One of the most important investments when it comes to blogging is hosting. Hosting is basically what allows your site to be viewable so having a reliable host is extremely important. If you ask me, it is THE single most important thing to invest on.
Now, when you’re starting a blog and have very little traffic any hosting will work for you and if you don’t have intentions of making your blog grow, then just find a cheap hosting plan that works for you.
However, if you’re starting a blog or already blogging because you have hopes of creating a big blog than it is important you start with the right hosting.
Cheap isn’t always best
I know most bloggers recommend BlueHost and I have personally never been with them. However, I know many bloggers that have had hosting with them only to end up with a lot of issues once their blog grows.
I have met bloggers with sites that were down for days and BlueHost refused to give them access so they could move. This, my friends, is the worst thing that can happen to you.
Image you finally get your first viral, everyone is finding out about your site and all of a sudden no one can access it…and you cannot fix this unless you give BlueHost a big chunk of change.
I am thankfully this hasn’t happened to me but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard this story.
Now, I want to be honest, BlueHost pays well, very well, to anyone that recommends them so you can see why a lot of people recommend them. They’re also a decent host if your blog is small but with so many better options out there, you’re better off with starting someone that you can trust and growth it.
Also, keep in mind that even though you see hosting advertised as $3.99, $5.99 or $7.99 a month, most of these companies give you this rate if you pay for one year up front. So, hosting for someone that’s beginning costs in average $100 per year.
This also means you’re locked in with a host for a year. Sure, you can move, but you will lose your money if you move before the year is up so save yourself some hassle and start with a reliable host.
10 hosts later…
Between Jessica and myself we have been with 10 different hosts by now. When we both started our blogs we didn’t even think we’d have to move but as our blogs grew we started running into all sorts of issues, from our sites being constantly down to really bad customer service.
When it comes to hosting, you want someone reliable and someone that will actually get back to your instantly, in other words, 24/7 support. Most blogs get a big chunk of traffic in the evening and if your host only offers support during business hours and your site goes down, you’re stuck until the next day…
About a year and a half ago our sites were down so much with Site Ground Cloud Hosting that we decided it was time to lose our money and move to another host. That’s when we switched to InMotion Hosting – it was actually our techie guy who recommended them after seeing all the issues we were having.
We are happy to report that in over a year neither of our sites have been down, not even once! We get about half million views per month combined so that’s a good amount of traffic to confirm that InMotion is just great!
Plus they have support 24/7 so when we’ve encountered with an issue, they were on it right away. So far, the only issue we’ve encountered was that our photos wouldn’t upload but they fixed it right away.
InMotion Hosting offers WordPress Hosting plans that are very affordable. We recommend you start with this plan and if you suddenly grow to a massive amount of traffic you can always move to their VPS plan.
The good thing about being with a reliable host, is that if you grow too much you don’t have to risk you site being down, you can just move to the next plan.
I want to also note here that a lot of host say they offer unlimited hosting but when you read the fine print it is not really that unlimited, so just know that whoever you sign up with, once you’re in the hundred thousands pageviews you will most likely have to upgrade.
If you’re just setting up your hosting account, download our start a blog guide. We have made available all the basic information on this blog post but if you download the guide you’ll find a step-by-step tutorial on setting up your InMotion account.
Also, keep in mind that their support is there to help you so just reach out to them if you have any questions and they offer free SSL security which is becoming a must in this industry.
If you’re still on the fence about hosting, ask your blogging friends who are they with, the amount of traffic their getting, if they’ve ever been down and how the hosts handles their issues. You’ll be able to make a better decision once you have this information.
We currently do not recommend any other host since we’ve had so many issues in the past and all of our blogs are on InMotion Hosting. If we do end up moving to another host some day, we will update this post, but I highly doubt we will move.
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Carolina King and Jessica Dimas are two experienced bloggers finding success in different niches with different revenue streams, creating this blog together to prove that any blogger can be successful. Connect with them in their Facebook group or on Instagram for more inspiration.
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