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Choosing a Web Host for Your WordPress Blog
By: Katie Gatto
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    2009-11-18

    Table of Contents:
  • Choosing a Web Host for Your WordPress Blog
  • Can't I Just Grow into a Domain?
  • How to Check the Availability of A Domain Name
  • Choosing a Host: The Qualities You Want In a Host

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    So, you have decided to share your knowledge with the world by starting your own blog. You have just about everything picked out and you are ready to go. Now all that you need is a host for your blog. If you're not careful, you could make a big mistake. Keep reading for a helpful guide.

    It seems like finding the right web host that should be a simple enough choice, but really, your choice of a host can have a serious impact on your blog in the future. That is why today we are going to talk about all the hosting-related things that you need to know in order to get set up for your WordPress-based blog. We'll start with the most important question of them all.

    Do I Really Need A Host?

    Well, that depends on your situation, and your desires. In order to help you decide that for yourself, let's look at some of the common scenarios that people starting new blogs find themselves in when it comes time to choose hosting.

    Scenario One: You're blogging for a hobby

    You are really doing this just for fun. Sure, if a few dollars happen to come your way from the ads that is great, but mostly, you just want a forum to express yourself or to showcase an interest that you have. That's great, but you really don't need to lay out hosting cash for a fun site. Go ahead and use a sub-domain.

    Scenario Two: You own a business and you are looking to add a blog to your static site

    Well then, the odds are that you already have a host. The question is, does your host have WordPress compatibility? You should be able to find this out very easily on your host's website. If it has compatibility, then you are good to go. All you have to do is set up a sub-domain on your site and you are ready to blog. If your host is not set up to run WordPress, then you will need to either consider a WordPress sub-domain or switch your host.

    Scenario Three: You own a business but you don't have a site

    If you do not have a site yet, then you need to ask yourself a question. Do you want your blog to be your whole site or only part of it? Either way, you need a host, but knowing this helps eliminate options later on.

    Scenario Four: You are starting a professional blog

    You need hosting, no doubts and no question about it. Get a host and your own domain name. The majority of your readers will expect it, and it will make you easier to find.

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