In my opinion (please leave a comment if you disagree) if you want to become a serious blogger and be taken serious as a blogger you need to have your own hosting. I think you would be hard pressed to name over 3 well known bloggers that are using a blogspot free hosted platform.
When people ask me about tips for starting a blog, I always tell them to invest $8 in a memorable and brandable domain name (a .com is still best) and make the investment to buy web hosting .
I truly believe that these are truly investments and if you are committed to blogging you should be able to make your investment back in a couple of months. I am not going to go into a diatribe about the benefits of hosting your own blog. Instead, I want take some time to discuss the various types of hosting options and how you can find the best deals.
This is by far the most common type of hosting and the majority of blogs are on shared hosting. All of my blogs are on shared hosting. As the name suggests, on this platform you are sharing bandwidth and resources with other users. This allows the price to be very reasonable with this option.
Dedicated Hosting –
If you choose this option you will have your own dedicated server and will not have to share with anyone. This will allow you to customize your server for your specific needs. Obviously, this option will cost you more than shared hosting.
VPS Hosting –
This is a newer hosting option that is gaining popularity. VPS stands for virtual private servers and it works by separating areas within a single server to create multiple virtual servers within it. In terms of cost, the price is right in the middle.
How do you find the best deals on hosting?
In my opinion it is smart to ask other bloggers what they use and recommend. I also recommend you visit some websites that feature a variety of options and compares features, benefits and price. If you would like my recommendation…I an VERY happy with Fatcow. Great customer service and the best price you can find for the quality. Plus, they offer one click, super easy wordpress installation.