How to Start a Blog: Step-by-Step Guide (Video)

Our team of researchers recently put together a nice graphic and some interesting data explaining why everyone should have a blog! The main points of the article were simple and clearly explains why every individual, business, and organization should have a blog and should be actively and regularly adding new content to it.

Despite some common misconceptions, starting a blog is actually extremely easy (you can have it set up in as little as 5 minutes). And it only takes about $3.95/month to start a blog that includes a personal domain name. It is easy, affordable, and most importantly it is actually quite fun to blog. We wanted to write a detailed step-by-step guide that walks you through the easy process of starting a blog… Following these simple instructions and you can have a blog up and running in a matter of minutes.

(Video) How to Start a Blog! – Guide for Beginners

Get Started Blogging – Follow These Simple Steps:

    • Step 1:  First we need to find a web hosting provider for our blog. There are several options on the web; however, not all are quality hosts and many hosts over-charge for their services. On the homepage of BestWebHostingGeek.com you will see 5 hosts on the sidebar. Our team of researchers consider these to be (in our opinion) the best web hosting providers available.
    • Step 2:  Although the hosting choice is really up to you we highly recommend using Bluehost! We personally use this host for our blog, they are reliable, very affordable, and make it EXTREMELY easy to start a wordpress blog using their 1-click install. We have partnered with this great hosting provider and are able to offer you an exclusive discount on their hosting. To enable this $3.95/month promo rate simple click on our exclusive Bluehost partner link. (partner link)
    • Step 3:  For the sake of making things easy we are going to walk you step-by-step through setting up a blog on Bluehost. After clicking on the Bluehost partner link above you will be taken to their website. Click on the big “Sign Up Now” button.
    • Step 4:  Under “I Need a Domain Name” play around, get creative, and choose a personal domain name for your site/blog. This name can be anything from your name or business name (ex. JonathanBurdon.com) or you can get creative and name it anything else that has not been taken. Continue by hitting the “Next” button.
    • Step 5:  Fill out all the required account and billing information. Bluehost.com is one of the largest and most reputable companies on the internet and secures your private information so you can rest assured your confidential information is safe and protected. Hit the “Next” button to continue.

      Tip: During this registration process you may see several boxes where they offer account upgrade options such as a ProPackage, Site-lock, Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart, or Domain Whois Privacy. All of these things are optional and to save you money I would recommend you DO NOT purchase these upgrades. The basic $3.95/month hosting is VERY powerful and will work perfectly for your blog…  #SavingsTip

    • Step 6:  After completing this easy registration process Bluehost will e-mail your account details to the e-mail address that you used while registering. Please remember/write down your username and password. We will use this information to finish setting up your blog.
    • Step 7:  After receiving your account information, visit Bluehost.com and click on the “Control Panel Login” button in the upper right hand corner. You will now be able to enter your account username & password. Hit “Login” to continue.
    • Step 8:   Congrats you are now logged into your account and are very close to completing your blog install. At the top next to the home button you will see a button that says, “Hosting“, please click that button. Your control panel will now be displayed and you simply need to click on the button that says, “WordPress” to begin the install. You should hit the green “Start” a brand new install button.
    • Step 9:  During this simple install process you will be asked a series of basic questions, the default selections should suffice for setting up the blog. I would suggest clicking the “Show Advanced Options” button to change the blog title, username, and password.
    • Step 10:  The final step to installing WordPress on the server is to click on the green “Install Now” button. Be sure that you have checked the box next to, “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2”.
    • Step 11:  Bluehost makes setting up your blog VERY easy. They automate all of the installation process, database installs, etc. You do not have to do any of this technical work, simply wait as Bluehost automatically installs WordPress. Wait until you see confirmation on the screen that the installation was complete. The screen will display your website URL, Login URL, Username, and Password. It is important that you write down or print this information so you can remember.

      Tip: You can now share your blog /website URL with others at any point.  It may be viewed at:  www.YourWebsite.com.

