Hosts

So you want to have a site but aren’t sure what host to choose. Here are some options.

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Customer Service

Choose a host that has great customer service and reply time. You will inevitably need their help at some point.

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Fast & Reliable

Having a site means you want it to be fast (for your readers/customers AND SEO) and always live online.

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Security

You can place plugins to protect your site directly, but you also need a host that will protect on their end.

Picking A Host

There are a TON of articles online on which host you should choose for your website.

Hosts are merely the company you use to “house” your website files on (servers).

Some hosts fit different needs. If you are just starting out, you have a lot of options that will work for you – as your site grows, you may want to consider switching to a more powerful host with more options and customization.

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Host Types

Depending on where you are in your blogging journey (or your budget), the type of host you choose may differ. Here are the most common types of hosting:

Shared Hosting

This is the most common type that hosts provide and is almost always the cheapest. Just like the name implies, you share a server (where your files are saved) with other websites.

Pros: Much less expensive and great for newer blogs just getting started.

Cons: The host creates limits on each account to ensure performance for everyone on the same server but this can be limiting to your own site. Not great for sites with higher traffic.

Managed Hosting

This type applies to a few different things:

  • VPS hosting: Virtual Private Server that you will technically still share but will have space dedicated to you without the same restrictive limits of shared hosting. You have more control over your server.
  • Cloud hosting: hosting your site on the “Cloud” meaning it’s not on a specific physical server. This means your site can quickly adapt to a spike in traffic.
  • Dedicated servers: just like it implies, you get your very own server so you don’t have to share resources, etc with any other site/person.

Yup, there is some overlap because you can have a manged hosting plan but still share a server. It all depends on the host and the plan you select.

Pros: this mean unmanaged hosts require you to configure and manage your own server. Managed hosting takes care of a lot of the technical aspects for you (usually including automatic backups, server-level caching and CDN without an added plugin on your site).

Cons: cost is higher than basic shared hosting and may not be the best fit financially for those just starting out.

Picking A WordPress Host

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Hosting Type(s)

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Managed hosting, Cloud hosting, VSP hosting

Free SSL and website migrations. Our current top pic for new bloggers or website owners.

Shared hosting, Managed hosting

Great starting point for new bloggers. Offer a discount for first-time purchasers. Free SSL.

Managed hosting, Cloud hosting

Free SSL. Servers are in the UK

Managed hosting

Some recommend this only after you reach 25K monthly visitors since they charge per visit

Managed hosting, Dedicated servers

great for larger sites but may be way more than you need if you are just starting out

Managed hosting

When it comes to purchasing your domain name (URL), you can either purchase it directly through your host or through something like GoDaddy or NameCheap (hosting through either of them is possible, but not recommended). 

As a side note, you will see a LOT of people recommend Bluehost or HostGator. Both of these are what you will see referred to as “EIG companies” (owned by the same company), and they have lowered their security and many experience issues with both of these hosts. Kristine (the Kit Blogs founder) has personally hosted with Bluehost (3 years) and had no issues. But we decided to remove them from the list above after our tech/developer and SEO contacts firmly advised against their use.

Below is a list of great hosts to choose from (slightly more detailed info on Desktop):

  • NameHero (our current top pick for new bloggers and website owners!)
  • SiteGround (shared or managed hosting depending on your selection)
  • LyricalHost (their servers are in the UK)
  • WPEngine (managed hosting – some recommend this only after you reach 25K monthly visitors since they charge per visit)
  • BigScoots (great for larger sites but may be way more than you need if you are just starting out)
  • WPXHosting (managed hosting)

When it comes to purchasing your domain name (URL), you can either purchase it directly through your host or through something like GoDaddy or NameCheap (hosting through either of them is possible, but not recommended). 

As a side note, you will see a LOT of people recommend Bluehost or HostGator. Both of these are what you will see referred to as “EIG companies” (owned by the same company), and they have lowered their security and many experience issues with both of these hosts. Kristine (the Kit Blogs founder) has personally hosted with Bluehost (3 years) and had no issues. But we decided to remove them from the list above after our tech/developer and SEO contacts firmly advised against their use.

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