So, you are wanting to use Joomla!®
There are three things you need to get started:
- Joomla - we have talked about Joomla and its features elsewhere on UsingJoomla.com
- A domain name - ours here is usingjoomla.com
- A hosting account
In this article we shall write about hosting.
Finding the right host is a minefield - there are hundreds vying for your business.
You need to know what to look for, here is a list of what to look for - in no particular order - they are all important factors:
- Joomla hosting compatibility - you might also want to read our article Joomla requirements
Well - by the time the author of this article finished writing about all the details of choosing a web-host - before reading to the end you will have either fallen asleep, just plain given up, or looked for a better article.
- We do not want you to fall asleep.
- We do not want you to give up.
So that leaves the "find another article" solution.
Well - we found one for you.
OK - it is written by a web-host - but to be fair to them - they remain understanding, realistic, and neutral.
Perhaps though we are biased - the article is written by the current host of UsingJoomla.com - we hope you will see this as a great promotion of a Joomla compatible host with great server speed, great support, great security and a never ending desire to be the best.
Probably a leader in the field - many other hosts now seem to "copy" - perhaps the greatest form of flattery.
Hope you have a good, enjoyable read of the articles that the follow:
Just in case you are wondering though - yes - UsingJoomla.com does have a recommended Joomla hosting provider. All is explained in our article Hosting with our recommended provider
When you have narrowed down your choice of potential web-hosts - you can narrow it down further by asking the potential host a "pre-sales" question or two (or three).
Ask at least one question that you feel you know the answer to already.
Then make a judgement based on their answer(s) and demeanour.
Were the answers: prompt, polite, accurate ?
Was their demeanour non-pressurising ?