by Abigail Carter
In the last post, I talked about choosing a web platform and strongly suggested WordPress.org as the most scalable solution for author websites. Assuming you are going along with me on this, you will next need to select a web host where you are basically paying for a little slice of their server where all your WordPress files and database will live. Most host providers now have pretty easy methods for setting up your WordPress site automatically, so don’t let all the big technical words scare you.
There are two types of hosting that will apply to author websites. The least expensive is shared hosting, where you are sharing server space with other websites (though this is invisible to you). The other type is managed hosting which is mostly used for enterprise-type or heavy traffic sites. The sites below are all shared hosting sites.
BlueHost (plans start at $3.95/month)
This service appears on almost every “Best of” WP hosting list out there for being inexpensive, having good tools for managing your WP site and for having good 24/7 customer service. Monthly price includes a free domain name.
DreamHost (plans start at $8.95/month)
DreamHost has been around for a while and is a great option for shared hosting with its own control panel for managing your site, free domains and 24/7 customer service. They have consistently great reviews, but are a little more expensive.
SiteGround (plans start at $3.95/month)
This service is best for new sites and authors who don’t expect tons of traffic to their site or need commerce. It offers a similar array of great services that the others do for a reasonable cost.
Check them all out and go with the one you feel most comfortable with. Don’t let the hosting part of the website set up scare you off. You will be surprised how easy it is to get your WordPress site all set up (it only takes a few minutes).
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