When a dear friend had her blog removed by WordPress, I was dumbfounded. I can’t helped but wonder: What did she do? She’s a lifestyle blogger. It’s not like she writes offensive posts and she’s definitely not a troll. The blog had an occasional splash of book reviews; Q & A sessions with authors; and her two cents on political matters that are happening around the world. Question: what rules did she break?

Could this be a mistake?

It turned out that she unintentionally disregarded the terms and conditions — but really, who reads them? She joined a few affiliate programs and had the banners listed on her blog. Apparently, this is a no-no in WordPress.

Be that as it may, she came back to the blogosphere with a bang! She hunted for a web hosting plan, got it, a WordPress maintenance service, got it and the last time I’ve checked, her blog has a Google Page Rank 3. Brag-worthy moment: she did this in less than a year!

It goes without saying that free blogs have their downsides, as well. The following scenario I’ve just described, is one of them.

Whether you’re a tech blogger who writes about the pros and cons of an ASUS laptop; a fashion blogger who frequently posts pretty snapshots of her OOTD (popular acronym: outfit of the day); or an ordinary folk who blogs about his daily musings, there is a web hosting plan out there that is undoubtedly perfect for you and your needs.

#1 Budget

Because it all comes down to money in the end. Before you jump on the bandwagon, ask yourself this, ‘How much am I willing to spend?’ There are many cheap and expensive web hosting plans out there. Understand what comes with the price tag. Just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s good.

#2 Join Forums Online

Listen to the good and bad about these web hosting plans because really, there’s nothing better than customers’ feedbacks.

#3 Emulate — But not too much

Have a favorite blogger? Is it the blog whose success you dream of achieving? Then you should consider asking them what plan they’re using. Friendly reminder: be kind and courteous.

#4 Make Use of Customer Service Support

Most web hosting companies are offering customer support to all potential and existing customers. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions!

#5 Make a Pro and Con List

Woah, woah, woah. Do not mock this. Rory Gilmore‘s using it and you should, too. This might seem daunting at first, but it’s going to save you a lot of headache before making a decision.

Bonus Information!

If you’re a book blogger:

Book Host

A web hosting plan specifically made for book bloggers? Hell yeah! It’s the care package for you bookish bloggers out there. The best part is the instant access to all Creative Whim plugins and themes. They’re really pretty, so try not to fall in love.

This is founded by a book blogger, so she knows what you need!

If you want reliability

Exabytes:

This has, by far the most number of deals and promotions I’ve seen compared to other web hosting plans. The support team is spectacular, there’s no need to worry about them going MIA should your website is down.

If you want simplicity

Bluehost

Buehost is ‘powering over 2 million websites worldwide’. End of story.

Are you currently using a free blog? If not, what sort of  web hosting plan are you using?

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