Once you start blogging and you’ve had your blog grow, you need to know how to find a web host to take your self-hosted blog to the next level. You want something that fits in your budget, want something that you have access to, and has an easy to use interface and reliable uptime.
This is a bigger issue for most people. Before I get into WHO you should use, I’ve heard some horror stories from around the blogosphere and want to offer a few things to avoid at all costs.
1)- SIGN UP YOURSELF! You need to be the person who signs up for your web hosting. If something were ever to go wrong and you need to work with your host to recover your site, you need your name to be on the account.
2)- DONT GIVE OUT YOUR PASSWORD! When you hire a developer, don’t give them your login info. Most hosts can work with you to get an account manager access information- OR you can let your developer use your login and then you can CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD WHEN DONE. Even if you trust your developer, you need to be the only person with longterm access to your account. If you wouldn’t give your bank account information to someone, don’t give them your web host access. I have heard horror stories of developers deleting files, holding websites hostage, etc.
3)- Pay attention to contract terms, figure out your monthly fee, and make sure you pay on time. Letting a payment lapse could mean huge headaches for you. Keep your files up to date when your credit card information changes to avoid any missed payments.
4)- Ask around to see what other bloggers are using. The options I outline below are what I use. These are affiliate links- I do get a small commission when people use my links, but I am giving you MY picks. Other people will give you other recommendations. It is your job to find what you think is best for you based on price and reviews. Know that ALL hosts will have some downtime. They may get attacked or have a large system outage. It happens to ALL large hosting companies, but the large ones will get you the best, most reliable service.
I’ve been using Bluehost for a few years, and it has been reliable for the most part. There have been two major outages lately, but outages can happen with any web host. For the most part however, they have offered reliable service. Later in this series I will be using Bluehost in my tutorials since it is the company I use to host my site.
One of the reasons I love Bluehost and recommend them for others is their cPanel, where we will be doing a lot of the uploading for graphics for the site- is very easy to understand and easy to use, and they offer 24/7 phone and web support if you get stuck.
If you’re interested in signing up for Bluehost, please use this link:
Other web hosts I have worked with and are reliable:
Go Daddy :
If your blog is bigger, or you don’t mind paying a little more for more guaranteed uptime, I recommend Media Temple. They are a bit more expensive, but their grid system is pretty cool and they also have an easy to use panel.
So what are the best tips to finding a secure, reliable host that works for you?
-Check out the prices. While you don’t want to get too hung up on prices, you don’t want to overpay- or underpay- for services. Pay too much and its just wasting money. Too little? You might not be getting the best service for what you need.
-Ask around. Your blogging friends are sure to have opinions!
-Google! Check out what people have to say about different hosts.
-Determine your usage.
-If you have less than 100,000 page views a month, you can get the most affordable shared hosting package a reputable hosting company can provide- around $60/year. This means you share a server with other people, and it could potentially disrupt your service or slow your loading time. If your blog isn’t making a ton of money though, this is a great option.
-If you have more than 100,000, or experience frequent outages, you may want to look to a virtual private server. This means if there is an attack on the server you are on, it is due to your blog and nobody elses. This runs around $15-$20 a month.
-If you have more than 500,000 pageviews a month, you should be making some good money off your blog and you need a reliable, quick service. You will need to pay a premium price for this- but if you make good money off your blog, expect to spend $50-$150 a month for a dedicated server.
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