Blogging 101: What is Hosting? | Seamlined Living
First, What is Web Hosting?

The official definition is as follows: the activity or business of providing storage space and access for websites.

After reading that definition, do you feel a little lost? Starting a blog can be a daunting task and once you begin researching you can find yourself getting lost in the “blogging and online marketing terms.” In this blog post, we’ll walk through what web hosting means and will explain to you the different options for hosting.

When you break it down, web hosting is a service that allows you to create and post content on a website. All websites are stored (or hosted) on servers. These servers store data, images, and content so when users go to find a website online the content loads after they go to the site. All users need to do is type in a URL (or web address) into their browser and hit enter – and like magic, the website appears!

Since hosting providers store your site files, images, copy and makes sure your site is “live” (visible), it’s important you select the right provider. Before you begin building your website, you should research hosting providers.

If you want to learn more details about here providers, along with other popular hosting providers in the industry, you can read my blog post here, I’ve also included an overview for WordPress’s recommended hosting providers below.

Affordable Web Hosting for Blogging

SiteGround Hosting Benefits Overview

  • Cost: $3.95 – $11.95/month (Regularly $9.95 – $29.95/month)
  • Domain Cost: Domain prices start at $9.95
  • 1-Click WordPress Installs: Yes
  • SSL Certificate: Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates for all plans, Premium
    • WildCard SSL Certificate is free for the first year on their GrowBig and GoGeek plans
  • Support: 24/7 support
  • Uptime: 99.99% of the time.

DreamHost Hosting

  • Cost: $7.95 -$16.95/month
  • Domain Cost: A free domain when you purchase annual hosting plans (1st year)
  • 1-Click WordPress Installs: Yes
  • SSL Certificate: Free SSL/TLS Certificate with Let’s Encrypt
  • Support: 24/7 US Based Support

Bluehost Hosting

  • Promotional Cost (WordPress Hosting): $19.99 – $49.99/month (Regularly $39.99 – $129.99/month)
  • Promotional Cost (Cloud Hosting): $6.95 – $15.95/month (Regularly $9.99 – $25.99/month)
  • Domain Cost: Free for the first year
  • 1-Click WordPress Installs: Yes
  • SSL Certificate: Free
  • Support: 24/7

Have any additional questions about hosting? Contact me or leave a comment below.

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