Hey everyone, here’s my web hosting recommendations aka, why I picked SiteGround and DreamHost to work with and why I recommend them to my customers.
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- 1 The Most Important Factors When Choosing Web Hosting
- 2 Getting Hosting That’s Right For Your Current Situation
- 3 Why To Avoid “Some Guy” Hosting
- 4 Web Hosting Recommendation for New Bloggers
- 5 Web Hosting Recommendation for Experienced Bloggers and Online Business Owners
- 6 Final Thoughts On Web Hosting Recommendations
The Most Important Factors When Choosing Web Hosting
Choosing a web host starts with two things: 1. Getting hosting that’s right for your current situation and 2. Getting quality hosting with the right level of support.
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Getting Hosting That’s Right For Your Current Situation
The right kind of hosting depends on where you’re at so far in building your blog. New bloggers have different needs than more experienced bloggers or online business owners and the hosting will reflect that.
Regardless of which hosting company you choose it’s important that they’re a real hosting company with staff available 24/7. I can’t stress that enough since I’ve seen every web hosting support situation you could imagine.
You’ll also want features like free SSL certificates — for the “green padlock” on your site — and the ability to host multiple sites on a single account for the same price.
If you’re a new blogger, having “above-and-beyond” support can make the difference between trying out blogging but getting lost in the details versus really learning how it works and building up a great site.
When your web host gives you personalized attention and support not just with their servers but also with your blog, you can learn as you go a lot faster and easier. Having that relationship with the web hosting support folks gives you a technical community for help with your site. And with the right host that extra support is included without paying more.
Many new bloggers also prefer having a CPanel interface which has an easy standard web-based panel for configuring hosting options.
You can grow your blog with hosting like this and build your traffic until you’re ready to jump into a more technical hosting plan if needed.
Experienced Bloggers And Online Business Owners
If you’re a more experienced blogger or online business owner you may not need such personalized support and you’d rather get hosting that can handle more traffic — at around the same price. Instead of CPanel you’d trade it for a custom web-based hosting interface that’s sleek and powerful.
When you’re ready to run the back-end WordPress system yourself and your audience is growing, getting a top tier VPS (Virtual Private Server, which has more resources to handle web traffic) at a reasonable price is the right next step.
Why To Avoid “Some Guy” Hosting
Avoid “some guy” hosting companies — the ones where some guy rents a server and sells hosting but he’s the only one who provides any support at all. That guy may be skilled at tech but just one person can’t support your website like a real hosting company can.
That’s why I don’t run my own hosting company, BTW — it wouldn’t be right for you to only have me when you need help at night, on weekends and during holidays. You deserve true 24/7 support.
Real web hosting is always better than “some guy” hosting for your blog’s up-time and reliability. You can’t reach your audience or make money with your blog if your site is down and nobody is awake to help you.
Web Hosting Recommendation for New Bloggers
Every web hosting company provides support. But not every web hosting company gives the extra helpful hand holding that can really make things easier and more understandable.
My web hosting recommendation for new bloggers continues to be SiteGround.
SiteGround goes above-and-beyond to help you with your blog — and if something goes wrong on your end they’ll still help you out even if you goofed. Their support is the reason I recommend them for new bloggers and why I sell SiteGround hosting services too.
SiteGround hosting for the “GrowBig” plan is $15/month. They’ll give a big discount when you sign up and even after you’re back on the regular price it’s worth the cost.
Web Hosting Recommendation for Experienced Bloggers and Online Business Owners
And my web hosting recommendation for experienced bloggers and online business owners is still DreamHost VPS Hosting.
DreamHost is one of the largest hosting companies out there, but it’s still an independent company based in Los Angeles. Their service is top notch and their VPS hosting is only $15/month. That’s the same price as SiteGround’s shared hosting but a DreamHost VPS handles more traffic albeit without newbie-oriented support.
DreamHost also allows you increase your server resources later, seamlessly without having to make any changes to your website. That’s huge.
DreamHost’s VPS offers a tremendous value for the money. That’s why I recommend DreamHost and why I sell DreamHost hosting services. I also use DreamHost to host this site and all of my other projects and have for many years.
Final Thoughts On Web Hosting Recommendations
After many years of experience working with web hosting, I only choose web hosting companies with good track records for reliability and value. And I use both of these web hosts myself, for clients and for my own web sites.
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