Where to Start a Blog [7 Web Hosting Platforms Review]
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Where to Start a Blog [7 Web Hosting Platforms Review]


Where to start a blog? The question is more important than you might
think and will set your website up for success or failure. In this video, I’m reviewing the seven best
web hosting platforms for new bloggers to help you decide. I’ll also reveal the best blog platform
to use giving you complete control over your site. We’re talking getting started blogging today
on Let’s Talk Money! Beat debt. Make money. Make your money work for you. Creating the financial future you deserve. Let’s Talk Money. Joseph Hogue with the Let’s Talk Money channel
here on YouTube. I want to send a special shout out to everyone
in the community, thank you for taking a little of your time to be here today. If you’re not part of the community yet,
just click that little red subscribe button. It’s free and you’ll never miss an episode. One of the biggest questions about starting
a blog that we haven’t covered yet on the channel is where to get your website. It’s actually one of the most important
two questions you’ll ask; what web hosting platform to use and what content management
system. First you have to figure out what web-hosting
platform you’re going to be using. This is the company that stores your website
on it’s servers, that computer hardware, and then delivers it through the internet
every time you get a visitor. Obviously this is hugely important because
you need a reliable web host that is going to keep your blog up and make it as fast as
possible. When I started my first blog in 2010, really
just a few pages for my freelance equity analyst research, I started it on GoDaddy. We’ve all seen the commercials, back then
it was the GoDaddy girls but the web host spends more on advertising than any other
so it’s usually the first new bloggers think of. GoDaddy was OK, had great customer service
but the platform didn’t really give me the control I wanted in designing the blog. So when I started three more blogs in 2014,
I did a little more research on web hosts. This time, I started the new blogs on Blue
Host. I got that same solid customer service I got
with GoDaddy but also full control over designing the sites and some other great features we’ll
talk about. Since then, I’ve also tried Site Ground
and Big Scoots for web hosting. I’ll share my experience with both of those
but I want to get to our web host review. I’m going to walk you through the costs,
features, pros and cons for each of the most popular web hosting sites to help you get
started right. First, I want to get your feedback on something. Blogging has changed my life but I’ve been
doing it for so long that I’ve forgotten some of the biggest questions new bloggers
ask. So what’s that one thing keeping you from
starting a blog? What questions do you have about getting started
and making money? Scroll down and ask in the comment section
below and I’ll do videos on each of your questions. When you go to start your blog, you’ll either
choose shared hosting or dedicated servers for your blog. Shared hosting means the web host puts multiple
blogs on the same server, that computer storage, where dedicated servers means your blog gets
its own server. Obviously shared hosting is much, much cheaper
and works for almost all new bloggers. But this is where it becomes hugely important
to pick the right web host. The wrong web hosting platform will put way
too many sites on a single server, cramming as many as possible in there to save money. The problem here is that’s going to slow
down your site and your blog could crash if any of the websites on the server gets a big
spike in traffic. So we’ll look at the seven most popular
web hosts, features and pricing here. I’ll start off with some of the best web
hosting for new bloggers then review the platforms for bigger blogs and ecommerce sites. Blue host wins in our review for best web
host platform for new bloggers on its lower cost and ease of use. The web host has integrated WordPress into
a one-click solution recently so you don’t even have to install it. You can literally have your blog online within
five minutes and with some of the best features in hosting. Normally, Blue Host starts at $3.95 a month
for its basic plan. That includes all the storage space you need
for one blog, email accounts and even $50 in marketing offers on Google Adwords. For those starting multiple websites at once,
the plus-package let’s you create and host unlimited sites on your account and includes
more free advertising. As an affiliate of Blue Host and a influencer
here on YouTube, I was able to negotiate a special deal on hosting. Using the link I’ll leave in the video description
below, you’ll be able to get web hosting for less than $3 a month and still get all
the features of that basic plan. GoDaddy is the biggest name in WordPress hosting,
like I said, it’s where I started and they really do have excellent customer service. I can still remember calling in at 11pm on
a Thursday, that first night trying to set up my blog. I am the least techie kind of person you’ll
meet but GoDaddy support was able to talk me through setting up the website. Their basic plan is a little more expensive
than that special offer from Blue Host and you don’t get quite the bandwith. You get more power on the premium levels but
they limit how many websites you can have on your account. My biggest problem with GoDaddy, the reason
I switched to Blue Host for my new blogs, was I didn’t feel like I had as much control
designing the sites with GoDaddy. The web host uses a unique drag-and-drop website
builder that maybe makes it easier for new bloggers but I felt like it also limits you
on what you can do. It’s more of a template website so you have
less freedom to go outside that template. Another popular choice in web hosting is HostGator.com,
a Houston-based company started in 2002. Prices start out higher than any other hosting
