Short and Yet Hard Lesson on Choosing a Blog Host

This is just a quick reminder on the importance of choosing a hosting service when you are creating a new blog.  Don’t under estimate the bandwith requirements of your new blog because you’ll never know when it will hit or miss. It’s better to be sure than be sorry.

Here’s the story. When I created this blog, I never thought that I would exceed the 1GB bandwith limit offered by the free hosting service that comes with my domain registration. I was planning to upgrade to a free hosting after one year – just in time for the renewal of my domain. And besides, the Asus Eee Reader is not to come out until 2010 so I was just readying the blog. But it turns out that as early as now, things are getting pretty active in the ebooks and ereader market, so I decided to cover other topics.

To cut the long story short, my new blog started to pick up in terms of site traffic. And so the unexpected happen. When I was about to cover an important post the blog went down. The web host said I exceeded the bandwith limit allocated for my free hosting. And were not even half-way through the month.

So, I was forced to upgrade the free hosting to a paid one. But it took several hours for the web host to move my blog to the new hosting plan.

In the meantime, I’ve lost potential hits and visits during those few hours. Figures that would have matter a lot especially since my blog was starting to pick up some mileage.

Bottomline – If you’re creating a new blog, get the best hosting deal and avoid settling for the free or cheap ones. It could make or break your new  blog’s fate.

Originally posted on November 17, 2009 @ 9:33 am

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