Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2017

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2017

The subject of “who is the top Australian web host” is something that often comes up at various webmaster forums, especially among bloggers and webmasters.

At a recent local social media event, I met up with a few fellow bloggers and we started talking about useful blogger tools, SEO and blog webhosts. ( updated 12 September 2017)

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I was surprised to come across some names in the local web hosting and web development field in Australia that I hadn’t heard about before. I asked some of my blogger friends who they had used among the different local web-hosting.

I also asked them about US based webhosts for their blogs, and also who they’d had good customer support and service from, website loading speed etc. to update my personal knowledge of web hosting as well as help me add to this post.

It was definitely a bag of surprises.

As with human nature, people tend to remember bad things, but I am exactly the opposite and I tend to remember the good things. So there were many comments on who were the worst host and peoples experiences with them.

Surprisingly, they were some difference of opinions good and bad on some of the same US based webhosts most things. Most of the popular us webhosting’s names were discussed like Bluehost, WP engine Hostgator and In motion. I got to know of two new aussie hosting providers Bullet proof and Quadra which I didn’t know of before.

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I would suggest that you do your own research before choosing a web-host, but hopefully this information and listing below will help you in some way if you are looking to get a local webhost.

These providers have different pricing plans which can cover a wide range of budgets and needs for your hosting.

Given below is their lowest priced plans ( unfortunately some websites below make it hard to find their prices, so I have not listed them below)

  • Digitalpacific (http://www.digitalpacific.com.au/ – $4.90 mo)
  • Rackspace (https://www.rackspace.com/en-au/ – $128 mo)
  • Bulletproof (http://www.bulletproof.net.au/ NA)
  • Hostpapa (http://www.hostpapa.com.au/ – $4.35 mo)
  • Crucial (http://www.crucial.com.au/ – $19.90 mo)
  • Netregistry (http://www.netregistry.com.au/ – $9.95 mo)
  • Quadra Hosting (http://www.quadrahosting.com.au/ – $4.90 mo)

I might have missed some that are good as well, but these were the Aussie ones listed above that we discussed and talked about in our chat.

Smarty Host and Crazy domains are not on this list as I have not used their hosting but only bought .au domains from them.

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Some of them have a humongous transfer fee ( as i have found out) if you want to move your domains elsewhere, so please make it a point to check that before you buy domains from an Aussie domain provider.

Some of the popular local aussie forums like WhirlpoolDNTrade and Web Hosting Talk  can give you a good idea of good local hosts, though most locals tend to bag the US service providers just because they are not Australian. (And that’s fair enough because they are 😉 un-Australian).

I have used a few of these local providers and they are good and prices for some of them have also come down in the last few years, but I mainly use US based website- hosting for my blogs, due to the price factor.

I use US web hosts because they do the job and are reliable for blogs with a monthly traffic of fewer than 100,000 hits to your blog. If you get more traffic on your blog, you should be earning well enough to sign up for a premium optimised  or dedicated hosting company.

Below I am going to give some of the US based hosting that I prefer for my blogs  and  niche website, whihc will also  work well for some small biz beginner websites. Here is the list.

Australian Web Hosting Comparison: Our Top 3 US Hosts

  1. Bluehost Hosting

Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. Before you choose a web host, however, you should carefully consider the company and whether it fits with your own plans.

Bluehost offers $200 in free offers when you sign up. This includes free advertising credits for Google and Facebook. By using these free advertising credits, you can start advertising with the respective websites and get traffic instantly.

The regular pricing for Bluehost shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

 

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

2. Hostgator

Hostgator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas

Uptime –  Very Good – 99.99%

Houston-based HostGator is one of the largest web hosts on the planet with over 9 million (!) domain names hosted. They boast partnerships with tiny tech titans Cisco and Linux. HostGator has been around since 2002, originally founded by Brent Oxley before being acquired a decade later by Endurance International Group (EIG)

The regular pricing for Hostgator shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company however runs discounts now and then. Currently, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

3. Godaddy

GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy is best known as a domain registrar – and, to be certain, it is one of the largest in the world – but they also offer a wide range of other web services, including hosting.

Godaddy hosts 7 of my sites through its Linux hosting offering and works perfectly all of the time. They have ridiculously cheap and reliable service. GoDaddy’s hosting is scalable to your needs and boasts a 99.9% uptime.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. GoDaddy hosting comes in three sizes: Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate.

