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Hosting Your WordPress Blog

If you are new to the Internet and looking for hosting for your site or WordPress blog, please read on as I’m sure my experiences will save you some trouble in the long run.

If you’ve been online for a while, you will undoubtedly hear some familiar situations and solutions through my story so hopefully, you can benefit as well.

In the past, I had some sites hosted with providers who were local to me and often recommended by webmasters or designers I was working with. In fact, my wife’s online business was set-up by a webmaster recommended by a friend and the webmaster worked for a hosting company. While this is not a slam on webmasters by any means, my wife had a very difficult time getting exactly what she wanted done to her site, done right and done on-time. Not to mention both the webmaster’s fees and the hosting were outrageously priced. The host also did not offer the c-panel interface so any changes had to be asked for and paid for.

hostgator and wordpressWhen I jumped into the online world eighteen months ago, I secured hosting through Hostgator on someone’s recommendation (I don’t recall who). Hostgator had a “baby croc” plan that was less than $10 per month and allowed unlimited domains. They also offered c-panel on their hosting plans that allowed me to add my own domains, configure sql databases, set-up redirects and email, and a ton of other things if I needed. No calling or submitting tickets to get these simple things done for WordPress hosting. Simply log-in and do it myself. Done!

Within a few short months I had accumulated a hundred or so domains and had WordPress blogs on each of them. This is when I learned about the unspoken limits of the “unlimited” plans the hosting companies offer. This goes for all hosting companies, not just Hostgator.

Since these plans are on what is called “shared hosting”, meaning that there is a server (much like your home PC but with larger storage drives and special software) that is home to your account as well as many other accounts. My account had 100+ sites on it and I have no idea if the other accounts had multiple domains or not. What I do know is that while there is no limit to the number of domains that can be hosted on any one account, there is a limit to the amount of resources available to each account.

Imagine that your account was like a window or tab on your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.). Now imagine that other accounts are sharing your browser so that there are many open tabs in your browser. If every one of the tabs was trying to load a video or something large, it would make your entire browser function a bit slower and in some cases even cause it to “lock-up”.

Hosting companies keep a close eye on this and if your resource usage gets too high, where it may interfere with other accounts on the shared server, your hosting company can suspend your account. That means that none of your sites are available online and until you come up with a plan to get your resource usage down, your dead in the water.

This is why you need to understand website hosting and plan ahead so you can avoid these pitfalls. In my own case, I didn’t understand how hosting worked and opted for an inexpensive starter plan. It would have been fine for 10 sites but not for 100. My usage of the server resources threatened to crash or significantly slow all the other accounts on the server. I got the dreaded suspension notice in my email and started to freak!

Hostgator was great though! They explained the issue and my options, which was to move to a hosting plan with greater resource availability and they had several to choose from. I chose a reseller plan that allowed me to create different accounts and place groups of domains within them. Hostgator also migrated my entire account with all it 100+ domains to the new hosting account within a days time at no extra charge. I was up and running again!

Time for another lesson. I had been building a lot of “auto-blogs” in that they searched the internet for relevant content and posted it automatically to my blogs. I didn’t realize the amount of resources required for these processes and that is what got my first account suspended. Most hosts also have a thing called an “inode” limit. You guessed it. I surpassed the inode limit and ended up getting another suspension notice. I deserved it though since I had well over a million inodes. What is an inode you ask? I have no fricken idea! It’s hard to get a good explanation from anyone but I’ll do my best to explain it as I understand it. Inodes are bits of information linked to each file that are stored on the server and take up space in predetermined amounts. I believe that they are 4kb in size no matter if the information they are storing is only 1kb, they still take a 4kb container to store.

The best analogy I can think of is equating them to the temp files on your computer. A temp file is generated whenever you do just about anything on your PC and the more they build up, the slower and less responsive your computer becomes. I had over a million!

The folks at Hostgator again were great to deal with. They went through and deleted a bunch of inodes for me and in the end, I upgraded my account to a VPN, or virtual private network. I don’t have any limitations when it comes to resources and the tech staff assures me that inodes will not be a problem with this account. I have upgraded the account to a higher level since I went to the VPN. I can log-in and see the resource usage at any moment in time and if they are consistently higher than allotted, my sites will load slower and performance will suffer. But only my sites will suffer, no other accounts are affected by my high resource usage.

I presently have around 200 or so domains on my Hostgator account and that number will drop as I unload some unproductive domains this year. I have also come to the understanding that in order to run my online business the way I want, I will have to spread some future domains to different hosts. I can only hope they will be as easy to deal with as Hostgator has been!

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One Response to “Hosting Your WordPress Blog”

  1. I have been browsing google for an ebook on this. If anyone here knows where i can find it, please reply

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