The Best, Cheapest, Easiest-To-Use WordPress Blog Hosts

The Best, Cheapest, Easiest-To-Use WordPress Blog Hosts

We love blogging. And we love the WordPress blogging platform. But we are very much not in love with most website hosts WordPress bloggers use.

Like it or not, a website host is a necessity if you want to run a WordPress blog with your own domain name (which we strongly suggest). It’s a hyper-competitive business, website hosting is. To cut costs most hosting companies skimp on service and reduce their reliability standards. How do hosting companies get away with that? you may wonder. Because most customers make their choice of host by looking at the price and nothing else.

Do not be one of those customers.

The difference between a low and high quality host is the difference between your WordPress blog being down a few minutes per month or being down for hours (or days!). It’s the difference between your blog loading quickly or loading slowly. It’s the difference difference being able to get help with a hosting issue and not.

Here’s our overview of sharing hosting in general and our suggested hosts in particular. Short on time? Skip head to our conclusions:


Shared Hosting Overview

What is a shared host?

By far, the cheapest hosting services are shared hosts. All the WordPress blog hosting options we considered for this review were thus of the shared variety.

As the named implies, with a shared hosting account you are sharing a server with other users. The speed of your site will therefore depend on the popularity of the other sites using your server — something you have no control over and can not know in advance. That’s an inherent downside of shared hosting, though the better hosting companies will cram fewer accounts together.

For a faster connection, you can get a virtual private server (VPS) or even a dedicated server, but these cost substantially more, especially if you want help managing your server. Plus, the reality is: If you are starting a new blog, a good shared host will be plenty sufficient for you. And you needn’t spend more than $10 to get one.

For what it’s worth: The website you are reading now started on a shared host. In time we switched to a VPS account and then to a dedicated server. If you have hopes of your blog becoming the next big thing, you’ll do well to go with a host that has a VPS and/or dedicated server option. That will be it easier to upgrade in the future. If your blog is more for family, friends and a few random strangers, then that sort of expandability doesn’t concern you.

In general, what makes for a good shared host?

A high quality website host will stand behind an uptime guarantee of at least 99.7% and provide responsive customer service. Many hosts are fly-by-night operations so you’ll also want a host that has been in business for several years. And, of course, you want all that for a reasonable price.

Time was that sufficient bandwidth and disk space were important qualities to look for in a host. These days, many hosts offer an “unlimited” amount of each. While that sounds good, it isn’t actually true — in the fine print most hosts have an “acceptable use” clause. It is actually to your advantage to have a host that does have strict limits. Remember, if you can have unlimited bandwidth then so can the other people on your shared server.

In specific, what makes for a good WordPress blog host?

In addition to what you’d want in a host no matter what kind of website you are running, there are some qualities that will help with a WordPress blog specifically:

Easy installation. On some hosts you can install WordPress with a few simple clicks.

Experience with WordPress. On occasion things can go wrong with a WordPress blog, either through user error or a glitch in the software. When that happens, trust us, you’ll save yourself time (and not a few headaches) if your host has extensive WordPress experience.

Regular backups. Blogs tend to change a lot more than static sites. You want to use a host that will backup your blog as often as you update it.

Multiple domains, subdomains and MySQL databases. Though your plans may be for only one site blogging can be surprisingly addictive. Look for the flexibility to expand your planned blogging activities without having to switch hosts.

A full array of up-to-date developer tools. Many of the best WordPress themes and plugins require the latest versions of PHP and MySQL. Your host should support them, along with GD libraries, Python, Ruby (RoR) and other developer tools. (You’ll want your host to be able to do that even if you don’t know what any of those things are.)

Every single one of the WordPress hosts reviewed below score well on those criteria. Though we’ve ranked them #1 through #5, the top one might not be best for you. Each has its own strength. Each would make an excellent choice for your new WordPress blog:

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#1 HostGator

    HostGator details

    Cheapest Package: $3.96/month
    Best Deal: The “baby plan,” $6.36/month for unlimited domains and disk space
    Special Features: The best customer service and uptime for the money
    VPS / Dedicated Servers: Yes / Yes

    GO TO THEIR SITE

There are three main reasons why HostGator tops our rankings for the best WordPress host. First, HostGator has one of the best uptimes in the industry. Second, if you already have a website with another host, HostGator will do all the work of migrating your old files for you (without charging you for it). Third — and perhaps most of all — HostGator’s customer service is really phenomenal. With HostGator you can usually get a tech on the phone without spending an interminable time on hold. Plus, HostGator is a popular WordPress host. Have a problem with your WordPress blog? Chances are that the HostGator technical support has seen it several times before.