    • Step 12:  Congratulations… Within just a couple of minutes you now have successfully installed the WordPress blogging platform onto your server. Now you may automatically beginning working on your blog, adding new posts, etc. To begin working on the blog you simply need to access your admin panel. To do this [in your browser] visit your login URL  (ex.  www.YourWebsite.com/wp-admin). Type in your username and password to login.
    • Step 13:  Now that your blog is setup all you need to do is add new posts to your blog. From your admin panel simply click “Posts” and then “Add New” for each new post. Simply add a title to your post in the top box, add the content for you post in the larger box and when finished hit the blue “Publish” button.  As simple and as quick as that you have now began blogging.


      Tip:
      WordPress is a very user-friendly backend that makes blogging easy. Over time you can begin playing around with all of the amazing features of WordPress and can customize your blog. You may easy install WordPress themes & plugins to really add some spice to your blog. WordPress has developed their admin panel in a way that allows beginners to play around/adjust settings without risking messing up anything. So don’t be afraid to jump in and try new things!

Summary:

Our video tutorial and step-by-step guide covers in very specific details how to start a blog. The entire process is very easy and can be completed in as few as 5-minutes. If you are an individual, business, or organization and do not currently have a blog, I would strongly recommend you do so today. I promise you will not regret the decision!

Again, you have the freedom to choose any web hosting provider for your blog; however, our step-by-step guides are centered around our favorite host:  Bluehost (partner link)! Clicking on our exclusive partner link will enable an exclusive promo rate that will save you quite a bit of $ with this amazing host! If at any point after registering at Bluehost you would like additional help with your blog, simply call their amazing customer support at:  1.888.401.4678. They will be fast and eager to help you throughout this process.

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Why Blog? Check out these interesting facts! (Infographic)

We firmly believe that blogging is something that every individual person, business, organization, and pet should be doing… Ok, maybe not pet.. But if you fall in in one of the other three categories and are not consistently blogging, you are falling short marketing yourself. If you have not already started a blog we highly recommend that you do so immediately. (Yes, as soon as you finish this article!)

The fact is, most people and business professionals have this deep down assumption that starting a blog is going to be challenging when in reality that could not be more false. In fact, you can have one up and running in just a couple of minutes! We produced a simple video that walks you step-by-step through the easy process of starting a blog, our article , “HowtoStartBlogging” will help you started online in a matter of minutes!

Why You Need to Be Blogging: 

Let’s face it… The world is changing… And as the old saying goes… Adapt or Die! It does not matter who you are, what field of business you are in, or how successful you have been in the past.. If you are not adapting to the times you are going to fall short. Now that blogging has grown popular you no longer need to spend thousands of dollars on fancy web design, most customers are content reading a simple/regularly updated blog. It is all about marketing… Any everyone and everything needs marketing!   If you are an individual, you need to use a blog to positively market your life… You may not believe me, but I guarantee you that no matter who you are or where you are from, at one point or another SOMEONE has Google’ed you! A blog is an easy way to control your image and allow others to participate in your life. For example, my personal blog JonathanBurdon.com normally receives over 10 visits per day (and climbing). I never would have dreamt that anyone would be looking me up, much less 10+ individuals per day! This proves why it is important to control your image and share your personal thoughts on something as simple as a blog.

Now businesses & organizations are a completely different story! It is a 100% must that these groups have a blog. This is a way to communicate directly with the people who pay your bills… Your customers! Businesses can share ideas, get input, talk about new products, spread promotions, and interact with their customers. When I am looking for a business to hire, no matter what for:  HVAC, legal, pluming  realtor, whatever… I am going to go online, research all the options in the area and most likely will choose the one that had the best online relationship with customers.. It is a sad truth but this is what most people do.. Times are changing… If you do not adapt your business will fail… This would be a shame considering how easy it is to start a blog, and how cheap it is to get started!

Side note:  If you the type of person who has a hard time accepting change or adapting, do yourself a huge favor and read the book, “Who Moved My Cheese” … Doing so will change your life and/or save your business! (It is an easy read).

