Choosing a web hosting provider can feel daunting. For many people, the idea of getting started with a website or blog often starts with the registering of a domain name. However, this is only half of the process. With a domain name you also need a quality hosting service.
To help with the process of choosing from the thousands of hosting solutions on the internet today, we give you five things to consider or at least be aware of when it comes to choosing your provider. This includes everything from online hosting reviews, the costs associated with web hosting, making sure your site is fast and running at all times, knowing customer support is always there to answer your questions and also the ability to create an email account for your domain name and site.
Some of these factors might seem simple or obvious at first, however, they should all be considered before signing up for your hosting company.
Look at reviews
Other people’s opinions aren’t always helpful, but they often give you some sort of guidance to what a web-hosting provider is lacking in or good at. Look for techy sites who have carried out a review as well as the reviews on the company website. PC Mag is a good place to look as it usually covers most bases with unbiased reviews.
Value for money
You don’t necessarily want the cheapest, but expensive doesn’t always mean better. Keep a clear plan in your head of what you need from your web-hosting provider and check those off before you start comparing prices. Also, take into account that once the standard 12-month deal runs out, are you in an affordable plan? It can be expensive and difficult changing your web host provider so pick well the first time.
Many web hosting companies will offer a discount when hosting is paid for in advance (usually 12, 24 or 36 months). Other incentives might include a free domain name registration. However, not all incentives might be worth your time or money in the long run. This is why it’s important to make sure you explore your options with domain name transfers and always keeping the ownership of your domains at your favorite registrar.
Speed and space
Fast websites have lower bounce rates because they load faster, keeping the attention of people who don’t have the time or patience to wait. So, you need a website that loads extremely fast. Speed and space come hand in hand, if you’re offered unlimited space and the web host is also boasting super fast loading pages, you’re in for a winner because it means their servers aren’t too crowded.
For individual bloggers and site owners, more often than not, a shared hosting plan will be more than enough for what you need. “Unlimited” space and storage is something commonly offered by quality web hosts. What you also need to keep an eye out for it how many domains or websites you are allowed to set up on each hosting package.
Support when you need it
There’s no use in having customer support if it’s only available between 9am – 5pm and you’re working in a different job during those hours. Look for support that works for you, whether that’s 24/7, over instant messenger, email, phone or some other medium. For example, UK2 who are a web-hosting provider, offer 24/7 expert support across all of their hosting options so you’ll never be left in the dark.
With so many different options to connect with a customer support team on the internet today, it’s important to go with a hosting provider that offers email, telephone, chat, ticket system and knowledge-base types of support and user testimonials. Everyone has their own preference on how they would like to be contacted or learn about web hosting, so the more support options available, the better.
Lifehack reminds us of the importance of email features. “Regardless of what you may have heard/read about social media having replaced the purpose of web email, trust me, email is still going you be a big part of your web presence.” So make sure the email service is up to scratch with the option for multiple addresses, spam control and time travel features.
While email might seem like one of the most basic and easy things to set up and create, some hosting providers either don’t provide support for third-party emails, or simply don’t make it something that’s easy to setup. The option is always there to create a free Gmail or Hotmail account, but it looks a lot more professional to have an email address with your own domain name in it.
Top Web Hosting Solutions in 2017
After looking through the list of things to consider when choosing a web host, you can understand how it might become an overwhelming process for anyone looking to start a website or blog for the first time. The most important thing to remember is that most web hosting solutions are the same in what they offer, and many of them will have similar pricing and hosting plans at the end of the day.
Scan through the list above to see the most important factors when choosing a hosting solution, then narrow down your list to just a few different companies. Once you have this in place, perform a few ‘review’ related searches through Google to see what other site owners and bloggers are saying about their web hosts.
Why Do You Want to Publish an eBook?
