Magimoji Rurumo

Web Hosting Services For Bloggers

Do you want to write you own weblog? Before you can start to write your first blog post you will need to find a web hosting service where you can host your weblog. This article will help you to understand what to expect from the web hosting services for bloggers.

There are 3 things to consiser when looking for reliable web host for your weblog:

1. Should I use shared web host or specialized hosting for bloggers?

2. Should I pay for the hosting?

3. Which features should good web hosting company offer?

1. Should I use shared web host or specialized hosting for bloggers?

To answer this question you should take into account if blogging is serious business for you or you just want to share a few posts with your friends. There are some weblog services like blogspot where you can create your weblog very quickly. You do not need to setup anything — just fill in simple registration form and you can start to write your blog. The advantage of these services is that they can be very easily managed. However, if something goes wrong you can not do anything. Since you use a sub-domain which belongs to the blogging service you can not even more your weblog to shared website hosting company because you are not owner of the domain name.

On the other hand, if you buy shared web hosting package you have every aspect of your weblog under the control. There is very simple solution for those who want to install their own weblog on the shared host without any special technical knowledge. Download PHP script called WordPress (it can be downloaded for free), change the config file, upload it to the server and run the install file. If you are looking for easier way to start your own blog you can find a web hosting company which has pre-installed scripts. Scripts like WordPress are presented almost in any installer.

2. Should I pay for the hosting?

Again, it depends on the importance of your weblog. If you are going to earn money by blogging, saving on the web hosting usually means that you lose more than you save. Sure, there are thousands of free web hosting services and some of them allow weblog hosting. However, free hosts have a lot of downtimes and pure (if any) support. If you really can not afford to pay for the hosting you can start with free host and earn some money with advertisements on your website (e. g. using Google AdSense). As soon as you will start to earn about 10 USD a month, invest these money to quality shared host and let your weblog to grow.

3. Which features should good web hosting company offer?

To run a weblog you will need company providing MySQL database. All usernames, passwords, blog posts and other data are stored there. Another important feature which you should to require from the hosting service should be PHP support. Most of the weblogs are written in PHP. You will also need to think about the amount of disk space and data transfer. If you will only write texts you will not need more than a few megabytes. However, if you plan to add photos or videos to your articles you should use a web hosting service which allows at least a few gigabytes of web space and data transfer.