Tuesday, July 5, 2011

5 Tips to Choose a Blog Host

There are several types of blog hosts, but how do you decide which blog host is best for you? Keep reading to learn 5 important tips to choosing a blog host.

1. Cost

Review the services offered by several blog hosts and find the one that matches your needs at the best price. Then do some more research. Ask other bloggers what host they currently use to get some current opinions about services and pricing. Beware that blog host service packages change frequently, so it's important to always check the blog host's website for information about the company's current package features and prices.

2. Data Transfer Limitations

Make sure you check how much data you can transfer through your blog each month as part of each blog host you review. The transfer limit needs to be high enough to accomodate all the data you publish on your blog being viewed by every person who visits your blog. Remember, you can always upgrade to higher transfer limits as your blog grows, so don't overbuy initially.

3. Space

Each blog host accountholder is allocated a specific amount of server space to store their blogs. Check the space allocations for the various hosting packages each blog host offers to make sure you're selecting the best option for your needs and budget. Remember, most typical bloggers don't need terabytes of space, so don't be swayed by packages that offer exorbitant amounts of space.

4. Reliability - Speed and Up-time

If visitors can't view your blog (or you can't log in to update it), then there isn't much point in visiting again. That's why it's extremely important to understand the up-time offered by your blog host. Additionally, if the speed in accessing your blog is too slow because your blog host's server has exceeded its capacity, visitors will become frustrated and click away from your blog. Make sure you evaluate blog hosts based on their reliability to ensure you and your visitors will actually get what you're paying for.

5. Support

If you have a question or problem about your hosting services, it's imperative that your blog host has employees available at all times to help you. Review the type of support offered by each blog host to ensure it's adequate.

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