1. Meet or exceed system requirements – Most blogging software, such as WordPress, requires certain scripting languages, like PHP, database software, and other hardware and software minimum features.
2. Automatic installation scripts – Having a blog professionally hosted need not require technical expertise. Many hosts offer automatic installation and upgrades of popular free and open source blogging applications. Look for plans than offer this at no extra charge and have it integrated into their hosting control panels.
3. URL Rewriting – Since most blogging web applications use server-side scripting, you will likely be left with long, ugly, search engine-killing URLs. Make sure your host’s web server has a feature like Apache’s mod_rewrite, which allows blogging scripts to create search engine-friendly URLs.
4. Caching and other performance enhancements – Most blog hosting providers will offer the above three features, so you should refine your search even further to look for other benefits like performance boosting through the use of caching and other methods.
These four features are things you should look for to host your blogs, but you should still consider other factors that apply to hosting in general. As always, look for good support, consistent uptime, and great prices.