Find a Home for Your Website before Working with WordPress
After you register your domain, you need to find a place for it to live — a web host — before you begin working with WordPress. A web host is a business, group, or individual that provides website owners with web server space and bandwidth for file transfers.
Usually, web hosting services charge a monthly or annual fee — unless you're fortunate enough to know someone who's willing to give you server space and bandwidth for free. The cost varies from host to host, but you can obtain quality web hosting services from $3 to $10 per month to start.
Think of your web host as a garage that you pay to park your car in. The garage gives you the place to store your car (hard drive space). The host even gives you a driveway so that you, and others, can get to and from your car (bandwidth). The host won't, however, fix WordPress or any other third-party software application that you've installed — unless you’re willing to pay a few extra bucks for that service.
Web hosts consider WordPress a third-party application; therefore, the host typically won't provide technical support for WordPress (or any other software application) because it isn't included in your hosting package. However, several web hosting providers have WordPress-related services available for additional fees.
The popularity of WordPress has given birth to services on the web that emphasize its use. These services include WordPress designers, WordPress consultants, and — yes — web hosts that specialize in using WordPress. Many of these hosts offer a full array of WordPress features, such as an automatic WordPress installation included with your account, a library of WordPress themes, and a staff of support technicians who are very experienced in using WordPress.
Here’s a list of some of those providers, each with their own packages, pricing models, and features:
To find out whether your chosen host supports WordPress, always ask. As a WordPress user, you can find WordPress support in the official forums at http://wordpress.org/support.