Choosing the right hosting provider for your blog can be a bit daunting. On the one hand, there are hosting providers that claim to specialize in hosting blogs. Then, there are plenty of general web hosts that offer high amounts of storage, bandwidth, and server power. If you compare enough of these hosts, you will see that they are offering many of the same features. You should examine the features up close and make sure the host you choose does a good job with the functionality that matters.
1. Web-based control panel – Pretty much every web host offers a web-based control panel, but what you want is one that will make it easier to manage a blog. You will likely need database management tools and possibly even system tweaking for PHP configuration, or other more advanced procedures.
2. Code-specific configurations – Most blog content management systems, such as WordPress, have certain requirements for their server-side scripting languages. In PHP, for example, your blogging system may require a certain amount of upload memory, and not all hosts allow you to make changes to it. Find a host that has the support you need out of the box, if possible. Otherwise, just make sure they are willing to give you latitude in changing settings.
3. 1-click Installer – Again, most hosts will have some type of script installation, but not all of them do it well. A certain web host that shall not be named, for example, places script installs in a queue and makes users wait, while other hosts install them immediately. You should also find out if the host you want to use will actually install the latest versions of the scripts you need.
4. Analytics – Studying actual traffic and visitor information for your blog has become a major part of the blogging experience, especially if you intend to monetize it. Some web hosts have built-in statistics and analytics, and some may even have easy integration tools for 3rd-party cloud-based analytics software.
Not all web hosts are equal. The key lies in finding a host that has the features and services you actually need, not just the one with the most services over all.