Considering the huge number of blog or web hosts provided on the Internet, it is no wonder that you may be confused when it comes to choosing which host is best for your blog. To end such confusion, below are several simple steps that can be noted down and applied in order to make an informed decision.
First of all, you need to be aware of the purpose of the blog. Is it simply used to share stories and pictures or is it to make money? When sharing is your main aim, choosing free blog host will be an ideal decision. On the other hand, when your intention is to run an online business, it will be necessary for you to pick a professional host which, of course, requires you to pay for the services.
Should you pick paid blog hosts, then you might wonder, “How do I know which host is professional and worth the money I spend?” The answer is actually the second thing you need to do. After figuring out the purpose, you can consider asking other bloggers about the hosts they use and browse the websites of blog hosts to figure out their current prices and packages.
Third, you might want to look into features that the blog hosts offer in terms of the limits of data transfer or bandwidth services, space allocations and whether they allow multiple domains. It is essential to make sure that:
- The limits of the data transfer can accommodate all your blog activities. To figure out the amount of data transfer needed per month, you can multiply your monthly page views by your page size.
- The disk space is enough to make your dream blog (with all the images, audio and video clips) come true.
- Having multiple domains is allowed because it will save money and time. Since all the domains would be hosted on the same hosting account, you can administer each domain simultaneously through the same control panel.
Fourth, services such as a twenty-four hour customer support line and even a money-back guarantee are the additional benefits that you should be looking for (especially if you are venturing an online business) so as to ensure a greater possibility for a fully functional blog with no downtime.