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Blogging Pitfalls: Unlimited Hosting

It’s a promise we’ve all heard before. Web hosting companies all over are offering “unlimited” hosting for mere dollars per month.

On the surface, it seems like a great deal. For a low monthly price you get to stop worrying about bandwidth and server space caps and focus on running your site. You can host as many domains, get as much traffic and store as many files as you want.

However, unlimited hosting is much more myth than reality. It just means that the host doesn’t place “hard” caps on storage and transfer and instead has replaced it with soft ones that could come back to bite you at almost any time.

Fortunately, it is a relatively avoidable pitfall if one is willing to be realistic about the limitations of such hosting and take precautions to avoid abusing it.

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Why Probloggers NEED To Choose Specialized Hosting Over Generic

For those of you who choose self hosting over service hosted platforms, one of the hardest decisions to make (aside from choosing which blog software to use) is selecting where to host your content.

While there are certain hosts you should avoid at all costs (especially ones promising unlimited hosting), blogging pro’s would be wise to skip the generic hosts altogether and instead choose specialized hosting companies instead.

For those of you wondering why you should abandon your current host for one specializing in WordPress, Drupal or Joomla, here are 3 reasons why switching hosting environments just makes sense. Read More

Categories: Blogging Tips

Should Probloggers Choose Service Hosting Over Self Hosting?

A long time ago at the beginning of geek time there were two types of bloggers. Those who blogged for fun (or passion), and those who earned a profit from blogging (the latter who were often referred to as “pro bloggers”).

Back then it was easy to tell the difference between the two as more often than not pro bloggers chose to self host their sites while the masses opted for the free version.

Fast forward towards today and many blog platforms allow users to pro blog on the cheap.

In fact by purchasing a domain one can turn a site like Blogger, Tumblr, or even OnSugar (for you Drupal fans) into a professional site for the price of the domain (which for most is $10/year).

Faced with those expenses, should a person even consider service hosting their blog instead of self hosting?

For those wondering whether self hosting is the best option for them, here are the pluses and minuses for service hosting one’s blog. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: How to Not Abandon Your Blog

What kills more blogs every year than bad hosting, legal threats and all other blogging pitfalls combined? Blog abandonment.

The biggest killer of blogs by far isn’t what makes headlines, it’s the simple fact that people get up and walk away from their sites.

How bad is the issue? According to a recent Technorati survey, of the 133 million blogs tracked less than 7.5 million were still active and, of those, just 1.5 million had been updated within the past week. This means that almost 99% of all blogs created are not currently active on at least a weekly basis and approximately 94% have been abandoned completely.

So how can you help your site beat the odds? Well, there is no easy answer to that one as even the blogs that take the best precautions still, most of the time, wind up being abandoned at some point. However, there are still some steps that you can and should take. Read More

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VaultPress from WordPress: The Good, the Bad, and the Beta

In June Automattic (the company behind for you non-geeks) began granting users access to their latest and greatest beta VaultPress.

Unlike other services of Automattic, VaultPress is geared strictly towards self hosting WordPress blogs (aka as a data backup service that protects a bloggers data in the even that their hosting company dies, kidnaps their site or (worse case scenario) is attacked by hackers.

Despite being in a limited beta, WordPress is charging brave souls $15 a month per blog (which works out to be $180 a year) to entrust their blog’s entire content to the VaultPress crew.

For those of you wondering if you should give Automattic your cold hard cash or choose an alternative, here is this authors take on VaultPress (both the good as well as the bad). Read More

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The 3 Blog Laws Of Self Hosting (Ignore Them At Your Own Risk)

Despite the benefits of blogging upon Blogger,, OnSugar (for Drupal lovers),  or a microblogging site like Tumblr, there comes a season in your life when you must embrace the trials and tribulations of self hosting your blog.

Fortunately in the age of social networking and blogs, most hosting companies offer clients “one click” installs allowing users to upload the blog software of their choice without having to resort to using the infamous FTP (which only geeks love).

Aside from finding yourself a decent host, there are 3 laws of self hosting that you should follow which will not only prevent damage to your blog’s data (as replacing it via Google cache can be a pain), but also of your wallet as well. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Using a Bad Host

When it comes time to set up a new site, whether you are moving from your free blogging account to a new domain or simply setting up a new blog altogether, there is quite literally no shortage of companies willing to take your business.

With thousands of companies in the hosting game, not counting a nearly endless supply of resellers, there are plenty of places to put your site and, with many hosting contracts for only a few dollars per month, there are some great deals to be found.

However, there are also many ways in which you can go wrong with a host. Not only can a good host have a bad day, but bad hosts can present convincing marketing material that belie the problems and frustrations that await after sign up.

So how do you avoid getting burned by a bad host? There is no easy answer, but this is certainly one blogging pitfall every blogger needs to watch out for. Read More

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5 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Blog Platform

Just as it would be foolish to select a phone, car, house, pet, etc. without understanding the fundamentals of the product (or in the latter case the creature), it would also be foolish to simply select a blog platform without discovering the benefits (and minuses) of using it.

Believe or not there are hundreds (if not thousands) of blog platforms, ranging from keep-it-simple blog services (like Blogger, WordPress, etc.)  to do-it-yourself hosting solutions (like, MovableType, and b2evolution).

While each service (or software) has their weaknesses and strengths, you should ask at least 5 questions before choosing a platform to blog upon. Read More

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