How To Choose The Best Blog Hosting If You Want To Make Money Blogging

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How To Choose The Best Blog Hosting If You Want To Make Money Blogging

Make money and change lives blogging about something you love.

Whether you're just starting your blog, or want to kick things up a notch, the last thing you want to worry about is your blog hosting.

There are so many blog hosting options to choose from that it can be downright overwhelming. Especially when you realize that not all blog hosting providers are equal. With the wrong hosting provider your blog could seriously suffer.

In this post, I'll share some tips and things to think about to help you choose the best blog hosting company for your blog. This post is part of my How To Start a Blog series which includes step-by-step photo and video tutorials on all aspects of setting up a brand new self-hosted WordPress blog.

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Choosing the best blog hosting company for your blog is one of the most important decisions that you can make as a blogger.

After all, you are choosing an online home where you are going to build your blog and business.

You pour your time, money and energy…your very heart and soul into your blog. Which is why you want to make sure that you protect your “baby” by choosing a blog hosting provider that is fast, safe and reliable.

There are so many blog hosting horror stories out there.

Slow site speeds that lose you visitors because they don’t have the patience to wait for your site to load…

Downtime where your blog is literally unreachable for hours at a time…

Security breaches or server malfunctions leading to entire blogs being completely lost…forever.

Terrible customer service and tech support that wastes hours of your precious time…

Who wants that stress and hassle?

Especially when you know that these kinds of things don’t have to happen.

Which is why it’s so important to choose a blog hosting provider that is safe, fast and reliable. One you KNOW you can trust.

And that’s what this post is all about. It’s about helping you make the best possible blog hosting choice that you can for your blog and business.

What Is Blog Hosting?

Blog hosting, is where your blog “lives” online.

A blog hosting provider (also called a web hosting provider) is the place that gives you the online space to “house” your blog in exchange for a monthly fee.

You can think of it like renting a condo. Essentially, you are paying a monthly fee in exchange for a place to call home.

The contents of your home are yours (in this case, your blog), but the location isn’t. You are paying for its use.

What that means is that if you are unhappy with your blog hosting company for any reason, you can up and move your home (aka your blog) anytime you want to.

Now that you know what blog hosting is, I’m going to start by some high-level tips for things that you need to keep in mind right from the start. From there, I’m going to go over some of the main features to look for in a blog hosting plan and what questions you need to ask before taking the plunge.

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Things To Think About When Choosing A Blog Hosting Provider

Blog hosting providers are a dime a dozen.

I can’t even begin to count how many different blog hosting companies there are. And there are new ones entering the online marketplace every single day.

Because of that, blog hosting is extremely competitive. All you have to do is Google “best blog hosting” to see that. There are almost 350 million results!

One of the things you’ll notice as you start reading through the Google results is that the name of certain hosting companies come up over and over again.

Which can easily lead a blogger to believe that those companies are the ones they should go with.

Which brings me to tip #1.

Just Because It’s Popular Doesn’t Mean It’s Good

So many people get swayed by what’s popular.

Which is why I want to point out: big blog hosting companies have big budgets.

They can afford to do a lot of marketing to get their name out there. They can afford to offer good affiliate programs (to encourage people to refer their services). And they can afford to offer cheap starter hosting.

Now I’m not saying that all popular hosting companies are bad. I’m saying that just because a hosting company is popular, doesn’t make it good by default.

A great example of this is Bluehost.

I see Bluehost affiliates EVERYWHERE.

In fact, if you Google “best blog hosting company,” you’ll find countless reviews recommending them as the #1 choice.

When you read those reviews you come away thinking that Bluehost is all that and a bag of chips.

Let me tell you from first-hand experience, they’re not.

I have been building blogs for years now. I build all my own blogs, I have built blogs for others, and I teach people how to build blogs in addition to teaching blogging strategies.

