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Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:11 am Post

I've been thinking of setting up a Wordpress blog, and one of the important things to decide is where to have it hosted. There is a baffling array of possibilities, from big names like Bluehost to small companies that may or may not be any good. Does anyone have any advice to offer on the matter?

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Martin.

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Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:52 pm Post

Hi Martin

Zen Internet have Linux based web hosting that is suitable for Wordpress and starts at £3.99 a month.

10GB web space and 50GB bandwidth each month.

Can host up to 3 databases at one time (WP would be one database) and supports 10 mail accounts.

Easily upgradable if necessary.

Have used Zen on a number of sites for years and they have always been impeccably reliable with excellent UK-based tech support.

http://www.zen.co.uk/business/hosting-a ... sting.aspx

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Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:59 pm Post

I'd suggest looking at the hosting providers of blogs you follow and that have been around for a while. One that fits the category for me is John Scalzi's http://whatever.scalzi.com/ blog. He has praised his hosting company on a few occasions, and his blog has been around since before they were called "blogs".
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Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:07 pm Post

robertdguthrie wrote:I'd suggest looking at the hosting providers of blogs you follow and that have been around for a while. One that fits the category for me is John Scalzi's http://whatever.scalzi.com/ blog. He has praised his hosting company on a few occasions, and his blog has been around since before they were called "blogs".


Looks as though John's is hosted by Wordpress.com / Automattic, Inc

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?sit ... scalzi.com

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Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:35 pm Post

If you don't mind having a wordpress.com address (such as martinsblog.wordpress.com) you can always just use wordpress.com (which is different from using wordpress.org and an external host). It's free but has much of the same features. Of course, many people simply use services such as tumblr very successfully (you can even use a custom URL for some of these).

For the incredibly awesome pigfender.com (*) I use a wordpress.org database hosted by streamline.net

Like most people I don't really have a frame of reference for whether they are any good or not. I've never noticed any downtime (but then I don't exactly get LitnLat.com traffic) and the price seemed competitive when I first signed up with them.

(*) The website features excellent use of the colour yellow and I recently added a little version of the red self-portrait in the URL address bar. Well worth checking out for these features alone, plus of course you can download copies of the amazing Novels In A Day from 2011 and 2012 featuring contributions from the LitnLat moderators you know and love for free!
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Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:03 pm Post

I've been with Dreamhost for almost ten years. They've been reliable, affordable (comes out to about $10/month), and have been very responsive for the small handful of items that have cropped up. They offer one-click install of WordPress.

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Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:09 pm Post

I've used many companies for hosting wordpress systems, and I've always returned to the same people...

I either use Flump.net I'd recommend their 'hosting promotion' for £50 which will have more space than you need (250meg of space and 7gb of traffic) for wordpress and includes a domain... or their cloud arm 'guru' which is more expensive but provides much more space (3gb webspace and 200gb traffic)

they also have a dedicated server devision... they guys there are more than helpful and i've really never had any issues in the 10+ years i've been with them... they are also UK based which is good for google, and also provide UK support....

installs of wordpress are very simple as long as you have ftp access...
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Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:26 pm Post

Many thanks for all the very useful suggestions. I'll have a look at all of them, and see what they look like.

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Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:45 am Post

I've used Dreamhost for over a decade and they've always done okay by me. It's a full host that can scale quite a ways up (this whole site is hosted by them, but granted we aren't using the standard shared machine accounts). So you get your Wordpress and all of the ease that entails, but you can also have your own e-mail account (heck, hundreds of them if you want) and everything else a full host provides, even stuff like this forum. You may never need all of that, but it's there a few clicks away if you do.

Granted, the forum was out of commission all night. :) But that was down to an entire data centre suffering multiple failures to its redundant systems, so as frustrating as that was, you can't really blame them as it wasn't their DC.
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Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:13 pm Post

Thanks again to everyone -- I will be investigating.

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Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:15 pm Post

And reporting back with your shiny new blog, I hope!
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Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:26 pm Post

Erm ... it'll probably take a while! Nothing I do is ever done quickly, I'm afraid. In fact, the dinosaur on the bottom of your post was probably still alive when I started thinking about this ...

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Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:07 pm Post

I've also been with Dreamhost for years, though that's partly because they let you have as many different websites as you want on a single account. If I were going to host a single site, I'd probably switch over to http://laughingsquid.us, because I know the owners and they're good people. They can't host sites that get too much traffic, though—I know someone who was asked (very nicely) to move his blog because he was just too popular.

I've also heard a lot of good things about http://simpleorange.com.

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Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:54 am Post



I'm pleased to see that their recommendation is Hostgator. Between my writing and my business I currently have four new sites in preparation, and even though I'm a real newbie in this area the Hostgator help was extremely good (they have intro videos and the like) and so the whole thing has been pretty straightforward.

Cheers,

Eric