One of the more important decisions you will make when starting your own blog or website is deciding which web-host you will be using. You have many choices but like anything else in this world, results may vary.
All I can do is give you my opinion on companies that I have used myself and you can follow your own gut on which web-host to pick.
One decision you need to make right now at the beginning is do you want to start out small and then expand in the future or do you just want to go for the gusto and go big from the start?
My personal opinion is start out small. It’s pretty easy to migrate to a different host in the future if you need to. There is no need throwing money away at this point for no reason.
So here is my short list, you can read more about them below.
Run Of The Mill Web Hosting
Until you hit a decent amount of traffic that it starts to slow you down, you might as well stick with a cheaper hosting option.
I have used these two hosts in the past for shared hosting.
I really don’t have much bad to say about A Small Orange. I have only had a few times where I needed support and they delivered extremely fast. Their up-time has been great with no major outages.
You can get started for under $3 a month.
I used Bluehost a few years ago and also had no major issues. Their support was great and had no major issues. I would use them again in the future.
You can get started for under $4 a month.
I used GoDaddy for several years because I didn’t know any better. It’s definitely not on the list of hosts that I would use again. I’ll just leave it at that.
All The Bells & Whistles
Once you are ready to step up your game, you need a host that can handle the pressure. If you are running WordPress, you probably want to go for a host that has managed WordPress Hosting.
One of the best hosts out there for WordPress is Media Temple. They have their act together when it comes to hosting your WordPress site. Their servers are optimized to run WordPress which gives you super fast page load speeds. They handle all the backups and updates so you don’t have to. Their tech support is top notch and they can get you easily migrated over from another host.
Get started for around $20 a month.