I’ve been meaning to write a post about the 2 main platforms that make the existence of this site possible, WordPress and Bluehost. They are both the best on the market, but when combined, power a large percentage of the sites out there.
So if you’re about to create your first site and are having doubts because it looks difficult, or are confused by all the information and providers available, let me share what I use to run Let’s Reach Success smoothly and why I’d recommend it to anyone.
The 2 Platforms Let’s Reach Success Runs On
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Update 2018: Let’s Reach Success is no longer using Bluehost. It’s now hosted by WPX Hosting but all the advice below applies.
Matt Mullenweg is a great person.
Was listening to him answering reader questions on the latest episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, and learned more about his personality too.
But even aside from that, he’s done a lot, and keeps doing what he’s good at and contributing to the world with his work.
I’m mentioning him now because he’s the creator of WordPress. That’s the open-source content management system Let’s Reach Success is built on, together with more than 15,886,000 other websites.
It powers 26.4% of the Web and is the most popular platform for creating a website.
There are others, like Blogger, Joomla, Magento, ModX, RefineryCMS, and many more. I’m not saying you can’t build a good site with each of them and grow it, but WordPress is something else.
It’s free, of course, and lets you put everything you’ve always dreamed about on your website, without knowing anything about coding.
How the site looks like depends on the theme you’ll choose, which is also highly customizable, and what people can do with it (comment, buy stuff, share, contact you through the site, watch videos, become a member, etc.) depends on the widgets and plugins you’ll add, which are basically the features that are already coded for you, and which you just need to install and start using.
The only thing that confuses some people, in the beginning, is that there are two versions of WordPress – wordpress.com and wordpress.org
The main differences are that with the former you can only write and publish content, your domain ends in wordpress.com, you don’t really own the platform, can’t monetize it, and are limited in terms of features (there aren’t any plugins, only widgets).
With the WP.org, though, you can finally say you have something you control on the Internet. And the possibilities there are endless. But even if you don’t want to make something big out of your site, and just want it to present your brand, look professional, or else, it’s still worth going for the org version.
My experience looks like this: I was using WP.com for maybe 1.5-2 years, before I wanted to be able to do more with it. That’s because I didn’t really know what the platform offered and I didn’t really believe in what I was doing, or dream big.
But I’m a writer before anything else and did build some traffic initially. That’s when I started feeling comfortable with the digital world and explored how someone can create big things on the Internet, and learned a lot about online marketing.
Then, I got a domain name (from WordPress.com, although it’s as easy to get it from your hosting provider), chose a hosting company (Bluehost), and installed WordPress.org on it (with one click).
I had a hard time finding the right hosting provider, but I’m glad I chose Bluehost for Let’s Reach Success.
Had it been a different one, I would have needed to migrate from it to another one, which isn’t always that easy.
Bluehost is one of the most popular web hosting companies, one that many experts recommend, and something that’s worked best for me too.
I’ve experimented with niche sites before, for which I also wanted to see how some other hosting providers work. So I tried FatCow on one site, and GoDaddy on another. And while they do their job, of course, I wasn’t as happy with them as I am with the services of Bluehost.
You get a free domain name with it, an affordable price, 24/7 support, and the chance to install WordPress with one click.
What you need is shared hosting.
Here’s how Wiki defines it: “Shared web hosting service refers to a web hosting service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. This is generally the most economical option for hosting, as the overall cost of server maintenance is amortized over many customers.”
The basic plan makes sense for first-timers, and is what I used for a year or 2. Now I’m a user of a next-level package, because the blog has grown in terms of traffic, has a lot of content on it, and I also wanted some other features like:
- an SSL certificate – which makes it more trustworthy in the face of Google, and secures personal information shared on the site, be it for user registration or payments;
- a dedicated IP – some benefits include having your own unique IP address for a particular domain (usually it’s shared, which means you’re sharing it with hundreds of other site owners, and can affect your reputation or site performance if some of these people are running spammy blogs, for example) and handling more traffic faster.
So, these 2 platforms are a great combination to create your site, and are what I’ll continue staying true to with Let’s Reach Success.
If you’re ready to begin your journey, click here to start a blog on WordPress.
Share your experience with WordPress and/or Bluehost. Would love to hear what you think.