Are you trying to find the cheapest hosting service for your blog? There are so many to choose from aren’t there? How do you know which one to go with?
I always say that recommendations are the best way to make up your mind. I like to ask people what they have used and what they feel is the best value for money.
As I’ve been running blogs now for a few years, and have also helped hundreds of new business owners and bloggers to get their hosting sorted, I’ve learnt a thing or two about what makes a good host and what doesn’t and I’m going to share that knowledge with you here.
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First of all I will explain what hosting is, just in case you don’t already know. Hosting is where someone else (other than you) looks after your blog. For a blog to be able to be published on the internet, and for people to be able to find it, it needs to be on a server.
A server is the thing that joins the internet together. Basically the internet or world wide web, is just thousands and thousands of servers talking to each other and connecting with each other.
Most people don’t own their own server. Instead they rent space on someone else’s. This renting of server space is what we mean by being hosted. The company that owns the server acts as a host for your blog.
Okay, got that? Good. Now let’s look at what they charge for this hosting service as there seems to be a huge difference from hosting provider to hosting provider.
Bluehost have packages starting at $2.75 per month (but this is a special offer price as they usually charge $7.99. I have heard mixed reviews about Bluehost as their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a well established provider though and so likely to be around for a time to come.
Siteground have a special offer and their packages start at £2.75 or $3.61. They are renowned for excellent service and reliability. Their loading speeds are also excellent. But…. when you need to upgrade, and you will need to upgrade, it is very expensive and will cost in excess of $8 a month.
Hostgator starts at $2.64 a month but also has a plan for just $3.80 per month that includes a free SSL certificate (the thing that makes your site show as secure on Google and has a padlock thingy next to your domain name). These cost around $60 to buy separately so this is a pretty reasonable price.
By far and away the cheapest hosting service I have come across so far online is this company…
TSO Host. TSO don’t offer any free websites which means you are not paying for other people to use their service for free.
They have the most excellent and speedy customer service that I’ve come across anywhere, and have different packages at different (but very competitive prices) that you can upgrade easily to at any time, if and when you need to.
Their packages start at just £1.34 or $1.76 per month. They also throw in a free domain name so you can get two whole years of hosting for under £40 or $50.
I have been with TSO now for about 5 years, I also recommend all my clients use them too. Most of my clients are happy to do so because they were paying lots more (or they were about to pay lots more by using a free site such as GoDaddy or Wix).
When you start your blog it will take time to grow. You will have to build it to a point where it is getting large numbers of visitors. This may take a few months, or even a few years, depending on how much time and money you devote to it.
You won’t need a business package to begin with. You can start with the cheapest option and then upgrade when the time is right. Why pay more until you need to right?
You might be thinking right now, why can’t I just have a free site for now and then pay when I’m doing a little better and getting some visitors or making money from my blog?
Free websites will have the domain name of your host in your blog name. For instance my blog is lynne-thomas.com. If I had a free website from GoDaddy my blog would be firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not going to look very professional and you don’t want to start your blog off on the wrong foot because it will then take more time and effort to get it back on the right foot.
You want your readers to take you and your blog seriously don’t you? Your readers will only take your blog seriously if you take it seriously, and this means having your own domain and being self-hosted.
Self-hosted means that you are renting your own space on a server which means you get to have your own domain name and not the name of the hosting service tacked on to the end.
As I mentioned earlier, TSO do not offer free websites. Everyone who uses their server pays for the privilege which means they can charge you less because you are not having to subsidise the free loaders.
At just £1.34 per month set for two whole years this is the best offer that I have found – anywhere.
They are available in the UK, USA and many other countries besides and they have call centres that are locally based.
If you are looking for the cheapest hosting service but with the best service I can thoroughly recommend TSO – and do so , every day.
If you decide to host your blog with TSO, I have created a step by step guide which you can access below which will talk you through exactly how to get started and you can have your blog up and running in just a couple of hours.
I will walk you through exactly how to get your domain name and hosting set up and how to go about creating your blog and getting your first post published. You can access it here…
Why not give TSO a go and save time and money trying out other less effective options. If you get stuck with anything you can just give me a shout too, I’d be happy to help you out.
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