Now I do have a favorite blog host that I have been with for over a decade and used for all my main blogs (which I’ll talk about later in this post). However, for the sake of research, I’ve tried a number of different hosting companies over the years. I did this because I wanted to be able to give an objective opinion.

One of the blog hosting companies I tried was Bluehost.

It was THE WORST experience I ever had. Despite being a seasoned WordPress blog builder, I found their site frustrating to navigate. When I did my WordPress install, it happened to glitch (this isn’t typical) so I called customer service.

Their customer service was terrible. Over the next few days, I spent HOURS on the phone, trying to sort it out. Most of that time was spent on hold.

Eventually, I had enough. Given that I don’t have hours to waste, I canceled my service with them.

Since then, I’ve heard of many, many other issues with Bluehost. Including a lot of downtime (when your blog goes offline) along with super slow site speeds.

I’ve also seen a lot of other bloggers complaining about issues with Bluehost (see below). Things like the comments you see below.

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And yet Bluehost is an incredibly popular blog hosting company. I see big name bloggers and influencers recommending them all the time.

Why? Well to start, it’s not like Bluehost is a straight up “bad” company. There are people who have used them for years, without issue. Also, Bluehost has a very good affiliate program. They give $65 for every new referral.

So if a blogger personally hasn’t had an issue, it makes sense for them to recommend it.

But my take is that it’s not enough just to look at your own experience. You need to do the research before you recommend something.

And research shows that Bluehost (in this case) has caused many bloggers a lot of grief. And it’s for that reason I don’t recommend them.

If you want to know more about hosts to avoid, Jon Morrow, a blogger that I admire and respect has a great post about the brutal truth of WordPress hosting.

So all of this is why I say whatever you do, please take “popular” out of your blog hosting decision.

Which brings me to my next tip.

Don’t Go On Recommendations Alone

This ties into the last tip. In the online space, a lot of people make money by recommending products and services.

This is called affiliate marketing.

In a nutshell, you recommend a product or service and get a commission if that product is purchased based on your recommendation.

And let me tell you, as you saw from my Bluehost example above, that income can really add up.

Now, most people will tell you that they only recommend what they personally know and use. For the most part, I’m sure that’s true.

But a lot of people make recommendations on their experience alone. They choose a service because someone else recommends it. They don’t have any issues so they now recommend it.

But my personal philosophy here on Blog to Biz Strategies is that personal experience is not enough.

I am an affiliate for a few of the blogging tools and services that I recommend (I’ll always let you know which ones). And I only recommend things that I use and really like.

But I don’t just recommend things because they’ve worked well for me. I make sure I do the research to see what kind of a reputation they have in the online space overall. I especially pay careful attention to what kinds of issues people have had, and what steps the company has taken to resolve them.

You’ll also see me recommend stuff that I don’t get a commission for – because I think they’re that good.

All that to say where there’s money involved it’s inevitable that someone, somewhere, will try and take advantage.

So please don’t ever just take someone’s word for it. No matter how influential they are, or how much of an “expert” they seem to be.

Whenever you are considering a recommended product or service – do your own research too.

If you’re considering one of the large hosting companies, do A Google search and look for reviews.  For smaller boutique hosting companies, don’t be afraid to reach out to the hosting company and ask questions.

That holds true for what you read here too. I do my best to thoroughly research everything that I share. But I don’t ever want you to just blindly take my word for it.

Research, research, research!

Never Choose Your Blog Hosting Provider On Price Alone

In fact, I would go so far as to say that price should be the LAST thing that you think about when choosing a blog hosting provider.

I always recommend that you start by narrowing down the hosting options that meet your needs, THEN compare the price.

One of the things that you’ll notice as you start to research blog hosting providers, is that you can get blog hosting REALLY cheap.

But cheap won’t help you if your hosting sucks.

Have you ever shopped at a dollar store?

Yes? So have I.

When the kids were younger and our budget was tight, I would take the kids to the dollar store and let them pick out a toy.