platform but you get a little more in Adwords credit. The platform offers a little more storage
but since storage isn’t really an issue with GoDaddy or Blue Host, I never really
felt like HostGator offered anything special to make up for the cost. There comes a time when you outgrow the beginner
web hosts. I know lots of bloggers that stick with platforms
like Blue Host, GoDaddy and HostGator for years but there usually comes a point when
you need some premium features. It’s usually when you reach fifty thousand
visitors a month or maybe around five years after starting your blog. For me, that meant spending a few years saving
money with Blue Host but then switching to Site Ground and now BigScoots for hosting. I still have a few smaller blogs on Blue Host
and recommend it to all new bloggers. I switched to SiteGround initially because
I heard it put less websites on each server, so each site would be served faster across
the internet. The prices are reasonable and the platform
offers a little more storage space than you get on some of the starter web hosts. The problem I ran into with SiteGround, and
this was a big one, was that they limit the number of executions you can get on your site
each month. These are like how many times different files
and content are delivered through the hosting. The problem here is that you can have huge
spikes in these several times a month, anytime a bot hits your blog or spammers look around
the site. When you reach your limit, SiteGround just
shuts down your website. Even if you take action to limit bots crawling
your site, this can be a real pain. I was getting warnings from SiteGround just
about every month that I had reached my execution limit and the site would be shut for the rest
of the month. I got fed up with it and finally switched
my high-traffic websites over to BigScoots which wins best web hosting for large sites. The basic plan on BigScoots doesn’t offer
quite the bandwith or other starter features you get with Blue Host but the power you get
on the Turbo Diesel plan is the best deal you can get for higher-traffic blogs. BigScoots offers great customer and technical
service but the real power comes in its enterprise-grade SSD servers which gives your blog better performance
and reliability compared to other hosts. So that’s five web hosts for bloggers and
a plan that will work for 99% of you out there. I’d start with Blue Host and then maybe
think about switching to BigScoots after five years or once you reach 50,000 visitors a
month. Now I’ve got two more web hosts to review
but these are going to be mostly for ecommerce sites. We’ll look at Wix and Shopify which are
like a combination of your website hosting and the content management system. We’ll review other content platforms like
WordPress and Blogger.com next but if you plan on creating an ecommerce site, you can
use Wix or Shopify to handle your hosting and CMS. When I say ecommerce site, what I’m talking
about here is a website specifically designed like an online store and to sell products
directly from the site. You might add a blog page to the site but
the main purpose here is to feature products in a storefront. For this, you really do need to go with a
specialized platform like Shopify or Wix. Here you can see the point-of-sale function
on Shopify which really lays out everything in a way that’s easy to shop. Using Shopify comes with some must-have ecommerce
features but it also comes at a cost. The basic plan starts at $29 a month but you
get direct selling from your site, the ability to take credit card payments and no transaction
fees. You also get the ability to offer discount
codes and other ecommerce features. Another popular ecommerce and website builder
Wix.com also uses the drag and drop function similar to GoDaddy and even has a free option
to get started. The problem with the free option is your blog
will show ads controlled by Wix and you won’t actually own your site. Beyond that, the pricing levels are a little
higher than we saw in web hosting but less than the ecommerce options on Shopify. You get more in ad vouchers with Wix but storage
space is limited and I feel like you get fewer features that you need for an online store. We’ve got one more important question to
answer, one more part of that where to start a blog question. First though, if you’re likin’ the video
and think it’s helpful, do me a favor and tap that thumbs up button below. Just as important as choosing a web hosting
platform is the content management system or CMS. This is like the canvas on top of which you
build your blog; how you create, organize and publish your content. A CMS allows you to manage a blog without
being a computer programmer. By far the most popular CMS is WordPress which
is used on 39% or about four-in-ten managed blogs and another 10% of the free blogs. Here like with Wix, you can use WordPress
to set up a free blog but you won’t have control over the ads and the site won’t
really be yours. Since you can install WordPress free with
most shared web hosting, it’s a no-brainer to choose the premium version. There are a few other platforms that are popular
like Drupal, blogger.com and joomla. Because they’re not as popular as WordPress
though, you’ll be more limited on what plugins you’ll find and the functionality. Deciding whether to use WordPress or not might
seem like a question that needs answered but it’s really a no-brainer this one. I’ve got a five-video series on starting
and growing a blog on the channel as well as a free checklist you can follow. It’s going to walk you through everything
from picking a topic, planning what articles to write and the income streams I use to make
money blogging. I’ll leave a link to the checklist in the
description below so make sure you check that out before starting your blog. We’re here Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
with the best videos on beating debt, making more money and making your money work for
you. If you’ve got a question about money, just
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