If you read my last post, A Guide to Choosing a Site for Your Money Making Blog, you know I highly recommend using WordPress on your own domain name and hosting account. But you’re probably wondering where to go to get a domain name and hosting account. This post will give you some suggestions for where to register a domain name and sign-up for a hosting account.
Domain Name – Domain names are fairly inexpensive no matter where you go. I buy all my domain names from the same place so they are easy to manage. I used to not do that, I had domain name registrations with several companies and I totally lost control. It was very hard to keep track. The company I now use, DomainsPricedRight.com, has a website that is very easy to use and they are timely about reminding you to renew. They are a reseller of GoDaddy.com domain registrations but I’m finding they are less expensive than GoDaddy.com. So my advice would be to check both.
Hosting Account – It’s best to choose a hosting account that not only charges a reasonable rate for their service but also is easy to use. Hosting companies that offer C-Panel for their control panel will make using your account simple. Also be sure they have 24/7 telephone customer service. And lastly, check to be sure they have Fantastico. Fantastico is a software program that installs other software for you. It makes installing WordPress as easy as clicking a link.
My favorite web hosting company is HostGator.com. They offer everything I recommend and are reasonably priced. Recently I noticed they have changed their hosting packages to include unlimited disk space and bandwidth, which is fabulous if you want to host any video or if your site becomes wildly popular.
I’ll be honest here, I have a HostGator account but I’m currently not using it. I started on the internet ten years ago and at that time I chose WestHost. WestHost has been fantastic for me with regard to reliability and customer service, so I’ve stayed with them. I host a lot of websites, and because I understand their control panel and it would be a great hassle to move all my sites, I’m staying with them. The only reason I don’t recommend them, especially for beginners, is they don’t use C-Panel. Sorry WestHost. However, if you’re a seasoned website builder and you’re looking for a reliable hosting company, WestHost is just that.
One other thing I want to discuss is whether to choose Linux or Windows hosting. When you go to open your hosting account you will be presented with a choice at many of the hosting companies I’m going to recommend and I want you to have some knowledge.
Linux is the operating system I use and recommend you choose. There seems to be dispute within the IT community as to which is best, but for a new user, Linux will serve you best. And from what I’ve read, it’s the most secure and most stable of the two operating systems. If you want to read a good article that compares the two systems, read Windows vs. Linux . A quote from that page sums it up for me:
While Linux is not yet able to take full advantage of ASP, it is a very popular choice as an operating system for web servers. It is widely acclaimed for its stability and that has to count for something. While Windows’ instability, although it might be somewhat anecdotal, is a subject that is often discussed, Linux’s stability is almost undisputed.
Here’s a list of hosting companies for you to compare:
- HostGator.com – C-Panel & Fantastico
- WestHost.com – no C-Panel but they do have an easy install for WordPress
- BlueHost.com – C-Panel & Fantastico
- HostICan.com – C-Panel & Fantastico
- GoDaddy.com – They have easy install WordPress but I couldn’t tell from their website if they use C-Panel & Fantastico or not.
I don’t recommend you use Blogger.com, WordPress.com or TypePad.com for your blog, however, if you’re new, you may decide that’s the route you want to go. Customization options for these services are very limited and you won’t get decent statistics on your blog activities. You can install secondary stat tools but why go to that extra effort? Be sure to read my last post, A Guide to Choosing a Site for Your Money Making Blog.
Well, that’s enough for now. My next three posts will be a series about how to set-up your money-making blog properly. Be sure to come back!