Now, let’s find a good home base for your blog!
In the last post I explained what “hosting” is. In this chapter we will go over the important factors to consider when choosing a good hosting company. Price is obviously one prime factor, and there are a few others. I will share one example that has worked well for me – after some rather bad experiences initially – so you can save time on research and get started TODAY! If you want to know what the main factors are that make for good web hosting, here is a list of the Top 10 Factors (with my top web hosting choice at the bottom).
The 10 Important Factors when selecting a Web Hosting Service
1) Good Uptime/Reliable Servers: should be 99%
This is super important and ensures that your website will always be up and running. Cheap companies often have server downtimes, meaning your website will be down, noone can find it – sometimes for hours or days at a time…
2) cPanel Backend
cPanel = Control Panel – the best control panel backend available. Don’t worry if that sounds complicated – it’s super easy to use and you will rarely have to deal with it once it’s set up
3) Free WordPress Installer
Ideally, this is offered during sign up, so you just click a button and the system does it for you. Any good hosting company should have this!
4) Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth
Unless you suddenly get something like 100,000 daily visitors to your site (unlikely in the beginning), you should have no limitations in your usage.
5) Free Backups
You should still have your own backup program (will be discussed in the plugin chapter), but your hosting company should also backup everything – and for free, of course
6) Free Site Transfers
If you already have a site and want to transfer it to a new hosting company at a better rate/conditions, your new hosting company should do this for free.
7) Top Notch Tech Support
Minimal wait times for online chat or phone support (don’t use Bluehost if this is important to you – their support was terrible when I tried them and often takes 30 min to even get to someone – and then they will be talking to 4 customers at once….ugh….)
8) Money Back Guarantee of at least 30 Days
9) Low Price = around $5 per month
for 1-2 sites you should not pay more than $5/month – be careful though with $1-2 hosting sites. Their quality is usually bad, lots of downtime, no customer support etc – and google often considers them spammy and occasionally bans all sites hosted there…..
10) Good Reviews from reputable Review sites
Now that you know what to look for you can start researching online. My top web hosting choice – where I host all my sites – is Bluehost Hosting.
They check out on all 10 Points, offer a 90 day money back guarantee – the only service in the industry – and are awarded year after year:
“Best Web Hosting Company”
“Best Web Hosting for WordPress”
“Best Web Hosting for Small Business”
by the top review sites. Doesn’t get much better….;-)
This special link will give you a whopping 56% discount – so give it a try!
Keep that window open. We’ll return to it in a few minutes, after we go over choosing and registering a name for your blog (your “domain” name)……