This is probably the only investment you have to make while starting your blog. It is the most confusing as well. Finding the best hosting is actually a nightmare because of the sheer number of options available.
But before you start choosing your hosting provider, here are few tips you should always keep in mind.
This is probably one of the most important features to consider. As per industry standard if you are website is loading in more than 7s you will not get a single visitor. Below graph will show you how important your page speed is. Also, it is important to understand the if more people click on your link and then abandon there will be a huge drop in your search ranking as it increases bounce rate.
When you are starting out please try to keep your cost down. As you grow further keep upgrading your server. But to start with, keep it on very low end. Luckily for us, due to technology and fierce competition in the hosting business, we get some pretty damn powerful hosting at very low cost. Most of the recommended host will cost you less $4/month.
In the beginning, your complete focus should be on creating content. You should be least worried about technology and complexity of hosting. Having a great customer support is so invaluable at that time. I remember I used some cloud hosting and it was so difficult to manage that. The reason was every time I had any issues they recommended me to check the document. I spend so much time in googling and finding out the right solution. So I switched hosting to SiteGround. I have dedicated support and get an immediate response. I don’t have to worry about anything now. See the screenshot of latest chat history.
You can only make money if your website is up all the time. Every downtime is directly proportional to a loss of revenue. However, now most of the hosting provider promises 99.99% of uptime.
Please check below video to find a direct comparison of the different hosting provider. We are comparing some of the best hosting providers. You can select any one of them.
Go ahead and get a hosting provider. Link to all hosting provider is given below.
SiteGround WordPress Hosting (60% off on your first year hosting)(Highly Recommended)
A2 Hosting SiteGround (Highly Recommended)
WP Engine WordPress Hosting (Recommended If you have budget)
Dreamhost WordPress Hosting (Recommended. 97 days money back guarantee.)
GreenGeeks WordPress Hosting (Recommended. Get extra 20% off. Use coupon code take20off )
I will personally not recommend Bluehost and webhostingpad so not putting up their link here.
Do let us know in the comment section which hosting you have taken and how is your experience with that.
This is part of full course Step By Step Guide to create Blogging as Business.