Starting Your Blog - Series: #2 - Comparing Features of Blog Hosts


Comparing Blog and Website Hosting Plans

You may be overwhelmed trying to start a blog. You may not know where to start. The place to start is to get a place to host your blog or website on the Internet. These places are called hosts or webhosts. They have hosting plans. If you purchase a hosting plan with good support and tools, you will be happy and find your blog or website setup in no time; and you may even enjoy working with your website if they have good tools.

There are many options when it comes to website hosting plans. There are free plans and there are paid plans. Here I will post some comparisons of the features of these hosting plans, so that you may consider this as you decide on a host for your blog or website.

Included here are the a few of the best website hosts and a comparison of the major costs and features that are included with their hosting plans:


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Glossary of Hosting Terms

SSL - Secure Socket Layer, is a secure website that when accessed has 'https' at the beginning of the address as opposed to 'http'. Also, beside the address in the address bar there will be a lock.

Storage - The amount of space available for free with the cost of the hosting plan that will allow storage of files on your websites server.

Domain Included - Means that the URL or Domain name you want is included in the cost of the hosting. A domain name or URL is the name of the site like google.com or journalofonlinebusiness.com.

Subdomains - a use of the domain name where there is a sub or another name for division of information. A few examples: docs.google.com, the docs part is the subdomain meaning it divides the information. Using docs.google.com goes to the docs word processor where google.com goes to the search engine. Other subdomain examples are: store.microsoft.com, support.yahoo.com, etc.

Traffic - The number of visitors or the amount of data allowed to transfer each month

Wordpress Pre-Installed - Is Wordpress installed on the your server, or do you have to install it.

Wordpress Themes - Are there pre-installed themes available on the your server. Most times these are included along with a site builder, although not all services list it as available. This site builder is how you easily build the site visually without coding.

Wordpress Builder - This site builder is how you easily build the site visually without coding. Most times these are included along with a site builder, although not all services list it as available.

E-mail Included - Does your server include e-mail that is the same as your domain name for your site, and allow you to modify and add e-mails you want to the site as the same domain name.


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