Tuesday, April 21, 2015

10 Good and Affordable Web Hosting Sites

Things to Consider when Looking for a Host Company

1.      Automatic installer should be provided on the package so that you do not need to install the software by yourself.
2.      The web hosting company must provide good customer service and be very reliable.
3.      Make sure they have a lot of templates included for you to have a variety of choices.
4.      Consider the disk space and speed provided as well.

Register a Domain Name

It is important that your domain name should be very relevant to your website content. Make sure your domain name is easy to remember and very simple to read. I f you can, please keep it as short as possible as well. In my own opinion- and I am certain most people will agree with me, A .com is better than a .net,.org,etc as it is really popular. For example, if you are going to build a cooking website or blog, you could pick a domain name like: “howtocook.com” or “learnhowtocook.com”.

Where to purchase a Domain Name

There are some free webhosts websites that will need you to purchase a domain name from other domain name hosts and some that have packages that come with free domain names. Below is a few of the websites you could purchase a domain name.

1.      www.Samurai.com
2.      www.GoDaddy.com
3.      www.NameCheap.com
4.      www.HostGator.com
5.      Site Build It-SBI

10 Good and Affordable Web Hosting Sites

1.      Blogger.com
2.      WordPress.com/WordPress.org
3.      Tumblr.com
4.      GoDaddy.com
5.      BlueHost.com
6.      Host Gator.com
7.      GreenGeeks.com
8.      Inmotion.com
9.      DreamHost.com
10.    Site Build It(SBI)

1. Blogger.com

Blogger is owned and powered by Google. It is one of the first web hosting sites I used with my beauty blog (http://makeuptrendsbeautytrends.blogspot.com/). Blogger is free and very easy to use. You need to have a Google or Gmail account. If you do not have a Google account, please sign up at www.google.com. It is free and easy to sign up. With blogger, you have a choice of keeping it simple or when you are comfortable enough customize your theme. Blogger has limited space storage and most people upgrade or move to web hosting sites such as Wordpress.org, HostGator.com, BlueHost.com, GreenGeek.com, GoDaddy.com etc. when their businesses grow bigger. The only problem I noticed is that your address will be like,”yourdomainname”.blogspot.com which seems a bit unprofessional to me. Otherwise once you can afford the paid self-hosts, blogger helps you to transfer your website.

2. WordPress.com

Www.WordPress.com is free and easy to use. Note that it is a .com not an .org. You can customize your theme. Your domain name will be “YourDomainName”.wordpress.com. Wordpress.com is good for beginners and if in future you need more space as your business grows or need a more professional looking site and or want to be flexible, you can move your website or blog to GoDaddy, BlueHost, www.wordPress.org  etc to start self-hosting.You will need to pay though.

3.  WordPress.org

Www.WordPress.org is very easy to set up and use. It is self-hosted, meaning that you will need to use it with a host company such as HostGator, BlueHost and GoDaddy. First you will have to buy a domain name on websites such as, MediaTemple, BlueHostand HostGator. Most of the host companies such as BlueHost and HostGator have software that can easily help to install Word Press with a click of a button. This makes the process of installing WordPress ridiculously easy. All you have to do is register or sign up at WordPress.org, then open your hosting account(BlueHost,HostGator,GoDaddy etc.), and select auto-install, follow the guidelines, and in a couple of minutes your installation will be complete and you will have all control and power over your blog.

4.  Tumblr.com

It is free and very simple to join. It is the least customizable. Tumblr’s aim is to get new bloggers and web masters up and running very quickly hense the simplicity. Some people use it as a social media platform. Tumblr just like Blogger.com and wordpress.com is good for beginners. You can register your own domain where ever you want. Your pick. (HostGator, BlueHost, GoDaddy etc) and Tumblr won't charge you to use it. You will be responsible for all the work as these hosts companies are self hosted and fees as they charge as well- associated with registering your domain elsewhere.

