A lot of people ask me which hosting sites I prefer. Over the last ten years, I have tried many hosting companies for various web and blog sites. It is very easy to get complacent with one hosting company if the service is good. However, in the past few years, new hosting companies are making it super easy for non- programming folks to create a web site or blog in a day or less and the results look like a pro did it.
Below is my personal checklist for picking a hosting plan:
1. How much does the hosting cost and does it include a free domain name? After the initial “special” what is the regular price. (This can vary from $12 to $60) Does it include SSL certificates (security)?
2. What is the company up-time? Is it guaranteed? Most will state 99.9 – You don’t want technical difficulties.
3. How long has the hosting company been in business? At least read the Wiki page. It may or may not be an indication of how long they will continue to be in business. But it’s important to make an informed guess because many hosting companies that go out of business do so with no warning. Then again, some are kind enough to transfer everything over to the new company. Which brings me to this point. Is there “Back Up” software for your site that you can set to automatically back up your files? This is very very Important. In addition, back up your files somewhere other than with your hosting company because if your hosting company go out of business your back up files will too.
4. Do they have web or blog templates that integrate with plugins that add extra functionality to your site? Hosting builder templates usually do not require extra cost to get the template to work as shown on the demos. Designer templates normally require cost to upgrade in order for the template to fully function, unless you purchase the template out right. Example, the picture slider is too large. You will have to purchase the template to get it re-sized unless you know basic web programming. This is not a bad thing and is common. However, the trade off is that you get really nice templates you can customize. Designers have to make cash too. One safe guard is to read the user ratings on the template. Make sure there is technical assistance available and the templates are up-graded often.
5. Do the hosting company sponsor an affiliate plan? Most hosting companies do. They offer you a compensation if you put a link back to their site. This idea could pay for your hosting and domain fees.
Listed below is my personal top list of web hosting shared server companies in alphabetically order. I have tried them over the years and read many user ratings to be sure others had the same experience. They are not strictly blogger platforms but will host your WordPress blog or other named blog. Note: If you click on certain titles and chose to buy, I will receive a small compensation.
Arvixe – Web/Blog hosting. Free site builder.
Bluehost – Boasting excellent up-time. Website builder.
eHost – Web/blog hosting. Free $300 marketing
Go Daddy – Great up time, excellent customer service, and technical service. This site is hosted on Go Daddy.
Green Geeks – A 30 day guarantee. 300% powered by renewable energy.
Hostgator – Themes/ Blog/Web hosting. Popular
Idea Host – Web site and blog hosting Has one of the best drag-and-drop design tools on the market. $2.99 with free domain name.
In Motion – Web hosting: Bold Grid builds beautiful web sites and blogs.
Simple Site – FREE. Easy website or blog. Web site builder.