In the previous post, we talked about choosing a name (domain name) for your travel blog.
In this post, it’s all about selecting a good web hosting service.
If you’re not sure what web hosting is, basically, it relates to some space that is “rented” to you on a company’s web servers (huge computers that store many files that relate to different websites). Without this rented space, you cannot build your own website, unless you use a free service such as WordPress.com. Though, as I mentioned in the previous post, it’s by far preferable, if you are serious about blogging, to rent space and host your own website’s files on that rented space in the web hosting service.
So, how do you choose the right web hosting service?
There are so many around, that the choice can be entirely overwhelming. And for me to claim that I can point you to the very best would be something akin to misleading.
However, I’ve used HostGator (please note, this is an affiliate link, thank you) for about six years now, and have hosted hundreds of websites with that service, and I can’t think of any time that they’ve let me down.
You get 24/7 support (oh, so very important to have!!), and all the other typical trimmings.
There are cheaper services around than HostGator, but many of those I wouldn’t advise utilizing, given that they require a steep learning curve to set up your web files.
What about the pricing of HostGator?
If you merely wish to set up a single website – your travel blog – then you’d be fine opting for the Hatchling Plan, which is currently priced starting out at $3.95 per month, depending on how many months you wish to pay upfront, and depending on whether you’d like some addons, erm… added on.
On the other hand, if you wish to build more than a single website, perhaps at some time in the future, then you’d be advised to go for the Baby Plan, which starts out at $5.95 per month, at least at the time of writing this post.
To save any confusion, and yes, it can be confusing when you’re buying into a web hosting plan for the first time, I’ve made a video of the entire process for you whereby I’ve selected the Baby Plan option.
And you may be wondering about your website name/ domain name. How do you get one of those once you’ve chosen a good name? I’ve mentioned this in the video so you’ll get to grips with it more easily.
As a side note, in the video, I did mention a service called Namecheap. Namecheap is a domain name registry service, and it’s the one I use all the time. To get a coupon for Namecheap, simply do a Google search for:
“Namecheap coupon (current month and year)”
Next, you’ll need to set up your blog’s files in your hosting account, and here’s a link to a video tutorial explaining how to achieve this.
In the next post, we’re discussing suggested plugins for a travel blog run on WordPress.