Let’s Get to the Interesting Facts: 

BestWebHostingGeeks.com sent our researchers out to grab some interesting facts about blogs and blogging and they came up with some cool stuff and a pretty amazing infographic... If you are tired of reading this article, it is now ok to skip on to the image below and read the summary! Otherwise, if you are as intrigued as I hope you are… I will outline some of the findings.

  • Fact #1:  There are over 152,000,000 blogs on the Internet. (That is a very big number)
  • Fact #2:  The number of blogs be created is increasing drastically due to the importance of doing so.. In fact, a blog is being created somewhere in the world every 1/2 of a second! That turns out to be over 63 new million blogs created each year. If one of these isn’t own by you, someone else is snatching business from you.
  • Fact #3:  People read blogs more than once a day… This is not the case with every website. In my opinion, this is why having a blog is a great starting point and should be top priority! The idea is to keep customers coming back regularly.
  • Fact #4:  As you can see from the graphic, blogs play a HUGE role in purchase decisions.  This includes discovering products, reviewing products, comparing products, etc.
  • Fact #5:  Businesses that blog at least 20 times in a given month generate 5 times as much traffic than those who blog fewer than 4 times a month. It is not only important to blog but to really excel a business or individual should blog regularly! I always recommend 1 per day at a minimum when I am consulting.
  • Fact #6:  Businesses/Companies/Organizations that have 51 quality blog articles experience a 77% lift in median monthly sales…  This fact alone should be very eye opening!
  • Fact #7:  Morning is the time when most blog “reading” takes place. This means what you write can influence people’s decisions and thoughts for the entire day!
  • Fact #8:  This is a major fact… People openly and public share blog articles that they find interesting or informative. When people share your posts you get added exposure, which can result in many positive outcomes!

Check out this awesome infographic put together by our team of researchers: 

Interesting Facts About Blogging

Summary:

By now you should see the importance of having a blog no matter if you are an individual, business, or organization. Don’t be discouraged thinking it is too hard to get started because it is actually VERY EASY! No matter how young/old or technologically advanced you are, you can have your own blog up and running in a matter of minutes… If you need help getting started, simply read our step-by-step guide (with video) on how to start a blog!

Questions You Should Ask A Web Host

There are literally thousands of web hosting providers on the internet. Our team of professional web hosting experts have taken the time to review a large portion of the available hosts. From our experience we have found that a few hosts really stand out from the pack and provide EXCELLENT hosting at affordable pricing. We outline who we believe to be the top hosts on our homepage sidebar.

Although we have outlined five excellent hosts there is still a chance that you may desire to host with another company. In fact, every host specializes in something different so the real key is find a company that aligns with your personal needs. Should you find yourself attempting to decide on what host to hire, there are always a few questions that I recommend getting answered. I have outlined some of those questions below, we suggest searching the hosts’ website, reading reviews, and even calling the host if needed to answer these questions.

  • Question 1: What type of hosting plans do you offer?

    There are several different types of web hosting including but not limited to: shared web hosting, VPS web hosting, dedicated web hosting, reseller web hosting, and cloud hosting. The most affordable option of all these will be “Shared Web Hosting” and this type of hosting will work for 97% of websites. Make sure you find a host that offers the services you need.

  • Question 2: What is the cost of the hosting plans?

    When looking at web host’s it is important to understand how much it is going to cost you. I would not only ask what the initial purchase price is but I also would ask what the renewal rate is going to be. A lot of hosts will charge significantly more when it comes time for renewal. However, some hosts like (HostMetro) pride themselves in never raising the rates on you.

  • Question 3: What level of 3rd-party application support do you offer?

    WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and other third party applications have became extremely popular over the years. Some web hosting providers will provide support and will help you with these third parties application when you encounter a problem, others will not.

  • Question 4: What sort of security policy you have?

    DDos Protections, Site-block… You may never need them but it is always good to have protections in place just in case. Most reputable hosts like Bluehost, iPage, etc. have the best security policies while many newer hosts may be lacking in this area.

  • Question 5: What level of technical support you provide?

    If the host does not provide friendly, fast, and 24/7 customer support I would highly suggest staying away.  A good host will offer a variety of ways to get support including: support tickets, live chat, e-mail, telephone, etc. From my research Bluehost definitely excels in this area.

