What Is a Blog Host?

Publish your blog online by using a hosting provider

If you've decided you want to develop and publish a blog on the internet, you'll need a blog host.

What Is a Blog Host?

A blog host is a company that provides the space on its servers and equipment to store your blog. This makes the blog accessible to anyone online.

Typically, a blog host provider charges a fee to store your blog on its server. Although there are some free blog hosting companies, their services are often limited. Established blogging hosts provide a variety of ancillary services. Some blog hosts provide blogging software as well.

First, Get a Domain

If you haven't already purchased a domain name for your blog, select a blog hosting company that provides both domain services and blog hosting services. Some blog hosting companies include a free domain for one year with the purchase of web/blog hosting.

When you use the same company for your domain and blog hosting services, you won't need to transfer or connect your domain name to a different blog hosting company. You will use one company for all of your blogging services.

What To Look for in a Blog Host?

If the provider offers several levels of service, examine the features and choose the package that best meets your needs. If you aren't sure, choose the company's basic plan. If you change your mind, you can upgrade the package.

Some of the features to look for in a blog host include:

  • Free or low-cost domain name (or a company that allows you to use a domain that you've already purchased from another company)
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Free site builder software (unless you are building your site elsewhere and then uploading it to the blog host's platform)
  • SSL certificate (for security)
  • Email account(s) and storage amount in email accounts
  • Amount of storage space for your blog on the server. Blogs are not usually huge files, so you probably won't need unlimited space. However, the service provider will upgrade your plan to accommodate for more space if you ask.

Popular blog hosts include Weebly, WordPressWix, HostGator, BlueHost, GoDaddy and IONOS.