When it comes to using WordPress, the first thing you have to consider is the kind of hosting that you are going to use. Choose the wrong kind of hosting and your blog would be DOA (Dead On Arrival). No matter how great your content is, if your blog is always offline because your server is not responding when users try to visit your blog, then “Ko so ro” (Nothing to talk about again … End of Discussion).

There are different kinds of hosting – shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS) and dedicated servers and their costs vary. Don’t worry you can and should always start with shared hosting, then you can migrate to higher hosting plans as your traffic increases especially when you start getting those dreaded “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded” messages on your site. However, you have to watch out for hosting providers that overload their servers and avoid them like a plague. Be wise and don’t base your judgement on money only.

In my early days of web design/development, I saw an extremely cheap hosting and I paid for 3 years in advance, but I had to move all my sites away from that host in less than 3 months because it’s up this minute and down again for another 2 – 5 hours. The whole thing from files to databases to emails – Gigabytes of data had to be moved to a new host. Did I say it was headache doing that? No, I don’t have to. What of the money that I paid? Ha! Alfa jo ‘na, e n’bere irugbon (Alfa got burnt, you’re asking what about his beard). Money don enter voice mail.

In conclusion, get the right type of hosting from the right hosting provider so that you can keep your mind at rest and not worry about “Ogbanje Servers” that die and wake up at will. That way you’ll be able to dedicate your time to creating great content, keeping your followers engaged, driving traffic, giving value and getting rewarded in return.

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I am an application developer, an internet marketer, a blogger and a musician. I love everything tech and would like to share my thoughts here. Follow me on Twitter @oyetundefaniran.


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