If you’re a blogger (or are thinking about becoming one), you should have a basic understanding of two more technical terms related to your blog. In this post, you’ll learn about Web Hosting and Domain Names for New Bloggers. This will be short and sweet. You can access the links below for resources where you can go into more detail.
In simple terms, hosting will put your blog on the internet so people can access it.
3 key things to consider when choosing web hosting for a new blog:
- Reliability: You want to choose a reliable hosting company. When they run into technical difficulties, your site could be down for long periods of time, which is not ideal.
- Price: You often get what you pay for. Since you’re just starting, you don’t need premium hosting just yet. Unless you’re super-Type-A and can afford to splurge. In general, there are affordable options that are solid.
- Support: I’ve had to reach out to customer support many times over the years. It is so frustrating to run into an issue and email someone, only to have to wait for hours (or days!) before receiving a response. Or worse, being forced to read through pre-written support articles with no way to contact someone. My favorite hosting companies offer live chat support. Check to see if live chat is available 24/7.
Click here to learn about which hosting companies I recommend for new bloggers on my How to Start a Blog in 3 Steps page – (currently being drafted).
Your domain name is your URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Mine is http://dianastarts.com.
3 key things to consider when choosing your domain name:
- Extension: This is the last part of your domain name, typically “.com”. I recommend getting your blog name with a .com at the end. Example: Diana + Starts + .com = dianastarts.com. There are plenty of other extensions available (.net, .org, .co, etc.). Personally, I’ve actually changed my blog/site name when the .com wasn’t available. This was partially to avoid potential legal issues but also because your site is more likely to make it to the top Google search results page if your domain is unique. Also, I prefer consistency.
- Memorable: Will people be able to easily visit your site from memory? Google search makes this less necessary if they can remember your name. But, it’s a plus if they can type it right in with no challenge.
- Match to Content/Name: Does your URL match your blog name and/or content? This isn’t required, but I think it’s helpful. If your SEO is good, this is less necessary because Google can find your site if they remember your blog name or other key terms that may pull your blog up. As you can probably guess, I like when the domain name and blog name match (without using hyphens, etc).
There’s no right or wrong with domains (outside of maybe legal issues). It really comes down to your preference.
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What are your top considerations for web hosting and domains for new bloggers?
Thanks for reading!