The first question you’re probably thinking when looking for sites to host your blog is how much is it going to cost? But judging a hosting provider on whether its cheap or expensive might not be the way to go if your website isn’t doing what you want it to do.
You are better off narrowing down some of the best web hosting options for blogs and then compare by price.
Features of the best blogging sites
- Speed – web users expect a site to load in 2 seconds or less. Any longer than that, you’re likely to lose them. Online shoppers want to find their merchandise fast. 79% of buyers will not return to your site if it’s too slow and 52% of shoppers said that fast loading pages keep them loyal to a site.
- Features – beginner bloggers want the site to do most of the work for them. Beginners should look for easy and uncompleted installs, drag and drop website builders, free domain names, and stat trackers.
- Security – there are two big reasons to consider a secure website—server shutdown and virus prevention. You’ll usually pay a bit more for them, but you don’t want the server crashing during the holiday shopping season. You’ll also want to avoid nasty viruses that steal your personal information and shut down your computer.
- Support – how quickly do you expect an answer to a technical problem? If you want the availability of a 24/7 tech or customer service representative, you’ll want to look for a web host provider that will respond quickly. Filing a trouble ticket and waiting for an answer will cost you downtime, especially if your question isn’t answered fully on the first try.
- Type of server – there are four types of servers. Shared servers are cheaper, but they go down more because the server is shared with many other subscribers. VPS costs a bit more, and while it shares space on the server, your space is cut off from other subscribers, so if there’s a problem, it wasn’t caused by another subscriber. Dedicated space is expensive enough that it doesn’t make sense for most people, but it’s less likely to crash. The fourth type of server is a cloud system. It works much like the VPS system. It uses multiple servers in a network and is more secure than traditional VPS and shared servers.
Now that you are aware that you can expect to pay a bit more for having more space on the server, user-friendly features, faster speed, and around-the-clock support, you can prioritize which of these factors you want to dedicate the bulk of your monthly costs towards. Set your standards and look for the best web host for your blog.