There are so many factors that go into choosing the best web host for your blog. Frankly, it can get a little overwhelming sometimes. As a blogger who, over the years, has worked with several different web hosting companies, here are some thoughts that I hope you’ll find helpful.
Who I Chose For My Web Host
After having worked with several web hosts over the years, I made the decision to host my most recent blog with GoDaddy.com.
Here are some of the factors that made GoDaddy my final choice:
- They have great monthly rates – especially now, when their WordPress Hosting is just $5.39 a month!
- They GUARANTEE an uptime of over 99% of the time – this is important to me because I had a host that was constantly crashing and this really can cramp the style of a blog (read below to hear the whole story)
- Their support team is amazing! I know, because over the past year I’ve called them at least a hundred times on behalf of my Blogger to WordPress Transfer clients – and they’re always ready and willing to walk me through the steps of whatever process I need to do. I know from experience that having such a great support team is a) not something you find everywhere and b) one of the best things you can have to decrease your stress level! Hands down, GoDaddy has the best support team I’ve ever worked with in the hosting world.
Some Other Hosts I’ve Used
- Blue Host – Blue Host was the first hosting company I ever worked with. I was happy with their service but after a year decided to try to find a less expensive hosting comapny to work with. Blue Host has cPanel which makes it easy to navigate around your hosting account, add domains, install software, etc.. I like the option of being able to access their support team via online chat, even late at night, but I do remember this required a wait at times, depending on how busy they were. I did not have any downtime or technical issues during my year with Blue Host. Recommend! Pros: Great uptime, reliable hosting Cons: Cost
- IPage – After Blue Host, I moved to iPage, and I have to tell you this was the worst thing I could have done. Within a week or two of switching my blog, I noticed that my blog was down for a short period. Then, about a month later, I hosted a big event to draw in traffic over a weekend – and my whole site was down for the whole weekend! It makes my skin crawl to think of how much traffic and potential readers and customers I lost because iPage’s service went down. I switched away from iPage that very next week. Their prices are good, but in their case, you get what you pay for! Do NOT Recommend! Pros: Cost Cons: Unreliable hosting, poor customer service when dealing with an issue caused by their company
- Web Hosting Hub – I chose to move to Web Hosting Hub after Hostgator kept taking my blog down with no explanation. Web Hosting Hub has been great to work with – their customer support team is excellent and very quick to respond to any questions or problems. Plus, they keep you updated with anything that happens with your service – ahead of time. Their cPanel interface is easy to navigate and use, too. Recommend! Pros: Reliable hosting, good customer service Cons: If you have a very high traffic blog, their hosting won’t be able to support your blog.
Choosing For Your Blog
If you’re wanting to blog for profit, it’s so important to start out blogging with WordPress.org installed on your web hosting. If you’re just blogging as a hobby and don’t really care whether or not you make any money with your blog, then a free platform like Blogger or WordPress.com is fine for you. For more info on choosing a Blog Platform, check out these links:
- What People Are Saying About WordPress vs. Blogger
- Blog Platform Comparison Chart
- The Real Reasons Why You Should Choose WordPress
Any Questions? Thoughts?
Still not sure which way to go? Please leave your questions below! Have your own thoughts about a web hosting company? Again, share in the comments below!