5 Surprising Blog Hosting Myths Bloggers Still Believe

hosting mythNew bloggers — and even some more established site owners — are often surprised at the complexities of establishing a blog and making it profitable. Those who wish to turn their blogs into a source of income often find that in order to do so, they can’t rely on the free hosting services that are so easy to use, but so limiting to real growth.
The fact is, to grow a blog, you need to self-host it, so you have the freedom to expand and increase the functionality of the site. However, if you are like many people, you probably believe some of these myths — all of which hold you back.

1. Unlimited Bandwidth Always Means the Same Thing

When you hear the term bandwidth, what do you think of? For most people, bandwidth means one of two things: Either the speed of the host in loading the website, or the amount of data that can be uploaded and downloaded within a particular amount of time.

Often, when comparing hosting services, bloggers are enticed by claims of “unlimited bandwidth,” believing that it means that their site will always load quickly and there will never be lag time when uses log on. However, “unlimited bandwidth” in this sense is practically impossible, since hosts can’t really put limits on speed. Instead, usually what providers mean in referring to unlimited bandwidth is actually the latter. You can upload or download as many files as you want within your contract period, and if you have unlimited disk space as well, you won’t have limits on the size of those files.

2. Inexpensive Hosting Is Bad Hosting

All Web hosting is not created equal. Some providers are better than others, and several providers could even be considered among the best Web hosts available. However, just because something is listed as a “best” provider doesn’t mean that it comes with a hefty price tag — just as just because something is affordable doesn’t make it a “bad” provider. There may be drawbacks to choosing a less expensive host, in terms of features and support, but if you have some knowledge of how to manage your site, you can host a perfectly functioning site with a bargain service.

Read my post on affordable WordPress hosting that you can  trust.

3. Self-Hosting Is Complicated

Many bloggers believe that hosting is complicated and requires codingand database expertise. So they limit themselves to free hosting sites with limited features and control over branding or function.

The truth is that while there is a learning curve associated with launching a self-hosted blog, it’s actually much easier than one might think. Most hosting providers offer easy-to-use,intuitive dashboards. In addition, there are literally hundreds of tutorials online, many of which can get your site up and running in no time. While having some experience with Web design and development can improve the functionality of your site, you can launch a perfectly functional and attractive blog on your own with little to no experience.

4. A “Little” Downtime Is Okay

Downtime is the bane of any site owner’s existence. Not only does downtime keep your readers and customers from visiting your site, it can also have a negative effect on your SEO and ranking on search engines. It’s inevitable that downtime will occur, but keeping it to a minimum is vital.

Yet many bloggers fail to see the bigger picture when evaluating hosting service downtime statistics. A difference in just a few tenths of a percent actually amounts to many more hours of downtime. A site that’s up 99.9 percent of the time, for example, is down for just over eight hours over the course of a year. When the number drops to 99.6 percent uptime, the number of hours jumps to about a day and a half. If uptime drops to 95 percent? Your site is offline for about two weeks out of the year.

Because small differences add up to big losses, choose a Web host that guarantees the highest level of uptime possible — even if you have to pay a little more.

5. You Don’t Need to Host Your Blog on Your Website.

If you’re adding a blog to your content marketing mix, it might be tempting to host it separately from your primary website. However, doing so drives users away from your site, which is where you want them to be. Adding your blog to your main website makes it easier to manage, and keep users from clicking away.

Hosting your own blog isn’t difficult, but does require a willingness to learn some new skills and try some different options. If you can get past these myths and try out a self-hosted blog, you’ll probably find that your goals are closer than you imagined.

7 thoughts on “5 Surprising Blog Hosting Myths Bloggers Still Believe”

  1. Hello Ammar,

    i really enjoyed reading through your article. Indeed these are myths which many people live with even as at today.

    The human psychology is such that it sees ‘more expensive’ as ‘always better’, in the case of hosting a blog, this is not always true. There are still some affordable hosts out there that do much better than the expensive ones.

    As for downtime, i hate it each time my site is down. I was mad at my web host when i recorded a down time of up to 20hours last month, i’ve already made up my mind to switch to another host on expiration of the present contract. But what i’ll like to know, would you advise one to use a foreign host or is it better to use a host that exists as a firm in one’s home country?

    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Hii Amar thanks for this very informative article. I want to know some expertise answer from you regarding hosting. Please give your valuable time to answer me

    is it good to usw free hosting service like hostinger. Currently i am on hostinger free hosting. it is working well as i am geting low trafic. should i move to bluehost.
    plz suggest me

  3. Hello Ammar,

    What a nice post every blogger should learn from…

    You know, when i started blogging i thought there’s truly something called unlimited bandwidth. Until my hosting suspend my site for using much bandwidth…

    Thant’s kinda funny, if you are not giving unlimited bandwidth, why not just write how many gigabyte of bandwidth you give out so a website owner can make a choice when buying a host.

    Your points are awesome and should be understand by all…

    Have a blessed week ahead…

  4. Benjamin Carter-Riley

    Nice one Ammar,

    This has given me some insightful tips on what to do when it comes to hosting my blog online.

    I hear that BlueHost is quite a good hosting site that a lot of bloggers recommend, and would like to know your thoughts about going with them.

    Thanks. :)

  5. Thanks you very much for those useful tips. I think hosting is one of the biggest challenges bloggers face, both experienced and inexperienced bloggers. I am sure your article will help many understand what is really needed. It surely opened my eyes.

    Thanks once again!

  6. Hi Ammar,

    Very true, People still thinks that unlimited shared hosting plans comes with unlimited resources as they mentioned in their plans but the reality is different.
    I’ve heard from my fellow blogger friends that their website was put down by their host for consuming high resources but as per them they were getting as little as 1000 visitors per day.
    Have you faced any such problem with any of your host.

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