Although there are many blogging platforms out there, my favorite by far is WordPress. I have tried a few of the other platforms out there and the features by far blow away any other competitor. If you disagree, I’d love to get your feedback and you can feel free to post in the comments below.
Assuming you agree with me and you want to get a WordPress blog set up, the first thing you will want to do if select a hosting company. I have some very strong opinions about web hosting because I have been doing it for over a decade (before WordPress came on the scene, and have worked with some of the largest web hosting platforms in the world such as Harley Davidson, American Airlines, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the like.
There are lots of companies out there that say they host WordPress, and most of them will not let you know that while they can host it, they don’t (or won’t) support it because it is a third party software.
You also want to make sure you work with a company that has a solid uptime record. Nothing will crush your blogging spirit (or your online reputation) like having your website go down.
Price should not be a huge factor, but because it is such a small monthly cost, you will find that many providers will require you to pay for hosting a year in advance.
After all of my research, and using over a dozen web hosting providers, my recommendation for WordPress web hosting (by far) is HostGator. And here is why:
1. Outstanding customer service and support. You can’t put a price on this because when someone “holds the keys” in a sense to your business you want to know they are on the ball.
2. Great pricing. For one low fee, you really can host unlimited websites. I have had over 20 on one account and I recently opened another account with them. And they are one of the few hosting WordPress web hosting companies that allow you to pay monthly with NO SETUP FEES. You simply can’t go wrong.
3. WordPress support. A few years back, I had a virus that affected my WordPress blog. These guys went the extra mile to get me back up in record time.
4. Amazing uptime. I have never experienced an outage on any of my sites with Hostgator, whereas 3 other three providers I also use have all let me down at times.
If you are ready to get started on your journey as a blogger, or if you just need a great web host for your website, visit HostGator today!