The Economy plan is probably all most freelance individual webmasters will ever need. Although disk space is limited to 10 GB, that is actually more than most websites will ever use. The Deluxe package allows for 150 GB disk space – a marked improvement over the Economy plan – 500 e-mail accounts and 25, 1 GB MySQL databases

The regular pricing for Godaddy shared hosting(economy) is $10.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $5.49 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

The major benefit to hosting through GoDaddy is that you only have to deal with one company –  for your domains, hosting and other related  website services  like selling domains , domain auctions  and SEO.

 

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

I still recommend Bluehost.com and Hostmonster as my favourite US hosting providers.

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Support is a very important factor when choosing a website-hosting company, because when trouble strikes you need good service, otherwise it can be very frustrating and you could end up losing traffic and money to your blog if things are not fixed quickly.

Before you make your choice , do check up on – If 24/7 support is available, you can call up and speak to a person if needed.

Check also if upgrade to optimised hosting is available, price for extra bandwidth or storage space, if they provide free or paid backups, do they sell SSL certificates.

Good luck!

2 Features you need to Start a blog in  15 minutes

2 Features you need to Start a blog in 15 minutes

When I actually started my first blog, I had already learnt html by myself and created a website, so i knew a bit about it all.

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However I was so wrong,  I still had so much to learn.

Most people would love  to know when and how to start a blog , when they are starting on their new online journey.

Today I am writing this tutorial for you as a total beginner friendly guide to starting a website.  Fast forward today and you don’t really need any particular skills to make a blog, that is if you choose the right software or services.

There are a couple of things which you choose, which can make your blog building journey easy peasey. I will list them below.

Building blogs – Why take the Hard path when there is an easy one

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1 click install

This  is one of the most easy ways to build a blog.  You click one button and the installation of your wordpress blog gets done in the background and you get your Logon url to login to the admin area and do any further changes you need.

The 1 click install differs from provider to provider, but is pretty straight forward and easy with godaddy or bluehost which  is what I recommend.  With both of them, once you click on the install wordpress script, it will ask you a few questions like preferred blog name, description, your preferred admin name, password and then you get to click the install button and it does it all. Remember to note down your password and admin login name, you will need this later.

The Hosting + free domain name offer

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This is something good for beginners not only because it’s free, but also if you buy/get a domain name with the same provider then you don’t need to worry about pointing domain names to hosting and name servers etc.

When you get the hosting and free domain offer, you can do the whole blog install process in one seamless process in 10 to 15 minutes.  If you go the other route of buying domain from one provider and hosting from other, then you might need to adjust the name servers and point it to your hosting server, which takes a little bit of fiddling around .

Hosting Plans suitable for beginners

Now there are other things like server speed,  uptime and  compatibility with different kind of platforms, but rest assured the ones I recommend are tried and tested by myself.

Below is a list of popular hosting  providers for 2017

Hosting ProviderPrice (monthly)Disk SpaceBandwithFree Domain NameEmail account
Bluehost (recommended)Starter Plan $3.49UnlimitedUnlimitedFreeFree
HostgatorHatchling Plan$5.56 (20% off)UnlimitedUnlimitedNoFree
HostmonsterStarter Plan
$5.99100 gbUnlimitedFree $15.99 Domain Registration couponFree
GodaddyEconomy Plan $4.99 (54% off)100 gbUnlimitedFreeFree
Webhosting hub
Spark Starter Plan
$4.99UnlimitedUnlimitedFreeNA
Ipage
Essential Plan
$1.99UnlimitedNAFreeFree
Dreamhost (40% off)$5.95UnlimtedUnlimitedFreeFree
Yahoo Small Business Hosting - Advanced Plan$3.9950 gb5000 GB/moFreeFree

I recommend shared plans like the $1 Godaddy hosting plan and the $3.95 a month bluehost hosting plan, because they are cheap plans suitable for beginners. The speeds of these servers will not compare to premium hosting plans which cost anywhere between $22 to $199 a month, but will do OK for fresh starter blogs.

If you think you might start another website, photo gallery or forums down the road then I would suggest you getting a plan that is between the range of $5.95 to $10.95 a month, which will allow you to host multiple domain names and websites or forums on the same hosting purchased – without any additional fees.

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This hosting providers have a large range of scripts like Wikipedia styled sites, email lists software, photo gallery script software and many more that you can auto install with 1 click install.

You can install  new scripts/software either on a subdomain of your free domain  you received or then purchase a new domain for your 2nd blog or forum that you are starting. if you need a more detailed guide using  bluehost to install your blog check out my this post

Bluehost currently has a Good offer with domain free and discounted hosting – check it here. If you run into any problems don’t feel shy to get on support chat and have a chat with your hosting provider to sort out things ( or even message me here and I will be glad to help you )

The first essential task if your sitting on the fence is to get started now. Good luck!

