, but if you want it to look like a website, you’ll need to buy hosting which holds the files.


A few notes:

– I’m not a fan of products that are named “WordPress Hosting” they are typically 2-10x more expensive then the hosting that you’ll actually need.

– Shared hosting means that a number of websites are hosted on one server, making it more economical.

 – Website speed is important in the long-term success of your blog. My recommendation is to get started with a less expensive hosting plan (which can mean slower load times), then when it’s up and running and you are optimizing it, consider upgrading your hosting plan to make it faster.

– Selecting a hosting plan, there are options for a “US Database” or “UK Database” – The database closest to the person viewing the website will be faster, so choose the area closest to your intend audience.


Step 1


Go to


Step 2


Navigate to “Domains” and select “Domain Name Search”



Step 3


Find the domain name you want.

*If your just claiming your domain and aren’t ready to build a website, continue through the checkout.

*If you’re ready to build your blog, you’ll also need to purchase hosting and an SSL certificate.

Why is my website saying it's 'unsecured'? You need an SSL certificate. Here's what they are, how to get one, and a way to troubleshoot if it's still not working.