So you’ve decided you want to create a blog but now you’re wondering how to get yourself on the internet. The first step is to choose a good Web Hosting provider. Simply speaking, a Web Hosting provider is a company what has many servers in a secured data center containing their customer’s web sites like this one, all sitting side by side.
Bluehost vs hostgator?
There are many Web Hosting providers out there that all come with their different features, but the two I recommend are Bluehost and Hostgator, simply because I’ve used them both and know they’re great.
These are the 7 Reasons
Speed, availability, ease of use, security, backups, support and price.
1. Speed: The loading speed of your website is a top priority. Why?
Firstly, your customers or readers will obviously be frustrated if they have to wait for each page on your web site to load.
And secondly. Google use site loading speed as a major ranking factor. Those guys hate slow sites .. and so does the author…
2. Availability: Again, Google is not favourable to sites that it finds have suddenly dropped off the wire. Also, your customers are not going to be impressed if your site has temporarily disappeared! A good hosting provider with ensure your site is available 24 x 7.
3. Ease of Use: For the technically challenged amongst us, this is obviously a benefit and a half. I’m a recent convert to Bluehost, and their interface is superb. Take setting up a mail box. It’s a snap! I think I set it up in under a minute. In 2 minutes I had sent myself a test email to verify it was all working.
4. Security: Hacking is also a major concern to any blog owner. If you get hacked you may find your content has gone or its been littered with nasty advertisements. You can secure your WordPress blog.
5. Backups: The hosting providers I recommend are world class and worrying about backups is not an issue. BUT. You must must must take your own WordPress backups. If you sign up to my eBook then I’ve got a course that includes this. Basically, I recommend a plugin that backups up your site and sends the backup files to your Dropbox account. It’s so easy to accidentally delete a page of your blog. Hacking is also a major concern to any blog owner. If you get hacked you may find your content has gone or its been littered with nasty advertisements. You can secure your WordPress blog, which I also talk about in my course.
6. Support: I’ve got a Computer Science degree and I struggled in the beginning; working out what the difference is between a parked domain and a sub-domain, and setting up DNS entries. Bluehost and Hostgator both have first class support, and they can both take you over the learning curve hump.
The reason I prefer Bluehost is because they’ve simplified everything into a simple to use control panel
7. Price: – How do I choose a plan?: If you are planning to set up a blog then Shared hosting is going to be the one to go for. This generally costs around $5 a month.
As its name suggests, you are sharing the resources of a server with other websites, but you needn’t worry as your area is perfectly secure. Think of it like an apartment block. Yes you share it with other tenants, but your own apartment is secure and yours to do with as you choose.
The services offered by Hostgator and Bluehost are extremely similar.
If you want to set up a single website like this then Starter/Hatchling is all you’ll need. If you want to create multiple sites maybe for affiliate marketing then Plus/Baby. If you’re a business and you’re going to add a payment gateway, then go for the business plans.
|A Single Website||Multiple Websites||A Business Website|
A cautionary word about Multiple Websites. The first domain you will buy will be the primary domain and the other sites you set up will be sub-domains of this primary. When Google crawls your site it will know this, so make sure you keep your nose clean! If Google penalizes one site, it will more than likely so for them all, even if you weren’t using any shady tactics. So my advice is not to keep your eggs in one basket and get a separate package for each domain.
As the popularity of your blog or website grows, you might like to consider VPS (Virtual Provider Server) to prevent your site lagging under the load. Both of these companies will move your domain to this package in a snap. But don’t consider VPS till you’re getting a few thousand visitors a day.
What else do you need?
Not a lot. As you go through the purchase of your domain, you will be offered a number of upsells. My advice is don’t bother with them. My course goes through the signup process
Which hosting provider do I prefer?
They’re both great and world class. They both offer similar features such as ftp and webmail.
Bluehost in my opinion wins because of the super simple newbie friendly dashboard.
What are your experiences of these 2 providers?