We have been inspired to write a ‘Self Hosting’ help post after our response to an excellent tech post written by BlogPaws® was eaten by Disqus. Rather than repeat ourselves, we decided to follow up their thoughts with our own post to reach, we hope, a wide audience.
Our focus is one particular element of blogging – Hosting for a WordPress blog. [Updated February 2018]
- NOTE This post is aimed at the beginner who wants to know what hosting is, not a knowledgeable blogger. We are not experts at high-end tech but know what it is like to be faced with so many options you want to run away!
How is Self Hosting Different?
If you want the more versatile option ‘self hosted WordPress’ is the way forward on your blogging journey. This helpful link to an infographic summary explains the pros and cons of the two types of WordPress blog. Please read it as this explains each option very clearly.
We can also tell you about our host. While you are free to chose any host you feel comfortable with, we will show you our own, Rochen, as a recommendation because they are very good. You have also a measure to judge your own prospective host against.
There are a lot of Tempting Self Hosted Sites
When setting up our blog and knowing we wanted to be with WordPress and Self-Hosted, we set about investigating potential ‘hosts’ for our blog.
If you are not sure what a host is, don’t be scared or confused. It means exactly that – they make space or ‘host’ your blog, its images, text and video on their servers (and these are seriously BIG computers) so your blog will appear safely online.
Doing a bit of research into a potential host is a very good idea. Ask friends for recommendations, check out ‘best web host’ posts for the current year on tech blogs around the web. Not only do you get an idea about who might be good to host your new blog, you will learn a few new tech names. This is a good thing.
- TIP Don’t let anyone hurry you into selecting a host. Just remember there is no such thing as ‘free‘.
The honest truth is that you pay for tempting ‘freebies’ somewhere further down the line. It may be poorer service, reduced space or slower bandwidth (your site might load a lot more slowly than others). Look at what you get for even a modest monthly outlay. You may find it is more worthwhile that the free hosting offer from a domain name provider. We strongly advise you to take each step at your own pace. Slow and steady until you learn and feel more confident.
Where is My Blog Stored?
You can look on your blog as a book in a very big library. Your blog or web site is all yours – your space and ideas, your inspiration and images. Together with a lot of other blogs you become part of a giant library called a ‘server’. This is where our recommendation for an host comes in. We are, and have been since we launched DashKitten, with an American company called Rochen.com.
Having read the Blog Paws post, and also read about the sometimes negative press given to ‘shared’ servers, we feel we did our research pretty well, and then we did the ‘right thing’ when chosing our host. So, why do we like Rochen as our blog hosts? Here’s a yardstick to judge your potential hosts by.
Self Hosting – Does Your Potential Host Offer This…
- Technical Help available 24/7 Is the tech team fast to respond? Ours has round the clock service for us, its customers.
- Rochen have their own servers, does your host? Our Host has servers in the USA and Europe. No one else grabs their server speed.
- Look at your host’s charges. Our folks at Rochen have modest charge for a basic plan. Remember, cheapest is not always best – compare what it on offer.
- If you are the tech type you will appreciate a good host’s comprehensive tech. facilities. We like the fact our host, Rochen are safe fast and secure.
- We are proud to host an affiliate link – so we can put our trust in them front and centre, where it counts.
So, if you need an host for your self hosted blog we recommend them 100%. We invite you to head over and take a look with no obligation, and whichever host you select; do your research before you make your decision.
Now. Will you be taking enough care finding the right host?
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