Blogging is fun, but once your output reaches a certain level those free blog web hosting services are just too limited. Maybe you even consider making money from your blog further down the road. You would not be the first one who quit the day job and worked from home for himself/herself afterwards with great success. As a blogger you eventually already know that WordPress is one of the best blogging platforms for you. And fortunately WordPress comes as an add-on script with many web hosting packages these days. You click a few buttons, provide some basic information and then WordPress gets installed without you needing to do anything. After that you upload a template and customize the layout and off you go ready write more postings.
WordPress works great in a shared web hosting environment which means you won’t have to pay more than a couple dollars per month to host WordPress on your domain and your own web hosting account. Often these web hosting accounts allow you to host more than one domain and so you could actually start your own network of websites if you wanted to. Back in 1999 I started with a personal website and then quickly added 2 or 3 domain names (it was expensive back then to do that, but it was worth it) and then it grew to what it is today. It’s amazing to see what opportunities the Internet has to offer. Blogging is often just the beginning.
Did you know that WordPress also works great as a content management system? You pick different templates and even give it a magazine or newspaper layout to look more professional. This very website where you are reading this article right this moment is powered by WordPress and sits on a shared web hosting account. Most people do not know how versatile Word Press can be used and how flexible it really is. By using so-called plugins you can expand the functionality easily. WordPress even turns into an ecommerce tool and again, all this can be done on shared web hosting.
When looking for cheap WordPress hosting, I recommend you look for a web host who offers cpanel hosting. Cpanel is a web hosting control panel that allows you to manage all aspects of your website. Cpanel comes with an add-on called Fantastico which is a collection of automated script installers. WordPress is one of these scripts and you will be up and running in no time. There is no need to manually download WordPress and to manually configure a MySQL database (I mean you, but why would you?). There are ton of web hosting companies out there that offer shared web hosting with Cpanel and Fantastico. I recommend Host Monster and Host Gator as your starting point. Both web hosts offer shared web hosting for low prices and WordPress runs great on their servers.