Ever wondered how to launch and run a blog successfully? Wonder no more, I’ve started a video series that will help you learn how to launch a blog successfully. This series of blog posts and videos cover all steps and necessary information for you to make the right decisions and start your blog in the right direction.
The series of videos will be covering the following topics:
Part I – Basics of Building your blog website
- Let’s Talk About Web Hosting – How to pick a (good) web host. (video #1 – In this blog post you are reading now)
- How to Pick a Good Domain Name. (coming soon)
- How to Buy Web-Hosting. (coming soon)
- Installing WordPress (coming soon)
Part II – Configuring WordPress
- Plugins Overview (video #5)
- Themes Overview (video #6)
- The Dashboard (video #7)
- Making WordPress hacker proof Locking Down WordPress (video #8)
Part III – Develop and Customize WordPress
- Must-have Plugins
- Widget Areas
- Profile Configuration
Part IV – Publishing and Promoting
- From Draft to Publish
- Getting People to Read Your Blog Post
- How to Share Your Blog Post with Social Media
- Build Your Email List
Let’s Talk About Web Hosting Video
Notes and Additional Info About the Web Hosting Video
In this video, I talk about web hosts. Selecting a web hosting company is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when starting a blog. If you go with the cheapest option, you will probably go wrong. If you go with the first host that shows you an advertisement, you’ll probably go wrong. In the video I cover some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a web host for your blog.
At the end of this blog post, I also have a list of my recommended web hosting companies.
Age of the web host
I mention this because when you’re starting out, you want to go with a company that has been around for some time. It is true that sometimes a brand new (6 months – 1 year) company may offer amazing web hosting services, but you just don’t know if they’re going to last and be able to work for you and with you when things get difficult. When starting out, stick to the veterans in the industry. 6 – 10 years or more.
Reviews and Public Comments
Reviews are important but don’t make a rash decision because you see a few terrible reviews or a few amazing reviews. Dig deeper into it and make sure you understand why people are praising the company or complaining about it. Generally, the list of web hosts I recommend below are all really good in all the important aspects of web hosting –If you want to save yourself some time.
Support for WordPress
Do they provide WordPress-specific support and services? — Webhosting is a bit of a utility nowadays, almost anybody can do it, but the real benefit of picking a good host is picking a host that support specifically for the application you will be using or your specific needs. In the case of a blog, you will likely be using WordPress. All of the hosts I recommend have WordPress specific services and expertise.
Not only does WordPress specific support matter, but general customer support is important as well. Do they provide phone, email, or chat support? Or maybe all of them? Most of the hosts I recommend offer at least two of these methods. My favorite kind of host provides phone support, chat support and email support. I expect them to respond to email requests within 12 – 24 hours, simple requests should take less than 4 hours.
Phone calls may take 3 – 10 minutes to be answered and generally, the issues are resolved within 15 – 90 minutes. Chat support is usually the best because it’s real time but you aren’t waiting on hold or wondering if anybody’s working on your email support ticket.
Cost of Web Hosting
Whatever you do, don’t go cheap! There are a few different types of web hosting. Regular shared hosting which works for 95% of the people out there. There are VPS (virtual private servers) services, there is managed hosting and there is also dedicated server hosting. When you are starting out, you will most likely use a shared web hosting account. This ranges from $2.95 per month up to 15 – 17 per month.
VPS and Managed hosting services range from 15 to 30 dollars per month, and dedicated servers start around 60 to 100 per month and go up from there.
Having a budget is a good thing, but you also need to know that you will need to spend some money on your blog. Your budget should be around $120 per year to start. With the hosts I recommend below, you’ll probably end up between $80 and $100 for the year.
Additional Notes, Questions, and Answers
- How do you actually get the low rates that are advertised? And how do you save the most money? Answered at timestamp 2:48.
- How I pick web hosting for my clients and why. Growth and expansion are important too. Answered at 3:45.
- If you need to upgrade, will the web-hosting company help you? I talk about this at the 4:20 mark. All the services I listed below will help you move up to a larger plan when you need with minimal or no hassle at all.
- What are the value-added services and items you get with web hosting companies? I cover this around the 4:55 mark
I also mentioned that I would put a link to my recommended web hosts, so here is that list, in order of preference:
My Preferred web hosts
These are my preferred go-to hosts for myself and my clients when they are starting out and or are budget conscious. Perfect for personal blogs and business starter blogs. These also will upgrade nicely as you grow.
* I’m currently going through a trial phase with GreenGeeks. So far they’ve been great and it seems like they will join my list of preferred web hosts soon, but I wanted to let you know. Give them a try.
Managed WordPress Web Hosts
There is only one web host in this list, and it is the top WordPress-centric web host. It is super fast and very efficient. Though, there are a couple of downsides to using this. Primarily the price and the restrictive nature of a “WordPress only” host, but if you can afford 29/month and you don’t need a lot of custom software outside of WordPress then you can go with these guys. They also take care of hourly backups which can make a huge difference if something goes wrong.
Other Recommended Web Hosts for WordPress
These are web hosts that I am comfortable recommending because I have used them personally in the past, or currently manage websites running on these services; they generally run well.
- Dreamhost * Please note, Dreamhost uses a custom management panel and it can be frustrating to use. Its performance is generally fine, but management can be difficult.
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