What is Hosting?
Hosting is type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. You have to point your domain to your hosting company via DNS (Domain Name Servers).
Should I have my domain and hosting with the same company?
It is recommended not to have your domain and hosting with the same company. If you ever are unhappy with your hosting it is easier to move then the domain.
What should I look for in a Hosting Company?
You want to make sure they have a phone number on the website. I know sounds logical, but it's not. You also would preferably have Live Chat on the site for convenient and quick help with any issues that may arrive. And check reviews. Go on Google, and any social media sites they have, read the reviews.
Can you recommend any companies for hosting in Canada?
Since most hosting companies charge US dollars, it's nice to have a company that charges in Canadian for us.
Two companies I can recommend. They have solid customer service.
WP Cloud does not have a phone number but they are super fast and efficient in getting back to you via email support tickets.
- WP Cloud.ca - great for higher end sites with lots of photos and/or eCommerce. They have fast and secure servers. SSL included
- Hostpapa.ca - great for the person on a budget with not too big of a site. SSL included.