When it comes to having a website for newbie bloggers, web hosting is one of the first thing you will learn about. It’s extremely important to take an interest and care into web hosting. It’s an investment, and for some, creating a website can be hope to becoming a small business owner.
For the newbie blogger, you have a lot of options, both free and paid. It’s important to know the difference because some services can be really confusing.
Your ideal web host should be one that is stable, can handle your website’s needs, and also provide room for site growth. Some blogs will grow faster than others, so having a web host that can grow with you is important.
Here are some web hosting tips for newbie bloggers.
4 Web Hosting Tips for Newbie Bloggers
1. Knowing the difference between free hosts and self-hosting (paid hosting.)
There’s a lot of options for bloggers when it comes to hosting. There are many types of hosting, but for bloggers, most are faced with terms like “free host” and “paid host”, and even “self-hosting.”
Free host is what it says. It’s free to sign up and use. In some cases, there could be premium add-on services if you want your own domain, rather than the URL that the free host provides. While it is possible to make money on a free host, some have terms of service that state that you cannot have any advertising or selling on your website. An example of a free host for bloggers than allows some advertising, like banner ads, and Google Adsense is Google Blogger. A free host that doesn’t allow advertise is WordPress.com.
Paid Host or self-hosting aren’t too different. For the blogger, it means you have to purchase a domain from a domain registrar, buy web hosting, and then install a blog platform or content management system. You have more control over your blog and keep within the acceptable usage policy of your web host. A couple examples of a web hosts are GoDaddy, Bluehost, Namecheap, A2 hosting, and WP Engine. Self-hosted blogs allow more room for selling, like banner advertising, ecommerce, and more.
In many cases, newbie bloggers will start on a free host, and as their blog grows, they move to self-hosting so their web host can handle all the resources that the website uses. Some web hosts can be fairly affordable, and others, depending on what extra services they offer, can cost more.
Price can be important deciding factor if you’re a newbie blogger. This all depends on what you’re willing to budget. Usually you would want to try investing in a domain and hosting for 1 year.
You may want to look more deeply into web hosts that offer really cheap plans, and compare to their competition. Watch out for too little or too much eye candy in packages, like unlimited bandwidth or unlimited diskspace, especially if the price is low. Make sure to look into things like acceptable data resource usage, and terms of service policies from the web host.
Don’t just pick any old host. Pick who makes you comfortable to spend your money. Don’t be afraid to send questions into the Sales team and ask questions that you may end up encountering in the future, with the support team.
If their answer doesn’t satisfy you, don’t feel pressured to spend your money on web hosting until the web host can answer your questions without seeming like they’re hesitant.
Promotions are really nice to take up, especially for the bloggers that are blogging on a dime, but again, like looking at the price point, be cautious. Sometimes promotions could be eye candy. That ‘sale’ sign in some cases reel people in blindly. Don’t get reeled in and make a rash investment. Do your homework.
There are a lot of web hosts out there. When selecting one, you definitely need to look into what their reputation is with current and former clients. Be smart about what reviews you read, and throw out the ones that seem too good to be true.
Usually it’s a good thing before poking at the web host’s sales and support team to use those reviews to ask them questions, especially if some of those reviews may may leave you on the fence about buying.
For those who have been with web hosts for a while, what other tips do you have for newbies?