What Bloggers Must Know about Web Hosting: 9 Ways to Stay Out of Troubles

I simply can’t stress enough how important it is to host your blog with a good web host. What makes a good web host?

The key is a host that provides fast loading time and an impeccable uptime record.

Keep in mind that uptime is absolutely essential, as you need your readers to be able to access the content on your blog 24/7. After all, if potential customers go to visit your blog only to find that it is down, they could very well take their readership (and their business) elsewhere.

In addition, speed is becoming increasingly important in terms of SEO. Google has been using site speed as a critical ranking factor since 2010. A faster blog host means a faster blog, which translates into higher Google rankings.

A faster site also improves conversion rates. Close to half of all consumers expect a page to load in two seconds or less. Slower page load times mean higher page abandonment rates, lower rates of purchase on ecommerce sites.

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The bottom line? A good, fast web host is key to the overall success of your blog.

1. Opt for a Hosting Provider with a Long Trial Period

As a general rule of thumb, the longer the trial period, the more confidence I have in the quality of service.

Several of the very best hosting providers I have tried offer the longest, full-money-back trial periods, including InMotion Hosting (90-day money-back trail), HostGator (45-day money-back trial), and SiteGround (45-day money-back trial).

Some hosting companies also provide an anytime money-back guarantee, such as BlueHost, which is a good sign. This means that you can cancel your account and ask for a refund anytime.

2. Register Your Primary Domain with a Different Party 

Just because your web host gives out free domains doesn’t mean that you should use a free domain as your primary domain.

I normally opt to use the free domain for my secondary sites, which I use for host testing or SEO experiments. There are several notable advantages to registering your primary domain with a different party. Mainly, it is much easier to switch hosts when you register your domain with a different party. If you have already registered with your hosting company, your best bet is to transfer the domain out to a third-party registrar. 

3. Be Careful with Your Payment Method

When choosing a payment method, exercise caution. There are three popular payment options: PayPal, credit card, and debit card, each with its own merits.

  • Credit Cards: In general, you will want to be wary when using credit cards. About 10 years ago, I had to cancel my credit card because a hosting company refused to stop charging. Generally, the security of payment via credit card will depend on your specific credit card company/bank. Some banks offer extra protection to sensitive info, while others don’t. Check your bank’s consumer and data protection policies before you hand over your credit card number to a web host.
  • Debit Cards: It is easier to avoid fraudulent charges from a web hosting service with a debit card than with a credit card. If something bad happens, just withdraw the money from your debit account, and the service won’t have a way to charge you.
  • PayPal: PayPal tends to be a great option, as it offers built-in features to protect buyers from fraud and theft, and you will never need to directly reveal your credit card or debit card information to the hosting company.

4. Avoid Blacklisted IP

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If you are planning to host email with your web host, it is important to make sure that your server is not using a blacklisted IP.

How can you do this? The easiest way is to check Spam Haus Block List before signing up.

5. Compare Features and Prices with Other Hosting Companies 

You need to ask yourself two questions when comparing features and prices between hosting companies:

  1. Are there better options compared to the shortlisted web host?
  2. Is the web host too expensive or too cheap?

Remember, if you see a deal that looks too good to be true, it probably is.

I am not saying that all cheap web hosts are bad. In fact, I wrote a long cheap web hosting guide previously and talked about how you should deal with common problems in cheap hosting deals (and take advantage of them!).

However, bear in mind that in reality, we always get what we pay for. If you’re only paying $0.99 per month for your host, you are most likely going to end up in a rushed server and second grade technical support.

When comparing features and prices between hosting companies, always avoid companies that are charging a higher price unless there is a valid reason. For example, DreamHost charges $20 per month for Managed WordPress Hosting services, but it provides in-house technical WordPress support (which is awesome). InMotion Hosting charges slightly more ($2 per month extra), but its web host is ultra-fast and reliable.

6. Back up Your Blog Regularly 

Always back up your site regularly, just in case something bad happens. Plenty of free plugins and cheap web services can do this easily and efficiently if you are working on WordPress.

And, if you want to back up from cPanel, a simple cron can do the job automatically (these free scripts were created quite long time ago — please use on your own risk). You can get free scripts here and here. 

7. Use Strong Passwords and Change Them on a Regular Basis 

Always use strong passwords to mitigate the risk of a hack.

