So, you started creating a blog and launching it. You understand what will be its theme, design, color scheme and, possibly, even future readers. What about goals? What is the main function of your blog? If you haven’t thought about it yet, then it’s time to do it right now.
Consider whether the blog will serve a commercial function now or in the future. This is important, as your project will attract more and more visitors as it develops, and you will need more resources.
Also decide what type of content you plan to post. If these are text materials, then hosting with a minimum amount of resources will suit you.
If you want to have a video blog or, for example, a photo blog with high-resolution images, then most likely you will need more resources.
Is paid hosting good?
Once the goals of your blog have been determined, it is worth deciding if you are ready to invest in your project. Let’s take a look at the features of free and paid hosting. On free hosting, you do not need to pay for site placement.
After creating a blog, you host its data on the server together with projects of other users and gain access to shared resources. In return, the hosting provider gets the right to place advertisements and various links on your site.
On paid hosting, you can choose how much resources you need to accommodate the required amount of files. Depending on this volume, the cost of the tariff plan will be added up. Also, only you own your site and manage its content and work.
Main points of view
The speed of work. On free hosting, the number of users of server resources is much greater than on paid hosting. Due to the fact that the required amount of resources is not always available, the site loading speed is several times lower. Such a resource is more difficult to promote in search engines, and, consequently, the number of readers of your blog will not grow.
Unlike paid hosting on free, you are not actually the owner of the hosted resource. At any time, the hosting company can, at its discretion, block your blog or simply delete it.
The amount of disk space on both types of hosting is limited. Free hosting has a fixed amount of resources, which is standard for all sites with any load. On paid hosting, you can upgrade to a plan with more resources if necessary.
Advertising. As we wrote above, after creating a blog and placing it on free hosting, you provide your resource as an advertising platform for the hosting company.
Technical support. This service is not available on free hosting, so if you have any questions, you will only need to use your knowledge.
The goal of hosting
The goal of hosting is to ensure that your blog is available whenever users access it on the Internet. To determine the quality of hosting, such a concept as Uptime is used – the percentage ratio between the time of normal uninterrupted operation of the server on which your resource is located, and the entire time during which you use the hosting.
Let’s say, using hosting for 100 days, your resource was available on the network all the time, except for 12 hours (half a day), which were associated with technical problems in the data center. In this case, the Uptime will be 99.5%. The higher the percentage, the more reliable the hosting works. For some hosters, this indicator tends to 100%, for example, Timeweb’s Uptime is 99.9%.
Pay attention to customer reviews and Uptime indicators – the more information you collect about hosting, the greater the guarantee of hosting stability.
To sum up
Having familiarized yourself in detail with all of the above points and taking them into account when choosing a company, we can guarantee that your hosting will meet quality standards. Invest your time in finding a reliable hosting provider and it will pay off with a successful and smooth running of your blog.