Lately, I’ve been answering a bunch of questions on starting a blog or moving from Blogger to a self-hosted wordpress blog, and the biggest challenge to overcome first is where to host your wordpress blog.
I’ve shared in the past my journey and experience finding the right web host for me, and I have updated that post with my current thoughts, if you’d like to check that out. But here’s my recommendations right now:
For Registering a Doman Name for your Blog (that’s your URL that people type to get to your site), I use GoDaddy.com, simply because it is less expensive than my other choice and as you collect domain names, the costs add up each year. Using discount codes, you can get a domain name for $7.49, which is half what my other domain registar costs. An that makes a difference to your budget over time, believe me.
GoDaddy’s domain manager also has some redirect features that are useful and easier to use than others, if you ever need to do domain name redirects. (And if that didn’t make sense to you, it’s okay. Forget I mentioned it.)
If you need a domain name, here a link to a discounted rate at GoDaddy (I always buy domain names with a GoDaddy discount code to save money):
Domain Sale! $7.49 .com at GoDaddy
But I do NOT recommend getting hosting through GoDaddy. You can, and I’ve done it, but it’s not my web host of choice. For why, you can read my reasoning here.
For self-hosted wordpress blog hosting, my choice is Hostgator. I’ve been with them since 2008, after changing hosts 4 times in 2 years, and I love them.
Hostgator’s support is great, they have a good knowledge center so I can get answers for myself, and the price is right. For $10.61 a month (including Texas sales tax) for the unlimited plan, I get to host all my wordpress blogs and web sites – and I have a few.
If you’d like to try Hostgator out, you can get the first month for only a penny (yep, 1 cent, that’s all – and the option I used), using this Hostgator coupon code: 1cent
If you need some instructions for installing and setting up WordPress, feel free to email me and I’ll share the instructions that I have.
P.S. If you don’t yet have a blog or website for your at-home business, I highly recommend getting one. It can really help with connecting with potential clients and customers, and further helps establish you as an expert in your field.