Please review my list of the top 5 WordPress blog hosting providers of 2011
Hosting a website or blog does not have to be a difficult process. First thing to consider is your level of knowledge about what kind of hosting you need for your project or business. With all the confusing hosting terminology you see splattered all over the thousands of hosting providers online it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and throw in the towel and find any reason to “postpone’ or online plans.
If your new to hosting the main thing you need to ask yourself is:
- Shared hosting (sometimes called virtual hosting) means that you are sharing a server with other clients of that company. The host manages the server almost completely (though you maintain your site and your account). They can afford to charge you little since many clients are paying for use of the server.
**This is perfect for most clients who are hosting a normal size web site or blog that doesn’t demand extradordinary amounts of space **
- What are their hours of operation? Is technical support available and free? If no phone support is available, how reliable is their email support? Is their support staff based in the U.S.?
**Finding out the hours of operation is very important when choosing a host. there is nothing worse than having a major hosting meltdown only to find out that the hosting provider is closed on weekends or has limited tech support. There is no reason to not expect reliable technical support when your paying money for hosting. The best option for beginners is to make sure the host you have chosen a host who offers 24 hour phone support. When you have no idea whats going on, there is nothing more reassuring than knowing there is always someone available to help. **
- If you are choosing a host for WordPress blog hosting it’s imperative you ask if they offer some kind of a 1-click or easy installation wizard for installing Wordpress. All of the top hosting providers I listed above offer a simple easy installation of WordPress , but do not assume that all hosting companies do. Manually uploading WordPress can be a nightmare sometimes and this distinction between instant installation that properly configures itself and manual installation is like night and day, you will save yourself hours of unnecessary confusion.
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