Step 2: Blog Web Hosting
You’ve probably heard the term “Web Hosting” used before. But what is it? And why is it so important if you want to start a new blog or website?
What is Web Hosting?
If you want to have a blog or website you will need to find a reliable web host. A web hosting company allows you to store your website’s files on its computers (also called servers) that are connected to the Internet by extremely high-speed connections. When someone visits your blog they are actually accessing the files stored on the servers at the web hosting company.
How much does Web Hosting cost?
Even though web hosting may sound complicated and you may think it’s going to be expensive, it really isn’t. Many small websites and blogs can get good hosting for a few dollars a month – the cost of one Starbucks latte!
What about FREE Blog Hosting Services?
You remember the old adage – “You get what you pay for.” Well, it’s generally true when talking about free blogging services. There are 2 major drawbacks to using these free services. First, you will be forced into using a long subdomain such as newyorkpoliticalblogger2012.blogspot.com. Not exactly memorable is it?
But what’s even more troubling with free blogging services is that you don’t have control over them. They are free after all, and as such they don’t afford you as many options, nor do you really have control over your website’s content. Plus, if you want to move your blog to your own domain in a couple years, you’re going to have nothing but problems. Furthermore, free hosting services shut down all the time – you could possibly lose your entire site with little notice. One recent example of this is when arguably one of the biggest and most popular free hosting services of all time, Geocities, shut down a couple years ago. Geocities was said to host over a million sites – that suddenly vanished when they pulled the plug (read more here). Just something to keep in mind if you’re considering a free hosting service.
Which Web Host do you recommend?
We’ve used many different web hosts over the years. It’s a tough job for even web developers like us to choose a good web host. If you’re not overly web savvy, trying to identify a good web hosting company is all but impossible.
In making this website we’ve searched through many hosting providers – looking for a good host that met all the criteria for those who want to host a blog, a personal website, or even a small business website. Our top choice?
→FatCow Hosting was our top choice for several reasons:
- Very Affordable – For only a few dollars a month, you can rest-assured your site is hosted with a top-notch web hosting company.
- 1-Click WordPress Setup – WordPress is arguably the most widely used website platform on the Internet. It’s an extremely easy to use system for publishing blogs and small websites (more to come about WordPress in our next section, ‘Step 3: Design‘).
- Green Hosting – one of the first web hosting companies to ‘go green’ by using 100% renewable energy sources to run their offices and data centers (wind energy).
- Feature Rich – provides an extensive set of features. Some of the main features include:
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Disk Space
- Unlimited Domain Names hosted on one account
- FREE Domain Name
- Free Setup
- 30-day Money-Back Guarantee
- Oh did we mention we use them? This website is hosted by FatCow!
Disclosure: We believe in being up front, so we want to let you know that we receive compensation for some of the products we suggest. However, we are an independent website and the opinions expressed here are our own.
→ Want to learn more about Web Hosting? Read our article, Web Hosting – What Bloggers Need to Know, to learn even more (optional).
→ Finally let’s continue to our last step before we start building your website – Step 3: Blog Web Design
(Note: We will show you how to setup your web hosting in Step 4 – almost there!)