HostGator also offers both VPS and dedicated hosting, which means you can later upgrade your hosting without switching hosts. Add to that a 45 day money back guarantee, a long and positive track record with the Better Business Bureau and tremendous script support for virtually anything you are likely to want to do with your blog and you have Spot Cool Stuff’s choice for the best WordPress host.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOSTGATOR | REVIEW OF HOSTGATOR’S DEDICATED SERVER

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#2 WP Engine

    WP Engine details

    Cheapest Package: $29/month
    Best Deal: The cheapest package, though it only allows for one blog
    Special Features: WordPress automatically installed, free staging area, excellent customer service
    VPS / Dedicated Servers: Automatically scaled depending on package

    GO TO THEIR SITE

Every other hosting company deals with a variety of websites. WP Engine is the only quality host that deals exclusively with WordPress blogs.

If you are a novice blogger, worried about setting up your WordPress site or simply want to make your WordPress start-up process as easy as possible, then WP Engine is your ideal hosting choice. Every new account comes with WordPress already installed! When WordPress upgrades come out (which happens surprisingly often), a WP Engine technician will check to make sure your blog is 100% compatible with the new version and automatically upgrade it accordingly.

If you are an advanced WordPress user, there are good reasons to host with WP Engine too. Every account is set up with a free, intuitive-to-use staging area. If you are doing something tricky with your blog, you can easily test it out before making it live. Plus, all the host settings and back end software options on WP Engine are chosen specifically with WordPress in mind.

For all user levels, WP Engine has excellent customer service that’s entirely staffed by WordPress experts. If your blog gets hacked, they’ll work immediately to fix it (at no extra cost or time to you). We also love how WP Engine will automatically optimize and cache your blog. Your WordPress site will run as fast or faster hosted with WP Engine than it will with the shared plans of pretty much any other host. The downside, predictably, is that WP Engine is also significantly more expensive than most other shared plans: $29/month. If that’s within your budget WP Engine is a superb choice.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WP ENGINE

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#3 FatCow

    FatCow details

    Cheapest Package: $3.15/month (sale price)
    Best Deal: The cheapest package, allows for unlimited domains and 350 GB disk space
    Special Features: Rock bottom price, free extras
    VPS / Dedicated Servers: No / No

    GO TO THEIR SITE

The marketing department over at FatCow Hosting certainly has a sense of humor. Whether it’s a good sense of humor is an open question. FatCow describes hosting as their “milk and butter,” refers to their guarantee as the “HeiferCratic Oath,” stores site templates in a “bullpen” and declares their whole company to be “udderly fantastic.” While we appreciate the playful nature of it, all those cow puns made us initially skeptical of the quality of the product. Initially. Though Spot Cool Stuff has not ourselves hosted with FatCow, we’ve spoken to several webmasters who have; every one of whom — to a person — raves about the company. They are happy with the company’s uptime and satisfied (though not always completely glowing) about their customer service.

New FatCow customers get $175 in free advertizing when they sign up. They also get a free mobile website builder and a step-by-step guide to installing WordPress.

And the best part? The price. There’s no quality host anywhere that’s less expensive: only $3.15 per month! That’s, um, not a lot of moo-lah.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FATCOW

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#4 GreenGeeks

    GreenGeeks details

    Cheapest (and Only) Package: $3.96/month, for unlimited disk space and bandwidth
    Special Features: 300% carbon neutral operations, automatic WordPress installer, free website tools
    VPS / Dedicated Servers: Yes / Yes

    GO TO THEIR SITE

For our previous review of the best green hosts Spot Cool Stuff researched all the shared-server hosting companies that (at least claim to) have an eco-friendly operations. The best one we uncovered: GreenGeeks.