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Your Ultimate Guide To Starting a Blog Website In 10 Quick Easy Steps

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Step By Step Picture Tutorial to start Your WordPress Website In Easy Steps

I have written this 2000 + word guide specially for you and new bloggers looking to start a blog  or a business website and I really hope this step by step tutorial helps you get started.

I have been blogging for the last 10 + years and  write from some  of my own blogging experience and hope you get something out of this ultimate guide for your blogger journey.This will help you if you are starting out as a new blogger or even if you are an established blogger. [updated 28 august 2017]

This tutorial is based on using the wordpress software, which is one of the most versatile website building software and can be used to build a blog or a business website quickly and easily. WordPress is also easy to maintain and update + customise and is one of the most popular bloggin platform on the internet

The first thing that goes through a person’s mind when they are looking to start a website or blog is the most important questions of price or cost of set up, how easy it is to set it up a blog , and what’s involved  in this process, so  I have put together some questions below that you would most likely be searching Google for –  and also the answers are provided below.

· What do you need to build a Blog ?

· How much does it cost to make a website ?

· How easy or hard it is to create a blog?

There are many easy website building software’s like Drupal , Joomla and others, but wordpress by far is the most easy software to build a website or blog today and is also the most popular website  software on the internet used by many  top million dollar blogsters.

Building a Blog Quickly in #3 steps  :

If you want to start a blog quickly, it can be done in just three steps, once you have everything ready  to install and set up your wordpress blog. 3 steps blog

It can be done by picking a domain name and installing a blog with 1 click install , then writing your first post and  just clicking publish to go live on the internet. The part of  (installing a blog) can take the most time  but can be done in 10 minutes or less if you have used computers before ( time may vary according to your knowledge level on computers).

So What is it (wordpress) ?WordPress is a CMS ( content management system) which you can use to build a blog and/or a website. This software itself is so flexible that you can make your website look like a professional website or then just like a blog in a few clicks. I recommend that you choose this to build your blog with wordpress and you can rest easy in the future. Below I will also refer wordpress to WP in its popular short form.

This Article Contents

For the sake of convenience, I added links to different sections of this article, so you can easily skip ahead to the section you want..

 

· What do you need to build a blog

· How much does it cost to create a website

· How easy it is to create a blog

· Quick Steps for building your blog

· How to start a self-hosted blog with bluehost

· Tips on buying domain name for your website

· Making your blog good looking and professional

· Ways to make money with your blog

Who will this blog-website making tutorial benefit?

1. Mum bloggers looking to start a blog

2. Small business owners looking to get an online presence via a website

3. People looking to start a Fashion blog, Recipe Blog, Business website, Portfolio Blog

4. Or pretty much anyone looking to start a niche website or blog

So let’s get started – Shall we?

NOTE: This post contains some affiliate links which means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you buy  any services after clicking through from my blog. Please remember that I never promote any products unless I’ve used them myself.

So here are the answers you seek

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1st question – What do you need to build a blog?

I will keep this simple all you need to start a blog is a domain name and a hosting acount. Domain name is the www.mywebsite.com and hosting is  space where your website would stay on the internet. I get my domain name normally from godaddy and hosting from bluehost.


You could get your domain and hosting from two different places like godaddy and bluehost, but I will make this easy for you and suggest you get this from the same place if you are starting a new blog.Read more below

So, this is all you need to get your blog started and running on the internet and I will show you a step by step procedure on how to get this all set up below.

2nd Question – How much does it cost to make a website?

I will be frank ( not Jeff -thats me ) with you and tell you that most hosting companies will quote you the monthly rate ( Anywhere from $3 to $6 a month) , but not all will give you the option of paying monthly and so you will have to pay it in  lump sum yearly or 24/36 months in advance.

So say, I am recommending bluehost at the current discounted price of $3.95 ($5.99 normally) – the 36 month price for it would be $142.20. You can Process you order via this link and check what price you will get. These prices are typically for starter plans, but you can also get pro and plus plans with them which offer a few more features and benefits.

You get a domain name free with this 24/36 month plan, so you save another $15 to 20 dollars on that as well when you purchase this plan. I would suggest getting a 36 month plan as you block that lower price for that period. Prices never go down ,they only rise!!

If you took only a 12 month term, the price could jump back to $7.49 a month which is standard rate for 12 months for renewing your plan after twelve months and so you lose the savings you get for 36months and will end up paying more for a shorter term plan.