You will also want to change your password on a regular basis just in case it is ever stolen by someone working at the hosting company. While the risk of this occurring is minimal, it is better to be safe than sorry. Security experts recommend changing passwords at least once every few months or so.

8. Track Your Web Host Uptime 

Don’t 100% believe what companies say when it comes to uptime. Sometimes companies are inclined to advertise an overly optimistic uptime rate. Therefore, it is a wise idea to track your web host’s uptime yourself.

This can easily be done using free tools like Uptime Robot, Pingdom, and WHSR Uptime Monitor.

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9. Always Keep Your Options Open 

If something isn’t going well with your host, don’t be afraid to switch services. It is not too difficult to switch your web host, and if done right, it doesn’t affect your Google ranking.

All in all, it is crucial to host your blog with a reliable, fast web hosting service.

Doing so will improve user experience, ensure users’ continued access to your blog, and boost your SEO rankings. All of that translates into better visibility and more readers for you.

Wrapping Up

Have you ever had an experience with a bad web host? Or do you have a great web host you want to recommend? Let us know!

Share your web hosting experiences, tips, and tricks with me in the comments section below.

73 thoughts on “What Bloggers Must Know about Web Hosting: 9 Ways to Stay Out of Troubles”

  1. Hi Muki this is really a good topic to discuss. I am always confused in every year when its renewal time. Still i did not have find any good web hosting every web hosting has pros and cons no one is perfect acc to my experience.

  2. I have been with in total 4 hosting till date. One of them had so low security that my website got hacked numerous times and the hosting provider continued to complaint that it was my own website mistake not a mistake of their hosting. In the second case, everything was fine but I could never get my email reach my inbox in gmail. Now after reading your post I have understood that their IP was blacklisted, that’s why I wasn’t able to create and send custom emails created from my hosting. Finally now my present Hosting works the best 🙂 Awesome Support. Just loving it!

  3. Hi,
    You are correct. we need to choose trouble free hosting. I had faced many issues with hosting providers.

    Can you tell me a good hosting provider for my blog? As per your experience Which is best for 25K traffic website?

  4. I think, I just need two more things. One, a domain name. Two, a reliable web hosting service provider. really nice to read such great tips about web hosting. Thanks @Jerry Low

  5. Hi Jerry, This is a very informative article. I think everyone should read this just to make sure that they are doing all the right steps to stay out of trouble. Who wants their websites hacked, right? It’s better to be safer than sorry, at the end. Cheers!

  6. Backups and Page load time are very essential. It’s good to sign up for a host that does daily backups. This can save you especially in case of any security issues or malwlare attacks. Thanks for the awesome article. Very informative.

  7. Thank you so much Jerry, for this helpful Advice.
    You have mentioned so helpful things.
    You’re right that many hosting providers claim that they provide 100% uptime but in fact, this is not true.

  8. Thanks for sharing this Hosting guidelines. Before reading this blog I was not aware of all this payment security options and all. I just considered to take hosting from any reliable web hosting service provider and start my work. But this blog helps me out about what thinks to consider.

  9. I think security in every thing you do is very important and now that you have given us these great tips so as to stay out of mess, personally am great-full. Am taking this as a security to my blogging. Thank you for good work you are doing to make us be on the safe side.

  10. Thanks Enstine for your wonderful and informative information. I only rely on strong passwords but you have opened my mind. Following for my future blogging career. Thanks

  11. i totally agree with you that A good, fast web host is key to the overall success of your blog.
    Nice Article, Very Educative and informative.keep up the good work that you are doing.

  12. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to start blogging but web hosting has been a big challenge, with the important points noted from above, i now know what to do.

  13. Thanks for this interesting points. I think if we follow then we shall succeed indeed in blogging. Keep in mind that uptime is absolutely essential and readers are able to access the content on the blog throughout.

  14. Thanks for summing it all up! I would pay more attention to the 3rd tip, about the payment options, Always use PayPal for transaction if you are not an American and PayPal is the only US Dollars you have. It may be impractical, slow and costly to ask your local bank do the conversion. If you have no choice but to use your Credit Card, make sure the company is a reputable one to avoid ending up an unpleasant ride.

  15. Hello, Jerry Low. Just saw your post and I was wondering why you didn’t include GoDaddy. I know they caused some massive trouble before. However, they offer great service now. Also, I like your way of getting subscribers. Push-notifications on chrome a better tactic to get more subscribers. Anyways, I subscribed to your push notifications and I hope for new awesome content.

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