Selecting a Webhost

Several companies that I have used for webhosting have had different tiers of service… I’d like to address that.

My very first website was probably one of those free ones that nobody visited… This was before social media existed. Today there are actually still places to have a free website but the limitations on what you can do with them are notably:

  • Traffic driving doesn’t happen as easily
  • Names are often limited and end in weird extensions like .pew
  • Affiliate links and sponsorships are unlikely to benefit the content creator
  • SEO may be non existent if links are even allowed
  • Gawdy designs that detract from content

Truthfully one of the better free ones is google sites and while I have used it for awhile as a backup I still prefer my own website. (Who wouldn’t?)

The main difficulties in having a hosted website for newcomers tends to be:

  • Cost of hosting
  • Cost of development
  • Difficulty with administrative roles
  • Having something lucrative enough to have a website about (content)

The truth is it doesn’t have to be difficult to find an inexpensive domain, inexpensive hosting, and creating content is actually fun. Developing a website can be as simple or as difficult as your skill level allows, and there are always people who can do that part for you for a fee.

To get someone like me to develop a site for you costs roughly $50.00 per hour, but I can do a lot in an hour. Hosting can cost anywhere from around $10 a month to several thousand dollars a month per server, depending on how big and fast your website needs to be.

When I rebuilt this site recently, I did it in 4 hours. (Then again on September 14th in another 4) Then over that first two days I added dozens of pages of content and blogs which of course I still do daily. What took 4 hours? Setting up the site was quick enough, I already had my name etc.

I added the plugins for the functions that I needed, added the security tools to keep people from joining without my permission, added the functions that would enable me to do pretty much everything I do now.

It typically would take a developer closer to 7-8 hours to put together what I did in that 4 hours but I knew exactly what I would need and how to do it. I still had dozens of recent add-ons saved on my external hard drive, so I wasn’t stuck re-downloading everything from scratch.

Either way I’d have only billed myself $200.00 for that 4 hours of work.

So for roughly as little as that you could have a website and probably only pay $10.00 a month for hosting. What if you needed to go much much bigger? Or faster?

Then you would want an affordable cloud VPS or “virtual private server” or even a physical server and a great router, but then couple that with with a reliable domain hosting service. You really can host a server from your home, you can even do most of it for free, even finding free domains etc but again… weird extensions, poor visibility, difficult listing, bad SEO.

So a VPS operates a lot like a traditionally hosted website except that it is on a much bigger platform and moves much faster, it allows you to use CDN’s instead of traditional nameservers if you want them, is able to scale up so it grows with your platform.

If you really just want a nice blog or a small website like mine I’d recommend Oh Say Can You Web!

If you are building a big professional platform of a website like say “Mashable” I’d recommend LinuxCloudVPS.com – High Quality Cloud hosting service.

I like both of those companies very much.

And if you need a website developed you can contact us.

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374 thoughts on “Selecting a Webhost

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  19. Hey would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  20. Right now it appears like WordPress is the top blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  21. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your blog. You have some really great articles and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an e-mail if interested. Kudos!

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