In Things You Should Know Before Starting A Blog – Part 1 we talked about what it all means, now we’ll see what options we have so you can choose what’s best for your blog.
1. Hosting decisions
However If you go for a free blog you can just sign up for one of those , WordPress.com, Blogger, Medium and Tumblr and You are ready with your blog. There is nothing more to discus but you have to keep in mind that users are limited of space and automatically support ads – though not as a form of monetization. You do not receive a customized domain name or customized design and have a limited option for monetization.
If you choose a self-hosted then we have to talk.
2. Choose your blogging platform
Some of the blogging platforms for self-hosted are WordPress.org, Squarespace, Wix, Joomla, Drupal, Magento.
Like I said, WordPress.org is my favorite, It’s by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons and almost infinite ways to design and layout your blog.
Squarespace is one of the best all-in-one website building solutions out there. You can use it to launch blogs, business sites, e-commerce stores, and much more. Hosting included, price based on subscription, no design skills required, just drag-and-drop content building but can get expensive over time when we add up the monthly subscription costs and is too feature-rich if all you need is a simple blog.
Wix is an interesting alternative to Squarespace, especially for users who don’t have a budget to invest . That being said, the blog module isn’t that configurable. Is not a dedicated blogging platform.
Joomla andDrupal are complex and powerful but a little more complicated to use than WordPress and doesn’t have as many themes or plugins to choose from. Is perhaps best left to those with more technical understanding or to developers.
Magento is like WordPress with WooCommerce installed. However, if you want an online store that is built on a dedicated platform, Magento is a great choice.
So you can see for yourself that the best choise for starting a blog is the WordPress.org platform.
3. Domain name
So we got here, you’ve decided that you want a blog on WordPress.org. Now you have to come up with a name for your blog, one that is unique, short and catchy.
Choosing a name for your blog is a very important step – the more time goes by, the more names are taken, web addresses are taken.
Once you have a list of potential names, you will have to decide on a web host because the first thing when you buy hosting is to introduce your domain name and check if is available .
4.Picking up a web host
Who to trust? What features to look for? What price to pay?
A bad web hosting provider can negatively affect your search rankings, ending up wasting your money and other resources and in the long run affecting your online ability.
What to watch when you buy web hosting for your site?
I really do not know what packages you’ll find when you search the web because there are many, but here are some things you should watch for
- WordPress Integration. If the WordPress is not included you will need a developer to integrated for you unless you have SQL skills . And so for many web hosts it’s a bit tricky to install it.
- SSL Certificate . Ever wondered why some websites begin with “http://” and others with “https://”? That “s” stands for “secure,” and it indicates that the site you’re browsing is using a protected, encrypted connection. This measure of security has become increasingly important for all sites on the web—both to protect users’ sensitive information and to improve SEO.
- Support . Because when you need support you want someone to be there to help .
- Disk Space & Bandwidth. You don’t want your server to start “bouncing” because you use all of your disk space or not be able to log into your cPanel or to get a bandwidth limit exceeded error.
- Load time . No one would want to spend their time waiting for a website to spin and load at its own pace. When a user browses through a site and tries to load a page , actually is running programs and accessing files from the web server. If that web server is fast enough, the web page that you are trying to access will also load quickly.
- Uptime score . Hosting providers provide minimum uptime guarantees which is a guarantee that they’ll have your site up and running that percent of the total hours in a day. Uptime refers to the amount of time that your website is available to visitors. Don’t work with providers who give anything less than a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
- Upgrade Potential. If you start with a Basic Plan , are you able to upgrade to a Premium Plan later ? And how affordable is that?
- Control Panel . You need a friendly and functional hosting control. If you run a site for years it’s inevitable that you will not get there from time to time.
- Protection .With the myriad of cyber attacks finding a web host with sufficient security options is more important now than ever before. You need hotlink protection (which prevents people from stealing your images and content), IP address blacklists to block problematic individuals, SSH access for secure web sessions, and optional filters that you can use for specific users and email accounts.
- Cost . You do not have to take the most expensive plan for your hosting on the idea that it will be the best. Competition is great among web hosts so they have pretty good plans at low prices. And pay attention to companies that offer a very low price in the first year only after they have a very high price.
I hope this article wasn’t too tiring, but I would like that You will know what you sign up for when you starting a blog so you will not be stuck in the near future.
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