There are so many hosting companies out there to choose from it can be downright difficult to choose which to use for your author platform. Fortunately, there are a lot of authors out there who’ve walked this path before you, and they’ve got some great information to share. In addition, organizations like PC Magazine regularly rate hosting companies against one another and can be a great place to get some basic comparison information on the top options out there.
I’ve pulled together a list of five hosting companies that regularly rank among the highest according to the fine folks of the interwebs. They all work very well with WordPress, have a variety of packages that are quite affordable, and provide 24×7 technical support, all of which are critical to the success of your author platform.
Bluehost was founded in 2003, they have an excellent selection of packages and are one of the few hosting companies recommended by WordPress. They also provide 24×7 support, which to me is a basic requirement. Bluehost is my personal favorite, the company I always recommend. Their hosting packages start at $3.95 month. (Disclosure: I have an affiliate link to Bluehost on my website. I signed up for their program because I have been their customer for ten+ years and believe they have an exceptional product.)
Dreamhost has won PC Magazines best web hosting company twice. For the tech geeks among you, they use solid state drives for their hosting packages. They have a 97 day money back guarantee, offer 24×7 support, but their prices start quite a bit higher. Their base self-hosted package starts at $7.95/mo.
HostGator also provides their paid customers with 24×7 support and their costs are similar to Bluehost, with packages started at $3.95, but they don’t have the same suite of services as Bluehost and other providers. As an example their packages jump to $6.38/mo if you want just two websites. Depending on your writing preferences, you may want two unique websites. If you write children’s books and erotica, as an example, you’re going to want two unique author platforms and two unique websites.
Folks who use A2 definitely seem to like it. They claim a 99.9% uptime right on their homepage, which is pretty good. They offer 24×7 support, and their prices are pretty good. Shared hosting packages start at $3.92/mo for a single site and $4.90/mo for multiple sites.
Prices start around $4.89/mo (though it looks like it may be $6.99/mo as their non-sale price), they’ve been around since 2001, and also provide 24×7 technical support.
Any of these hosting companies would make an excellent home for your author platform, but don’t feel constrained by this list. There are hundreds of options out there with a huge variety of hosting packages. Talk to people you know who’ve done this before you and get their recommendations. Do your research, make sure the services they offer match what you need now, and what you might need two years or even five years from now. Let us know who you went with and why in the comments below.
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