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Tumblr & Blogger Are the Best Web Hosts for Blogs & Semi-Professional Sites

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Blogger & Tumblr

In the past I have shared what is the difference between a paid host and a free host. I always recommend using a paid web host for your online ventures. But there is no one size fits all approach in web publishing. So in this article I will be talking about 2 of the awesome web hosts around the internet, Tumblr and Blogger.

Now you must be thinking, isn’t these 2 platforms solely for blogs? Yes they are, but you can extend them to a semi-professional level. The best part is, both of these platforms are FREE forever.

Blogger (Blogspot) is owned by Google & Tumblr is recently acquired by Yahoo!

Since these 2 services are owned by these giants, there is a big chance that these 2 platforms will stay there forever (unless the parent company wishes to discontinue the service)

Now let us see why I think Tumblr and Blogger are the best web hosts for blogs, [Continue reading…]

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Free Website Hosting Vs. Paid Hosting –Things to Consider

Free hosting vs paid hostingIn this article I would like to discuss all about free and paid web hosting services. I have used both free and paid hosting services for my blog and website projects.

When it comes to hosting your website on the internet there are just too many ways and too many solutions to go for. It is really very hard to decide since now days you can host a website on the internet for free.

If I can host my internet site for free, then why should I even pay for it? What is the point for paying a monthly fee?

When you are going to host online, these are the things you should give priority:

Your Own Domain Name

Does this web hosting service allows you to use your own domain name, or you have to use a sub domain name like freewebs.com/your-website? It is such an embarrassment when you don’t yet have a DOT COM domain name for your website. Only a few of the free hosting services allow you to use your own domain name while most of them allow it when you do a paid upgrade. Your own domain name is professional and brandable.

Website Uptime

Let me explain, you are in a meeting and you want to show your work to a potential business lead. All of your work samples are stored online on your website. You typed your web URL but the site is not loading. It is showing an error like this one “Server is busy, please try again later” –you hit refresh again, but still you see an error. This happens only with a free web hosting provider. The paid ones offer 99% uptime and they guarantee it.

Web Storage

Right now internet websites and blogs don’t need much space to host. But when it comes to digital photography and videos, you will need tons of storage. If you are a photographer, you will need a web host that offers plenty of storage for your photos. If you are a movie maker or a video producer, you need terabytes of disk space on the web server. This you can get only from a premium web host.

Forced Advertisement

Some of the popular free web hosting companies put ads on pages to cover up their costs mentioned in this article. While it is okay at this point that they are hosting it for free, but it is not okay for you and your website. Let me bring that example again, you show your website to your client and they get distracted with ads. With free hosting you can’t control those ads, let alone removing them. These companies will charge you a fee to go ad free.  Instead of paying them extortion money, you can just go for a premium hosting provider.

Security & Backups

Free web hosts are not secure enough. They can also delete your website anytime they want. All of your hard work will simply go down to the toilet in an instant. With free web hosts it is hard or even impossible to take backups. On the other hand, premium providers keep regular backups and their servers are checked for hackers and viruses. They won’t delete your website without any strong reasons.

There is a saying “You get what you pay for”

This statement is absolutely correct when it comes to web hosting services. When you decide to go online, you have to make sure your website is live 24/7, is secure and professionally hosted on its own domain name.

So the conclusion is you should stay out of free hosts when using your website for business. But which web host to use?

I recommend you get HostGator or FatCow web hosting. I have used both of the premium hosting providers. Read my hostgator review –it is the service that hosts my blog. You can also read this guide to setup fatcow hosting for less.

Free Web Hosting Services That I Recommend

I didn’t say that all of the free providers suck. If you are going online for fun and don’t want to pay any money at all then here are 2 of my recommended providers,

  1. Blogger –Allows you to have your own domain name
  2. Webs –Free website platform but puts ad on your pages

Also do you know with blogger you can use your own domain name without paying extra money for web hosting? Read about it here.

