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FrugalFisherman10

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Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« on: August 10, 2017, 07:50:27 AM »
I'm trying to get my own site started up. It's going to be very photo/video heavy, like a gallery of my best photographs and some short travel videos I make.

I'm not very technical, so initially I was considering something like squarespace or Wix for use of their website builders. Then I started to realize that 'hey, nobody wants a free site (no custom domain name), and the price is more like $15 - $20+ month once you get into their paid subscription services, maybe I should look at a free Wordpress site with some cheap hosting (like Blue host?). Couldn't that be better long term and maybe cheaper (or at least more cost effective)?"

I had also read that going with a Wordpress site from the beginning is going to be better in the long run if it were to actually need to scale and if you started gaining a lot of traffic. (i think Mrs. MM says that in her post here about it)

So I'm looking at wordpress sites and hosting and all that, and see that MMM himself, as well as many others, recommend super cheap hosting with BlueHost, so I'm thinking "wow this would be a way cheaper option."

But, I need to build the site - hard to do without a website builder and without knowing wordpress..
Then enter "Divi" and their latest website builder https://www.elegantthemesdemo.com/?et_fb=1 (link if you don't know what I'm referring to... Basically they put something as capable and seemingly user friendly as Wix on top of WP, and it seems to work really well (from what I can tell without actually getting to demo it myself).

SO, now I'm thinking:
A. Wordpress site (free)
B. use Divi 3.0 to build it (which is like $90/year for a license, or I can just stop paying for the license and the site will keep working but it will not get upgraded), and
C. figure out where to host it.

Which is where you web developer/knowledgeable people come in - I can look online at 100s of comparisons of hosting providers and it's nearly impossible to tell what I need, and also to receive unbiased information (non-affiliate stuff).
If I'm expecting maybe 100 visitors to my site in a day (who knows.. probably much less for a while), should I just go with Shared Hosting on something like Bluehost?

Shared vs Managed hosting?
I don't want to spend a ton of time figuring out all this 'cpanel' backend stuff to keep my site up and running. I don't know what that means. So I'm considering managed hosting, but just not sure if I'm the 'right customer' for that yet.

my site will have big jpegs and videos, lots of pictures... so speed is a major consideration. Does SSD hosting matter? or will they all be pretty fast?

Either way, I have enough 'design' in me to try and build my site myself, that's kinda the whole point actually... I want to extend my creative outlet of photography and share that in a more formalized way.

Thanks for any suggestions or recommendations!

FrugalFisherman10

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2017, 10:17:06 AM »
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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 07:02:59 AM »
To clarify, you're against doing a SquareSpace/Weebly/Wix sort of thing?

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 07:18:38 AM »
Not against it entirely, just kinda thought there may be better alternatives by getting my 'own domain and hosting'.

In fact I basically have a dummy site built out right now on Wix that I could just roll with. But I feel like if I do that then everything I want to do will be within the confines of their little "universe"...like SEO and getting ads on my site one day to help it pay for itself, etc. I just don't know that I would really expect a site hosted on Wix to ever become something where you're driving a good amount of traffic to it and able to reap the benefits of it in an efficient way. Maybe I'm just suspicious

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 08:45:32 AM »
You can get your own domain, and without ads, on any of those sites. You don't have to have their name in your web address.

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2017, 10:36:51 AM »
Right, but what if I wanted to enable sponsors to advertise on my site so that I could get the revenue? It just seems more convaluted to go through a "website builder" like that, no? Or am I missing something and it is that simple

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2017, 05:38:06 AM »
You can certainly do Google AdSense and affiliate links on SquareSpace, for example. No doubt the others are the same.

I think the main advantage of WordPress is that it's more customizable than SS/Weebly/Wix, but also requires more effort on your part. That said, there are a bazillion WordPress themes, for free or less than $100, that will make your site look really good. You'll need to go through some online lessons to get a good idea of how it all works.

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2017, 07:30:03 AM »
Ok. I am not a web developer.

I am a blogger that used to host with Bluehost, HostGator, Dreamhost, SiteGround, etc you name it. I have a blog that pretty much receives high traffic and all those hosting performed poorly.

Until I found the love of my life. Digital Ocean.

Digital Ocean was recommended by my game developer brother and web designer sister (not bragging about their profession but just letting you know that this recommendation came from them and not from me, and now I recommend them).

I moved from HostGator > BlueHost > Siteground > DigitalOcean. Finally contented.

I am self-hosted and using the standard droplet plan of $20 a month. https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/#droplet (not affiliate link). I never experienced down time since moving. But installing WordPress for the first time can be a pain in the ass. My brother installed it for me.

I think it's perfect for your WordPress photo site.

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2017, 09:12:48 PM »
I like iPage for a bunch of reasons.


I'm a very amateur web developer who used to know a little about HTML but not much. I took several years' break before building anything, but found this pretty intuitive. I've done both Wordpress and their template sites.

The reasons I chose it.

#1, top of it all. Good rates! Even at renewal. Not just great introductory offers.

 I don't want to migrate sites over or rebuild them every few years. They renew at good rates. And it's a pretty good deal to start too. I use the integrated Wordpress hosting for my main site.



2. If you don't need Wordpress, it's even cheaper.

Their integrated templates work a lot like Wix or Squarespace (almost as dead simple). I've built sites for $15 using their templates, just buying a new domain + using my current hosting account.



3. They have a decent affiliate program.
I rarely plug it, but it does work. I chose the option where I get cash rather than hosting credits. No need to use my link of course, but I wouldn't object
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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2017, 10:45:30 AM »
Buy your own domain name and use a constructor (SquareSpace/Weebly/Wix).
UNLESS
You're interested in becoming a web-developer or at least enjoy learning that stuff.

Web-development is such a big field, that you'll waste a lot of hours for no return.
Nobody cares whether your website is on wordpress/wix/squarespace/weeble/custom cms/etc.

The only thing that matters is your content.

Do it for 1 year, then revisit this decision. You can migrate your website any time, even preserving old urls.

Wordpress and own hosting sound simple until something goes wrong (error in plugin or theme or wordpress upgrade script). Then you'll have to waste even more hours or hire somebody for $50/hour to fix things.

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Re: Hosting Recommendations - any web developers out there?
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2017, 11:23:56 AM »
The best host is https://www.siteground.com/recommended?referrer_id=7614852. (referral link there) (Best host within the shared/VPS hostings cheaper - of course we could go to hosting companies that charge 40-80/month or more)

You can buy their hosting for about 3 dollars/month.

Use them with Wordpress. Wordpress is easy. Click a button to install and then in wordpress just choose a template and you are ready to do whatever.

There are even free page builders within wordpress.

Dont use Wix/Weebly etc... not only its more expensive since to have your own domain you have to have the premium package, but their coding is not the greatest and might impact you in google rankings.

I have my websites at Siteground... most my pages open in 0.5 seconds while my competitors open in 4-5+ seconds.

You will be independent and start getting some SEO ranking.

SG customer service is pretty good and speed is also top notch im my opinion. TTFB on their server is around 100 ms which is very low already... if people are on SG and they are having speed problems is because they have some other issues on their site.

Use a light theme such as Generate Press or Astra or Genesis (paid) and you are good to go...

« Last Edit: August 18, 2017, 11:29:37 AM by MrSal »