START YOUR BLOG | HOW TO CHOOSE A WEB HOST

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Welcome to Nomad Basics, where I look at essential and smart tools for your life as a digital nomad and adventurer. Do you want a blog or a website? With so many options for creating a web presence, it’s hard to focus and get started building one, right? I will explain what options there are for making your own ‘web home’ and recommend good web hosts.

Since I started Wellness Nomads, I get asked a lot how I’m running the blog. That’s why I took the time to write this article for you and many other curious readers. Here I go!

What is web hosting and why do bloggers need a web host?

In case you already know about the topic and why you need a host, just skip the next paragraphs and find my host recommendations in the end of the article.

If you want to know more details, please go on reading:

In order for people to be able to visit your website, you need to host it (have it published) on a web server. A web server is a computer that is connected to the internet 24/7, and sends your web page to your visitors.

Web hosting companies (also called web hosts) rent you space on their web servers so that you don’t need to worry about many complex server maintenance and security tasks. If you have a problem with the server, your web hosting company will take care of it for you. This way, you can focus on what matters: creating your website.

You need a web host. But which one? There are hundreds of options! As with everything, some are great, and many are pretty bad.

Differences between web hosts

These are the main kinds of hosting:

Blogging websites

You get a free blog ready to use, but it is very limited in what it can do and not so flexible as other hosting options. You pay for advanced features as you need them.

Shared hosting

My favorite hosting option. You get an account with an easy to use visual panel that lets you do things like install WordPress in one click, or set up custom email addresses like yourname@yourwebsitename.com. You need to take care of maintaining your WordPress installation (updates, backups, etc.), but you don’t need to worry about server configuration details. The advantage is, that it’s cheap, very flexible and you learn how to work with WordPress.

Managed hosting

More expensive than shared hosting but a managed host also takes care of WordPress maintenance (updates, backups, etc.) and sometimes set up email addresses for you. If money is not a problem, it can save you time in the long run and may be worth the cost.

Cloud hosting + Dedicated server

These are more complex hosting options for advanced users. Once your website is getting so many visits that it is running slowly, then you need to look into these.

I will be focusing on shared hosting, as I believe that good shared hosting plans (I will recommend some in the end) have very easy to use control panels and great tutorials. You can quickly learn to do things yourself and save money while you get more confident running your own website.

How To Choose A Web Host - wellnessnomads.com

Working on a blog requires a lot of focus

How to choose the best shared hosting

Price

There are some free web hosts out there, but they also come with slow or non-existent customer support, and their security is in general not good. Shared hosting costs very little, and it is just not worth it to consider free options.

Customer support

Is it 24/7? How long do they take to respond? Do they use email/chat/phone? What languages are available?

Support for your chosen blog/website platform

I’m recommending WordPress as your blog/website platform in most cases. WordPress is easy to learn with tons of free tutorials and help available on the internet. Learning WordPress means you can use those skills in the future for freelance work, as many, many people use it and need help with their sites.

Most good hosts offer a one-click install of WordPress and this is a real time saver. You can work on your site and your content immediately!

Tutorials

A good web host will have plenty of tutorials and videos explaining how to set things up step by step.

(Included) domain name

Some web hosts include a free domain name for the first year for popular extensions like .com/.net/.org which usually cost around 10 euro per year.

But, I recommend NOT having your domains with your hosting company. If you are later not satisfied with your web host and want to change, some bad hosting companies will make it difficult for you to leave and you will have to wait weeks for them to release your domain name.

Let’s go on with a summary:

How To Choose A Web Host - wellnessnomads.com

Bloggers need to make many decisions and learn constantly

Summary

A professional looking website will help you spread your personal brand as a digital nomad. Choosing a good web hosting provider will improve your website building experience and get you excited about creating and running your own website.

These are the shared hosting plans I recommend:

SiteGround

+ from 3,95 EUR per month
+ fantastic, friendly and helpful customer support available 24/7 by chat and phone
+ WordPress hosting (with one-click install) and other popular platforms
+ many tutorials for customization e.g. personalized email addresses like someone@yourwebsite.com
+ no included free domain name (see my recommendation at the end of the article)
+ easy to use admin panel and control dashboard
+ 30 days money back guarantee
+ find more details here

Domain Factory

+ a German web hosting company for my German speaking readers
+ from 3,99 EUR per month
+ free phone support number for Germany and also email support
+ WordPress hosting (with one click install)
+ many tutorials that cover common questions and tasks
+ no included free domain name in the Basic and Medium plans, only in the Professional plan
+ easy to use admin panel and control dashboard
+ 14 days money back guarantee
+ find more details here

I use SiteGround for most of my projects and can absolutely recommend it for beginners as well as intermediate users. I have also used Domain Factory in the past, and they are also great if you have a good understanding of German.

Register a domain name

For registering domain names, I highly recommend NameSilo. They have very good prices (8,99 USD per year for a .com) and offer free Whois privacy protection (that normally costs extra with other companies, and protects your name/email address/phone number from being publicly available). If you use my coupon code USD-ONE-OFF at checkout, you save 1 USD on your order.

Do you have questions? Don’t hesitate and contact me!

Take care, Kathrin

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using one of the links in this article, I earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Using affiliate links helps me support the blog and create more content for you.

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16 Comments on “START YOUR BLOG | HOW TO CHOOSE A WEB HOST”

    1. Hi Ambuj,
      thank you so much for your compliment! I hope you feel well informed. Have a nice day!

  1. Great post. I recently moved to WordPress from a fully great supportive website. It’s been a challenge because I don’t have the tech support I did prior. But WordPress offers some functions that my other server did not.

    1. Hi Tonya,
      thank you a lot for your compliment! I know, it’s not always easy to deal with all the technical stuff. But luckily there is a lot of help online. If you have any question, just ask me. Have a good time blogging!

  2. This post was very helpful! I wish I could have seen this when I was just starting out. I had to look on many different sites for information, but you cover everythinggg here! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Tara,
      wow, that is nice and huge compliment – thank you so much! I’m glad the post helps people to make a better decision πŸ™‚
      Have a good time with your blog!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      I’m glad the article helps you to get to know more about web hosts – it’s a complex topic.
      Thank you for reading it πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful post and all on point! πŸ™‚ I, absolutely, agree that web hosting provider should have a 24/7 help line! You never know when updates do not align and the site mysteriously creates an fatal error – like I did this past weekend.

    1. Hi Vivienne,
      thank you a lot for your compliment and paying attention to my article. It’s really important to be able to trust your host to avoid trouble when running your website. That’s why I was going more into detail with the topic. Have a nice blogging journey!

    1. Hi Crystal,
      thank you so much for your feedback. It motivates me to gon like this πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Laura,
      cool that I was able to help you with my post. Whenever you have a question regarding VPNs, just contact me. I like to help. I wish you the best with your blog journey!

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