  • Question 6: Is it easy to get hold of the technical team?

    This is not a problem you will encounter with a major host (like any of the ones promoted on our site) but if you decide to go with a small/new company this is definitely something to consider.

  • Question 7: Do I have to pay extra for technical support?

    Again, this is rare with major hosts like those listed on our site; however, there are a select few number of hosts that will try to charge you for technical support and I would definitely try to avoid these hosting providers.

  • Question 8: Can I have the copy of contract?

    Just make sure you understand the rules. Most hosts have a Terms of Service that will act as your contract. Make sure you take a few minutes to read over these Terms. Don’t be surprised later by what you did not take time to read.

  • Question 9: Is there any flexibility in the contract?

    A great example of this would be money back guarantees. This will give you a little time to make sure you like the host prior to being locked into a contract.

  • Question 10: What are the possibilities to void contract?

    Most hosts will not allow you to void a contract; however, some may allow it and pro-rate a portion of your money. Hopefully this is something you will never need to worry about; however, this is good information to know it advance.

  • Question 11: What type of hosting servers you offered? (Share, VPS, Dedicated server hosting)

    We kind of touched base on this in question 1; however, some hosts offer multiple hosting plans and types. I am a fan of these types of providers because you can start off with the basic/most affordable plans and then if your website grows you can easily migrate to another server in the future if needed. Bluehost (our favorite host), for example, offers shared, dedicated, and reseller hosting options.

  • Question 12: What If I need to switch servers later on?

    Godaddy and 1and1 web hosting providers are two of the larger ones that you may have heard of. However, in our opinion these two hosts make it harder than most to migrate your site. Once you host with them you are almost stuck. That is why I do not like these two particular hosts. Just make sure you research and see how hard it will be to switch servers in the future.

  • Question 13: What would be the additional charges in order to get additional bandwidth and space?

    A lot of hosts offer unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space. Meaning (in most cases) you won’t have to worry about hidden charges. However, some hosts still charge fees based on usage. Just make sure you understand those fees in advance.

  • Question 14: What type of control panel do you provide?

    Different hosts offer different types of panels. For example: HostMetro uses Cpanel, iPage uses vDeck, and Bluehost offers an awesome custom version of Cpanel.

  • Question 15: How much authority do I have over the server?

    When you have a shared hosting account there is a good chance you may have limit authority in certain areas of the server. Hosts do this to protect others who share the same server. For the most part you will not need a lot of control for your site to operate; however, really advanced websites will definitely need more authority to get certain scripts to work.

  • Question 16: Can I get sample websites hosted by you (HOST)?

    You can tell a lot from a sample. However, the number one thing you can test is the speed of the site.

  • Question 17: What sort of back-up policy you have?

    Even the best of the best web hosting providers have hard drive failures, it is just something that is going to happen. If all of your hard work is on this server this can be a pretty devastating problem. Hosts that create backups for you on a regular basis can really help you feel better in case of a hard drive crash.

  • Question 18: Is the back-up service is included in the web hosting plan or have to pay separately for it?

    From what I have seen, many hosts offer a basic backup plan which backups your data periodically. They also offer a more advanced plan that backups your website on a more consistant basis.

  • Question 19: Are you going to provide free domain registration service or I have to buy one?

    Some hosts like Bluehost will give you a free domain name when you purchase a hosting account (this is like a $15 savings for you). Other hosts charge additional fees for the domain when it comes time to checkout.

If you are researching an unfamiliar web hosting provider these are 19 different questions that you will most definitely want to have answered prior to signing up with that host.

The purpose of BestWebHostingGeek.com is to take away some of your research time and provide you with a list of quality and affordable hosts. We stake our reputation on the five hosts listed on our homepage and feel confident any of these hosts will make you a very satisfied customer!

