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Important Tips on How to Choose the Best Blog Host for Blogging

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If you are interested to start a blog, one of the most common questions that will come to your mind is how to decide which blog host is the best for you? But before that, you should define your goals for your blog then research the various blog hosts and blogging platforms to determine the one that best suits your needs. Although it makes sense to start with the basics, but it will be good to make sure that the host you choose today will scale to serve the blog you want to build in the future. Here you’ll be given 8 important tips to choosing a blog host and we hope that you will find them useful.

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1. Price
There are many blog hosts can be used for free such as Blogger, WordPress.com and Tumblr. Most of them are easy to use and their features are pretty self-explanatory, you should be able to create your own blog within hour. Aside from free blog hosts, you can also consider some premium (paid) blogging platforms such as ExpressionEngine and Squarespace. Before you choose any blog hosts, spend some time to do some research and ask other bloggers about the services. In fact, it’s not difficult to find the one that matches your needs at the best price if you’ve done enough research.

2. Server Space
Another factor that you would need to consider is server space. This is the place for you to store your blog. Most of the typical bloggers don’t need terabytes of space, so just choose the option that suits your needs and budget.

3. Data Transfer Limits
Before you sign up any blog host service packages, make sure you check how much data are you allowed to transfer through your blog each month. The transfer limit needs to be high enough to accommodate all the data you publish on your blog being viewed by every visitor. However, don’t overbuy it as you can always upgrade to higher transfer limits when your blog grows.

4. Up-Time
If your host server can’t up and running 99% of the time, you can just forget about it. Although a rare or occasional downtime might not be a big issue, but you should be forewarned when the servers are going to be down.

5. Server Speed
Do you know that if your blog can’t fully load within few seconds, your visitors will simply click away from it? That’s the reason why it’s important to choose a reliable blog host that provides fast and stable server speed.

6. Control Panel User Friendliness
It’s good to make sure that the host’s control panel is easy to use and makes sense to you. You may check out their free demonstrations or tours.

7. Security
No matter you are running a blog or online business, when it comes to security, there will be no compromise. Make sure you choose a secure and reliable host that can protect your blog from hackers.

8. Technical Support
Technical support is another factor to consider when choosing a blog host. It’s imperative to make sure your hosting provider has 24-hour customer support line, so that they can help you immediately if your blog’ server goes down or you have any problems about hosting services.

Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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