I have been blogging for about 6 months. I have learned a lot, but I know I still have a lot to learn. With that being said, I would like to share with you what I have learned so far. And by sharing my mistakes, hopefully I can save you from making the same ones. Today’s topic: choosing the right host.
Why Start a Blog?
There are at least a million and one articles about blogging online. Some do it as a hobby, others want to earn a little side income, and some want to turn it into their career. For me, we live in a very rural area with few job opportunities. The ones that are available don’t pay very well. So initially my goal was to supplement our income, with the hope of eventually making enough from blogging to live on. With my husband and I both experiencing health issues, this goal has become even more important to me. Plus we would love to have the freedom that would go along with being able to work from anywhere.
I spent probably a couple of years sitting on the fence about whether to actually start a blog. I had no idea how to do it, let alone earn money from it. Plus I was worried that it would fail and I would have wasted time and money on it. So I did a lot of reading and research, but I eventually realized that wasn’t going to get me anywhere if I didn’t do anything about it. So I finally bit the bullet and jumped in.
There are some basics that you need to start blogging: what you want to blog about, a domain name, and of course a web host. There are many choices available when choosing a web host, but they aren’t all created equal. Today I will share with you what I’ve learned about picking the right one.
What to Look for in a Host
Do your homework before deciding where to host your blog. There are several free options available, such as Blogger. But choosing to have a self-hosted blog allows for more customization. And many free sites limit monetization. I personally chose to go self-hosted from the beginning. It costs a few dollars, but to me it was worth it. There are plenty of reviews out there on different hosting companies. Learn from the experiences of others.
Many hosts include an ssl certificate with your plan, but a few don’t. With new privacy laws taking place, it’s more important than ever to have the proper security on your site. If your host doesn’t include security, it can get pricey. My first host was GoDaddy, and they wanted an extra $70 a year for the ssl certificate. It’s one of the reasons I switched. The plan I had didn’t let me use a free certificate, so I tried to migrate to a different plan. I had to move everything myself, and I was completely lost. So I started looking around for a new host, and another blogger recommended BigScoots. I made the switch, and couldn’t be happier.Why is choosing the right host essential for your blog?Click To Tweet
Why I Switched to BigScoots
Before I committed to switching I had questions. I received excellent customer service on BigScoots’ online chat. They answered all of my questions and were extremely helpful, even though I hadn’t committed to becoming a customer yet.
When I finally did make the switch, they handled the transfer of my website to their servers. I didn’t have to do any of the technical stuff, and it was ready to go in a couple of hours. When I tried to switch from one GoDaddy plan to another, I wasted a couple of days getting nowhere. When I would contact their support, it wasn’t really helpful. The BigScoots support team was in contact with me the whole time, and even installed the ssl certificate that I needed.
They also have an affiliate program that is easy to customize. And if you eventually want to make money with your blog, affiliate marketing is one way to do it. If you would like to check out BigScoots, click here.
I chose GoDaddy because they were the cheapest. But my experience shows that you get what you pay for. It’s true that as a new blogger you may need to be careful of how you spend your money, but don’t skimp on your host. The wrong one can lead to nothing but frustration, but the right host will make running your website much easier and smoother. Do your research first.
Are you interested in starting a blog? What do you want to blog about? Share in the comments below!