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Hey there, blog dreamers! I’m glad you’re back. If you haven’t read the previous posts on How to Start a Blog, you’ll want to go backwards and then come back. Here are some links, so you don’t drive yourself crazy trying to find where you’re going: Start Here: How to Start a Blog – Pick Your Niche, Not Your Nose Then Go Here: How to Start a Blog – Choosing Your Blog Name
Let’s dig in, shall we?
What is Hosting and Why Do I Need It?
After you’ve chosen and purchased your domain name, you’ll need a space to call home. Your vision, your dream, your name now needs a place to park. We call this your host. What is a host? A host is a company whom you pay to house your website.
Why do I need a host?
A host does everything from keeping your website secure, to storing your information, to handling the speed at which your site loads for those visiting. The worst thing for a reader to experience is a website that crashes often or loads like a turtle basking in sunlight, so it’s important to choose a host that is going to take care of you and all your hard work.
Where do I find a host?
Like every other thing on the planet, there are tons of options. I’m going to share two of them with you because these are the only two I have any experience with.
Bluehost is a very well-known and widely used hosting company in the blogosphere. While I don’t use them personally due to being happy where I’m currently at, I know a ton of bloggers who rave about them.
- They are one of the top hosting brands available and have been in business since 1996.
- Their hosting plans are very reasonable. Right now, they’re offering a deal for $3.95/mo. Their regular plan is $7.99/mo. so this is a spectacular deal!
- They offer a 30 day money-back guarantee so if you decide you’re not happy with their service, you can cancel for a full refund.
- They have great customer service and are very helpful for new bloggers.
- Your domain name is included in your hosting package. Not sure what a domain name is? Read my post on choosing a name for your blog.
- They have 24/7 customer support.
- They offer unlimited domain names. This is great if you want to start multiple websites. They also offer unlimited hosting space and unlimited e-mail accounts.
- Some people complain about the host’s speeds.
- While they do offer 24/7 customer support, some have complained that the response time is slow.
- Some people have complained about their website experiencing down times where their readers were unable to gain access to the site, although no company can provide 100% guaranteed up-time.
- They charge for migration. Migration is when you decide to switch hosts and you need to bring all your hard work with you. It’s kinda like selling a house. You’re allowing your information and the responsibility of your information to exchange hands from one host to another. You would typically do this if you are choosing to change hosts due to one reason or another. Sometimes bloggers outgrow their current host and sometimes they just aren’t happy with their current one.
- There are cheaper hosts from which to choose.
The second host I highly recommend is Siteground. Siteground has been phenomenal to me. When I first started blogging, I didn’t even know what a domain was. I needed a lot of assistance setting up my website and Siteground went above and beyond in helping me get started.
- Their chat service is 100% responsive and off-the-chain. They have been a lifesaver to me and the technicians even helped me problem solve things that went beyond their scope. They’re always available, always friendly, and always willing to go above and beyond to help even the newest bloggers with very basic blogging/website knowledge.
- They offer very affordable packages. Their lowest package starts at $3.95/mo. !
- Siteground offers a 30 day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with their service, you can receive a full refund.
- I haven’t heard any complaints about site down-time, although I’m sure it has happened.
- They are well-established, having been around since 2004.
- They claim to have fast speeds and they live up to their claim. They are always working on new technology to improve their speed and you definitely don’t want impatient readers leaving because your site won’t load in a timely manner.
- They are a global company with sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. Why does this matter? The closer you are to a site, the faster your website information travels.
- Their technicians are happy and who doesn’t like happy help?
- They offer free migration.
- They offer limited disk space. While this may make them more reliable, this can be a disadvantage if you’re growing quickly.
- They cater to WordPress.org users.
- If you use more than your allowance of visits per month, they may freeze your site until the next month when your allowance resets.
As with everything, you don’t really know if you like it until you try it. I would recommend just weighing the positives and negatives and then making a decision. Again, you always have the opportunity to get your money back within 30 days if you’re not satisfied with their service. I hope this helps as you continue on your blogging journey. If you have any questions about hosting, I’d be happy to help!
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