One subsection of my eBook on writing eBooks is:
Know Why You Want to Publish an eBook
Knowing why gives you clarity if you write to free yourself and to free your readers. But if you write just to make money or to be well know, clarity lessons. Fear invades your mind because you write mainly to get, not to give. Shifting from fear to fun intent-wise just takes a little decision on your part. Small potatoes really. But this shift does feel a bit uncomfortable if you are new to the eBook writing process because you need to face fears. Who wants to face fear? Nobody, really.
But facing fear is one tax to pay for being successful in blogging and life. Ditto for your self-publishing journey. I largely faced fears to be who I am today, although I keep uncovering fears along the way. Part of the journey. I am cool with that. I had to ask why I wanted to publish an eBook about 4 years ago when I went on a tear, but even before, in 2014, I asked why I published an eBook in the first place? Simple. I created a new blog and brand in Blogging From Paradise and just believed having an accompanying eBook would help me be successful. I only had one eBook in mind. I never thought beyond the single eBook. But someone told me I deserved to write another eBook so after my first, I wrote and self-published a second eBook. I caught the writing bug.
100 plus eBooks later, here I am, writing eBooks for years, and now, promoting the eBooks effectively. The why, the emotion I chose in writing eBooks, propels me forward because I do what I do to have fun, to spread love and to help you, largely. One small part of me wants to make money online too. This is OK. As long as it is a small part of what you do, eBook-wise. Moving that money aspect mostly to the side gives me the energy to keep writing and to keep promoting, should I choose to write another eBook. Now I am all about promoting those suckers.
Why did you consider writing and shipping an eBook? Be honest with yourself. Think through your driver. Money? Fame? Sweet passive income stream? Each primary driver saps your energy because money, fame and passive income flow to you years or minimum, months, after publishing your eBook. What do you do during that zero dollar time? Money drives you, but you see no money. Since you lose your motivator, you quit. This is why so many authors fade into obscurity. Poor driver. Sell 3 eBooks, get flustered because you made $4.35 over 6 months, and quit, because money drove you but you made no money. On the flip side, bloggers and authors who choose a fun, freeing intent promote and write every day for their online career because the work is the reward. All else feels like a bonus, gravy, extra, or icing on the cake….including money.
Be straight with your eBook driver. Do not bother writing an eBook if you mainly want money because you quit and fail when money does not arrive. Even in rare cases if you make money pretty fast, you lose your heart and feel bad reaching money goals because we are mainly designed to have fun and help people, not to make money.
Do You Believe You Deserve Blogging Success?
My friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me an interview recently.
Pay close attention guys; one concept behind the video can be destroying your blogging success. Sure killed my career, for years.
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield went bankrupt, it has been claimed, as of 2012. He lost/spent $530,000,000 USD, 530 million dollars. Allow that idea to sink in. I read how Mike Tyson reportedly went bankrupt after spending/losing over $300,000,000, 300 million dollars. Most of these ideas astound people because we do our best to manage money effectively. I could live 40 life times on 500 million dollars. Anyway, a recent Mike Tyson interview highlighted one reason why he went bankrupt after amassing 300 million. I deeply suspect Evander blew through 500 million largely due to the same mindset. Iron Mike noted how he believed he did not deserve the big bucks. He saw himself as a broke kid from a rough neighborhood who did not deserve money, because he loved fighting for free, and also, clung to the past, keeping the same self image from when he lived in poverty.
If Tyson believed he did not deserve 300 million, the quickest way to get rid of 300 million is to spend like mad and blow the money irresponsibly. Most humans say he is foolish but this is not true; HIS BELIEF SYSTEM ensured he would do everything to get rid of the 300 million he did not deserve…and it became so.
Blogging and Deserving
Do you genuinely believe you deserve $10, or $100, or $100,000 through blogging? Most bloggers do not believe this, so they never make much money. Other bloggers make some money but lose it quickly through poor financial decisions, ensuring that they do NOT keep the money that they believe they do not deserve. Blogging, money or financial conditions have nothing to do with the money woes. The blogger’s belief system concerning money is 100% the root cause behind the problem. Change the deserving issue, and you change the income. Or cling to deserving problems, and keep slamming into blogging financial problems.
