If you read the title of this post and asked yourself why bloggers would need a web host, this blog is for you. If you are truly passionate about blogging and truly want to be a professional blogger, there will come a time when you have to choose a web host. Let’s start with the basics.
What is a web host?
A web host is an off site computer server that “holds” all your website information. The information is not stored on your computer, and the content doesn’t just float around the internet; it has to be stored some place. So, for the sake of simplicity, a web host is a storage facility for your blog content. The more content you write, the more space you will need to have available to store all the posts on your blog.
The different types of web hosting
Because the space on a server is limited, web hosting companies often provide what they call shared hosting. Shared hosting simply means that other sites also store their information on the server that stores yours. Essentially you’re sharing a storage space. The benefit to sharing is that it typically costs you less. The downside to sharing is that the other sites have the ability to take up more than their fair share of the storage space.
Private hosting, on the other hand, is just like it sounds. You get your own server and don’t have to share with anyone else. There are no other sites competing for space, or bogging down the server running excessive apps. You have the whole virtual place to yourself. The downside is that this type of hosting is significantly more expensive.
Which would be best for you? Talk to a web hosting company in your area to find out for sure. They will likely ask questions like how many posts you have, what apps or gadgets you’re using or plan to use, and other applicable questions that will help them assess what would best suit your needs.
While you’re on the phone with a web hosting company, ask about what types of hosting packages they offer. Many companies offer various levels of space, various numbers of included apps, and various shopping cart options for your site. The biggest package is not necessarily the best, especially if you don’t know how to use what the package has to offer. The cheapest package may not be your best choice either, depending on what you need and what it provides. Research your options, and learn what the options provide and how they could be used for your particular blog before deciding on one. If the package doesn’t include customer support, look elsewhere.
Verify that the web hosting company you choose has good customer support. Look for client testimonials or complaints to learn how others were treated. How do you access the support services the company provides? Many will have a live chat support option, but not all will give you a direct phone number to the company. Even if you typically prefer live chat over a phone call, choose a company that provides a phone number. It indicates the company’s desire to interact with its customers and gives you one more way to obtain necessary help. Some companies provide online forums for frequently asked questions or user support as well.
Being able to make an educated decision will hopefully give you the confidence and motivation you need to contact a web hosting agency and taking your blog to the next level. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and shop around for the best service.