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How to Start a Blog For Free

Start a Blog For FreeIn this post I will outline how to start a blog for free. Since the 2000s there has been a massive revolution for blogging. Now there are more platforms where you can start a blog for free. I will outline the most popular platforms you can use to get started your free blog right away!

I don’t have to tell you again that why you should blog. Blogging is a way of sharing your expertise & building an audience.

#1 Blogger

Yet the most popular blogging platform of the internet. BlogKori originally started on this free forever platform. Google owns blogger and you will have free web hosting and a free sub domain in this platform.

To start blogging on blogger, go to blogger.com and sign up for a free account. Choose your blog url and start blogging! [Continue reading…]

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How to Install WordPress Blog on Your Server

How to Install WordPress Blog on Your ServerPeople say that it’s better to host our blogs ourselves than host it with WordPress. They say self hosted blog gives us more freedom to show our creativity, our innovation and etc. In fact, what I think is that the statement remains true only if you have certain level of knowledge in web hosting and computing. Fortunate enough, installing WordPress has become very simple with Fantastico and everyone could do it in a split second nowadays. Thanks to BlogKori that I am given an opportunity to show you the easiest way to install WordPress on your hosting.

There are many different web hosting deals in the market. However in this guide, I assume that the hosting plan you have has Fantastico embedded. For your information, Fantastico is a script library collecting all sort of software to satisfy your website needs.

This is a guide to install wordpress on your server,

Checklist:

  1. You need a web hosting (Check out my hostgator review)
  2. You need a domain name (Buy it from GoDaddy)

First thing first, log into your hosting account and look for Fantastico in your main page. It is a smiley face icon in blue color located somewhere under software category.

Complete guide on how to install WordPress using Fantastico

Second you will see a list of available software at the side of Fantastico page. Well, these are all the software that you can use. Identify the “Blogs” category and it is not difficult to see there is a WordPress word there. Click on it and it will bring you to the installation page.

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There are some descriptions and explanation on WordPress. Read through it and then continue with “New Installation”. It will lead you to the setup page.

At the set up page, you will be asked which domain you would like to install the blog at. Let’s say you would like to have a blog with the blog domain http://webhostingdeals.org/myblog. So you will need to choose webhostingdeals.org from the drop down domain. After that in the next column you are asked which directory to install your blog. In this example, “myblog” is the directory so type in “myblog”.

(If you would to have your blog at the url http://myblogdomain.com without any directory following it, then just leave the column blank.)

Under the access data, you will need to choose a user name and password. These username and password will be used to log into your blog dashboard later on. So be sure to choose a good username and remember the password.

Under base configuration, there are 4 columns to be filled up.

  1. The first requires you to key in your name, your name that you would like to use to address yourself to readers.
  2. Second column requires you to fill in your email address. This email address will be used for communication purpose. For example if you receive a comment, the software will send a notification to this email address.
  3. For the third and fourth columns, you need to choose a name and description for your blog. However if you would like to decide later, you can always leave them blank.

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Click on the “Install WordPress” button after you are done filling up the form.

A summary page is then shown. Please make sure all data are correct before clicking the “Finish installation” button.

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Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress. At the final page, you can see your username and password highlighted in blue color. Please make sure that you will not lose them. It is also a good practice to have your details emailed and kept safely.

You can now access your blog at the URL you have chosen earlier on.

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Now you are ready to post anything online. You could start writing as well as customizing your blog design with WordPress themes now. Here are some reminders for you along your blogging time. Do remember to upgrade your WordPress version from time to time to avoid any chaos and being the target of hackers. Also do backup your blogs as you never know when you will need it.

With that I believe you are ready to self host your blog on your web hosting now. Good luck!

