Dec 06 2007
I’m often asked if I can refer a good web host. I’ve talked about the business of blogging, the pros and cons of moving your blog and documented my move from wordpress.com to my own domain. It seems timely, with so many bloggers expressing dissatisfaction with Blogger, to have another look at this issue.
My blog and other websites are hosted with Anchor (who cater mainly for business solutions) and I have a few dedicated servers (not because my blog gets so much traffic that it warrants it!). While I would be happy to recommend them for a business, they just aren’t geared towards the blogging market.
Having no first hand experience with another host (well, except for a secret blog I’m trying to find the time to kick start hehe), I am obviously reluctant to recommend something I know very little about.
What I do know is:
- hosting in Australia is, on the whole, more expensive than overseas
- now that Google Webmaster Tools allows you to target a geographic area, hosting in Australia isn’t the big deal it once was, nor is having a .com.au domain name – which can be awkward to get if you’re not a registered business.
What I have been suggesting to bloggers in the last month or so, is the hosting service that Snoskred is providing.
I had the opportunity to meet up (yes in person!) with Snos a while back, and what I learned was that she is extremely passionate about a few things (apart from her family and cats). One is her dedication to stopping people being ripped off by internet scammers, another is helping bloggers and also helping to raise awareness of the Australian blogging community.
When we met, Snoskred talked about the server they had, that had oodles of surplus capacity, and how she’d like to offer hosting to other bloggers at a reasonable rate.
Well, she’s certainly worked at making that goal a reality. Snoskred wouldn’t point you to these glowing reviews (she’s far too modest). But I had a little delve into her Technorati links and I’d like to offer her a little thumbs up (Rodney style).
- New Domain Notice (The Cerebral Mum)
- So How do You Like the New Place (The Journey – Rodney Olsen)
- A New Domain and Some Thanks (Burgo’s Blog)
- Welcome to Lightening Online (Lightening)
Firstly, a MASSIVE thank you to Snoskred who has put in a MAMMOTH effort to get this up and running. Without her this would NEVER have happened. If you’ve not visited her site yet, please go and do that!!! And make sure you tell the world how wonderful she is because she truly deserves it!
Having Your own Blog Doesn’t Have to be Expensive
Cost of your own domain (approx, depending on the domain): $6-$30 pa
Cost of hosting (payable monthly): $60 pa
Cost of owing your own little piece of the internet: priceless
Can I just add, Snoskred is providing much more than just hosting. She’s offering help with the set-up, migration, plugins…. That is truly a labour of love, and not a service you’d get anywhere else without paying an arm and a leg.
(That’s a round of applause, in case you were wondering).
and if you think I’m getting a financial incentive for recommending this service – just look at the price 😉
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