4 Blog Web Host Options - dummies

By Amy Lupold Bair, Susannah Gardner

After you purchase your blog domain, you should be able to pick a web host just as easily. But the reality is that web host offerings are all over the map, so you need to do your research, ask for recommendations from friends and colleagues who have websites, and compare the details of what different hosts offer.

Remember to also look into the web hosting provided by your domain registration site. This may save you money and will also streamline the management of your blog.

When comparing web hosts, always confirm the numbers provided in sales materials. Here are the top questions to ask a prospective web host about its web-hosting packages:

  • What’s your reliability and uptime guarantee? Most web hosts will tell you the amount of time in a given month that they guarantee your website to be available given normal traffic loads. None of them, however, can absolutely guarantee 100 percent uptime.

  • What’s your data transfer limit, and how much do you charge for additional bandwidth? Bandwidth/data transfer is used as visitors visit your website and download pages from your site to view them. If you have a lot of files being transferred, or a single file that thousands of visitors download, you may hit your limit and need to buy more.

  • How much disk space does the package include, and what do you charge for additional space?

  • What kind of technical support do you offer? What are your telephone hours? How do you handle e-mail support?

When you find a web host that interests you, check out the packages offered. Many web hosts provide a handy comparison chart that you can use to quickly compare pricing and features, as Nexcess.net does.

The hosting packages that nexcess.net offers users.

Basics of GoDaddy as a blog web host

GoDaddy is a popular web host — and domain registrar — that provides a long list of web services. Its smallest web-hosting packages start at around $3.99 a month as of this writing, but this price changes periodically.

For a new blogger just starting out, the Economy Plan is recommended. It includes 100GB of disk space and unlimited bandwidth, in addition to daily backups and 24-hour phone and e-mail technical support. You can receive discounts if you sign up for a year or more at a time.

If you anticipate creating more than one site, consider selecting the Deluxe plan, which allows you to host unlimited sites for just a couple dollars more each month.

Basics of Doteasy as a blog web host

Doteasy offers a wide range of web-hosting solutions for bloggers, including hosting. Doteasy offers 24-hour e-mail technical support. Blog-friendly web-hosting options start at $1.95 a month — the cost of the Basic Hosting package, which includes 100MB of disk space and 1GB of bandwidth per month. Upgrade to the Unlimited plan for $3.95 a month and get unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

Basics of Hostgator as a blog web host

Hostgator is one of the most popular web hosts used by bloggers. Even its smallest plan includes unlimited disk space and bandwidth and begins at $3.96 per month. Hostgator also offers an included web builder, making it easier for new bloggers to get started quickly.

Basics of Bluehost as a blog web host

Another web host that is popular with the blogging community, Bluehost plans also offer unlimited resources and site builder software, and they start at just $3.95 a month. Technical support is available via both phone and live chat, and dedicated server upgrades are available should your blog traffic grow to need this feature.