So to put it simply your cost for setting up and running a blog for one year is either $3.95 a month or then $142.20 yearly approximately.

I suggest you shell out an extra $69 dollars to sign up with elegant wordpress themes to get a good look for your blog. I tell you why – Say If you go shopping would you like to enter a good looking store or a shabby looking store, the same thing applies for your blog , if you don’t have a good looking design for your blog , then your wasting its potential , so spend that extra bucks and get it looking good .

Elegant themes are one of the most affordable premium theme providers on the internet and you can get 80+ website themes for just $69. Browse and buy their designs over here.

If you add this cost$69 to your hosting of $142.20 then you are looking at @ $211 approx. for a whole year- which is about $17 a month roughly for a good looking blog on a nice platform.

Yes there are free blogging platforms like Blogger.com , Tumblr.com and wordpress.com but If you are serious about blogging and don’t want limitations on your blog then the above recommended self hosted option over here is the best one .

3rd Question – How easy or hard it is to create a blog?

Hard? – If you can use a new smartphone or then type in a word document, then it should be very easy for you to set up a blog , yes it’s that easy. Most new hosting companies like bluehost have a new 1 click install system where you can get your blog website installed and ready in just a couple of clicks.

To make this part of the process even easier I got a picture guide below on how to register with bluehost, claim free domain and start your blog in easy picture tutorial.

The actual process of setting up the blog can be done within 10 minutes, but the process from registration with blue host until setting up blog could add a few more minutes to it (Say total 15 to 20 mins in total for the whole process)

To be fair – Other Good options for hosting

I know I have given the breakup of pricing for bluehost hosting earlier for creating a blog, so I am going to give you two other options which are also good hosting companies.

Hostgator :

HostGator was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxley, who was then a student at Florida Atlantic University. HostGator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas.

Their shared hosting plans start at $5.56 a month (now 20% off)

Hostmonster :

Hostmonster is also part of the Endurance International Group which also owns bluehost. On June 12, 2011 company founder Matt Heaton announced on his blog that he was stepping down as CEO to focus on the company hosting platform’s design and technical structure. Apart from the basic shared hosting they also offer VPS and Dedicated server hosting

Their Shared hosting plans start at $4.95 a month (Click here)

I will now take you through a guide with pictures on how to register for you hosting package and get your free domain with blue host. The process will be a bit similar if you choose to go with other hosting providers but the webpages may look a bit different from this below. Do not forget to read more beginner tips like choosing a domain name right below.

Below first I give the essentials of starting a blog below. And then dive into the picture guide of “how to start a blog with blue host hosting”

The essential steps of building your blog

We’ve covered so far is basically what it takes to build a blog and what’s involved along with a few tips. Here below in a quick nutshell are essentially the four steps that you will take to complete the whole process to set up your blog:

1. Purchase your domain

2. Get a hosting account

3. Choose a platform

4. Install a theme, ( if you want one )

If you go with bluehost, which we recommend, then 1 and 2 is already taken care of in one shot and if you also take our recommendation of starting your blog on wordpress, then no3, is already taken care of as well, as the steps below will show you how to install the wordpress-blog with bluehost.

For No.4 we have reviewed some good wordpress theme providers below and finally show you how to make money with your blog

How to start a blog with blue host hosting (PICTURE GUIDE)

The below are screenshots  of  the process of registration with bluehost hosting ,  which also enables you to get a Free domain name with their hosting  all in one transaction.  These pictures below  will take you through the process of purchasing your hosting to setting up your blog with domain name.

IF there is anything that is not clear in this process or anything which you dont understand , do leave a comment below or get in touch with me here.

Step 1

Go to the bluehost website here. Click on get started now

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Step 2

Choose the plan you  need. The lower priced $3.95 Starter plan should be sufficient if your starting a new blog. Click on select in the pic.

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Step 3

Choose or search for your free domain name by typing in the domain name you want in the column on the website  Or then transfer a domain name that you already have  in this screen.

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You will get this  message in the next screen :

The domain you have requested, jamestechblog.com, is available / Or NOT

Step 4

In this next screen , you will get asked for your name etc  and billing details. Choose the plan for a free domain name and enter  your details.

I think only domain privacy is worth  buying as an extra , but  you can choose whatever optional features you want as in pic below.

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Click the i agree/ i confirm  button at the bottom and then  click submit

Step 5

Once you have done the payment  and got your  login details , You can now install your blog  by clicking the install button

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You will get the login details in your email for your install when its finished installing.

