You’ll also need access to a hosting service who will provide a server to store the content and data from your site online. There are many providers of this service, and it’s beyond the scope of this guide to recommend one provider over another. And in fact, it’s a challenge to recommend a specific provider because they constantly change and update the services, prices and support they offer.
We recommend doing some online research to see which is the best service provider based on price, quality of service and speed. Speed is important as your server ideally needs to be relatively close to where your user base is to make sure that your content downloads quickly when accessed.
And bear in mind, that these companies do constantly invest in new technology, so you should keep an eye on the date of when any reviews were made. These companies do compete strongly with each other and you should use that to your advantage to find the best site hosting service at the time for you. And you should not feel stuck with one when your agreement renewal comes up. Most of the companies make it easy to transfer hosting between providers.
When we were setting our own website, we found this review of hosting server sites from Australia to be really helpful. Alternatively, check out this nice summary page of Australian hosting options for a comparable view. For a more international view, this article on Techradar was also helpful.