Thanks for joining me on Part 2 of my Ultimate Series where I cover Starting a Blog from scratch. I recommend you read Part 1 before continuing because I laid out the foundation like coming up with a basic idea, and how to choose the right domain. I explored factors like following your passion, and what you can do to extend your passion into a full-blown niche. After, I explored how you can find the right domain which is both relevant, and easy to remember.
Welcome to Part 2, and we’ll be going over the importance of hosting plans. It’s important to select the right hosting provider because those starting out can benefit from FREE marketing credits, personal coaching, and 99.9% uptime. I believe most hosting providers offer the same features, but some definitely stand out compared to others. Let’s take a look at the following:
- What to look for when selecting the right hosting plan
- Factors when choosing the right website builder or CMS platform
Choosing Hosting Plan
If your just starting out then it’s important to choose the right features when selecting a hosting plan. For example, you want to pay close attention to things like storage, uptime, speed, email accounts, FTP accounts, etc. All of these will streamline how fast you’ll have your website hosted, and the reliability in the end. There’s NO point in having a website hosted with a provider whose servers keep going down. Why? Every time someone tries to visit they’ll have problems accessing information which will ruin your credibility going forward.
For hosting I personally recommend A Small Orange simply because they provide an all-in-one package perfect for everyone. Here’s a complete review, but I’ll like to go over the important features they offer, and why they stand out compared to the rest of the providers.
First, they have full-featured packages which are affordable for almost everyone no matter if you’ve just started or experienced. Basic plans start at roughly $3.00/month and provide you with everything you need. You have more than enough memory, 24 x 7 support, software included, and email accounts. Their plans even include Weebly.com website builder for those looking for an easy drag & drop interface to get started with.
Secondly, it’s important you have how-to videos which walk you through the entire installation and setup process. ASA provides you with a knowledge base, and help community. The main thing is A Small Orange has awesome reviews for being completely reliable so you can have a blog up and running in no time.
Let’s get you registered….
Head over to A Small Orange, and select “Shared Hosting”. I recommend starting with the Tiny Plan because you can always increase if you need more resources. Always start with the minimum especially when just starting out.
Scroll down and select the “Tiny Plan” and you’ll be taken to another page. At this point, you’ll select billing cycle and domain. If you haven’t purchased your domain, you can do it now however for those with a domain name, please select “I Already Own This Domain”.
Please complete the checkout process, and wait for the account details to be emailed over to you. After, you’ll have to transfer your domain name by changing the DNS settings. You can find the tutorial to do this within the backend, and the process is pretty straight forward. Once you’ve setup your hosting it’s time to think about the website builder or platform you’ll be using to design your blog.
Designing the perfect blog can be done within minutes because of the easy drag & drop platforms which streamline the entire process. The days of long coding are gone which is why you’ll see an influx of websites popping up almost every day. Now that you’ve registered your hosting it’s time to seriously start thinking about design, customization and layout. Before any of these come into play you should think about the options you have available. From my experience you have 2:
Both of these are very popular, and offered by hosting providers as a feature. WordPress.org can be installed with a click of a mouse from within your hosting backend. Weebly.com is a drag & drop builder offered by hosting providers like A Small Orange for those with very little technical experience. I personally love to use WordPress.org because of the customizations options you have, and the other advanced features. Below I’ve outlined the positives of both:
Easy installation through hosting provider. Once you have purchased your hosting, you can install WordPress.org from within the backend under “Software or Applications”
- One click installation
- User registration
- Plugins available
- Easy theme customization
- Free to use on any domain
- Clean interface
- Easy publishing
- Add new page quickly
Drag & drop builder offered by very few hosting providers. If you would like to use Weebly.com then ensure it is provided within the package purchased.
- Drag & drop builder
- Easy post add
- Add video
- Add text
- One-click publish
- Upgrade plans cost money
- Add contact form
- No plug-ins
- Advanced features require upgrade plan
If you haven’t already, click here to setup your web hosting and registering your free domain name.