There are many companies that can work as a web host for your blog or podcast. I've chosen to primarily recommend BlueHost to starting podcasters for five reasons.
Web hosting, not podcast hosting
BlueHost is primarily designed for hosting websites. This means they can certainly host your podcast website! But don't think of BlueHost, or any shared web hosting company, as a podcast hosting provider—that is, hosting your media files. They don't specialize in podcasting, and also discourage you from hosting high-demand media files on their service.
You can get away with hosting your media files on BlueHost, but I wouldn't recommend it if you get more than 100 downloads per episode. Above that, I recommend LibSyn or Blubrry with promo code “noodle” for a free month.
1. Social proof
A lot of other people already recommend BlueHost. If I also recommend it to my own audience, they will tend to think, “Yes, I’ve heard a lot about them. If Daniel says they’re good, I’ll go ahead and sign up.”
But if I were to pick some equivalent web-hosting company to recommend, you might not be as familiar with their reputation, and might not remember the name.
2. Customer support
You would think a big web hosting company like BlueHost would farm out customer support or not answer the phone.
I've been amazed that in the rare times I've had to call BlueHost, I got to talk with a real human almost right away! Their in-house, USA-based support has always been friendly, available, and helpful.
3. Simple plan
BlueHost primarily offers a single plan that supports unlimited domains and unlimited websites. Other providers, like HostGator or Site5 have so many plans that a potential customer can be easily overwhelmed.
The more options we are presented, the harder it is for us to make a decision. I think BlueHost keeps this simple with primarily plan, and all you have to do is choose your billing frequency.
Yes, they offer several other hosting plans, but they don't overwhelm you with their options from the main pages.
4. Anytime money-back guarantee
I like knowing that if you aren't happy with BlueHost, you can cancel anytime and get a prorated refund. Most other hosting companies only give you thirty to sixty days to be satisfied. With these other companies, you're locked in and can't get your annual payments back if you're unsatisfied after the trial period.
But BlueHost makes it friendlier by giving you the option to leave at any time, and take your money with you.
5. Optimized conversions
BlueHost worked hard to optimize their landing pages for more sales and they’re succeeding. This is important to me, not just as an affiliate, but because I want the process to be clear and easy for my referrals. I would rather send my audience to a site that clearly presents its options, and it is plain to see how to sign up for the service.
6. Common tools
BlueHost uses cPanel and phpMyAdmin. These are very common hosting tools, which make it very easy to migrate to or from BlueHost.
The one downside to BlueHost is that they charge $99 for website migrations. But migrations don't have to be hard, especially since they use cPanel and phpMyAdmin. If you need to migrate, you should go ahead and buy BackupBuddy, which can handle migrations and regular backups beautifully. BackupBuddy is totally worth the cost!
7. Easy WordPress setup
Starting your own blog or podcast website with WordPress is super easy with BlueHost. They have optimized the process so you don't have to download or upload anything, you don't have to figure out how to create a database, and you don't have to mess with MySQL usernames and passwords.
Installing WordPress on your site is, literally, just a few clicks with BlueHost.
So if you're looking for a hosting company for starting your podcast, I whole-heartily recommend BlueHost!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with BlueHost and will be compensated if you sign up through my links. However, this post lists my reasons I chose to recommend BlueHost for basic needs above other affiliates that actually pay much more.
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