In fact, GreenGeeks would make our list of the best WordPress hosts even if they obtained their electricity through the burning virgin rainforests. Their servers are speedy and have a guaranteed 99.9% uptime rate. GreenGeeks’ customer service is excellent too. The catch — and at a mere $3.96 per month a catch is inevitable — is the relatively long wait time to talk to someone at their help desk. In our experience, hold times averaged about ten minutes.

Happily, GreenGeeks is also one of the most, if the the most, environmentally-friendly hosts. Others mentioned in this review (like FatCow Hosting) use some amount of renewable energy. But GreenGeeks’ operations run 300% (!) on wind power. For every kilowatt of electricity the company uses, GreekGeeks will purchase 3 kilowatts of wind energy credits.

Are you already hosting a website and wish you had picked a more eco-friendly company? GreenGeeks will transfer your site to their service for free.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GREENGEEKS

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#5 myhosting.com

    myhosting details

    Cheapest Package: $4.95/month
    Best Deal: Their cheapest package for personal blogs
    Special Features: VPS upgradeable
    VPS / Dedicated Servers: Yes / No

    GO TO THEIR SITE

This hosting company uses their URL in all lowercase letters as their formal name. That makes for awkward sentences when writing a review. But, by whatever name, myhosting.com is our choice for the best, cheapest shared host that also offers VPS. As we discussed under What is a shared host?, a VPS option will let you upgrade to a faster and more robust (but more expensive) type of hosting if you website becomes sufficiently popular in the future.

For a hobbyist blogger who is unlikely to need more than shared hosting, you’ll save money and probably get slightly better service going with FatCow (above). If you plan to blog as part of a business venture, myhosting.com’s VPS expandability is probably worth the extra $1~2 per month. myhosting.com’s “personal website” package limits you to one email address but does come with a free domain and a WordPress installer.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MYHOSTING.COM

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In Summary, the Best WordPress Blog Hosts

Add all that up and here’s our advice:

• If your chief concern is getting the cheapest possible deal for a high quality shared host, choose FatCow Hosting .

• If you want the cheapest possible deal for a high quality shared host that you can later upgrade to a faster VPS, go with myhosting.com.

• Installing WordPress isn’t difficult. But if you aren’t the technical sort or if you place a premium on choosing a host with special WordPress expertise, then WP Engine is well worth the extra cost.

• If you are environmentally conscious and place importance to finding a host that is too (without sacrificing quality) then select GreenGeeks.

• If all the hosts in this review sound the same to you or if you are feeling uncertain what host to get, you can’t go wrong with HostGator.

updated: 1 April 2014
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Responses

  1. Immedia PR says:


    Twitter:
    We love Bluehost!

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  2. Donald says:

    This is a great list. I only have experience with Hostgator but I will say that I have had no problems at all with them. It’s so easy to set up a wordpress blog with them and their customer service is excellent. You get $100 worth of Google Adwords for free which can really help a brand new site grow.
    Donald recently posted..Buy Blog Posts For Five Dollars

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  3. Sadek says:

    Don’t quote me on this, but I’ve read somewhere that WordPress actually recommend BlueHost as the best host for their platform. I’m not sure what they based this on, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Sadek,

    You read right. We couldn’t find a basis for WordPress recommending BlueHost. We considered it when coming up with our top 5 hosts and couldn’t find a basis for recommending it: Their uptime isn’t as good as HostGator and their prices aren’t as cheap as FatCow. Just our 2 cents.

    ~ SCS

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  4. perawatan wajah says:

    for huge traffic blog, i prefer hostgator …
    more over, when we use many plugins that need CPU resources

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  5. david says:

    The WordPress is the best blog platform.
    This was EXACTLY the review I was looking for. Thanks for presenting it so clearly. I signed up with Easy CGI as you suggested and they’ve been everything you said they’d be so far. Thank you again.

