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087 – Website Hosting for Authors


What is Web Hosting

Web hosting is where your website lives on the internet. It is like rent for your website. It is important because if your site goes down people can’t find you.

Why is web hosting important?

  • Agent Hack Story Bad hosting can ruin your reputation.
  • Viral Blog Post story

Kinds of Web Hosting

  • Free
    • Not recommended.
    • If you must use
  • Shared Hosting
    • Cheap
    • Can’t Handle Lots of Traffic
    • Least Secure
    • Slowest
  • VPS
    • Slightly Better than shared hosting
    • More Expensive
    • Harder
    • Faster
  • Managed
    • Moderate Price
    • Scales to Lots of Traffic
    • Secure
    • Fastest
  • Dedicated
    • Highest Price
    • Does Not’ Scale Well
    • Hardest to Use
    • Faster

Recommended Hosting Companies

  • BlueHost $8 Shared $40 Managed
  • Media Temple $20 Managed
  • WP Engine $30-$100 Managed

Companies to Avoid

  • GoDaddy
  • 1and1
  • SquareSpace
  • Wix
  • Weebly


My Book Table 3 Now with:

  • Audiobook Mode
  • Children’s Book Mode
  • International Mode
  • Star Rating Support

Featured iTunes Review

Lea Holder

Great podcast. Lots of helpful information on marketing your book.



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3 Responses to 087 – Website Hosting for Authors

  1. Carrie L. Lewis October 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm #


    A very interesting podcast and lots of good information.

    You recommended against using 1&1, but didn’t explain why. I’ve been a user of 1&1 almost since the beginning of my blogging “career” and have never had any difficulties. However, my blogs have never been raving successes until this year, and I’m wondering if there’s something I should be watching for with regard to 1&1.

    Since I value your judgment and expertise, I’d love to hear more specifically why you don’t recommend 1&1.

    Thanks much and best wishes,


    • Thomas Umstattd Jr. October 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

      Great question. The main thing I dislike about 1and1 is the backend. Almost everything is one or two steps harder. Also some of the server maintenance they should do they don’t do. Also, I had some bad experiences with their customer support people.

      • Carrie L. Lewis October 3, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

        I’ve never used any other host (other than the free side of WordPress), so I can make no such comparisons.

        Do you see any reason to explore other options now or is there a traffic threshold that would make switching servers important?

        Average daily traffic at the moment is in the neighborhood of 600 visits per day and trending gently upward.

        Thank you for taking time to answer my questions, too. I appreciate it.

        Best wishes,


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