In Creating a Home for Your Blog I discussed blogging platforms and stated my preference for starting a WordPress.org free-standing blog for greatest control and flexibility. Review that post to decide what’s best for you at the present time.
However, if you decide on WordPress.org or another free-standing blogging platform, you must set up an account with a web hosting company.
Make sure to select Linux shared web hosting and not Microsoft hosting.
Here is a partial list of web hosting companies to consider for your blog:
Each web hosting company has its own features and pricing structure. All these hosting companies are mainstream. They’re listed in alphabetical order. Choose the one that best fits your plans.
If you choose a WordPress.org blog, and you have never used WordPress before, ask a freind or colleague to help. You can also contact me, and I will provide you with personal help for a very modest fee.
One side note: If you’re looking to buy domain names, 1&1 Internet offers .com domains with private registration for $6.99 per year.
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