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The Best Blog Hosting Site

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For those of us that are not necessarily “geeks or gurus” but want to create our own blog we are often left wondering what is the best blog hosting site.  Nowadays, blog hosting and web hosting are virtually the same thing if you decide to purchase your own domain name (website name).  But what should your “host” do for you?

They want your business…you want their hosting.

 

Price

There are great opportunities to sign up free with different online companies.  This is a great way to start but make sure that they offer the other services noted below.  Many of them will also want you to upgrade at some point and become a paying member.  This typically carries with it additional training and support so it is often a good thing to do.

Should you decide to purchase a domain name you will also need to have your website hosted, by either the company you bought your domain from or a web host of your choice.  Most of these hosts will provide direction on how to “point” your website at them.  If you buy, make sure you fully understand what the costs are, monthly and annually.  Also ensure that there will not be any additional costs that were noted in the fine print.

 

Training

Whoever hosts your site should also be providing you with the training you need to build your site and continue to add to it and grow it.  Whether this be in the form of adding widgets or sidebars or anything else you would like to add, your host should have training readily available to you.

As with everything free online, your options may be somewhat restricted but what the more reputable website hosts should be doing is ensuring they provide enough training that you can essentially get your site up and running.  Again, as with the price, should you decide to upgrade and pay monthly or annual fees they should continue to offer advanced training to that you can add all the bells and whistles that you wish.

 

Support

Regardless if you are using a free or paid host, make sure that they have support available to you.  While not all may have 24/7 support, they should at least be getting back to you within one or even two business days.  There’s nothing more frustrating to website owners than to be on the brink of genius but for one small technical question they have.  Make sure you get answers when you need them.

Another great feature of reputable website hosts is that they also offer a 24/7 chat room or forum that allows you to ask your questions immediately and, typically get immediate answers.  These are often from experienced website owners or marketers themselves and they certainly understand where you are at in the creation of your site.  The right community is one that offers assistance to newbies without feeling threatened that you might take any business away from them.

 

Recommendations

Having spent a number of months surfing for and checking various online companies I finally landed on Wealthy Affiliate, also referred to as Wealthy Affiliate University.  You can read my complete review here to fully understand why and to enable you to draw your own conclusions.

Simply put, Wealthy Affiliate offers everything noted above:

  • You can start for free
  • You can upgrade to Premium
  • Setting up your website can be done quickly
  • The training is thorough and up-to-date, regardless of cost
  • There is support 24/7, both from the company and the Live Chat
  • The hosting security is high and continually monitored

Whether you’re using a free blogging platform or are considering purchasing your own website name, you need to do your due diligence and research what will work best for you.  While there are a lot of sites offering support (please stay away from the scammers) it can be difficult knowing where to turn and which one you ultimately sign up for.

One of the best things you can do is to search for reviews on the various sites and products as there are lots of reviews out there.  Make sure you dig deep and you should find both positive and negative reviews.

Read both…get a good idea of what is best for you…and jump in and get blogging!

Thanks for reading.

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Comments

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