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Choosing The Right Blogging Platform for Your Blog

It is very frequent to see bloggers face dilemma when it comes to selecting the right blog platform. Should you host your blog on its own domain or on a free blogging platform like WordPress.com? Unfortunately, there is no fix answer for the question as different bloggers require different blogging features. Some blog platforms are much more suited for the hobby bloggers and others to more professional blogging application. Fact is there are both pros and cons for both. With that being said, I am not going to tell you which blog platform you be supposed to use. Instead, I am going to compare both choices and let you make a decision for yourself.

Blogs are a great way to give your employees a voice and an outlet for them to air grievances and issues.  Most executives and human resources professionals find this a very helpful tool, and it definitely doesn’t take a masters degree in organizational leadership to know this

Choosing the right blogging platform for your blog

Free Blogging Platforms

Free blogging platforms are websites that offer free hosting service that comes with blogging tools. Blog hosted on free blogging platforms normally runs on a third level domain name (something like http://www.blogname.blogspot.com). Many bloggers start out with free blogging platform as they are easy and free to use. It requires minimum IT knowledge to publish web content and there are little web maintenance job to be done. WordPress, Blogger, Blogster, and Bravenet are some of the names that offer free blogging platform.

It’s worth noting that not all hosted blogs (blog hosted by others, on a third level domain) are running free. Blogs on TypePad for example, require monthly subscription fees.

Blog on Its Own Hosting and Domain

The other sort of blog platform is the kind of blog that hosted on its own domain/web server and is run on a stand alone blogging platform. WordPress.org (different from WordPress.com), B2Evolution, Greymatter, and TextPattern are some of the big names for such service. These services normally come free along with your hosting package and can be installed easily.

What’s Good About Free Blogging Platforms?

The biggest advantage of a free blogging platform is that it requires zero operationg cost. Blogging platforms like WordPress.com and Blogger.com are totally free of charge. On the other hand, blogs running on its own domain/hosting comes with domain registration and web hosting cost.

Free blogging platforms are often recommended for the hobby bloggers as it requires minimum maintenance. You don’t have to go detail with the hosting as things are all settled by the admin. Database setup, blogging tools installation, server configuration – all these are none of your business when you pick up free blogging platform. All you need to do is select your blog name and start writing.

Another plus point with free blogging platform is that it requires minimum maintenance job. As the blogs are hosted by

How About Blog on Its Own Hosting/Domain?

While blog on its own hosting/domain requires extra time and money; there are several advantages that free blogs can’t offer. Generally, these type of blogs work better when it comes to monetization and advance web designs.

Blog running on its own hosting/domain allows advance web designs and developments as server usage is more flexible. For example access of .htaccess enable website redirects; robots.txt enable search engine bots control, and access of cgi bin allows bloggers to install advance web features on their blogs.

Some free blogging platforms (WordPress.com for example) prohibit their users to monetize their blog. You will not have such problem with blog on its own hosting/domain. Also, a blog with its own hosting/domain is better when it comes to branding and web marketing. A free blog long URL is hard to remember and it gives the image of part-timer. Many advertisers are reluctant to buy ads on a free blog and most webmasters are unwilling to joint venture with free blog owners.

What is The Right Option for You?

Back to our question: which blogging platform should you go with? The answer is in your hand. Are you a hobby blogger? What is the goal of your blog? Do you plan to blog for long term? Do you plan to sell your blog in future? Do you wish to monetize your blog? Do you have extra budget if you wish to host your blog on its own domain? These are the questions to ask before you make up your mind.

Generally, a free blog is best for those who do not wish to spend much time and money; while blog with its own hosting/domain is for those who are more serious about blogging.

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Popular & Free Platforms to Start a Blog or Website

Blogging is very popular on the internet today and now people are looking forward to start their own blog. Some do for fun, some do it for business and some are professional bloggers (like me) who want to make a living with his blog. Many people says that, this is the golden era of blogging. As blogging is getting more and more popular, many companies are giving a free platform to design, host and make money with your blog for FREE! Here are some of the free blogging & website platforms I have discovered, [Continue reading…]

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