Information You Need to Know About Blog Hosts

Information You Need to Know About Blog Hosts

Blogging has become more and more popular in the last few years. Today, a blog is not just a personal website where you can share your thoughts or update your family and friends about what is happening in your life. Blogs are now used to earn money either by promoting products or services or getting increased traffic to your site.

While blogs on a hosted domain such as Blogger or WordPress.com are still an option for making income, having your own self-hosted blog gives you complete control over your blog. If you are ready to take your blog to the next step, getting a self-hosted blog may be an option for you.

Getting a Blog Host

Putting your blog on a host will give you the freedom to make your blog a money-making machine. Your own hosted blog is the first step.

If you are brand new to blogging, selecting a blog hosting website can be a daunting task.  Many people starting out use hosted blog sites and do not have to make these decision.   I started out that way too with a blog on Blogger.  There is nothing wrong with keeping your blog there, but you have to abide by the blog hosts rules.

Using a hosting site gives you control over your blog. There should be things you need to consider when selecting a host as there are many blog hosting providers, each offer different features.

If you want to earn money from your blogs, you most likely need to expand later; and if you haven’t figured out what niche is best for you, then you might need to change your domain name later. And since blogging can be a trial and error venture, it is best to choose a blog host that:

  • Has a “cPanel” interface for a user friendly interface that allows beginners to manage it even with little technical knowledge;
  • Offers sufficient amount of space to accommodate your content;
  • Allows unlimited email, bandwidth, and websites on same account
  • Allows you to purchase domain names, to host your domain names on the same account;
  • Accepts or takes WordPress;
  • Offers 24-hour  technical support service in case you need technical help.

Free Hosting Providers

Although there are free blog hosting websites, it is important to take note that such hosting providers also have some drawbacks.

  • Some of them might also require some technical knowledge since many will not have a user-friendly cpanel.
  • Limits on space do not give you unlimited amount of bandwidth like paid hosting providers.
  • Website limitations means you may not be able to host an unlimited amount of websites
  • Lack of 24/7/365 Live Support
  • May not offer Daily Offsite Backups
  • Not on an SSL Secure Server

Here are some free-hosting providers:

0000Free.com

HeloHost.org

X10 Hosting.com

You can find more about free website hosting providers, with reviews and a searchable database on FreeWebhosts.com.

Paid Hosting Providers

While free hosting websites are a practical choice for those who want to start earning money from blogging but have a tight budget, it is still more practical to determine first what blogging platform you want to use and how much space you need for your blog.  Paying for a hosting service gives you more flexibility if you decide to expand your blogging business.

Two highly recommended paid hosting services are:

HostMonster and HostGator.

Another important thing to consider when selecting for a blog host is the cost of the package. Although there are many good benefits to buying expensive hosting packages, it is still practical to choose an affordable plan that suits your budget.

If you are on a tight budget, this is extremely important because it usually takes months or years before you can start earning from blogging.  Most importantly, remember that not all paid blog hosts can help you provide your needs. Some even charge a huge amount of money but the services they offer do not really compensate the money you invested.

Your average blogger will not need a dedicated server, a basic plan through a hosting provide will be sufficient.

One you get a host picked out, you will need to get a domain name and a blog software program to start using your. blog right away  This will be covered in later posts.

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