Let Me Choose the Host

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One of the services that I’ve been offering lately is setup and installation (and a little training) of premium WordPress themes. It’s cheaper than getting a custom site built and the results are usually pretty nice. Not without issues however.

Among the issues are selecting a host for your spiffy new site. Your first instinct is to go cheap, to help keep your start up costs low. I get that. You also aren’t a nerd or live on the internet as much as I do. While you think you are being smooth by getting a web host prior to contacting me, you are actually doing more harm than good.

Keeping in mind that I charge by the hour for anything above and beyond a basic setup/install, it’s best to come to me for a recommendation about a hosting service. If you aren’t using me, you should **always** go to your person about which host to use. We all have our favorites and know how their systems work. It allows us to rapidly get your site up and running, saving you money and us headache of learning yet another new host.

I have 2 hosts that I recommend as listed in the above tweet. To keep costs low, I prefer Site 5. For $120 for **2 years**, you get some of the most reliable hosting that I have ever used. I’ve been using Site5 since 2004 and they have been very reliable for every site that I host with, including White Roof Radio, which Site5 serves over 50,000 mp3 files per month for, all without breaking a sweat.

If you have a little more breathing room in your budget, then dedicated WordPress hosting is definitely a great idea. For that I like WP Engine. Super fast WordPress with great support. You will need someone to help you get started most likely, and they don’t offer anything beyond WordPress hosting (like email), so you will still need that service, but they rock for WordPress.

The big point being when it comes time for you to start a new website and you don’t have a person, making that step 1. Once you have retained someone to help you build your site, allow them to make recommendations for hosting and other related services that you may or may not need. It will save you time, money and aggravation.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

5 comments

    1. I do the exact same thing! Still, getting that setup correctly can be tricky for normal users. The term MX records makes normal users eyes cross!

      1. Yes I agree completely. We might be offering DNS service soon, and one of the things we’ll do is have a simple checkbox for “I use Google Apps.” We are, of course, not the first ones to think of doing that! But in such matters, uniqueness is not terribly important, just doing something convenient is. 🙂

        1. GoDaddy does that (1 click Google Docs) but Site5 does not (although it’s straightforward). I think a feature like that at WPEngine, even to stream-line the adding a domain to my account process, would be HUGE!

          Thanks for stopping by Jason. Keep up the great work!

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