By now you must have known that Blogs have ‘taken over’ the Internet and you want a piece of the action, but clueless to go about getting one? Well here’s a guide on it.
Free or Paid Hosting
Of course you can opt for free hosting and not pay anything for it. But you’ll be stuck with the free hosting limitations such as required advertisement on your blog, erratic uptime of their server and even some free hosting companies just disappear overnight. I reckon if you’re somewhat serious about blogging, paid hosting is the way to go. You get a wide range of flexibility to how your blog want to be. Most paid hosting comes with plenty of options within the package.
Here’s a few tips to look out for in a server. Ensure they guarantee 99.9% uptime of your server. And if any downtime do happen, they will remunerate or compensate for your loss. Look out for the fine prints. Also its best you use Linux than ASP server. Most users I know uses Linux. You can try ASP but the learning curve is slightly harder. Ensure the package comes with control panel such as Fantastico. This allows an easy one click install of your blog.
Blogging runs on a script call Content Management System or CMS for short. The most popular one out there is WordPress as it is open source. There are always constant updates for upgrades or security fixes for WordPress. It has come to a point that you just need a one click mouse to upgrade your CMS. Plus the addon plugins that can be installed easily to make the blog more interactive. Of course you can try other CMS out there like Joomla, Drupal and such, but for me I recommend you WordPress.