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Choosing a Web Host – A Guide for New Bloggers

 

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Once you have decided on a niche and website name, you will need to choose a web host.   When I first looked for a web host, I knew absolutely nothing about where to begin.  After doing some research, I found some of the most important items to keep in mind when deciding on a web host.

  1. Affordability
  2. Shared hosting plan
  3. Support
  4. Money-back guarantee
  5. Multiple add-on domains
  6. Backups

I looked at my options and went with what seemed to be a popular host for some bloggers.  After some difficulty I was able to get my site up and running but I didn’t seem to be able to get the support that I needed as a complete novice.

I decided that maybe I really wasn’t ready for all this and asked for a refund of my money.  Many web hosts will refund your money within 30-45 days if you aren’t satisfied, so be sure to check on this before you make your decision.

Whew!  This was kind of a setback for me but after a few months I decided I was ready to try again.  This time I did more research and decided to give HostGator a try.    As they say – “Webhosting Made Easy and Affordable” with a “99.9% uptime guarantee, 45 day money back guarantee, and best of all 24/7/365 technical support.

It was incredibly easy to get my WordPress website up and going using their one-click installation!  When you sign up with HostGator, you can tell them what your needs are and they will give you recommendations on what plan to purchase.

They offer 4500 free website templates with a convenient drag and drop building experience , or you can very easily use WordPress,  Joomla, or other CMS platforms.  They also have a ton of video tutorials if you find you need more information.

My story gives you an example of why it’s important to do your research to find the right web host for you.  If you’re looking for a web host that is affordable and easy for new bloggers to get started with,  I recommend choosing HostGator for your needs.