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Step 6

Once you install WordPress, it will tell you where to log in (usually http://start-a-website.info//wp-admin)

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Step 7

Step 8  + Step 9  + Step 10

Check out a screen shot of a wordpress blog admin panel  one you are logged in

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You can change the look by  installing a  good looking WP theme you have purchased   This can be done by clicking on the  appearance tab and uploading a  theme to the blog or then browsing for a free theme and activating it.

Well we are pretty much done over here installing the blog with the above steps . Here is the -> bluehost discount  link to start the process

The next steps given below are  steps which will help you to make your blog better and more professional looking and also improve popularity of your blog. How to make money with your blog etc  are also detailed below.

These Final 8, 9 ,10 steps  whihc is after the blog creation and a few more tips are explained below alltogether

8 – Tips on buying your domain

A domain name – Formally known as the Uniform Resource Locator or URL, it is often considered to be the address of a certain Web site.  The top level domain name is .com and that should always be what you are aiming for. They are other second level domains like .net .org .com.au and even newer one like .club a & .news.

I prefer to get my  additional domain names from godaddy , they often have 0.99 cent deals on for  a domain name , but you dont have to worry about this if you already got one free with your hosting package

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I suggest you stick to .com if you can get your preferred name or something close to it. Few tips below on choosing one

1. Keep Name Short (LONGER NAMES ARE HARDER TO REMEMBER)

2. Get a Unique or interesting name

3. Dashes, abbreviations or numbers in your domain name could work against you

4. Domain name Ideas – Domainr can give you some inspiration on name ideas and If you’re really stuck you can use Bust A Name or Dot-o-Mator

5. Was the domain previously used – Archive.org – The Internet Archive Wayback machine maintains snapshots of web pages as they change over time. You can use this service to find the kind of content that was earlier hosted on the domain if it was previously used by somebody.

ICANN: This is the organization that has ultimate control over the entire domain naming system. A domain name can contain the numbers 0-9, the letters a-z and the dash or hyphen character (“-“). It’s important to note that while domains can contain a hyphen, they cannot begin or end with one

9- Install a theme or blog design on WP

It is surprising that not many people know that you get instant designs pre made for a blog- if you wish to change your blog design. Say you have set up your blog and its ready, all you need to do to get a professional looking design for your blog is buy one(download) and then go to appearance under your blog admin tab and upload the design in two clicks ( 2 mins) and then click activate and your new design is installed .

If you building a recipe blog you can just activate a premade design for a recipe blog, if you starting a travel blog just upload a design suitable to the fashion niche and so on.. There are free themes available under the appearance tab in your blog admin that you can choose an activate , but I recommend getting a paid one for peace of mind with security as they are always regularly updated and won’t break with most word press updates as some of the free ones tend to do .

Pre made blog designs or wordpress themes as they are called can be got from providers for $59 – $150 for one theme to $69 for 80 + themes, so there is a big difference in pricing with different WP theme providers.

I always suggest elegant themes ($69 for 80+ premium themes) as they are good and affordable and recommend Solostream themes if you are planning to make money with Google AdSense, in the future with your blog as they have good options for adsense ads for your blog and they also allow the flexibility of removing the sidebar with a click in you want full width pages or posts in your blog.

10 -Making money with your WordPress blog

Google Adsense

This is one of the easiest ways to make money with your blog with help from “Google”. It’s called Google AdSense. All you need to do is sign up with Google AdSense and get approved by providing your blog url and then you can start earning money by putting those Google ads provided on your blog and earning money every time someone clicks on those ads.

I suggest applying for this once your blog is set up properly and some traffic starts to trickle in. People or bloggers are earning from as low as $1 a day to $150 or more a day from this program, so your earnings from AdSense will depend on how popular your blog is, which will automatically result in traffic and visitors making you money.

Affiliate Programs

For eg , if you just signed up with bluehost hosting above , you are also eligible to start promoting them via their hosting affiliate program and you can earn money every time someone signs up with bluehost hosting from your blog.

Making money with affiliate programs works well when you are promoting products that are relevant to your niche, say you are creating a recipe blog, you could promote a recipe book in your blog pages or posts.

You could also sign up with big affiliates that provide multiple products to promote under their banner, like Amazon.com and CJ.COM.

Affiliate sales made from your blog can generate anywhere from $0.70 cent a sale to $100 or more for a sale depending on which product you are promoting and are paid either by postal cheque or online transfer into your PayPal account. It is paid sometimes within a week/fortnight, and sometimes on a delayed basis depending on the affiliate vendor.

