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Best Website Hosting for Authors

best website hosting for authors

Whether you’re choosing to self-publish or not, knowing how to brand and promote yourself will help your career and success as an author. These days, authors are required to kickstart their own branding and web presence before a publisher will even touch them, and why wouldn’t they? Investing in someone with an established fan base and readership is safer than taking a chance on someone largely unknown. Even if you hire someone else to build, design, or even update your site, your website will still need to live on a hosting account. So how do you even go about choosing a web host? Ultimately, it will depend on your budget and skill level. Not to worry, I’ve compiled a list of the best website hosting sites for authors:

best website hosting for authors

Disclaimer: I receive customer referral fees from companies mentioned on this page. All data & opinions are based on my experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

Siteground

best web hosting for authors

Siteground is well known for hosting plans as low as $3.95/mo. Even their basic accounts come with plenty of add-ons that make it worth it. Their Web Hosting vs. WordPress Hosting account are equal in price and features.

Site speed and pricing are some of Siteground’s most impressive features that set them apart from the others. If site performance is your top priority, Siteground is a great web host for you.

Pros:

  • Fast hosting speeds
  • Affordable
  • Low downtime
  • Email included with hosting plan
  • Free CDN
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Daily backups
  • Security monitoring
  • SG Optimizer plugin helps optimize site speed and caching
  • Transfer services from other hosts

Cons:

  • Tech support not available by phone, only chat and ticketing system
  • Domain registration slightly more expensive

HostGator (Website Hosting)

best web hosting for authors
HostGator is easily one of the most competitive website hosts on the market. Best in price and unmetered traffic,

However, there is a difference between HostGator’s Website Hosting accounts, and their WordPress Hosting accounts. If you are using a different content management system (CMS) than WordPress, this is the better plan for you.

Pros:

  • Hosting starting at $2.75/mo
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Includes email
  • Cheap domain registration
  • 24/7 phone and chat support
  • Free website transfer with every hosting plan
  • Includes free SSL Certificate
  • Clean Energy Powered
  • 99.9% Uptime guaranteed (and delivered)

Cons:

  • Fairly minimal cPanel
  • Average web speed
  • Server crowding
  • Requires some tech knowledge to use

HostGator (WordPress Hosting)

Why is HostGator on this list twice? Simply because their Web Hosting and WordPress Hosting accounts offer different things. If you’re planning to run a site with a different CMS like Joomla or Drupal, this won’t do at all. If you’re committed to using WordPress, this plan has a lot of built-in advantages that don’t require extra setup, like the impressive CDN and cloud hosting.

Pros:

  • Less setup
  • Built-in CDN
  • Pricing as low as $5.95/mo
  • 24/7 phone and chat support
  • Optimized for speed (at least 2.5x faster)
  • Included SSL
  • Included email
  • Cheap domain pricing
  • Free site transfer with every hosting plan

Cons:

  • More expensive than the web hosting plan
  • cPanel still minimal
  • Server crowding, but less than the web hosting account

BlueHost

best web hosting for authors

BlueHost is an affordable hosting option for more tech savvy people. It helps if you know your way around a cPanel, but picking it up isn’t too hard to learn.

Pros:

  • 24/7 phone and chat support
  • Free SSL included
  • WordPress Pro all-in-one marketing suite helps those new to websites and web marketing

Cons:

  • Requires more tech knowledge to use
  • Pricier domain registration
  • Without a intro special, a basic account starts at $7.99

GoDaddy

While GoDaddy is one of the best known web hosts around, their products leave a lot to be desired. As a tech nerd, they are one of my least favorite hosts, but if you’re new to running your own website, they have the easiest to use cPanel and website setup out of these hosts. One of my companies used them for our website hosting, and we frequently had days where the sites or email were down. For a blog, this may matter a lot less, but downtime means your website and content won’t be available to your readers as reliably as other hosts.

If you will require a lot of time on the phone with customer service for help, they have a department dedicated specifically to troubleshooting WordPress site hosting 24/7. Even at 4am.

Pros:

  • Easy to use cPanel
  • User-friendly
  • Free backups
  • Decent domain pricing
  • 24/7 customer support by phone or chat

Cons

  • Slow hosting speeds
  • Crowded servers
  • Expensive hosting and email pricing
  • No SSL included
  • Frequent downtime
  • Databases are several versions out of date