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  6. Gary Eckersall says:

    Thanks SCS, appreciate the response.
    You have cleared up my query in part.
    I was trying to understand the difference between WordPress.com & WordPress.org. Also,trying to understand which of these is automatically installed when signing up to a web-host.
    Thanks
    Gary

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  7. Gary Eckersall says:

    Hi, I am looking to set up a blog for the first time, appreciate the web-host reviews you have put forward. When installing WordPress from one of the hosts which WordPress gets downloaded (.com or .org version)? I have been informed they are different & the .org version is more flexible. Lokking at WordPress.com & .org am starting to get a little confused as to what would be downloaded from a web-host… Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Gary

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Gary,

    Yes, WordPress is a bit different when it is self-hosted as opposed to through WordPress. However, through any of these hosts you needn’t download WordPress and do a manual install. You can get it automatically installed, either when you sign up or through your host’s dashboard.

    Does that answer your question?

    ~ SCS

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  8. Matilda Mitchell says:

    some webhosting companies give free domains upon signing up with one of their plans `’-

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  9. gax says:

    hey im looking for a good hosting service for my wordpress site which deals with a lot of data (high-res videos)it is a gaming site.so help me with idea, ty

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  10. Hitesh says:

    I used Hostmonster for WordPress hosting. They provide WordPress friendly servers at a reasonable price and I’ve had prompt, professional response whenever I’ve had a support issue or question.

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  11. Max Ikbal says:

    What about WordPress.com hosting…would you recommend that for beginners?

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Max,

    Unless you want to tread VERY lightly into blogging (ie. writing only 2 or 3 posts per year) we do not suggest WordPress.com, even for beginners. Going through wordpress.com you don’t truly own your site (WP does). You’ll also be limited in terms of themes and plugins you can use. You’ll be forced to update to the latest version of WP, which isn’t necessarily a good thing if you are accustom to one version and rely on plugins that may not work with a newer version. You can’t choose your own domain name. And it will be time consuming (though certainly not impossible) to move off of wp.com were you to choose to do that later.

    Given how dirt cheap a really good host can be, going that route makes sense for most people.

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  12. Roseann Higgins says:

    PS Thank you for demonstrating how to explain removing/moderating an offensive comment. I thought it was fair and you went into detail, which required man-hours on your end.

    As a new blogger on two topics, one on dating and matchmaking, I want to keep the conversation from deteriorating, while ensuring the blog enables people to share valuable insights that are positive and painful or sensitive, if they will help others.

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  13. Roseann Higgins says:

    Hello,

    I ended up on your site through a Twitter link to check out the two restaurants in caverns in the Caribbean. Thank you for that. I needed a reason to put the Caribbean on the bucket list besides the beach.

    May I ask, do you know anything about eleven2, hostmonster and rackspace (cloud)?

    I have a feeling my two blogs I’m working on will have a lot of traffic, video, photos, comments and things I have no idea of yet that might slow it down on a shared server. I feel smart just knowing what that means. I heard GoDaddy, where my empty WordPress blog s parked until Monday, dings you for getting too many users on your site at the same time. I’d rather pay extra than have to move everything again and again.

    I’d also rather make a smart decision right now and not pay Rackspace’s $100/mo for maybe 4 blogs at $1200/year if I can get the same unlimited bandwidth (right?) with hostgator.

    I’ve been asking for this help on Twitter and am happy that people I met at podcampAZ, including a young man named @EricJMyers, friends Social Media Club Phoenix (@smcphx) and others with WordPress experience have been insightful.

    It means a lot that you pointed out the ad alliance with WordPress and the information on Media Temple. Media Temple was recommended by someone who’s likely an affiliate. Hey, if we find a host we like, why wouldn’t we want to become an affiliate?

    If you get a chance to answer soon, and I know I’m writing this on a Saturday, it will be so beneficial.

    I like the honesty and the variety of categories on your site. Thanks. Keep the coolstuff scoops comin!

    Sincerely,
    @RoseannHiggins
    Phoenix, Arizona

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Roseann,

    I honestly don’t know enough about eleven2 and rackspace to comment on them. Host Monster is in that category of hosts that is perfectly good but not superlative in any way.

    For what it is worth, Spot Cool Stuff has a cloud host with VPS.NET that we are happy with. They don’t have unlimited bandwidth, but a key thing for you (and everyone else) to keep in mind is that really no one has unlimited bandwidth. Everyone has limits, it’s just that the so-called “unlimited bandwidth” hosts don’t put an exact number to them.