Sponsored Posts

This normally happens when your blog becomes popular and notice in your niche. If your blog has started to get a high traffic, you will start getting approached via your contact page for sponsored posts or advertisement posts. What this means is people will make you an offer of money to post an article on your blog or then request you to write a post promoting their product and pay you for this. Again you can get paid anywhere from $10 to 100 for a post on your blog.

Creating your own product (ebook)

If you are creating a blog on recipes, maybe you can create a recipe book. If you are creating a blog on travel, maybe you can create a mini travel guide for a place you visited or if you have a fitness goal blog – You can create a book on how you reached you goal and help others achieve the same. If you gain success with this method you can earn a lot of money. They are various platforms where you can sell your book like Clickbank.com, Amazon and the Apple platform, Google play store.

I suggest you check out the Clickbank university if you’re planning on selling a products (eBook) from your blog , as this online course can give you great tips if you are planning to build your first product and also train you in internet marketing which is the basics of earning money from your blog .

Getting traffic to my blog

This is what makes or breaks a blog, so to speak. The traffic you get to your blog is an indication of your success with blogging. If you get at least a minimum 200 unique visits a day, then you should be able to monetize some of your traffic and make money and if you are getting 500 or more unique visits a day and not making money with your blog then something is wrong somewhere. But don’t worries these figures still say that your blog is popular if you are happy with that.

Traffic or people will visit your blog only when there is content that is interesting and unique to read on the topic they are interested in. People will also come to your blog in large numbers if you are ranking in top ten in Google search OR Bing OR Yahoo and this can be achieved by SEO and Writing interesting content.

How to get this traffic to blog – Basic SEO is easy with wordpress, you just need to install a plugin – from the add plugin in your blog admin area and install the SEO plugin in two clicks. I recommend ALL in one SEO and Yoast SEO plugin (though I think yoast is a bit bloated plugin) (they both are free). Just follow tutorial on their respective blogs or Google search to get information on how to set them up.

Other popular methods of getting traffic nowadays is creating viral bait titles for your blog posts or website contents and distributing it in your Facebook page, account or on Twitter, Pinterest, Google plus, You tube Videos etc. with interesting photos to match. If this is done well you can get good regular traffic from these places to your blog (as they get shared more and more). Putting your website link in highly trafficked forums which you have joined may also a be a good idea to bring in more traffic. Optimize your signature with right words to entice people to click it.

Now that you have set up your blog , know ways to make money from it and also how to get traffic , you don’t really need anything else but to just get started and working on your blog . Good luck and DO IT TODAY!

Is WpEngine worth the hosting money

What’s the difference between  a $1 hosting plan and a $29 hosting deal. Its obivious isnt it ?  Its quality.

the wpengin website deal

You get what you pay for.  The difference is obliviously here is  speed of server, quality of support, premium features like wordpress optimized servers , staging areas provided and more.  We are talking about wp engine hosting over here.

Quality vs  Price  for Hosting – WP Engine

They are a premium wordpress optimised hosting company and currently have a plan going on for  3 months free hosting, when you sign up. Get it here.

If you  not hellbent on quality and just want a decent host that will do the job then check out this $2.95 bluehost weekly special that is on just this week.

bluehost websitewp engine square logo

But if you want a good solid wordpress host, then wp-engine is way better.

WP Engine: A Developed Web Hosting Service with Specialized Plans

starting your website

WP Engine is one of the most reliable and popular web hosting companies assisting the clients. This company has developed outstanding recognition and reputation by delivering quality services in all aspects.

Based on the modern hosting programs, packages and technologies, WP Engine has captured the attention of almost customers of all levels. With this web hosting service, it is easy to find the attractive plans that fit your requirements. Worthy web hosting plans offered by WP Engine are listed below.

Personal: This plan is suitable for websites and bloggers. It is also useful to test the hosting services of this company. Buying this plan costs around $29 per month. Buyers get the single installer, 10 GB storage, free SSL certificates and 25 k visitors per month.

Professional: This plan is suitable for the online users looking for great speed and growth. Buy this plan and get 10 installers, 100 K Visits per month, 20 GB storage, unlimited data transfer and cost-free SSL. The monthly cost of this plan is only $99.

Business: This is the second name of business passion. Buy this passion and enjoy 30 GB storage, 400 K visits per month, 25 installs, free SSL certificates and unlimited transfers. This plan included the latest technologies such as GEOIP. Enjoy all these features just for $249 per month.