Not even an hour after we got home, the toy was broken.

So…did cheap help me?

Nope.

Had I just spent a little bit more for something that was better quality – the kids (and I) would have been a lot happier.

You get what you pay for. At the dollar store…and with everything else too, including hosting.

Now, am I saying that all cheap hosting is bad?

Of course not. A lot of times it a great way to start for the financially strapped blogger.

However – you do have to approach cheap hosting with a grain of salt because cheap hosting is cheap for a reason.

Choose A Blog Hosting Provider That Can Grow With You

One of the things you’ll notice as you start comparing hosting plans is that a lot of blog hosting providers have really inexpensive “starter” plans. They do this to attract bloggers to their hosting.

There are two things to pay attention to here.

First, the reason starter plans are so cheap is that the rate you are seeing is a temporarily discounted price.  And it usually only covers the first year of hosting (although sometimes it’s longer).

What that means, is that when your hosting is up for renewal, all of a sudden your price jumps significantly.

The second thing a lot of bloggers don’t realize is that blog hosting starter plans are for the absolute beginning blogger.

In other words, the blogger that doesn’t have a lot of content, and doesn’t have a lot of traffic (ie. visitors to the site or pageviews).

The minute traffic starts to pick up, all of a sudden the price jumps and the blogger is faced with a big bill.

This can be a real issue for new bloggers. Especially if they don’t fully understand what all the hosting plan features mean and how it can affect them.

For example, SiteGround’s starter package allows for “10,000 monthly visits.” Now that sounds like a lot, but it’s actually not. You see, monthly visits is not the same as unique visitors.

Every single time someone looks at one of your blog’s pages (ie. a blog post) that is counted as a visit.  Let’s say someone reads a post, then comes back later to re-read it – that’s another visit.

As you can imagine, visits add up quickly. An active beginning blogger could hit that within a matter of months.  Then, all of a sudden, they find themselves in a position of having to “upgrade” their hosting to a higher priced plan.

Not that long ago I came across a thread in a Facebook group about this exact issue.

A blogger purchased one year of hosting on the starter hosting plan with SiteGround. It cost her a little over $50 for the year. When it was time to renew her hosting? Her bill was $300.

Her blog had grown significantly, but she still wasn’t making money. All of a sudden she was faced with an expense that she wasn’t prepared for.

Now don’t get me wrong – I like SiteGround and they are my second most recommended hosting provider. Their starter plan is great for the DIY blogger who is on a tight budget and just starting out. But for blogs that are growing fast, hosting costs can skyrocket pretty quickly. So you have to be prepared for it. Of course, if you monetize early on with your blog, then that’s not an issue.

But if you focus on growing but not monetizing? That’s where rising blog hosting costs can be a real problem.

So moral of the story here is to think about what you are going to need not just now, but in the near future as well.

Now that I’ve touched on some overall things to think about when it comes to choosing the best blog hosting, let’s talk about what specifically to look for in a blog hosting provider.

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What To Look For In A Blog Hosting Company

Just a heads up. In this section, I’m not going to go into every last little detail about blog hosting.

There’s a lot of technical stuff that you don’t need to know in order to make an educated choice. But, if you decide you really want to understand the tech-speak, it’s stuff you can easily Google.

What I am going to talk about in this section are the things that I look for, that can have a big impact on your blog now and in the future.

#1. How Many Blogs (Websites) Does The Blog Host Allow For?

When you’re just starting out, hosting for one blog may seem like it would be more than enough. And in most cases it is.

However, there are a couple of different instances where you might want the ability to have another blog on your hosting plan.

First off, you may decide that you want to branch out and start a second (or even third blog) in a totally different niche.

Back in my art and paper crafting days, there was a time when I ran 3 different blogs.

The reason for this was because the niches and audiences were different enough that one blog wouldn’t have served. One of my blogs focused on handmade greeting cards created with Stampin’ Up! Products. My second blog was a mixed media art blog. Finally, I had a general paper crafting blog.