How to Setup Existing WordPress Site on Hosting Server

Setting up a new WordPress website on a hosting server is an easy task as all you have to do is to install various files on your server and you are good to go but have you ever in need of, to set up an existing WordPress website on your hosting server? Well people who purchased running WordPress websites might have to experience this, most people think it’s a hectic task to setup an existing WordPress website along with the domain on your own web hosting server. But we are going to discuss an easy way to setup WordPress website along with the domain on new web hosting server.

Well once you have bought a WordPress website the previous website owner will provide you all the information you need. Once you received the whole back-up of the website, it contain two zip folders one include database SQL import file and the other one is WordPress domain directory. After receiving these two files you might have thought that all you have to do is to upload these files on your web hosting server, well it’s not that simple.

First of all you need to check out MySQL database file which look like something like this MYHOSTID_MYDBNAME as you see the prefix of this file is hosting ID which and postfix is the name of your database. Some people try to restore MySQL database using cPanel which use sql file name to import tables to the identical named database or create new one but they failed. Nothing to worry about there is several steps which one has to follow in order to set up purchased WordPress website:

  • Relocate the domain to your domain service provider
  • Set up the acquired domain on your hosting server
  • Install WordPress database files on your server
  • Configure your WordPress website properly on wordpress hosting server.

Things Required to Setup WordPress Website:

  • MySQL database restore file, DBprefix_DBname.sql
  • Entire WordPress website directory
  • Existing WordPress administrator UserID and Password

Relocate the domain to your domain service provider

First of all you need to relocate the purchased domain to your domain service provider; this has to be done by the previous owner of the domain if you both have same domain service provide than all it takes is “Push”. But if you don’t have same domain services provider than you have to create a free account with the domain service provider of previous website owner and then he push the domain in to your account, accept it and pointed the domain to your DNS sever and you are done!

Setting up the acquired domain on your hosting server

Most of the hosting plans offer unlimited add-on domains so log in to your cPanel and create new add-on domain. Well you don’t need to install WordPress blog setup wizard as it’s done by restoring WordPress database and uploading WordPress websites directory files.

Than enter the new domain name address in the browser address bar and you’ll see everything seems to be working fine so far as you can see cgi-bin directory created by default. As you have got access to the root directory bow you can upload WordPress website directory content to the domain directory easily. You can do that using FTP or use cPanel->files->backup wizard.

Now if you reentered the domain name in browser you’ll get the expected “database connection error” as you have not install and configure database yet.

Install WordPress database files on your server

Installation of WordPress database files on your server can be done in three steps:

  • Build the WordPress Database and pull over information
  • Amend WordPress Database content
  • Upload WordPress Database (control panel)
  1. 1.      Build the WP Database and access information

Whenever you want to access WordPress website it’ll connect to the WP database first, this database access the information stored in wp-config.php file that islocated in the root directory of the domain. That’s why you need to change the three variables in the file wp-config.php that are:

  • Name of WordPress database
  • MySQL database user-name
  • MySQL database password

The database password might be encrypted which result in connection fail error, so in order to deal this issue you can use an existing user-name and password by applying few changes.

Create WordPress database named ABCD (cPanel->databases->MySQL databases) and add the existing user to new WP database you have created and assign all the privileges. Now all you have to do is to modify database name and copy the values of database username and password to the existing wp-config.php file and connection will work fine.

Download the wp-config.php file for new WordPress blog, make changes to constraints and upload it.

  1. 2.      Amend WordPress Database content

There are few changes which you have to perform, you can either make these changes from the database directory later on or can amend them while configuring WordPress website.

You have to perform few changes at different places but in order to do so you need to locate the tables that are mentioned above:

  • wp_options table: change the values of admin email and give the new one.
  • wp_users table: change the value of user-email for admin, so that you’ll be able to retrieve password by getting password rest email on your given id.
  1. 3.      Upload the WordPress Database (Control Panel)

First of all you need to carefully define user-name for WordPress database SQL file as cPanel deal with the database in the context of WP database SQL file name and Do Not define database prefix as cPanel automatically assigned hosting server ID to it.

