Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don't spend a cent on web hosting, yet run a great independent blog!

How much do you need to maintain a good website or blog?
Thanks to Google, which runs the Blogger blogging platform, very little.

Please note that we are not talking about a huge website with ecommerce or huge data sharing. We are also not talking about a blog like the Huffington Post, which employs hundreds of employees to maintain it. We are talking about a nice looking site, which is regularly updated and has hundreds of posts with photos and occasional videos too.

How blogger helps you host the blog free

When you open a blog on Blogger, it gives you a blog address (e.g. xyz.blogspot.com) and hosts it free for you. There are limits to how much you can post and store on Blogger, but they are big enough for a regular blogger. For example, you can post as many posts as you like but not more than 50 a day (most good blogger publish 2-4 posts a week); and your photo storage is limited to 15 GB (with compression, smaller photos not counting towards space, this is quite good space).

What you need to do is to buy a relevant and good domain name. You can choose any (e.g. GoDaddy). But Google can help you choose one (Blog Dashboard> Settings> Blog Address>Set up a third party URL for your blog). In both cases, you have to BUY the domain name (=your website/ blog address) and keep renewing it year after year. This is the only expenditure you incur and your blog remains hosted on Blogger servers, and you continue to use all Blogger tools.

When you go to the given link on Blogger (Blog Dashboard> Settings> Blog Address>Set up a third party URL for your blog), it asks you for the new domain name or offers to get one on payment. You choose the option, give it an independent name and that's it. Now your blog xyz.blogspot.com becomes xyz.com. Great, isn't it?

Free web hosting for blogs from Google

[The other big free blogging platform, Wordpress, also allows you this facility of mapping your xyz.wordpress.com blog with an independent domain name, but charges you for that!]