I looked at Bluehost, InMotion, and Hostinger web hosting sites yesterday, and best I can tell they were rated in the Top 5 for 2022 by most reviews ‘n rankings that I had quickly checked. For a Personal Blog:

Personal blogs mean those blogs which are started by individuals as an author.

For Personal Blogger, there are absolutely no rules what so ever, no experience required, no time lines and no need to leave your current job.

I believe it is difficult to beat WordPress.com’s hosting, especially if you are an inexperienced blogger like me, and I’ve been blogging for around 21 years.

Do you know what “Unlimited Websites” or “Bandwidth” or “MySQL Databases” or “Max Concurrent MySQL” or “Primary Domains Allowed” or “Parked Domains” or “SubDomains” or “Security Suite” or “20x UltraStack Speed & Performance” or “Pro Support SLA” or “Dedicated IP” or “Dedicated Hosting” or “Shared Hosting” or “~10 000 Visits Monthly” or “Unlimited Cronjobs” or etcetera etcetera etcetera mean? I know what a few of them mean, after lots of searching. I don’t recall WordPress ever mentioning most of those ‘Whatever‘ they are. 😉

Do you know what Regular Rates are?

Bluehost often offers promotions, coupons and special offers to customers during their initial term. Please note that special offers are limited-time promotional prices that are available to new customers and are valid for the Initial Term only, and not for successive or renewal periods. Promotional rates apply to hosting plans and will automatically renew after initial term at regular rate found in your control panel. Note: If you register a free domain through us and wish to cancel your account, there is a fee to retain your domain.

Host sites that I checked let you opt out of Auto-renew. Bluehost is often the top rated Host site, and is recommended by WordPress. After the ‘Intro price offers‘ their Basic plan looks like it renews at $119.88 a year without taxes or any extras. The Choice Plus plan looks like it renews at $227.88 a year without taxes or any extras.

Here’s an example of extras:

Choice Plus plan becomes $263.76 without taxes if you add SiteLock Security – Essential. Do you know what “SiteLock Security – Essential” is? What other extras will you need? Compare that to the $300 WordPress Business plan and see why I say that it is difficult to beat WordPress.

I have a little knowledge about Web Hosting sites from my research last year – see the Web Hosting Info ‘n Ideas page. I am also a pretty good researcher. Here is what I thought was the best deal I could find yesterday, from Hostinger:

Not sure if security is included in that 4-year Hostinger plan, but it renews after 4-years @ $6.99/mo or $83.88 a year without taxes or extras, and it says suited for “personal websites.” I am liking that plan.

After my research Last Year I found all sites difficult to figure out what was offered ‘n what extras were available, due mainly to my lack of knowledge on Web Hosting, but all the ones I checked were trustworthy (as best as I could tell), and their refund policies offered prompt refunds if you didn’t like the trial period. It just requires lots of work for the inexperienced, e.g., humble me!

Conclusion

Today I contacted WordPress quick support, and wanted to know if I could drop back to my original Free plan if I decided to not renew my Business plan in April of 2023. It was a long conversation, all questions were answered, and here was an offered suggestion that I liked:

  • (NOTE: I have a lot of pics and 5-6 videos in my Media Library, but they only add up to 400MBs.)

Yeah, that Premium plan @ $96 a year looks good, but so does the Personal plan at $48 a year (no video uploading tho). No Classic Editor plugin tho…which suks! However, I can do without the Classic Editor if I cut costs by $200-250 a year…just copy the post from LibreOffice to farking Block Editor ‘n hope I don’t need to do a lot of editing in it. 🤢

I also believe that most of the other Web Hosting sites offer the Classic Editor for free…I will need to check on that again. I really like that 4-year Hostinger plan…🤔

Will add this post to the Web Hosting Info ‘n Ideas page since these posts are turning into another series…

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