Getting online is pretty easy these days. We have so many free services out there to get started. But in this post, I am going to talk about creating a professional blog on a .com, .net or .org domain name.
Though are ways to get the Domain Name for Free, you still have to make some initial investment if you are looking to create a professional blog.
Some of the basic expenses are.
- Buy A Domain – $10/Year
- Buy A Hosting – $7-$10/Month ($80-$120/Year)
- Buy A Premium Theme – $50-$70
Among these basic expenses, Hosting is something you have to pay for every month, it’s the monthly charges of the servers you rent to host your site content. And the charges grow with your site.
Buying a hosting package for longer duration can save you some money. Like Bluehost offers some really great discounts when you buy their plans for 24 or 36 months. Plus, they also give you a Free domain, which is another saving of $10/Year.
The Bluehost Shared Hosting the is easiet to get started with a Professional Blog.
Bluehost is the first choice of every starter, and I would recommend the same, it’s easy and safe to go with the one which is already trusted by millions.
Bluehost offers three different plans for their Shared hosting. Basic, Plus and Pro. You can refer to the comparision chart below.
As shown in the comparision chart above,
The Basic plan let’s you host 1 website, offers 50GB of Webspace and Unlimited Bandwidth, these are main three things you should look for when opting for a hosting. If you ask me 50GB is more than enough, blogs don’t need much space (at least no initially).
The Plus plan, which costs a litter higher than the Basic plan, let’s you host 10 websites, offers double Webspace (100GB) and Unlimited Bandwith.
The Pro plan, which is just double the price of Plus plan, offers everything unlimited.
As I said, you won’t need unlimited space for your blog anytime soon, unless you are starting a really big site with features of a Social networking site or an eCommerce site. Which makes the Pro plan out of question to choose from.
This leaves us with two options, the Basic plan and the Plus plan.
In the Plus plan, by paying extra $2.5, you get to host as much as 10 websites, which seems a nice deal, because you won’t need to buy any other hosting package if, in the middle of working on your first blog, you decide to started another blog or simply decide to create an extension of your existing blog by creating a product, membership site or a forum. Whtever your reason would be, having the option is always a good option.
So, the Plus plan is recommended by us as well as many others. I started with 1 domain name, and registered 10 other in a matter of six months.
Why choose Bluehost?
Because it’s the most popular web hosting company on the Internet. I have never faced any single issue with my site since last few years.
It wasn’t my first hosting, I had to struggle with my first one, and when I had to start another blog, I chose Bluehost for it, it’s still hosted there after three years.
There might be so many hosting services out there, but my advice is, you should not put a lot of focus in experimenting with web hosts (unless your blog is about web hosts) when you are starting up and just go with what is already proven to work well for many others.
You can use this special link to get the pricing stated in the chart mention in the post.