I recently changed my hosting provider and moved my blog to SiteGround. I wasn’t planning on actually making a big deal of this until it dawned on me that there are people everywhere searching for the best web hosting for blogs.
What actually happened is that two people asked me how my website move went and if I had experienced any issues. So this prompted me to share my experience and my thoughts on this topic.
Let’s dive right in!
Here's what we're going to be covering...
- 1 Finding The Best Web Host for a Blog
- 1.1 Why did I Transfer my Blog to a Different Host?
- 1.2 So did I Switch to the Best Web Hosting for Blogs?
- 1.3 Which blog host is best?
- 1.4 What is the best web hosting for WordPress?
- 1.5 My SiteGround GoGeek Plan Speed Test – Results Out of The Box
- 1.6 Conclusion
- 1.7 Resources
Finding The Best Web Host for a Blog
OK, that title was modelled on Finding Nemo. Heh. Never mind…
In reality, I didn’t have to search for a great hosting provider. I already know Siteground and I happen to host multiple websites across different plans and servers with them.
My blog (this blog) was not hosted on SiteGround however.
Why did I Transfer my Blog to a Different Host?
The reason behind my moving my blog to a new host is nothing sinister, nor is it a case of having experienced a bad host.
I launched this blog on the first of July of 2017. To begin with, the blog had no traffic (as you would expect from a blog with no content).The reality is that if your blog doesn't get much traffic, you're paying for hosting that you mostly don't use. Great hosting can be overkill in this case.Click To Tweet
My strategy is simply to start with good but cheap hosting, and then upgrade my hosting when I need to.
- For a brand new blog or a blog that doesn’t get too much traffic (less than 5,000 monthly visits) I recommend: Guru
- If your monthly visits are nearer to the 10k mark, I recommend upgrading your hosting to a SiteGround GoGeek plan.
It’s a simple strategy but it works well. Pay only for what you need.
So did I Switch to the Best Web Hosting for Blogs?
At this point my blog’s timeline, yes. Absolutely.
SiteGround’s GoGeek plan is what they call their semi-dedicated hosting plan. That in itself tells you something about what you can expect.
In practical terms, it means that you are sharing resources with fewer websites than you would normally when using shared hosting.More available resources translates to faster hosting and a fast website, and that's always good for business.Click To Tweet
Add to that their stellar support and the fact that they provide support 24×7 via phone and live chat and you have a really good host.
But let me make an important point while we’re here, by answering some common questions:
Which blog host is best?
That depends mostly on your needs. As I pointed out above, I switched my host at a point in my blog’s timeline where it makes sense to do so.
In other words, the best host for your blog is going to depend on your blog – specifically: the traffic your blog receives and also the content (i.e. large images, lots of images, few images) as that really dictates how your hosting is able to handle the traffic load by serving your pages.
Here’s what I mean by this:
Rich content pages take longer to serve than text-based pages. So if you have a blog filled with rich media, you’re going to max out your server resources faster than if you had a text-based blog.
So the best web host for your blog depends on your blog and the traffic your blog receives.
What is the best web hosting for WordPress?
I wanted to include this question to point out one thing:WordPress hosting is really just web hosting. Many hosts are simply segmenting potential customers. That said, just watch there isn't a stark difference in cost between web hosting v WordPress hosting...Click To Tweet
So there it is, asking what are the best blog hosting sites is not the right question. It’s akin to looking through the wrong end of the telescope.
What is the best web hosting for blogs like mine, is a much better question.
My SiteGround GoGeek Plan Speed Test – Results Out of The Box
As I mentioned at the start of this article, I hadn’t planned on doing a SiteGround hosting review or anything like that, but those 2 enquiries made me realise I should perhaps have thought ahead a little more in order to be able to share results.
So, whilst I didn’t actually record myself doing a website speed test before switching hosts, I nonetheless did test the site’s performance using the Pingdom test tool prior to the migration and recorded the results in order to satisfy my own curiosity.
Take a look at the results below.
Old Host Website Speed Test Result
SiteGround GoGeek Plan Website Speed Test Result
That’s almost a 2 second speed improvement with my new host! Needless to say, I’m very pleased.
Note that those results are from a sub-optimal blog. I haven’t yet (as I type this) enabled SiteGround’s super fast caching features, so those results are literally out-of-the-box.
Note: I have to point out that this test is not like-for-like because I have in effect up-graded my hosting. I’ve switched to the Go Geek plan, which is SiteGround’s semi-dedicated hosting plan, but in all fairness, my old blog hosting account did not have the same resources.
In other words, I’m paying more now. I’m excited, of course, because a faster website is obviously great news. But as I say, this was a hosting upgrade.Better, faster hosting means paying more. This is part and parcel of being a blogger and growing a blog.Click To Tweet
I upgraded my hosting because I was at that point in time when this upgrade made sense. Which is the point of this article: to point out that there isn’t such a thing as the best web hosting for blogs because there are different scenarios. So, in effect, there are optimal web hosting plans for any particular instance.
Setting out to find the best blog hosting sites is not a great plan because the logic behind the question is flawed.
The real question is: what is the best web host for my blog at this point in my blog’s timeline? And of course, by your blog’s timeline I mean what are the requirements in terms of server resources that your blog needs right now?
At the most basic level, the question is: how much traffic does your blog receive each month?
The smart way to go about hosting is to choose a hosting plan that suits your needs so that you don’t end up paying for a beast of a plan when your blog receives 2 visits per month, one of them being yourself.
A smarter plan is to buy cheap but good hosting (the best you can get at the cheapest price you can get) and then upgrade your hosting when your traffic increases to a point where you actually need more resources.
So here are my recommendations based on the above:
- if your blog receives less than 5,000 monthly visits, use Guru
- if your blog receives 10,000 or more visits, upgrade your Guru plan or go to SiteGround and choose the Go Geek plan, because it’s pointless switching from Guru to a low-end SiteGround plan.
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