How to Start a Blog for Fun or Profit – Choosing a Web Host

by Ryan Guina

Now that you have an idea for a blog, your niche, the desire, and a domain name, you need a webhost to host your site. Most new bloggers only need a shared hosting package, which means your website(s) will be on the same shared server as many other websites. This is the most economical and practical solution.

As your blog or websites grow in terms of traffic, required storage space, bandwidth used, and other factors, you may need to pay for a more robust hosting service. But for now, we’ll look at some bargain hosting packages, which will be more than sufficient. And for my money, the best shared hosting service is LunarPages, which is the host that my websites are currently on.

The best web hosting option for blogs – LunarPages

1500GB storage and 15000GB bandwidth for $6.95/mo!Why Lunarpages? LunarPages is very inexpensive, reliable, easy to use, has good customer support, lots of free software, one click software installations (important!), and a long track record of success. I have been with LunarPages for 2 years now and have had very little downtime on my sites, which for shared hosting is very good. Here is a little more information about why LunarPages is my favorite option.

LunarPages features:

  • $4.95/mo (12 or 24 month plans)
  • Free domain with 12 or 24 month plan
  • Unlimited storage space and bandwidth
  • Unlimited add-on domains, subdomains, and parked domains
  • Unlimited e-mail accounts
  • Ecommerce options
  • CPanel, Fantastico, and more
  • Tons of software support
  • Tons of free software
  • Excellent customer service
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Sign up for a LunarPages web hosting package

LunarPages is upward scalable. Should you outgrow the basic hosting plan, you can opt for one of LunarPage’s more robust hosting packages, which range from $10/month and up, depending on the plan and your needs. You won’t outgrow LunarPage’s hosting options anytime soon.

Other hosting options. As I mentioned, I have been very happy with LunarPages – bang for the buck, I think it’s the best option. But I also have friends who have had good success with their shared hosting plans, most namely with Blue Host, Host Monster, and Host Gator. These webhosts offer similar services in terms of software, add-on and subdomains, and other features. However, they may be slightly more expensive than LunarPages, and I haven’t used their customer support. But my friends swear by them, so I figured I would mention them. Take a look at all the plans and purchase whichever plan is the best for you.

Published or updated February 22, 2009.
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1 Mrs. Accountability

I just signed up with LunarPages over the weekend and had my blog migrated from Blogger over to Wordpress. Loving Wordpress so much and also very thrilled that LunarPages has c-panel!! So much easier and user friendly than other control panels I’ve had to work with. Moving all my sites over to my LunarPages since they also allow multiple site hosting, yes!


2 Ryan

Mrs. Accountability: I love LunarPages too – I think it is the best hosting option for most blogs (until you need a dedicated server, at which point there may be better options).

Congrats on the transition – I hope it makes your life easier! 🙂


3 Craig

I use the hosting service with Godaddy since I bought the domain there, figured it was easier and recommend them. Their customer service is the best of any company I have seen lately.c


4 Dave

I started my first blog at Boots n’All’s travel website, and then opened version 2.0 a year later over at Blogger.

I bought the domain name at GoDaddy through Google about a year ago, and am interested in starting version 3.0 now, perhaps at a different site. The blog is in need of an overhaul. So, that said, a few questions…

How does one import/migrate a blog to a new site? I’d like to be able to have one site with all of the entries archived.

Looking at LunarPages registration site, it has an option for if you already have a domain name…what if it is already a website? If I register, will that interfere with the one I already have?

Perhaps stupid questions, but I do want to upgrade, but not at the expense of losing everything I already have.

Thanks for the insight.


5 DDFD at DivorcedDadFrugalDad

Great series Ryan– I’m learning quite a bit!


6 Ryan

Dave: You can transfer your current blog from Blogger to another blogging platform and host it at LunarPages. You shouldn’t lose anything in the process.

I have never personally transferred a Blogger blog to another platform (I use WordPress for my blogs), but from what I understand, the process is very straightforward. You can do a quick Google search to find the instructions.

Using a self-hosted blogging platform like WordPress will give you more flexibility in the long run. If the import process is too difficult to understand, I can point you to a blogging consultant who may be able to help you – of course you would need to negotiate the details.


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