I can name a dozen (or more) website hosting companies off the top of my head. There are some that I’d recommend (and use) and some that I would not recommend for a variety of reasons. Anytime someone posts in a Facebook group geared toward podcasters or those who work in WordPress when the subject of web hosting comes up, there are probably as many posts for any given company as there are against that same company. Everyone has their own favorite website hosting company.
Did you know that Unscramblet Author Solutions offers website hosting? We do, and I’ll talk a bit more about that later.
In general, however, there are two different kinds of hosting. Managed and Self-Hosted. Managed hosting is where the web host handles such things as server maintenance, site upgrades, anything that would affect the structure of the site. Think Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Flywheel, and others including WordPress.com. Managed hosting with a reputable, good, company is going to cost you more than self-hosted (or the company offers ad space on your site to compensate or sells data or does something because managed hosting isnt’ cheap.) By and large, Managed hosting will limit what you can do, or if you want to pay more, may not limit you that much.
Self-hosted websites are your GoDaddy, Hostgator, Namecheap, BlueHost, etc., where you’re given cpanel access and you have to install your CMS (like WordPress), keep it upgraded, etc. You will get some support, but for the most part you’re on your own. Self-hosted websites will run you about $3-15 a month.
Unscramblet Author Solutions offers managed hosting at self-hosted prices.
What does that mean? It means that our hosting is managed. I’ll help you and handle upgrades to WordPress, be on call for you with server errors (if any), upgrade your theme, and for example, with the big transition to WordPress 5.0, I personally reached out to my clients, tested, and updated their sites for them. In addition, because of my work as a technical virtual assistant, I’m “on call” with any questions, etc. And I give my hosted clients a discount on my regular low rates.
To me, authorcentric web hosting means that I’m an author. I work in the publishing space, and I know that not only do you need someone to handle all the technical things for you, but you need someone to do it reasonably. You don’t have $29 or more to put down each month for your website, and if you’re looking to set up an online store, upwards of $49/month or more.
You also want someone, a real live human, to answer questions, provide support, and help you.
I’d love to chat with you about our webhosting and what it can do for you. Contact me!