If a hosting plan allows for multiple sites, it will refer to them simply as additional blogs or websites. Or, you’ll also hear the term “add-on domain” used. Which means the same thing. You are adding another domain to your blog hosting.

The other reason you may want another site is if you want to expand your offerings on your current blog – while being able to build those offerings out with a separate site.

For example, your main blog could be yourdomain.com. You may decide that you want to offer online classes branded on your domain but not on your actual blog, so you create a site called classes.yourdomain.com. Or maybe you want to build a store, so you build it on store.yourdomain.com.

As you can see, your “parent” domain is in each of these domains – so technically they are still a part of your domain. BUT they are actually totally different sites. So you would have to install WordPress separately on each of them.

These types of domains are called sub-domains.

So when looking at blog hosting plans, check out how many sites (or add on domains) and sub-domains you are allowed.

#2. How Much Space Does The Blog Host Give You

In the same way that documents and images take up space on your computer’s hard drive, your blog takes up space on your blog hosting provider’s servers.

The bigger your blog gets – in other words, the more pages, posts and images you add, the more space your blog will take up.

So make sure you look to see how much web space a hosting plan will give you.

How do you know how much space you need?

I can’t give you hard and fast numbers, because it’s different for every blog. How much space your blog content takes is going to depend on how many pages and posts you have. But it’s really going to depend on how many images you have and how well you optimize them.

What I will tell you is that it adds up quickly. When my blog was 1 month old, it had 22 published pages, 17 published posts and 345 optimized images. That took up 78 MB of space.

So almost a GB (gigabyte). In just over a month.

Although you could start with a 10 GB plan, my preference is to look for a plan that gives you at least 20 GB of space.

#3. How Many Visits or Pageviews Does The Blog Hosting Package Allow?

Visits, Visitors or Pageviews are as they sound. When a person lands on a blog post – that is counted as a visit or a pageview. If they then hop over to another blog post or page – that is counted as another visit or pageview.

So when you see things like “x pageviews a month” or “x visits a month” – you have to keep that in mind.

If ONE person visits your blog every day and only reads one page, that one person has used 30 of your monthly visits.

Do you see how it can add up super quickly? And how easy it is to outgrow a starter hosting plan?

Now, strictly speaking, blog hosting companies can’t really measure visitors or pageviews.

Yes, I know they have it listed, but that’s because the term “pageviews” is blogger-speak.

A lot of bloggers monetize using ads, and most ad networks look at a blogger’s pageviews in order to determine whether or not they qualify for the ad program.

So bloggers are used to using that term. Which is why hosting companies use it.

Here’s the thing – visitors or pageviews are tracked by analytics software (like Google Analytics). So while YOU as a blogger can see your pageviews, your blog hosting company actually can’t.

Instead, they look at something called bandwidth.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data that flows to and from your web server per month. So whenever someone visits your site, your server “delivers” your content to them.

That means that how much bandwidth your blog uses depends on how big each of your blog “pages” is (this includes blog posts as they are each on their own separate page).

What has the biggest effect on how much bandwidth you use is the media that you upload to your site. It is super important as a blogger that you optimize your images and make them as small as you possibly can. Especially if you have an image rich blog.

You also want to make sure that you never upload videos or PDF files directly into your blog’s media library as these can really eat up your bandwidth too.

Bandwidth also depends on how many visitors you get to your blog and how many pages they visit.

Now if a blog hosting provider only seems to specify visitors or pageviews, make sure you check the fine print to see what that means in terms of bandwidth. Because usually, they’ll have a bandwidth limit as well.

I would suggest looking for a minimum bandwidth of 50 GB per month.

#4. How Easy Does The Blog Host Make It To Install WordPress?

By default, with the majority of blog hosting companies, WordPress does not come pre-installed.

Once you sign up for a blog hosting plan, you then have to install WordPress yourself.

Now in most cases, it’s pretty easy. A lot of blog hosting providers will have what’s called a “one-click install” which allows you to install WordPress with the click of a button. So make sure you check for that.

What a one-click install does is put a copy of WordPress on the space you have “rented” from your hosting provider’s server.

What that gives you is a super bare-bones blog ready to use.

But when I say bare bones, I mean bare bones. The blog has a default theme installed (i.e. a basic “outfit” for your blog) and sometimes a couple of basic plugins (which I usually end up deleting).

For most bloggers, a bare-bones blog is unusable because it’s too basic. Which means that they still have to choose a theme, style their blog, and install and set up the most important plugins.

So there’s still a lot of work to do before your blog is up and running.

#5. Does The Blog Hosting Provider Offer A Site-Security Certificate?

Otherwise known as SSL – this is what gives you that little lock symbol beside your URL in the browser bar of your web browser and the https:// in your domain.

These days, having an SSL certificate is ESSENTIAL. Regardless of whether you are directly selling anything on your blog or not.

With all the issues people have had with their information being stolen – most people are hyper-sensitive about security. They actively look for that “https.”

Not only that, but a lot of web browsers will actually display a warning message that “this site is not secure” when a user visits a site that does not have an SSL certificate installed.

Make sure you check to see whether the blog hosting provider you are considering offers a free SSL certificate. Not all do.

You also want to check to see if it’s automatically installed (in most cases it’s not) or if you have to install it yourself.

#6. How Does The Blog Hosting Provider Handle Backups?

While most blog hosting providers do offer some form of backup service – it’s not always included in the price. It’s an add-on. So make sure you double check that.

Also, just because a hosting company says they backup your blog – that doesn’t mean the same thing to all hosting companies.

Make sure you check to see how often your blog is backed up. You also want to know how they store your backups and what happens if your blog gets mucked and it needs to be restored from a backup.

For example, I recently heard a story of a blog hosting provider that did not have an off-site backup for the blogs on their server. They got hacked and everything was lost. I mean everything. All the blogs on their server were gone. Can you imagine how horrible that would be? I would be absolutely devastated!

That said, don’t ever rely 100% on your hosting company. It is absolutely essential that you install a backup plugin onto your blog and do backups yourself. Just in case.

#7. What Kind of Security Does The Blog Hosting Provider Have?

Blogs and websites aren’t the only ones that get hacked. The servers of blog hosting providers can and do get hacked as well.

So you want to make sure that the blog hosting provider that you choose has good security.

Also, check to see if the blog hosting provider you are considering does malware and security scans.

You want to know what happens if your site does get infected or hacked. Will they fix it for you? If yes – is it free or is there a fee?

Again, as with backups, never rely 100% on your blog hosting company. Make sure you have security plugins installed on your blog.

#8. How Does The Blog Host Handle Speed?

Google penalizes slow blogs. That’s the truth of it. So the last thing in the world you want is a slow blog.

Something to look for when it comes to speed with your blog hosting company is what kind of servers they use.

Specifically, check to see if they use SSD (solid state drive), which are faster than regular servers.

I would recommend asking the hosting company how they ensure good site speed.

Now just a word of caution here. Site speed is a two-way street.

While your blog hosting company can do some things to ensure good site speed, there are things that you as a blogger need to do too.

For example – if your site isn’t optimized for speed – no matter how great your blog hosting company is, your site will be slow.

So just make sure that you optimize your site as well using a caching plugin.

#9. What Kind Of Customer Support Does The Blog Hosting Company Offer?

Do you know what irritates me? When I have a tech issue with my blog and have to wait forever to get help with it.

I touched on this earlier when I talked about Bluehost. I spent so much time on hold waiting just to talk to someone. Then when I did get through, they didn’t even speak English that well. They had a hard time understanding my explanation of the issue I was having.