    Also, we are working on a review of the best (in our opinion) cloud hosts. Check back for that.

    Thanks again,

    ~ SCS

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  14. Ted S says:

    Hi SpotCoolStuff. This is one of the easiest to read and digest review posts for hosting I’ve seen. Nice going!

    I’m exploring moving my blog/starting a new blog on WordPress, so while it’s over a year old, it’s still helpful. And, I liked the idea of super fast up time with EasyCGI.

    However, I did a little research on EasyCGI, and ran across a very unfavorable post. This came out AFTER your above post, so it may be a result of a new release that also came after your report. Found it on easycgireview.com and pasted it in below. Any thoughts on this?

    ” Easycgi uptime & Easycgi review for August 2009
    Easy CGI Downtime, Easy CGI Problem, Easy CGI Reviews, Easy CGI Uptime No Comments »

    Easycgi uptime by Easycgireview.org for August 2009: 85.5% over the internet

    Easycgi Uptime: This is the last month we are monitoring the easy cgi uptime. Due to very poor service uptime for the recent months, and this month is terrible with 85.5% uptime over the internet only. We had decided to discontinue monitoring easycgi uptime statistic. 607 outage occurance happened this month, that is the worst uptime we had recorded.

    Easycgi Review: Eascycgi suck! We had given up the easycgi hosting, and moved this easycgi review blog site out to other web hosting plan. Reason is as following:

    * After easycgi upgrade to new platform, their windows asp plan is showing alot of error for wordpress blog website. Error appear at page header and footer section.
    * We spend over 2 hours yesterday to fixed the errors, and tried to reinstall wordpress via their installcenter, failed and error still persist.
    * Over the 2 hours time, there are alot of website downtime, and website are not accessible oftenly. Visiting the wordpress admin page took 10 or 20 attempts.
    * contacted easycgi support to solved the problem, live chat can’t solve it on the spot, forward it to other support. And there is no answer/reply since.
    * we don’t want to suffer anymore, stop wasting our time, we are moving out. Easycgi sucks!”

    Thanks for any added input or thoughts you may have!

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Hi Ted,

    The thing about website hosts is that webmasters tend not to appreciate them when they work perfectly but get really pissed when anything goes wrong. As a result every website host — every single one of any size — has at least one review by an unhappy customer somewhere on the internet.

    And with the particular review you cut & pasted, notice how this person’s problems started after an upgrade. It isn’t clear from the writing but it is very possible that the reviewer did something wrong during this upgrade. That is, the problem may have been the reviewer’s fault, not Easy CGI. And further still, this person’s site was only down for 2 hours. That’s not good, but 2 hours of downtime a month still translates into 99.7% uptime. We have no idea where the claim of only 85.5% uptime came from but we are certain that’s 100% wrong.

    So, we stand by our recommendations: If uptime is paramount to you go with Host Gator. If you want solid uptime with a super-simple WordPress install Easy CGI is a great choice.

    The way we look at it is: Every individual website host review has to be taken with a grain of salt.

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  15. BigBert says:

    Mine is hosted with PowWeb. I haven’t encountered any moajor issues since I signed up for an account. You may try their hosting plan at PowWeb Hosting

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  16. Sire says:

    Thanks for that, it just goes to show how much you can learn via the blogging media.

    Sire’s last blog post..Commonwealth Bank Of Australia Phony Phishing Email

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  17. Sire says:

    Don’t quote me on this, but I’ve read somewhere that WordPress actually recommend BlueHost as the best host for their platform. I’m not sure what they based this on, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

    Sire’s last blog post..The Security Of Your Photos Is Important

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Hi Sire,

    It isn’t an objective recommendation as much as BlueHost has an advertising relationship with WordPress.

    BlueHost made our best WP host shortlist. It didn’t make the final but because, much list MediaTemple, there was no area that BlueHost was superlative. It didn’t have the lowest price, or the easiest WP setup, or the highest reliability. It did, however, score high on all three of those. For those who want to know more check out their website.

