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How to Choose Web Blog Hosting for Your New Blog - Blogging in a Nutshell
How to choose the best web blog hosting for your new blog

How to Choose Web Blog Hosting for Your New Blog

Setting up a web blog hosting site account is easy. Finding one not so much.

Anyone can build a website or blog. Futhermore, they can create one in 30 seconds. But it is like building a house. A house is not a home until you put in furnishings and belongings and, finally, people. The same is true with a blog. It needs content.

You may be wondering…

What steps should I take to select a web blog hosting company?

But first…

Web blog hosting is extremely competitive. So, most website hosting companies offer promotional prices to entice new customers. As a result, they offer low-cost initial terms with follow-on terms at the regular price. Also, terms may vary from month to three or more years.

Now,

Advertising material includes a lot of technology terminology to describe the features they offer. Seems like it is all designed to impress you with what they are doing or convince you they are offering the best hosting.

Above all, selecting web blog hosting comes down to three things:

  • Security – Until you have had a website hacked, you don’t know how much trouble it causes. The Wordfence blog focuses on WordPress security issues and solutions.
  • Speed – If your site does not load quickly, visitors won’t stick around.
  • Support – Most web blog hosting sites provide 24/7 support using a trouble ticket system. Likewise, the better ones offer telephone as well as live chat to help customers solve website issues.

Blog security is an important factor

Security is my 1st concern with hosting

Typical hosting features

When viewing web blog hosting services advertising, you will often see a variety of hosting plans. So, the plans will show some basic features as well as extra or premium features.

For example, typical features include:

  • Storage space for your files
  • Bandwidth which is a measure of your website internet connection speed
  • Uptime expressed in percentages. These days 99+{f1f1447b89dc5b60f9c791c1dd120cc6d0f43e092089cee8048fdf0a4eaebe0c} is typical.
  •  Technical support which should be 24/7. Some include telephone and/or chat support.
  • Multiple websites and domains
  • Email accounts
  • Backup (weekly or daily depending on plan)
  • File manager

Extra or premium features

Web blog hosting companies will provide extra or premium features for hosting plans depending on plan level. Because of competition, blog hosting sites will adjust features included in basic packages.

Extra features include:

  • SSL certificate which is extra website security to protect user personal information
  • Advertising credits to Google or Bing search engines
  • Additional, specialized software to run selected programs like eCommerce
  • Free domain names for a year ($13 per year is typical)
  • Additional storage space
  • Money back guarantee

The following chart is representative of hosting plan charts among blog hosting sites. I am currently familiar with the two shown below.

Instance 1

Wealthy affiliate

Premium Hosting for Those Who Are Ready for Success

$

49.00*

/mo

  • 50 Websites
  • 30GB Web Space
  • 500K Visitors/Mth
  • Premium Security
  • Premium Speed
  • Free SSL
  • Site Builder Included
  • 24/7 Tech Support
siteground

Website Hosting Crafted for Superior Experience

$

19.95*

/mo

  • Unlimited Websites
  • 20GB Web Space
  • 25K Visitors/Mth
  • Premium Security with website monitoring
  • Premium Speed plus Cloudflare CDN
  • Free SSL
  • Site Builder Included
  • 24/7 Tech Support with Live Chat
  • 30-Day Month Back Guarantee
  • Free Website Migration

*Regular price. Wealthy Affiliate offers 6-month plan for $39/month. On the other hand, SiteGround offers $5.95/month for their GrowBig plan for the first invoice. Once the initial term is over, regular price applies. (Term up to 3 years.)

People know Wealthy Affiliate for their high quality training program in affiliate marketing. Consequently, they have bundled their hosting plan with their premium training package.

Understanding the different types of web blog hosting

Web blog hosting companies offer different hosting types to reflect different features. Features include speed, security, technical support, and other factors wanted by customers.

Obviously, the hosting needs of Facebook or Snapchat far exceed my or your hosting needs. Furthermore, I only bring this section up because it impacts cost of hosting services.

This is a very short overview of the different types of web blog hosting (website hosting) available.

Type

Description

Shared Server

Your website is on a server shared with other customers. The websites share server resources. Main advantage is price.
Virtual Private Server VPS is a virtual machine on a shared server that acts like a dedicated server with a separate operating system.
Dedicated Server Your website is on a separate server and has all the server resources available for use. Costs are significantly higher.
Managed WordPress Hosting Hosting services optimized for WordPress sites with automatic updates, daily backups, WordPress security, and more.
Cloud Based Hosting Hosting sites disperse your website among many servers acting as one. They balance server resource loads among the servers.

WordPress.com and wordpress.org differences

You may have wondered about the differences between wordpress.org and wordpress.com.

There is a big difference between the two and understanding this may save problems in the future.

First of all,

Simply stated, WordPress is blogging software.

WordPress is open source (free) software designed to manage website content (textual and media files).  According to WikiPedia,

“WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.”

WordPress.org is the “home of the WordPress software” and its official documentation. Furthermore, it is free to download. But it requires a web server as it is not a desktop application like Windows.

On the other hand…

WordPress.com is a separate web hosting site using the WordPress software. Compounding the confusion is the founder of wordpress.com is a co-founder of wordpress.org.

WordPress.com offers a variety of hosting plans including a feature-limited free plan.

For more information about the differences between wordpress.org and wordpress.com, I recommend visiting wpbeginner.com.

Free vs. paid web blog hosting

In the previous section, I stated that wordpress.com offered a free hosting plan. Similarly, there are other free web hosting sites available. Futhermore, I hosted several blogs with several of them years ago.

Using a free hosting plan is fine if your aim is to try out or experiment with blogging. Because using a free hosting plan is restricted and feature limited.

First of all, the domain name will end with the hosting site’s domain. Consequently, a free plan will prevent you from using your own custom domain name. For example,

… instead of bloggingwithglen.com, the domain name would be bloggingwithglen.wordpress.com or bloggingwithglen.wix.com if the hosting company is Wix.

You may be wondering…

how can they give away hosting for free?

They put advertising on your website!

For me, the biggest disadvantage of using a free web blog hosting site is the advertising they add to the free sites. As a result, I had no control over the advertising. The last thing I wanted was a new visitor who clicks one of the ads and leaves my site.

You can read more about free website hosting at QuickSprout. Also, I am a big fan of QuickSprout. Because they are experts in online marketing.

Practical guide to choosing web blog hosting

First of all, mindset is important. It is important to know whether you are trying it out for the first time or committed to expressing your passion or interest in a subject.

Decide which features are important to you. After all, the features impact the blog hosting plan cost.

Security, speed, and support are the most important web blog hosting features to me. Consequently, when I looked a web blog hosting plans, I compared these features first. Subsequently, I checked prices.

Once I had my list of important features, I looked at a variety of review sites that compared a variety of web blog hosting sites.

I compared hosting plans using these review sites:

Final thoughts on choosing web blog hosting

Choosing the right web blog hosting for you can be summarized in 3 steps:

  • Choose the type of hosting
  • Decide which features you want
  • Compare hosting plans offered by web blog hosting sites

Now that you have chosen a web blog hosting plan, it is time to start building your blog.

Choosing web blog hosting is selecting the best path forward for you

Know which direction to go.

If you have any questions or comments about web blog hosting, please fill in and submit the form below. I love feedback.

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