The Best Hosting Companies for Bloggers
Your web host is the company that rents you server space to house all your data. Some factors to consider when you’re choosing a web host:
- Reliability – Will the host have your site up and running 99.99% of the time?
- Customer service – How responsive is the technical support when you need assistance?
- Speed – Does your site load quickly, or will you lose readers because it takes too long for your page elements to appear?
- Price – No explanation needed. Although cheaper isn’t always better (see factors #1, 2 and 3).
I’ve built dozens of sites using WordPress and have personal experience with a generous handful of hosting companies. Of all the web hosts I’ve used, I can recommend both BlueHost and DreamHost without reservation. Both have amazing customer support (I really love how patient the BlueHost folks are with non-techie customers!) and depending on the length of your contract, you can get fantastic deals with both companies.
If you’re not sure whether you want to switch from Blogger over to self-hosted WordPress, DreamHost has the great feature of a FREE two-week trial before you have to pay. That will give you plenty of time to try out WordPress for yourself. DreamHost is also now carbon neutral, which gives them the edge in terms of being environmentally friendly. However, BlueHost is equally awesome, technically speaking, and offers slightly lower monthly rates.
While your web host isn’t something you’ll have to think about on a day-to-day basis, it will affect your readers’ experience, so choose wisely. There are plenty of other hosting companies out there that have low rates (and even some higher-priced ones with catchy ad campaigns!) with a very poor reputation in the web development world.