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  18. MarkUs says:

    This was EXACTLY the review I was looking for. Thanks for presenting it so clearly. I signed up with Easy CGI as you suggested and they’ve been everything you said they’d be so far. Thank you again.

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  19. Kalai says:

    Hi spotcoolstuff,

    Seems like you are hosted at MIDPHASE, what is your recommendation for MIDPHASE hosting ?

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Kalai,

    We are no longer with MidPhase (or using sharing hosting at all—we’re on a virtual private server now). Our experience with MidPhase was a very rocky one, which is why they didn’t make our recommended list. MidPhase’s frontline support was absolutely dreadful and they often failed to live up to their 99.9% uptime guarantee. However, they were quick to refund a month’s fee for when they fell short of 99.9% uptime (when we asked), their managers (once you could get their attention) were super helpful, and our sense is that they’ve gotten past most of their growing pains.

    We still pref our above choices. But MidPhase isn’t a horrible option.

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  20. mssmotorrd says:

    It’s the first time I commented here and I must say you share us genuine, and quality information for bloggers! Good job.
    p.s. You have a very good template for your blog. Where did you find it?

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    Spot Cool Stuff Reply:

    Thanks, mssmotorrd. Spot Cool Stuff is run off of WordPress. Most of the template has been hand coded. It helps to have some good plugins too. There’s a review of the key plugins we use on our travel site at:

    http://web.spotcoolstuff.com/travel-blog/best-wordpress-plugins

    I’d be happy to (try to) help if you have questions on anything specific.

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  21. Spot Cool Stuff says:

    MZA,

    Congrats on getting your host and domain name!

    WordPress is free. When you signed up with JustHost you should have gotten login info for something called “cpanel” which is like the command center for your hosting account. From your cpanel you are literally five minutes away from having your WordPress blog going. Here’s what you do:

    From the main cpanel screen click on “Fantastico De Luxe,” which is an automated software installer. Then click on “WordPress” and then “New Installation” and follow the instructions from there. You’ll be creating a separate login name and password for your WordPress blog. Make sure you write that down! I took some screen shots to show you (and others) what this looks like:

    INSTALL SCREEN SHOTS

    Good luck. And welcome to the wonderful world of WordPress blogging.

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  22. MZA says:

    Hi, I have signed up with Just Host, and already hosted my domain. My package is unlimited domain. I am planning to setup a blog using WordPress, do I have to pay signup fee to WordPress or Just Host?

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  23. Webkatalog says:

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.

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  24. Spot Cool Stuff says:

    Today we received a comment on this post that was accusatory and angry and referred to us as “morons.” Our crime? We didn’t include a hosting company called Media Temple on our list of best WordPress hosts.

    We aren’t sure whether the commenter was affiliated with Media Temple or just angrily defensive of the company. But we are sure that we have no wish to give such a comment voice on our site. Spot Cool Stuff welcomes disagreement and different points of view. We also think that every topic can be discussed respectfully. If people can’t keep a modicum of politeness on a topic as innocuous as WordPress hosts then what hope is there for truly important issues such as religion strife, globalization and David Beckham?

    On Media Temple, we will say this:

    There are SEVERAL other good hosting companies out there beyond the four in our review and we believe Media Temple is one of them. Media Temple actually made our shortlist of the 10 companies we considered featuring. Their customer support is particularly good. In the end we didn’t include them for 3 reasons:

    1) We called their sales department, told them the topic we were writing about, and asked them to give us their WordPress host sales pitch. We were not impressed by what we heard.

    2) While there are some people who swear by Media Temple and had a good experience with the company we talked to too many, and read of many more online, who had a negative experience. The headline of this blog post sums up one person’s experience:

    Media Temple Is Complete Crap

    3) Maybe most of all, their hosting costs $20 a month. That’s a LOT more than any of our four choices. And for that extra money it doesn’t seem to us that you are getting a host that’s clearly more reliable than HostGator, or as easy to set up as EasyCGI or as environmentally friendly as ThinkHost. So we couldn’t see the logic of recommending it.

    So that’s our opinion. We hope you find it valuable. We’ll understand if you don’t. Just don’t be angry at us for offering it.

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