In order to restore WordPress database using cpanel, go to Files -> Backup Wizard, choose “Restore” > MySQL Databases, find your local MySQL restore file and click restore, a new window will pop-up and restoring process will begin, make sure the restoring process is ended completely and whole file is displayed on this page. You can check all MySQL databases from cPanel->databases->PHP Admin panel.

After completing this process you’ll be able to see you new blog and can access the admin panel.

Configure your WordPress website properly

In order to configure WordPress website properly you need to configure various aspects.

General:

  • Membership: Anyone can register
  • Timezone

 

Writing:

  • Remote Publishing: change both values to active, if you are willing to use external publishing tools.
  • Privacy: Make your blogs visible to everyone and search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo)
  • Permalinks: you can define categories or modify postnames.

All In One SEO Plugin:

  • Use noindex for Categories: false
  • Use noindex for Archives: true

OTHER setting and Configurations

Copy robots.txt to root folder or may install the KB Robots.txt plug-in.

Check out additional configurations you need to modify and you are done! Your WordPress website is moved and set up on your hosting server.

Web Hosting Services

Web hosting service is one of the most widely used internet hosting services as it allows people to publish their website over World Wide Web to make it accessible worldwide. Web hosting providers are the companies that provide web space over the server they own or might have obtained on lease. Also web hosts provide data center space in order to house servers they might own along with internet connectivity for the servers.

Web hosting service is further sub divided in to various types that vary on the basis of nature of the website such as single web page hosting need less space and bandwidth in order to get published whereas complex business websites need more comprehensive web hosting services in order to get published and function properly. A complex website requires extensive database support and enhanced application support in order to work appropriately, people used complex web application development scripts in order to develop desired applications such as PHP, Ruby on Rails, Java and more. These application development platforms are designed to develop such applications which are meant to provide an ease to the visitors or customers such as integrating third party applications, install and configure useful plug-ins and content management system.

Along with web space and bandwidth web host provide a control panel which allow user to manage web server on his own. Using controlpanel one can install additional scripts and web applications, keep track of his hosting activities and monitor server properly.

As I mentioned above web hosting service is of various types such as free web hosting service, shared hosting service, dedicated hosting service, virtual dedicated server or VPS hosting service, co-location web hosting service, cloud hosting service and more. All these web hosting services vary on the basis of server specifications and functionality. A briefly overview of these web hosting services is given below:

Free Web Hosting Service: is provided by various companies and organizations without any charges but with limited services and various advertisements powered by free web hosting providers. WordPress and BlogSpot is major free web hosting providers for blog websites.

Shared Hosting Service: As it name show in shared hosting services one has to share server resources such as processor, RAM, Space and bandwidth with other users present over the server. It is suitable for small websites as it is the cheapest hosting service so far.

Virtual Dedicated Server or VPS Hosting Service: A single physical server divides in to various virtual dedicated servers and each VDS are assigned to separate user irrespective of the others. In VPS hosting users have to share physical server resources but manage have their own dedicated environment to manage it according to his requirements. It is recommended of small business websites.

Dedicated Hosting Service: In dedicated hosting service no sharing is involved at all, it’s a huge server capable of dealing with complex websites and applications with great speed and reliability with multiple operating systems support such as Linux, UNIX and Windows OS. It is more reliable and stable then shared and VPS hosting services and highly recommended for complex and large websites.

Co-location Web Hosting Service: Co-location hosting server is owned by the user and the host only provides suitable environment, space and internet connection with little or no hardware support. In case of any hardware changes administrator has visit the data center and apply changes or upgrades.

Cloud Hosting: Cloud hosting works on scalable technology based on multiple hosting servers working collectively, it is more reliable and stables then other hosting servers such as in case of any hardware failure the website keeps on running by obtaining additional resources from other servers present in the network. Because of the lack of data centralization it doesn’t provide full access to the user data which is considered to be less secure.

All these web hosting services are suitable for different types of websites and fulfill different user requirements.

How to analyze Quality of Web Hosting Service?

