Thinking about starting a travel blog? Cool.
At some point, you’ll have to choose a hosting company for your WordPress site.
Which Hosting Company is the Best?
The answer is InMotion Hosting.
I’ve been using InMotion for over a year now and highly recommend them.
What is Hosting?
The files that make up your website have to live somewhere. That somewhere is usually on a server in a hosting company’s data center. The server is always on and stands ready to provide your website to a browser. Hosting is one of the elements you need in order to make your website work.
You can waste your time researching hosting companies to see which one is the best, the fastest, the cheapest, has the best support, etc., or, you can listen to someone who has already done the work for you.
Trust me, I’ve read a couple hundred blog posts on hosting. I came to the conclusion that the majority of the articles were not credible. They were just sales pitches. Why? Because the webmaster was pushing the hosting company that paid the most in affiliate commission and not giving an objective review. How can you recommend company X when your site is hosted with company Y? That’s pure hypocrisy.
Let me be up front about a few things so this article doesn’t sound like a sales pitch as well. First, this site is hosted with InMotion and I’m also enrolled as an Inmotion Affiliate. That means if you sign up for InMotion Hosting through any of my links, I’ll make a commission. I’m not trying to hide that fact.
Second, I was a dedicated GoDaddy customer for several years until discovering InMotion. I was very hesitant about making the switch.
Anyway, I wanted to get serious about blogging and felt it was time to step it up a notch. No more playing around. I needed to re-build the blog from the ground up. It was time to invest in a VPS (virtual private server) and get off of shared hosting. After all the research had been done, I said goodbye to GoDaddy. I chose InMotion Hosting’s VPS-1000 which runs on SSDs (solid-state drives).
InMotion Uses Solid-State Drives
From InMotion’s website:
“HDDs have two things working against it when it comes to data retrieval. The first is the rotational latency of the disk. The second is the seek time that it takes for the read/write head to find the data on the disk. SSDs have neither of these problems…hard disk drives take about 20 times longer to access data during periods of heavy I/O requests.”
That’s technical talk for: SSDs are FASTER than HDDs.
I didn’t know what to expect from the VPS on solid-state drives to be honest. Was it just a marketing hype? Would it really be faster? After installing WordPress and giving it a test drive, I was more than impressed.
Shared hosting on GoDaddy was like driving a mini-van. It did the trick and got you there with the rest of the pack, but it wasn’t going to break any records.
The InMotion VPS on SSDs is like driving a Corvette.
Support Support Support
No matter which hosting company you ultimately decide to go with, you’d better do a little experiment first. Dial their number and try to get a support person on the line. See how long it takes you to get connected.
Dial the number at two in the morning and see if you get the same results.
Once you do get a person on the line, tell them you’re having a problem with your WordPress site and need some assistance. If they start by telling you they can’t offer support for a third-party application, hang up the phone.
If they don’t offer telephone support at all, do not use them! If you can’t find their telephone number on their website, pick someone else!
If you have to pay extra for support, run!
To me, support should be the number-one factor you consider over all others if you are new to WordPress. InMotion’s support has been great so far. Not perfect, but great, and easily accessible.
InMotion support has a chat feature that’s wonderful. Every time I use it, someone is on the hook in about one minute. You can’t ask for anything better.
Which Hosting Plan Do You Need?
If you’re merely starting a blog about your trip to Italy, you probably only need a basic hosting plan on a shared server. InMotion offers shared hosting starting at $5.99 per month on solid-state drives! If the blog takes off and starts getting a ton of traffic, you can upgrade to a VPS to handle the load.
If you know 100% that you are going to be a full-time blogger and will depend on your website to make a living, get the Virtual Private Server now. You’ll be glad you did.
Slow hosting means slow editing. Every time you add some content and want to preview it before it’s published, you will find yourself waiting for the page to load, just like your readers. A VPS on SSD’s means a faster back end as well. You can get your work done with less frustration.
After using an InMotion VPS for a year, I pulled the trigger and upgraded to a Dedicated Server. The staff at InMotion migrated everything over to the new server with ZERO downtime.
For those of you who are going to run multiple affiliate sites with a ton of traffic, get the dedicated server. It’s the cost of doing business. InMotion manages the server for you. On your end, it’s no different than using a shared hosting plan. It’s too easy.
Don’t spend too much time trying to figure out which hosting company to go with. Spend your time on generating content for the site.
Content makes money!
Pick a hosting company, launch your site, and get after it. If you don’t want to take my advice and go with InMotion, you can also check out
I can’t give you any feedback on the last three because I’ve never used them. However, most people I know use one of the four hosting companies I’ve discussed in this article.
*Be sure to check out my article on the Best WordPress Theme.