The self-hosted version of WordPress – which is what I have been showing you throughout the WP A to Z Series – means you’ll need an account with a web host.
The good news is that you have many web hosting companies to choose from. The bad news is that you have many web hosts to choose from. There are countless companies – large and small – that offer WordPress web hosting services. The success of your site will be in part due to which web host you pick.
The web hosting business is very competitive so shop around. Eventually you’ll see there are no real bargains as you’ll get what you pay for. Web hosts that offer low cost plans for tight budges will not provide the same services that the pricier web hosting companies do.
I have recommended these very well known companies for a long time each serving different needs: