When I first started my blog, I went with a small hosting service, which started out just fine. However, I quickly learned what features I needed from my web host and why it was important to do a lot of research before choosing a hosting service.

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If you don’t choose the right hosting service, many problems can arise for your website and you, including:

  • Slow loading speeds
  • Website down (this happened to me and took 5 days to fix!)
  • Loss of data
  • Lack of customer support

When I decided it was time to get a new host I did a lot of research. I talked to fellow bloggers, read countless articles, and look extensively at what each host offered and how it would benefit my growing business. Price was a consideration as well, but I knew my hosting service was one of the most important, if not the most important, part of my business being successful, so it was an investment I was willing to make.

The two hosting services that stood out from the crowd and have over delivered for me are Siteground and Bluehost.

You have probably heard of each of these before because many of the top online business owners and bloggers use one of these hosting services.

To save you a little time and help you decide which one is right for you, I have put together a brief synopsis of each host. Read through the information carefully and decide which aligns best with your blogging goals. I can honestly say, I think you will be happy with either one, but it is important to know what you are getting into before getting started.

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Bluehost Pros

  • Very affordable- Bluehost has plans starting as low as $3.95/month and the quality of their services are still amazing.
  • You can try them for FREE for 30 days
  • They currently host over 2 million websites worldwide and growing every day.
  • They offer one-click wordpress install and, until recently, were the number one recommended hosting service by WordPress.
  • 24/7 Customer support
  • You get a free domain when signing up
  • You can have multiple domains

Bluehost has a reputation of being affordable, easy to use, and great for bloggers of every level.

Siteground Pros

  • Amazingly fast load times
  • Daily backups
  • Weekly security checks
  • Incredible 24/7 customer service with no wait time
  • Free website migration
  • Very Affordable plans- (You only have to pay one year at a time instead of three)
  • You can try them for FREE for 30 days
  • They offer one-click wordpress install
  • You get a free domain when signing up
  • You can have multiple domains
  • The only host currently listed on WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla official hosting pages.

Siteground came into the market slightly later than Bluehost, but is making huge ganes in popularity. Recent polls show that it has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in every category as well as guaranteed 99.99% uptimes which is the industry leader.

Now to the cons.

I personally have not experienced any huge negatives with either of these companies, but I know other bloggers who have so I am going to share a few here so you have all the information you need to make your decision.

My only complaint about Bluehost as compared to Siteground is their customer support wait time.

  • Siteground has literally answered every question I have ever had within two minutes. I have been amazed by the speed and thoroughness of their support staff.
  • Bluehost has much longer wait times which I have found to average about 30 minutes. With that said, I have heard this is something Bluehost is working to improve.

 

What others are saying:

A complaint I have heard come up over and over again is that websites hosted by Bluehost experience outages often. This I do not have any personal experience with, but is definitely something to consider before making your final decision.

There are thousands of bloggers who have probably never experienced downtime with Bluehost.

With my first host (it wasn’t Bluehost), as mentioned above, I experienced a five day outage with my site and potentially lost subscribers and revenue. It was extremely frustrating and is something to take seriously when making your decision.

If you are planning to use Bluehost for all their other outstanding qualities, you may want to talk to a few other bloggers and address the issue with customer service first.

The only complaint I have come across from Siteground users is their price. It is slightly higher than that of Bluehost (unless they are running a special).

When starting a blog or in the beginning stages it is hard to spend any money because you most likely aren’t making any yet. It will be tempting to choose your host based on cost alone.

However, think of your blog as a start up business because if you want to make money than that is exactly what it is. If you were opening a brick and mortar business you would have to pay for a storefront of some kind. You would never be able to find the perfect location for less than $10/month. Your hosting service is your store front (along with your theme of course). Set it up perfectly the first time so you will have returning customers.

The amount you will spend on your host will be far less than that of any other business you could start no matter which host you choose. You may decide to splurge a little to get exactly what you want for your business.

Choosing your web host is a daunting task! As if you weren’t already about to pull your hair out with all the to-do’s with starting your blog! Both of these hosts are great options for your blog. They each offer wonderful features. My websites are currently hosted by Siteground and I have nothing but positive things to say about them.

If you are struggling to decide on your host or need more direction on any aspect of starting your blog, don’t hesitate to contact me! I would love to support you.

Take a look at each website to get more information about individual plans.

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You can do this!

Jenna

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