Design hosting plans:

Are you interested to create special hosting plans according to your needs? Well, WP Engine offers this amazing facility to its clients. Now it is very simple to create need specific hosting packages. Call now and ask for the Premium and Enterprise Grade to enjoy whatever you need.

Money back guarantee:

Users who experience anything wrong can return the services within 60 days. It means that you can get refunds of any package in case of any problem. WP Engine is very polite in the matter of customer dealing.

Special bundle for migration:

Those who are interested to shift the WP websites to WP Engine are treated with best services and features. WP Engine has started a campaign “Free Automated Migration” in order to encourage the WP users looking to shift. Enjoy special plug-ins, web traffic, dedicated servers and other gifts right now.

Improved SEO:

With the help of Free SSL Certificates, it is easy to enjoy specialized search engine optimization. Buy hosting plans and web services at the platform of WP Engine to get additional support.

Active customer support:

Customer support unit of WP Engine is efficient and user-friendly. This service is ready to assist the clients 24/7. Enjoy quick response sin the form of emails, live chats and telephone calls.

A team of experts:

WP Engine is among the leading web hosting services having a team of qualified and experienced persons. Meet with our experts if you are interested to learn more about the web hosting and other options.

Background of WP Engine:

Startup of WP Engine was dated on 1st March 2010 in Crunchbase. With a small but experienced staff of 15 members, this hosting service is assisting more than 50,000 loyal clients in 136 countries.

The best wordpress responsive theme for your modern new blog in 2017

the new visual buidler theme  by divi

Are you looking for a good wordpress theme for your new blog. What if you could design your own website just as if you were working in a easy to use program like Microsoft Word ,adding pictures, choosing font, adding headers,c hanging colors of font and background and more. Well the new divi builder theme by elegant wordpress themes is just as easy as that.

Free wordpress themes vs paid themes

Many People opt for free themes and regret later due to many reasons but If you got no budget then obviously – free is an option, but again – if you can afford even a little bit of money, then go for a paid theme, it pays back.

Free comes with its own limitations – Here are some reason  to go for a reasonably priced  good theme.

  • Authors of free themes are late in updating  their themes with new updates required
  • They often break with wordpress updates due to poor coding in the theme.
  • The Free theme designer gets involved in something else and forgets to  provide support to his free theme

I have been a elegant WP themes member for 8+ years now because their prices for wordpress themes are so ridiculously low. I mean common just do a search online for wordpress themes, who would give 85+ premium website themes just for $89.

Price Does matter with WP themes

In fact go search on theme forest, one of the biggest website design template providers and you can see that buying just one good wp design template costs you like $35 dollars. You will find cheaper ones on theme forest, but they are not premium in the sense, due to poor support and code etc. The good ones there cost $40 and over per theme.

Okay, coming back to the topic -why I am writing this post today is because of the launch of the new word press divi theme by elegant. This new divi theme with the visual builder that they have just released is a theme design that can literally take the shape of 100 different designs all from one template.

what you see is what you get

The Divi theme price ($89 for Yearly membership – Includes 87 themes and plugins)

As I told you that you get 85+ themes for a yearly membership price of $89 and for lifetime access if you can afford it at $249 its worth it.
It’s so easy to design your blog with the new wysiwyg website builder that you could think you are designing a website in word.
Hold on what’s wysiwyg (look above)

As elegant theme themselves say –

Our pricing is simple. Purchase a single membership for one low price and get access to our entire collection of themes and plugins. You can use those themes and plugins on as many websites as you like (client sites too).

    
You could pay just the one year membership fee for this one new theme  IMHO and get triple the value over the years for just the purchased theme , the other themes and plugins come as a bonus. In fact this theme will put many plugins that offer creating custom wordpress pages and websites our of business.

nick roach elegant themes founderNick Roach is the person who runs things at elegant themes and he has always looked out for his customers , by keeping prices low even when he could easily bump it up for what they provide.

He has gone all out on this one supporting his designers to give the best value to the customers with this new divi design. Its pretty much an all in one wordpress design with customisation possible from top to end.

So what is a good wordpress theme ?

Well the obivious is first, that it looks nice and presents well, here are some additional things to look out for in a wordpress theme.

Responsive – the theme should be responsive and load properly on desktops as well as smartphones, tablets

Light on code – the theme should be coded well and light in size – so that it doesn’t slow down your website.

Compatible – many poorly coded themes get affected/distorted by installed WP plugins or updates to wordpress

Flexibility – there should be flexibility to change colors of design, fonts, add extra code, SEO options inbuilt into template.

