[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]
One of the best things that you can do when looking for a new hosting provider for your blog is simply do your research. But most people have no idea where to necessarily start in terms of that research!
What I’ve realized is that most people choose their hosting providers based on a recommendation from someone they trust rather than identifying their needs first and then finding the right provider that matches those needs. This is a general observation with the exception of pricing (because every ultimately leverages pricing differences as a significant basis of their choice, right?).
This isn’t a bad thing necessarily and I believe that generally your friends and those that you trust are going to be good sources of information and referrals but it pays (literally) to do a few tests and use a few resources to help you get closer to the right decision.
Here are a couple of sites that might help:
1. Who Is Hosting This?
Who Is Hosting This is a very simple source that can provide the necessary information that you want about the websites and blogs that you admire the most.
I mean, what better a hosting provider than the one that’s hosting your favorite blog(s)? Use this very simple tool to find out that information!
2. You Get Signal
You Get Signal is one of those websites that you’ll instantly bookmark – it has a huge list of services that you can use for free including reverse IP checks, WHOIS lookups, trace routes, and more. It can give you a lot of information about a particular hosting provider, especially about a blog that you respect and trust.
3. Geo Tool
Geo Tool is a simple service that lets you see where any business or site has their hosting. You can see the details of the actual location, IP address, Internet Service Provider (ISP), and more. You want to know where the servers are and if you’re aware of where most of your traffic comes it’s advantageous to have a host that’s located near those visitors.
4. Domain Tools
Domain Tools is one of the more well-known and respected tools out there.
5. Blame Stella
Blame Stella is a new-ish service that you can use to see the response time and quality of a hosting provider for a specific blog and/or site. It’s got a clean interface and is easy to navigate. Pretty slick!
Love to know what you use! And, of course, here’s the hosting service that I use!
Finally, looking for some more tools to use? Check out these two posts:
- 10 Sites to Test Your Blog’s Performance (Page Speed, Caching, Server)
- 13 More Tools for Testing the Performance of Your Blog