BlueHost offers free domain name. You can have more than 1 domain on your account. With BlueHost you can instantly be set up. BlueHost offers free website builder as well as a lot of templates. It has a WordPress install that you can click once and automatically be installed. BlueHost has unlimited space, monthly transfer, unlimited websites, email accounts, 24/7 customer service, Toll free telephone number, live chat, email support, ticket system, wizard for step by step guides, video tutorials to learn how to use your account, forum etc. The packages start at $6.95 per month. BlueHost hosting is nearly the best, cheaper, organized, easier, and reliable WordPress hosting. It supports Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and the more than any secure payment method called PayPal. By the way PayPal is free and more secure. You can have your money back anytime as they have the Guarantee if you feel you want your refund. After switching from blogger and SBI that’s where I will move to as I plan on having multiple websites.


HostGator is one of the best web hosting sites. You can register one and or multiple domain names with HostGator. HostGator has various packages that start from as little as $4.95 to $12.95 per month. Coupons are always available and are so helpful. The Hatchling Plan is $4.95 per month which is good if you are still starting out and only need a single domain. The Baby Plan is suitable for you if you intend on having more than 1 domain and want to grow your business. They have unlimited disk space and costs $7.95 per month. The Business Plan allows unlimited domains, has a toll free number and costs about $12.95 per month.

7. GoDaddy.com

GoDaddy is the biggest of the web hosting industry compared to other domain registrars. They have million domain names that they host. They are reliable and competent. Their customer service is average. You can email or phone them 24 hours. They are quick to respond despite the fact that as a huge company they have a lot of customers to help. GoDaddy has some of the best domain searching features available. They cost about $12.99 per year. You have a choice of paying monthly but it is cheaper if you can pay yearly.Www.GoDaddy.com always has massive specials. GoDaddy’s beginner plan called Economy costs about $6.99 per month and once your business grows you will have to upgrade to the Deluxe Plan.

8. GreenGeeks.com

GreenGeeks is one of the good web hosting sites to register your website and your domain name. GreenGeeks has wonderful customer service, offers video tutorials, FAQs and an education center where clients can find articles and “how to” information. GreenGeeks have very reasonable prices as well. GreenGeeks hosting plans pricing start from as little as $6.95 per month and covers unlimited disk space, bandwidth and unlimited domains. 

9.   InMotion.com

InMotion web hosting has a very good customer service. InMotion is very reliable, provides free premium web builder and free advertising and marketing credits. InMotion web hosting has a package plan called Launch which has unlimited disc space and costs about $7.99 per month. With Launch Plan, you are allowed to have only 2 websites in 1 account. The Power Package Plan has unlimited disc space, costs $9.99 per month and allows you to have 6 websites on 1 account. The Pro Package Plan provides unlimited disc space, costs $15.99 per month and you are allowed to have only 25 websites on 1 account. Mind you, coupons and specials are always available. InMotion has a free automated backups as well as a 90 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their service. 

10.   DreamHost.com

DreamHost is a web hosting site for domain registration. They provide shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated server, and cloud hosting. DreamHost is very similar to BlueHost but BlueHost is a little cheaper and definitely better than DreamHost. DreamHost plans start at $8.95 per month and support is limited via the offline methods only. You are allowed to contact DreamHost through a phone call or live chat though.

Site Build It (SBI)

Site Build It has a free hosting. SBI team will guide you through choosing a topic you want to talk or write about. You have a choice of using whatever template you like or upload your own using HTML. SBI team will help you to choose a profitable domain name as well. SBI has a “keyword tool” built into their system which you are free to use at any time. They have a “keyword generator tool” called “Brainstorm It” whereby they teach you how to find and place your keywords in your niche content site so as to bring traffic to your site. Site Build It submits your website to the search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo. They will give you instructions on how to submit your blog after teaching you how to register.

 The many of good things is that you do not need to be a graphic or website designer or a computer whiz. They teach you step by step with videos or written tutorials. Whichever one you prefer. SBI provides the “Analyze It” tool which analyzes each page as you upload it, checking to see if it is search engine optimized. They also have personal coaching starting from $69 up per hour. SBI will charge you only $299 flat per year. Site Build It has a forum as well for their members. You will find your topic being discussed by other SBIers if you have a question. The members who have already monetized their websites write about their experience and can answer all questions you have. I only have registered 1 website with Site Build It and now moved to blogger and WordPress. You can also make money being SBI affiliate for their referral program. 


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