So make sure you find out how the hosting company handles tech support and what their turnaround time is.

#10. How Does The Blog Hosting Company Handle Site Migration

The beauty of a self-hosted WordPress blog is that if you are unhappy with your blog host, you can move your entire blog over to another blog hosting company.

However, it’s kinda technical – so not something the average blogger can do on their own.

That’s why if you’re considering moving to another blog hosting company, it’s important that you find out how they handle site migration.

Some hosting companies will do it for free. Others for a fee.

#11. What’s The Blog Host’s Pricing Structure Like And What Does It Mean For You As Your Blog Grows?

Now I’m not specifically talking about price here. I’m talking about how your price may change as you grow.

When choosing a blog hosting plan you never just want to look at what you need now, you want to consider what you’ll need as you grow.

This is where a lot of bloggers get burned.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, the cheap starter packages that a lot of blog hosting providers offer are meant for the absolute beginner.

The blogger who doesn’t yet have a lot of content or traffic.

For the serious blogger – one who is consistently and actively working to build a blog and turn it into an online business – starter packages will only last for a short while.

So make sure you take a look at the pricing of the max package so you know what to expect if you grow faster than you anticipated (which is a good thing).

The Blog Hosting Companies That I Personally Recommend

I’ve given you my best tips and what to look for in a blog hosting provider. Now I want to share with you my own personal go-to blog hosting companies, and why I recommend them.

Let me be upfront with you. I am an affiliate with SiteGround. That means that I earn a commission if you choose to sign up using my link.  There is no extra cost to you. If you choose not to use my link and go to the web pages directly – that is totally cool too. At this time Webs By Amy does not have an affiliate program – but I am still recommending her because she’s that good.

Also know that I don’t recommend them just because I have a good experience with them. I made sure to do my research first to find out what kind of experience others have had with them too. And overall, they’ve both been highly rated.

So the two companies I recommend are SiteGround (affiliate link) and Webs by Amy (not an affiliate link).

SiteGround is a large, well-known blog hosting company, whereas Webs by Amy is a small boutique hosting company.

In the next two sections, I’m going to go over why I recommend these companies, and what type of blogger I think each one is best suited to.

Why Choose SiteGround As Your Blog Hosting Company

Years ago, I used SiteGround for one of my smaller blogs. Now, I use SiteGround primarily for my “test blogs.”  So the blogs that I use in my video tutorials that teach you how to set up a blog.

I have used SiteGround for years, and find them to be fast, reliable and secure. I have never had an issue with any of my blogs on their hosting and their technical support is phenomenal.

Who do I think SiteGround is suited to?

I think SiteGround is perfect for beginning bloggers on a tight budget who are comfortable with tech and DIYing their blogs.

Here is a screenshot of the hosting plans that they offer.

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As you can see they offer a super affordable starter package.

They have a discounted rate of $3.95 USD a month (~ $50 USD a year), which you can lock in for up to 3 years. However, you have to pay the entire term up front (whether that’s 1, 2 or 3 years).

Once your special pricing term is done, the regular price for the starter package is $11.95 a month – which is 3 times the price. And you still pay yearly.

Their starter package allows for 1 site (website or blog), 10,000 visits a month, and includes a free SSL (site security certificate).  They offer one-click WordPress install, and they back up your site daily.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind.

Depending on how actively you are working on your blog, you could outgrow that plan pretty quickly. And if you do, and you have to upgrade during your specially priced term – you upgrade at the regular price. In other words – you lose that discounted offer.

This is where a lot of bloggers get surprised because they get hit with a significantly higher hosting bill than they expected.

The other thing to be aware of is that with the SiteGround option (and pretty much every other major hosting provider like Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy, etc.) is that you have to be comfortable with tech because you are building your site from scratch.

What does that mean?  It means that once you sign up for a hosting package, YOU then have to:

  • Install WordPress
  • Install the SSL certificate
  • Choose and install a theme
  • Design Your Own Blog
  • Choose and install ALL your plugins

So if you don’t already know how to do that, be prepared to spend a lot of time on Google and YouTube.