Professional – the theme design should suit the niche and look professional.

I’m glad to say the themes and plugins from elegant meet all of these standards or requirements.

With the new divi template, there are hundreds of customisations possible due to its flexibility in its design. But just lets have a look at some that stand out according to me.

The new Elegant &  divi wordpress theme features:

  • Access To All Themes
  • Access To All Plugins(This plan includes full access to all of our plugins, as well as all new plugins that are created during your membership.)
  • Theme Updates
  • Premium Support
  • Unlimited Website Usage
  • Risk-Free Guarantee
  • One Time Fee

Specific to DIVI

Real Time Design

When you make a change to your page or design, everything is updated instantly right before your eyes. Design and edit instantly!

Premade Layouts

Jump-start your design process by using one of the 20+ pre-made layouts that ship with the builder. Boon for the  time conscious person or plain lazy peeps.

Mix and match

Divi comes with 46 different content elements. Mix, match and build just about anything you can imagine.

Here is a promo video from divi, explaining features in short summary

 
  If I was not a customer of elegant themes today and knew what i knew about their themes, I definitely would sign up merely for their new divi theme and consider the rest of them as a bonus.

  If you are looking for a new wordpress why procrastinate, you got nothing to lose here- but just gain 85+ awesome word press design templates for your website or future websites. Browse their amazing themes here. And good luck to your new  venture

Is godaddy a good host to start a website ?

my honest review of godaddy 2016Post Updated 5 September 2017. Go daddy is one of the  biggest domain registrars in the US , Inspite of being quite well known  and being one of the most popular   advertisers on the Superbowl “Americas premier sporting event” they have  taken a beating to their online reputation on various websites and forums, when it comes  to website hosting  and I don’t know why.

You search online and you can get many bad reviews about Godaddy. I got my first  godaddy hosting account  and domain  with great nervousness almost 5+ years ago, in spite of reading all the online bad reviews about Godaddy.com.

I purchased webhosting at that time from them, just because they were offering a $1 a month  hosting offer to me which sounded really cheap.

I just said to myself  – what the heck and signed up it was muich less to lose at that price. I have collected and listed some current deals just below and they are some here on this website as well.

Funny thing is I wasn’t disappointed with that cheap web-hosting plan purchase. I have since then got another second hosting account with Godaddy and have like 30 + domains on this second account as well.

Godaddy deals 2017

Below I have got together some of their latest deals

GoDaddy Deals for 2017Link to deal
Cheap Domain NameGet 0.99 Cent Domain Name
Cheap $1 HostingGet $1 month Hosting for your website (Check it)
Cheap Website Builder + domain + email for $1Click Here

 

This hosting that I purchased was most certainly  a very cheap price at that time. If I remember right, it was $1 a month hosting, and it was definite cheap  compared to the other website-hosting deals going around at that time of roughly $5 to $6 a month.

So I just grabbed it and set up a few niche blogs and also an affiliate site to promote products online.

The niche site did well and I also made money from the affiliate website and so my initial investment was already covered ten times in that year.

So was godaddy worth it ?

Well  as I was just starting new websites, I was not  really tracking stuff  like if they were 100% online all the time  or then how slow my website was loading,  but as my websites  were new and   did not use much  bandwidth and  resources everything was good and chugging along fine.

In fact go daddy at that time already had a 99% uptime guarantee, so I never had to worry.

A little later – I also purchased Hostgator and Dreamhost hosting plans for more projects and so I got  to test them out as well.  I had issues with my accounts getting hacked  and slow servers speed and downtime in initial years with one of them.

I got emails from them, telling me that my website was hogging their server resources , when i didn’t even have  like 100 hits a days , while my godaddy account was fine  and no emails from them , so from that point of view surely GDaddy was a winner .

I’m still with hostgator and blue host and they are doing fine. As far as the other host goes , they have stopped sending me resources hogging emails, or your account will be limited etc.. So that’s definitely  good sign from the hosting industry and I still until today use go daddy  hosting for several of my websites.

The best thing about godaddy that I like – is that they have local 1 dollar a month hosting wordpressAmerican support that you can pick up the phone and speak too  anytime. I always get to speak to a person pretty soon without staying too long on the line.

The few times that I called support, I was actually  attended to by knowledgeable staff  who managed to sort out the problem I had.

 

If you are looking  to get a website  or blog started and you are on a low spend budget, until you find your bearings – Do try  one of  go daddy’s cheap deals above.

Here is a tutorial Video for go daddy blog install by wordpress australia