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Hey, so glad you are back because we really are going to get your blog rockin’ today !!! Last time we found your “niche” and your potential domain name. ( See part #1 if you missed it ) and that was big but today we are going to get your blog “live!!” Can I get a woot !!!!! woot !!!!!
To get your blog on line we need to talk about hosting. Web hosting is where your blog lives on the web and where your files for your blog are stored. The web-hosting or server is much like the space that you rent out to have your business in. It’s merely the space itself. It does not include furnishings like shelves for your products, just as the web-hosting account doesn’t include a site for you to sell your products. Without the hosting services, you won’t have a place for your files to reside, so your domain would then become like a disconnected phone number in the phone directory, and your site files would have nowhere to stay.
There are two choices to get your blog “live” – free hosting and self hosting.
Now I heard the cheers – free is always the way to go, right??? !!!???
When you’re set up on a free blogging platform (Blogger is probably the biggest), you don’t really own your blog. You’re just setting up on someone else’s property and you’re at their mercy. If they decide they don’t like your blog they have the power to delete it. And there are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show everyone – it’s all limited. Plus, and this might be a deal breaker, your domain name (you know the one you worked so hard to create) will look like this – yourblog.blogspot.com. Not very professional looking.
But there are some times when free hosting sites are great – maybe family sharing for limited photos, or a wedding site that might be taken down after a time. Or perhaps you just want a site on the web to store your rantings and reflections. Free would be good then !!