The other thing to keep in mind is that when you go this route, you don’t have a finished ready-to-use blog. You still have to invest in additional tools to get your blog looking and functioning the way you want.

For example – although there are a lot of free WordPress themes (basically what determines how your blog looks) – their designs are pretty basic and customization options limited.

So if you want to rock your blog design that means you need to look into premium themes. The average price of a premium theme is somewhere around $60 USD.

Even with most premium themes, the design is pretty static (as in what you see is what you get). So if you want even more flexibility with your blog design, then you are looking at a page builder. Which can also run you another $60 per year.

From there, there are plugins to consider.  A plugin is a piece of software that you add to your blog and it gives your blog certain features or functionality.

You would use plugins for things like site security, backup, SEO, etc. To see a listing of the main plugins I recommend, check out my blog post, Essential Blogging Tools For Beginners.

As with themes, there are some plugins that are free, and others that you have to pay for. So that’s another cost to consider.

So as you can see – this is another reason why you can’t just look at the up-front price listed on a hosting package.

None of the big, well-known, recommended hosting companies offer anything beyond a basic WordPress install and SSL. So really, that inexpensive price you’re looking at – only really reflects a small portion of what you need.

All of this is why my #1 recommended blog hosting provider is Webs by Amy.

Why Choose Webs By Amy As Your Blog Hosting Provider

I began hosting with Webs by Amy in late 2008.

She was the second blog hosting provider that I tried. And once I started with her, I never left.

She has hosted ALL of my main blogs. Blogs which were (and are) content-heavy and generated a LOT of traffic.

Of course, because I am always doing research – I did try a bunch of other hosting providers for my smaller projects because I wanted a basis for comparison.

I tried Bluehost, Hostgator, and GoDaddy along with SiteGround.

Let me tell you, there is NO comparison. Even when it comes to SiteGround which is my #2 recommended hosting provider.

Webs by Amy is what I would consider to be a boutique hosting provider.

That means that the starter package price is higher upfront than with regular hosting companies.

HOWEVER… you get so much more than just basic hosting for your blog.

So technically, when you add it all up at the end of the day, you are coming out ahead.

Who do I think Webs by Amy is suited to?

I would recommend Webs by Amy for bloggers of ALL levels, who don’t want the stress and hassle of having to set up the tech. And who don’t want ANY surprises when it comes to their hosting and basic blogging expenses.

Webs by Amy offers 2 different levels of hosting packages. And even her base level goes beyond what big hosting companies do.

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Here are some of the highlights:

Additional Domains And Sub-Domains

The base package allows you two sites and unlimited sub-domains.

WordPress Is Installed For You

You know how I told you that with pretty much all the major hosting providers YOU have to install WordPress? Not with Amy. She does it for you. Including on your additional domains and sub-domains. You would easily have to pay several hundred dollars to have someone do it for you.

The SSL Certificate is Free And Installed For You

So not only do you not have to pay for the SSL certificate, she will actually set it up for you. Not just for your primary blog, but for any additional domains and sub-domains – all for free.

Security Is Tight & Your Content Is Protected

Pretty much all reputable hosting providers will have security. Webs by Amy takes it a step further with even stronger security settings than industry standards. Her service also includes regular malware scans. Not to mention, she’ll clean your site up for you if does happen get affected.

But, just to decrease the chances that happens, she also installs both a security plugin and a backup plugin are on your site.

The security plugin protects your site from hackers. The backup plugin protects your content from being lost.

If something were to happen to either your site or content – she’ll restore it for you.

And things do happen. Not just because of hackers or malware. Sometimes updates to themes or plugins can break your site and you have to restore it to a previous version. She’ll do that for you.