As there are numerous web hosting services so one has to analyze the quality of web hosting service in order to have stable website hosting. Quality of a web hosting service is analyzed on the basis of reliability and server uptime. The duration in which website remains publically accessible is call server uptime, the longer a website remain live, the more visitors it can get and website is all about getting visitors. Most web host claims utmost server uptime but in actual the service that ensure 99.9% server uptime is considered to be reliable.

These are the basics about web hosting services and its types so that one can have better idea about web hosting service and analyze its quality easily.

What is Dedicated Hosting?

Dedicated server is considered to be the most expensive hosting server. In dedicated server hosting you don’t have to share server resources with anyone. A whole server is reserved for single website or account. Using dedicated server you’ll have more space, bandwidth and security.

Security of a Dedicated Server:

As dedicated server is not shared, it means your whole data is secure no one can access it without your permission. Dedicated server is a large computer system which require proper environment to keep on running smoothly. That’s why it is recommended to house in data center.

In data center a whole room is reserved for dedicated server which contains all the necessary equipments to ensure server stability and security. As these servers are big, they require a lot of power and generate immense amount of heat. Data center ensures an alternate power source so in case of any break down you server keeps on running 24/7. Also they perform necessary measure to maintain room temperature and keep server cool. As far as security is concern, only authorized users can access the server room.

Dedicated server hosting is of two types managed and unmanaged. In unmanaged hosting you have to manage most of the server and you’ll get basic services like OS installation, cpanel and basic security software. Whereas in managed hosting you don’t have to worry about anything, your hosting provider will take care of each and everything. They’ll install anti-virus and configure your firewall settings in order to ensure security and privacy. In managed hosting you have to pay extra for the services.

Obtaining a dedicated server hosting for business website is high recommended because it provides you more control over server and provide support for various applications which are not supported by other hosting plans. These servers are expensive so have to carefully decide between managed and unmanaged hosting. If you are a newbie than you should obtain managed hosting but if you have knowledge about dedicated server you should go for unmanaged hosting as cost is an affective factor in terms of dedicated server hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

These days’ people are interested in making an online presence and for that they need a website. After getting a website design ready one needs to buy a domain name which will be your web address. Once you have selected a suitable domain name you need to publish your website online to make it accessible globally and to publish your website you need web hosting. Web hosting is a process to publish your website using World Wide Web. As there are different types of websites so they need different web hosting plans as well. There are many web hosting companies which are offering various web hosting plans depending on website requirements.

Core Components of Web Hosting:

There are three core components of web hosting, which are of great importance in order to host a website properly. First one is a disk space, a space which is required to place your website content online. Usually, website content includes text, images and videos. You can obtain disk space according to your requirement, these days most of the companies are offering unlimited disk space so you don’t have to worry about it.

The second most important factor to consider is bandwidth. It is an amount of data you can send on the web called upload bandwidth and the amount of data you can download in terms of visitors is called download bandwidth. If your website doesn’t expect much traffic than a regular bandwidth is enough for you but if you have a business website then you need a lot of bandwidth to manage the traffic efficiently. Nowadays almost every web host is offering unlimited bandwidth as well.

The third important element of web hosting is RAM, Random Access Memory. This memory controls each and every happening on the website, how quickly it responds to the visitors and in what manner it has to be displayed? Even the number of visitors allowed on your website at a time also depends on your RAM.

So it is really important to select all these elements carefully. You have to analyze your website requirements and then obtain desired disk space, bandwidth and RAM. All these elements are essential in terms of web hosting.

What is Shared Hosting?

Web hosting is required to get your website online. There are different types of hosting plans which accommodate different type of websites. The most commonly used hosting plan is shared hosting. In shared hosting you have to share a server with other users. As you are sharing your server resources, you have to pay less for it. That’s why shared hosting is considered as a cheap web hosting solution.

Details about Shared Hosting Plan:

In shared hosting, server resources are divided to multiple users. Its mean you have limited disk space and bandwidth. Hundreds of websites are hosted on a single server. If you are planning to host a small website or blog, shared hosting is good enough to fulfill your needs. Shared hosting plan can be benefited if you are new to the web hosting world, as it is cheap you can easily obtain shared hosting plan to learn about hosting. It comes with a control panel which allows you to manage your website, using shared hosting you can get familiar to the cpanel and other useful hosting tools.