I recall not believing I deserved more than 99 cents for an eBook. I slammed into financial issues, sold few eBooks, then decided to face my deserving issues and deep fears concerning money and my self-worth. I eventually rose all my eBook pricing to $6.99, $9.99 and $20. Why? I deserve to sell 7 to 20 dollar eBooks. People buy at these prices – far more than at the dirt cheap prices – because I BELIEVE I deserve to make sales at those prices. Why? I faced deep fears concerning deserving. But if I never faced deserving-fears, I never make the money. Plus I would quickly lose money I made because if I still believed I did not deserve much money, my subconscious mind would find a quick way to lose my money. My belief system creates the experience. Ditto for your belief system; even if your ego does not agree with this point.
Like I say in my eBook:
you may leave your comfort zone if you learn new, scary techniques for monetizing your blog effectively. One scary and uncomfortable tactic involves observing your money limiting beliefs in the light of truth. If you do not believe you deserve money, you never make money or you make money and lose it incredibly quickly. Belief created the experience. You believing you do not deserve money creates the experience. Clear the fears, release deserving issues and money will flow to you more easily. Plus you will keep the money, too. Pure win-win, if you ask me.
All Bloggers Begin at Zero
“I felt like a famous person had just called my home.” ~ Expert Admirer
“If only this person had known I made $5 the prior month through my online exploits.”
These are the first 2 lines of my eBook:
We all begin at zero. All bloggers start at zero. Even when some of us see some success, exposure-wise, the money comes later. I had a decent name 8 years ago as far as folks knowing me. Money lagged a bit. My earnings seemed slow to grow. Par for the course. All people who work jobs tend to think if an entrepreneur gets pretty well known, millions flow in. Nope. Money tends to lag being noticed.
Anyway, this vignette from my eBook sums up the concept of this post; every blogger you admire, every genuinely rocking blogger, every super star, started blogging with zero blogging traffic and zero blogging profits. We all begin at zero. Nobody begins luckily with $20,000 or 43000 people visiting their blog daily. I began at zero. Nobody visited my blog. I made zero dollars blogging. As a new blogger, I began at zero and worked my way up, from there.
Gary Vaynerchuk had zero followers on all of his social media accounts as a new user. Ditto for every successful, famous online entrepreneur. We all begin at zero and work out way up, from there.
Never assume successful bloggers walk an easy, simple, fear-free path. Stop it, because we all began with zero followers, zero traffic and zero profits. If you made a penny, have 1 follower and 1 blog traffic aka visit, you are farther along than I was 10 years ago because I was at all zeros, across the board. Do I seem lucky now? Nope. You are beyond where I was. But top bloggers do not assume, or figure top bloggers before them, had it easy. Nope; top bloggers know as newbies that all bloggers begin at zero and start from there.
I did a little assuming myself 10 years ago. I figured top earning bloggers had it easy and never needed to face my fears, pain and struggles. I was right; their fears, pain and struggles were 10 TIMES WORSE. You only reach the top by facing all fears and pains most bloggers refuse to face. I began at zero and faced plenty of uncomfortable moments along the way, to become successful.
You begin at zero, like me. We are on a level playing field on day 1. Do you know what makes the difference? Top bloggers follow their passion, trust in the process and generously help people for free during this journey, working daily, not panicking and seeing the journey through.
We also…..feed the hog.
I am super excited to join my friend Sue-Anne Bubacz in releasing a fun, entertaining and valuable new blogging course.
Watch the video introduction here:
I’m sharing because it perfectly embodies this “we all begin at zero” type mindset that newbie bloggers should adopt.
We will be walking you through your successful blogging journey; yes, you can and WILL succeed if you learn from pros and work generously. We believe in you, and know success is your right. The key is to follow your fun, to practice simple blogging tips, to develop your emotional intelligence and to generously help people.
Enjoy the video AND the course guys.
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