Premium WordPress Theme

As we talked about earlier, premium WordPress themes average about $60 USD a year. With Webs By Amy, you can choose from several premium themes. Including my favorite – the one that I use here on Blog to Biz Strategies and recommend – the Astra Pro theme (affiliate link).

Premium Page Builder

Most WordPress themes – even the premium ones have limited options when it comes to what your static pages look like (ie. home page, about page, contact page, etc).

That’s where a page builder comes in. Here on Blog to Biz Strategies – I use a premium page builder called Elementor Pro.

With Elementor Pro – the only limit you have is your imagination. You can literally design any type of page you want.

Elementor Pro is $49 USD a year for one site. Weby by Amy includes it in her hosting at no extra charge.

Premium WordPress Plugins

Expenses can really start to add up when you start to get into plugins.

Yes, you can get a lot of plugins for free, and in most cases, it’s enough. However, there are some instances where free is nowhere near as good as a paid plugin.

Again, that’s what I love about Webs by Amy. Amy includes a premium backup plugin with your hosting (Backupbuddy). Normally this would run you $80 USD a year.

She also includes WP-Rocket. This is a caching and performance plugin which really helps with boosting your site speed. That would normally run you $29 USD a year.

Plugins Pre-Installed and Configured

Normally, you would have to install and set up all your plugins yourself. Webs by Amy does it all for you.

In addition to installing the premium plugins I mentioned above, she also installs and configures plugins for anti-spam, security, image compression, and SEO.

Site Migration

Webs By Amy isn’t just for the new blogger starting out. If you already have a self-hosted WordPress blog with another hosting company, Amy will happily migrate your blog to her hosting, in most cases at no extra cost.

Where you might run into a fee is if you have a HUGE blog (because that can be more problematic to migrate), or you have a blog on a platform other than a self-hosted WordPress. You’d have to check with Amy first.

Your Price Is Locked

This honestly is the best thing since sliced bread.

What you see is what you pay.

As long as you stay within your monthly bandwidth allowance, and you keep up with your payments, your price will never go up.

I have been on Amy’s hosting since 2008 and in that time, my hosting costs have NEVER gone up.

That’s something that you virtually never see.

So there you have it.

Those are the main things that I think sets Webs By Amy apart.

Amy includes other things in her hosting as well – so be sure to check it out HERE.

In Conclusion

Whew! I realize that this has been a long post, but there is a LOT to say about hosting. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post – choosing the best blog hosting for your “baby” is a BIG decision.

And you want to make sure that you make the best decision for you. Both for where you are now, and where you’ll be as you start to grow.

You should now have a good idea about what to think about, what to look for and what types of questions to ask when choosing a blog hosting provider.

In summary, I would say that if your budget is really tight, then start with SiteGround’s base blog hosting package. As long as you’re okay with DIYing the tech yourself. And as long as you realize that this only gives you a bare-bones blog.

If you don’t want to worry about the tech and you want peace of mind so that you can just focus on building an epic blog and business, then I would recommend Webs By Amy.

You do pay a little more up-front. Over the long term though,  the cost savings are HUGE.

And if you opt not to go with either of my recommendations, then keep in mind the tips that I shared so that you know what to look for and what questions to ask.

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*Please note that I am an affiliate for some of the products that I recommend. What that means is that if you choose to sign up for a service using my link I receive a commission (thank you!). It does not affect your price at all.

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2 thoughts on “How To Choose The Best Blog Hosting If You Want To Make Money Blogging”

  1. I love how you go into so much detail to show exactly why you are recommending someone or not. I started with Blue Host and really struggled because I knew nothing from the tech side. Siteground has been so much more user-friendly for me.

    1. Andrea Walford

      Hi Amy – I am so glad you are enjoying the detail in my posts. I really want to help people make as informed a decision about things as they can. I am working on adding more tech tutorials to my blog to help walk people through all the frustrating tech aspects of blogging. If there is something you would like to see a post or video on please let me know!

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