MLM Blog Episode 3 | Choosing The Best Blog Hosting For Your Blog
This is episode 3 of how to start your own profitable MLM blog in 6 easy episodes and today’s focus is on how to find the best blog hosting. So I will go straight in and start. Please note that some of the technques here also apply to setting up a fully functional website. So first,
What is Hosting and why do you need to find the best blog hosting for your blog?
Hosting is simply the provision of space on a server for your website or blog. And yes blogs are still sites but miniature sites. Simply put; it is a home for your blog after you’ve built it – this is where your blog will live – hence why you need the best blog hosting.
What is a Blog Host?
So then a blog host is simply a company that provides storage space on their servers for your blog.
Why Do You Need Hosting For Your Blog?
Without hosting your blog would not be functional. Most people ask this because they associate hosting a website with costs. In this episode I will be pointing you to 3 and best blog hosting companies that could provide you with great functionality and up time for your blog
Free Hosting Vs Paid BLOG Hosting
As I have mentioned already, we have free hosting and paid hosting you could consider for your blog. I always recommend paid hosting over free hosting for several reasons. You can still find a good free blog hosting if you are on a very very tight budget and still want some exposure.
To understand how to select the best blog hosting consider these two examples;
John bought a house and owns the property he lives in. He is able to make changes (at least almost all) when he feels like his property needs a little upgrade. e.g. new bathrooms, gardens etc. This is what paid hosting is like.
When you buy the hosting, you are able to make changes to your blog when you feel like it. Eg. you can choose the blogging platform you want – install it and uninstall it. You are able to set up emailing on your domain etc. I always compare free hosting to “couch-surfing” or in the best case renting the property. You are very limited as to what you can do. When you are couch-surfing you cannot event buy a TV set and place in your friends sofa. You are simply a borrower. Although your personal belongings are still yours (i.e. your blog content) you do not own anything in the property and are very careful doing basic things like cooking (which is fundamental).
So let’s lets look at both free and paid hosting.
Free hosting simply means that you are not paying for your hosting and the hosting company is happy for store your blog on their servers at no costs. Of course, there’s always a catch! So lets look at some advantages and some disadvantages.
It is at no extra cost – so it saves you money.
No control (although this is a disadvantage it is still an advantage in the sense that you have less responsibilities)
No control – Not having control means there are a lot you cannot do with your blog. A typical example is in the case of wordpress is installing plugins that can increase the functionality and visibility of your blog.
Always attached to the hosting company – your site will always be attached to the hosting company. With free blog you typical are using a sub-domain. eg. yourblogname.hostingcompanysite.com
No branding – This has a link to the point before. You are unable to brand yourself. If you are serious about your blog and business go for paid hosting.
3 Top Free Blog Hosting Sites
If you must still free blog hosting due to your own reasons, consider these 3.
Brand Recognition – You can build your own brand on here. example; yourname.com or expertatproduct.com
Full Control – When you have full control of your blog you are flexible
Search Egines – you can even purchase their domain name and hosting based on keywords. This allows search engines to find you easily
Credibility – Having your very own brand.com gives you credibility
It can be time consuming – You need to learn a few tricks along the way. With paid hosting you are in control so this means no one deals with your blog except you.
Costs Money – Although this is a disadvantage I do not think it is consedring the benefits you get with paid blog hosting. But there is a small investment involved. I say small because for as little as $2 per month you can get hosting from hostgator (which is one of the best blog hosting platforms out there) for all your blogging needs.
3 Top Paid Blog Hosting Sites
Top Things to Consider Before Choosing Paid Blog Hosting
- For your basic blog you only need is a
- Unix-based server
- That provides wordpress, PHP, Perl, and MySQL
- Contract term – personally I don’t like contracts
- Any renewal prices?
- Look out for cPanel
- Backup options
- What is the uptime?