Once a blogger’s knowledge is in intermediate level he/she seeks an advanced platform different from free blogging sites like Blogger, Wordpres.com, Hubpages and many more. This idea will come across once a blogger wants to expand his blog into a bigger environment that most of the free blog sites provide limits. So bloggers tend to use web hosting and use a blog platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and some forum interfaces. With this idea a blogger needs to consider these web hosting features which in the future he/she may take advantage of.
Once a web hosting is popular and already gained many positive reviews from its users can have the best possibility to be used by the bloggers. In this one I can recommend Hostgator and iPage which both has gained positive reviews in many blogs and forum sites.
As a beginner blogger, you don’t want to invest more so it is best to select the price that is not too high for testing if this web hosting is reliable to use. For more experienced bloggers, price doesn’t matter because some of the cheap web hosting services have also poor customer service functions so its difficult to contact them whenever you encountered problems in your web hosting account. Price is not the measure of how stable is the web hosting but its reviews on how it performs as existing users claims.
Of course this is one of the best features that a web hosting should have and some of web hosting plans aside from it’s cheaper it has capacity limit that will entitled you to upgrade your account and some also has the unlimited disk space that is more reliable than the limited plans. It is very important to have unlimited disk space since you may want to upload music, video, images that will occupy large spaces throughout your account. You can also host many domains so capacity is a very important web hosting feature to consider.
When using a paid web hosting bandwidth plays also an important role since it holds that rate of uploads and downloads of your blogs and sites. Loading of your site is also a thing that you need to consider. There are instances that you will upload contents to your web hosting account so an account with unlimited bandwidth is very much recommended although this feature is already included in many web hosting accounts nowadays.
Scripts and Script Installer
For bloggers who started using a web hosting for the first time this feature is very important since you only need to select a script or a blog interface and after clicking it will be installed instantly to your account. No need to download and extract and upload because this is already automated. Examples of these are Softaculous, Fantastico, Soholaunch, Simplescripts and many more.
Email and FTP
These two are also important to have a customized email according to your domain name that can be applied in any email client with its POP and SMTP options. FTP also is very important to upload large or many files in your web hosting account, example FileZilla, CuteFTP and SmartFTP.
FREE Advertising Credits
This is not so important but yet you need to consider once you have a site for business or monetization. Usually web hosting services nowadays offers Google Adwords and Facebook Ad credits. You can take advantage of using these features to drive traffic to your site and to have buying customers and visitors.
This includes free trial of autoresponder accounts or email marketing accounts, advertising accounts, traffic stats, link building guides and softwares, programming features like MySQL, myPHPadmin and other database related components, ticketing functions or customer support and many more. Some of the things included in this feature is not commonly used by normal bloggers and site owners aside from advanced programmers who are using remote or other interface aside from the cPanel.
So those are the most basic features that bloggers and site owners need to consider to have a stable running blog 24/7. These things should be observed once you have started using the web hosting and it is also important to try its customer support functions if you encountered problems to see if they can respond to your queries. Once something’s wrong with the account and no further development done after raising a problem, you can switch another web hosting service to find what your looking for.
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