One of the drawbacks of shared hosting is lack of security. As there are so many websites on a same server, so anyone can break in to your site if there is any kind of loophole in it. Shared server is like a hard disk with many folders on it, so with little effort anyone can break into your website and might access your personal data. Make sure your hosting server is properly configured in order avoid any kind of mishap.

Shared hosting means you are sharing everything including your bandwidth. So in the peak hours there is a lot of traffic which can affect your server performance and cause it to slow down. All the websites present on that server will respond slowly, which is quite irritating for the visitors. To avoid this difficulty you have to take care of caching and optimization of your website. Performing these measures will result in faster access to your website.

There are some web hosting companies which are offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth but in that case your data is hosted on multiple servers which also slow down your website response time. Before obtaining a shared hosting plan you have to clarify your needs, if you don’t require faster access and don’t expect a lot of traffic than shared hosting is fine else you have to look out for better hosting plan.

What is Domain Name?

To host your website online you need to register a domain name. Domain name represents your website address. For example: mydomain.com the word “mydomain.com” is your web address. .com is an extension of a domain name, the most commonly used extensions are .com, .net, .edu, .org and more.  Domain name is considered as a cover name for your website IP address so that people can use your name instead of IP address to access your website.

Choosing a Domain Name:

Selection of domain name depends on its availability. Most of the domain names between 5-10 characters are already in use so it’s really hard to find a relevant domain name for your website. As most demanding domain names are already in use so those domains can be available with the combination of other words or hyphen.

These days there are many web hosting companies which offer domain registration facility. You can decide a domain name of your own choice and see if it is available with your desire extension or not. They also provide you with several other options so you can choose from the available domain names.

Domain farms are one of the ways to register a domain name, using domain farms you can register for all the domains available in sequence. Most of the people acquire all the domain names relevant to their top level domain so that they can use it later on or sell them costly. If you are looking for a trendy name which is already acquired by domain farm or other user than you have to pay high for that domain but if you choose an uncommon domain name you’ll get it in a low price.

Domain name hold great importance in term of business website, before finalizing your brand name you have to make sure that its domain is also available. One of the most important factors which most of the people ignore is that your domain name must be closely related to your business as it plays a vital role in terms of search engine optimization (SEO). While obtaining a domain most of the people buy it for limited time and they have to renew it yearly, so you have to renew your domain in time else it might went out for sale. Best practice is to register a domain for life so you don’t have to bother about renewing it every year.

These are the important factors which one has to keep in mind while domain registration.

What is Bandwidth?

Bandwidth is an amount of data which is required to manage your website traffic. Most of the people don’t have proper knowledge about it, that’s why they have to face many issues in terms of traffic management.

How Much Bandwidth do I Need?

There are several things based on which you can estimate your website requirements. First of all you need to know, what sort of content you will have on your website. If you have a text based website than a regular amount of bandwidth with basic hosting plan will be enough for you. But if your website contains images, than you need to buy extra bandwidth in order to fulfill your needs. Every time a user visits your website, your whole data is transferred to it. So if you have a lot of visitors you need to buy a large amount of bandwidth.

People who want to upload videos require an immense about of bandwidth and space as well. Basic hosting plan will not satisfy your traffic needs.  A regular video size is about 10-15MB or may be more, so you have to make sure that you have obtained enough bandwidth for a month keeping your visitors in mind as well. Else your bandwidth limit might exceeds and tend to cause server overloading.

One way to reduce your bandwidth is that you can host your images or videos on other social media sites and place a link on your main website which redirects to the actual site. This will reduce your bandwidth needs but it not considered to be a best practice, as most of the visitors got irritated and you have pay for it as well.

So before finalizing any web hosting plan you have to make sure that you are getting enough bandwidth to fulfill your website requirements. Most of the companies offer unlimited bandwidth but once your bandwidth limit exceeds, they won’t provide to more and quote it under fair usage policy. So carefully read their terms and conditions to avoid any kind of misunderstanding.