Hey, it’s Hoz with a brand new Ask Hoz session, and today’s question is: what is the best web hosting for photo blog type sites? Well, this is a good question and as always the answer is not that straightforward.
It really depends.
There are two types of photo hosts:
- free hosts
- paid hosts
Those are really the only two options.
I always recommend you self-host your website or your blog so that you own your content. In the case of a photo blog, if you’re taking those photographs yourself then you definitely want to do everything you can to protect that content.
The other thing this answer depends on is the platform that you actually like working with.
If you’re just starting out, then the three platforms that I usually recommend are, in no particular order:
- and WordPress
I use WordPress myself but at the end of the day, it’s about what you feel comfortable working with.
Here's what we're going to be covering...
So Who is the Best Host for a Photo Blog if I Use a Self-Hosted WordPress Site?
I’m going to assume that you don’t mind paying for hosting, as this way you can ensure that you get the best for your blog. And obviously, that’s tied to the potential success of your blog as well.If you want massive success then spending some money to ensure that you can support the growth of that blog is obviously part of the process. Click To Tweet
The main consideration that I would have when it comes to choosing the best web hosting for photo blogs concerns the images themselves. Your images need to be of decent resolution and that means using bigger images, which in turn means more resources are needed – in particular, more bandwidth.The more images you have on your blog, then the bigger your bandwidth needs.Click To Tweet
Every time somebody visits a page on your photo blog, their browser has to download all the items on that page and if there are a lot of images – or even if there are a few images but they’re big images – then that’s more zeros and ones to download, and that obviously makes your pages slower.
So you need to be able to deliver a good experience, especially if your goal is to actually succeed in some form with this blog.
So you’re going to need the following:
- decent hosting
- a way to deliver those images fast enough to provide a good user experience
When it comes to the best web hosting for photo blog style blogs I recommend Siteground – using one specific plan: the GoGeek plan.
Here’s my video review of the GoGeek plan:
When my blog’s requirements increased, I upgraded my hosting and migrated my blog to SiteGround’s Go Geek plan because:
- it’s a semi-dedicated hosting plan
- it’s a plan that I know very well
- and it’s a host that I know very well
Considerations When Setting up The Best Web Hosting for Photo Blog Type Blogs
When it comes to your photo to blog, you need to tick two boxes:
- you need to get decent hosting
- you need to ensure that your images are being delivered fast enough
By Images, I basically mean your pages. When somebody visits a page or post on your blog, the question is: are those images loading fast enough?
Keep in mind that you may have very good hosting but if your images are big then the question becomes: is that good hosting enough?
The good news is that you don’t have to go overboard and get even better hosting, which obviously means more expensive hosting, just to be able to serve those images nice and fast.
There are things that you can do instead to ensure that those images are delivered quickly and the best option is to use a content delivery network, also known as a CDN.
This works in the following way:
Your images are hosted on a content delivery network on a different server – not your own server or your website – so that when somebody visits one of your blog posts, the images are being served from the CDN’s image-optimized server.
This means that there’s less to download on your page, which in turns provides a faster page load.
The bottom line, of course, is that the user experience is a lot better.Even with good hosting, if you're blog is image heavy, you'll do well to consider a CDN.Click To Tweet
Now, CDNs are not free, and whilst one or more may pop up every now and then offering a free plan, you always have to ask yourself:
- if it’s free how good is it going to be?
- is it going to be good enough for my photo blog?
- are there any strings attached?
- are there any limitations due to the fact that it’s free?
For example, Facebook is free, but the other side of that is that they own the content you publish on their platform. So you really have to think carefully about that as well as any performance limitations, and that’s why the best web hosting for photo blogs is inevitably not going to be free.Even free has a cost. Always check what you're signing up to, esp when it comes to free plans.Click To Tweet
So let’s just agree that generally, a CDN is not going to be free. We want the best hosting setup, so we have to assume some costs.
When it comes to a CDN, I recommend that you consider WordPress’s own Jetpack. I know that at least the paid service does offer an image CDN and it’s quite affordable.
Here’s what a Google search brings up for Jetpack (the top 2 results are the right ones):
Jetpack is the first place that I would check with regards to setting up a CDN.
The other one is a popular service called MaxCDN. I haven’t actually used this CDN but it’s a very popular one and if you search Google for MaxCDN then you will find a ton of results.
Is there a Free Option When it Comes to The Best Web Hosting for Photo Blog Sites?
Great hosting and free hosting are 2 different concepts.
However, when it comes to the CDN, you could host your images on a free image hosting service like Flickr.
Flickr is like YouTube for images. It’s a public space so when you upload an image to Flickr, it’s publicly available and other people can share it.
Flickr is free, so again, approach that with care and do your due diligence.
Depending on the type of photos that you’re going to have on your photo blog, you may want to consider staying away from free.
But if you have to go free, for whatever reason, actually spend some time reading the Terms of Service of whatever image host you choose and find out what it is that you’re actually signing up to, because even free has a cost.
As I said at the beginning if these are images that you’re taking yourself, for example, if you’re a photographer or you’re doing this as a hobby but you’re taking those images and you’re hoping maybe one day to sell those images then I would definitely do everything to have a self-hosted blog and actually pay for the CDN so that I own the content at all times.
The best web hosting for photo blog websites is a host that offers enough resources because a photo a blog is a lot heavier than just a blog that is text-based.
You need to be able to deliver those image-filled pages fast and create a good user experience.
So we’re looking at:
- a decent host
- a CDN to deliver your images even faster
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