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• Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Ok, your grandma probably doesn’t need a website, but, if you’re starting a business, whether based at home or not, you’ll need a website.

It’s really much easier than you might think to get a site up and running, especially with the right tools. 

One thing to think about when selecting a hosting provider is their ability to help you install applications on your site.  About a year ago, I read an article which mentioned Bluehost.com as a decent (and relatively cheap!) hosting provider who also gave you Fantastico installations (automated installations which make it very easy and quick to set up and add stuff to your website).  So I checked it out and signed up to give it a try. 

Pros:

  • Unlimited domain names (for my unlimited businesses! Ha!)
  • Unlimited space and transfer
  • Fantastico installations for WordPress and Joomla, which I use the most
  • Free domain name with sign-up, so don’t get your domain first – Get it when you sign up so it’s free. (I didn’t know that, so I ended up paying for this domain name on top of hosting.)

Questions:

  • I read reviews that said their uptime was 99.5%+, but is it really?  With some many “unlimited” features, how do they do it?
  • I also read that customer support was good and quick, but I won’t be able to tell until I run into a problem.
  • I read one review that mentioned minor e-mail delivery problems.  I ran into that with another host a while ago and it wasn’t fun. I hope it doesn’t happen here.

From start to functioning blog (not perfect looking, but perfectly functioning), was one hour through Bluehost with Fantastico.  That’s hard to beat. (Read the step-by-step how.)

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