Discounts for GoDaddy: Choosing the Right Blogging Platform for Your Blog with Necessary Plugins PDF Print E-mail
Since I’ve covered how to choose your domain names, we should focus on the right blogging platform for your blog. There are tons of blogging platforms out there, each with its own unique feature and functionality.

Dell ServerIf you are really serious in blogging and want to get your own web host to host your blog, here is a list of recommended web hosting companies which you can subscribe to:

1. GoDaddy – Web hosting package starts from $3.99 per month and you enjoy discounts up to 30% if you subscribe 1 to 3 years of service. Purchasing a domain name with your hosting plan is only $1.99.

2. 1and1 – Web hosting package starts from $3.99 per month and you get 1 FREE domain name (5 free domain names if you take their 1&1 Developer web hosting plan)

3. BlueHost – $6.95 per month and FREE domain name with your purchase

4. Dot5 hosting – $4.95 per month and FREE domain name with your purchase

5. iPower – $3.95 per month and $6.50 for a domain name

6. LunarPages – $6.95 per month and FREE domain name for life

7. HostMonster –$5.95 per month with FREE domain name

8. Network Solutions – $7.47 per month with FREE domain name. Use this coupon link here to enjoy 10% discount

9. Omnis Network  $5.95 per month with FREE domain name.

10. Web Hosting Pad – $4.95 per month with FREE domain name.

Personally, if you are low on budget and want to try out a web hosting package before making a huge financial commitment, I would recommend subscribing to 2 months of GoDaddy’s Economy plan.

Here’s the workaround:

Min 2 months subscription: $3.99 x 2 months = $7.98 + $1.99 (domain name) + $0.20 (ICANN) = $10.17

**You will still get discounts if you renew 1 to 3 years of web hosting in a single payment

But if you have cash to spare and is dead serious in making money online, then you should definitely subscribe GoDaddy’s Deluxe plan as you can get up to 30% discount. Furthermore, the web hosting package allows you to add unlimited domains into your hosting account (most economy plans only allow you to host 1 domain name).

Workaround:

2 years subscription (**30% discount): $5.19 x 24 months = $124.74 + $1.99 (domain name) + $0.20 (ICANN) = $126.93

**To get 30% discount, first select 1 year subscription for Deluxe plan and add into your cart. When reviewing your shopping cart, check the box for 30% discount for 2 years subscription.

Your paid web host gives you access to free software such as

1. Blogging platforms: WordPress, Joomla, Xoops, Mambo, Serendipity, Geeklog, Nucleus
2. Image hosting platforms: Gallery, Coppermine, 4Images
3. Forum: SMF (Simple Machine Forum)
etc…

Choosing the Right Blogging Platform:

WordPress1. WordPress:

Blogs primarily use WordPress as their blogging platform. It’s easy to use and straight to the point. You’ll need to install several plugins to enhance its functionality.

Akismet: Spam filter to keep spam at bay

Google SiteMaps: Creates a sitemap of your site so that search engine spiders can crawl and index your site easily

Adsense-Deluxe: Places Adsense ads into your blog and you can define where the ads will appear

Related Posts: Display related posts that the visitor is currently viewing

Super Archive: A good dynamic archiving system

Gravatars: Display the visitor’s avatar next to the comment

Recent Comments: Display the most recent comment by visitors

Contact Form: People can fill in this form easily to contact you

WP-Database Backup: Backup your WordPress database

Joomla2. Joomla/Mambo:

This is a very good alternative to WordPress. It has many built-in functions and you can expand its functionality by adding Components, Modules and Mambots which is available for free on Extensions.Joomla.org.

Here’s a simple guideline on how to setup your Joomla blog:

i. JoomSEF: Install this search engine friendly (SEF) component. Your URL for the entire site will be search engine friendly and ends with .html extension.

ii. Install a comment system: Akocomment is free but I would definitely recommend you to download and purchase Azrul’s JomComment as it has Akismet built into the system and it also comes with various features such as the ability to ban certain IP or users from commenting on your blog.

iii. BSQ Site Stats: To keep track of your visitors

iv. Adsense Module from Joomlaspan: Display Adsense ads on your blog

v. modHTML: A very handy tool to put custom HTML and JavaScript codes on your blog. Ie Adsense, Advertlets, Nuffnang, Widgetbucks, Amazon, etc…

vi. Adsense Mambot: To add Adsense inside your post.

vii. Joomap: Creates a sitemap for Joomla so that search engine spiders can crawl and index your site easily

On the other hand, if you are tight on budget, you can purchase a domain name and point it to your Blogspot URL using the 301 redirect function.

Blogger3. Blogger (Blogspot) is yet another powerful blogging platform. This is a great blogging platform for beginners to begin with and it has all the necessary tools to let you monetize it.

For example, you can add Adsense easily into your blog by linking your Blogger account to your Adsense. You can also create and add HTML and JavaScripts modules easily into the page.

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Great list
written by colbert, December 23, 2007
I personally prefer Hostmonster and Wordpress for my blogs. They've made me a tidy sum of money already
Hi colbert
written by Michael Woo, December 23, 2007
smilies/smiley.gif Ah, a problogger with B5 media.. Good to have you here.

Yeah, I've seen many positive comments on Hostmonster - I believe they are a good web hosting company. I've considered hosting there, but got deterred by the price.

Maybe they can offer me more discounts in the future smilies/wink.gif
Unknown
written by ShY GuYz, January 04, 2008
That's cool..
I just want to recommend top webhosting in my country...
Maybe you can try this

http://affiliate.exabytes.com.my/idevaffiliate.php?id=3201626_9_1_22
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written by Fort Worth Guy, January 11, 2008
Thanks for the awesome list, I know u had to put some work into it.
IPOWER --> POOR SERVICE
written by SEO Consultant, January 13, 2008
Well i love this article but when it comes to naming IPOWER as one of the web hosting choices is definitely very wrong. Do a search on Google on IPOWER customer service, and you will get the answer as to why. I personally has very very bad experiences with IPOWER and their after sales services.
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written by email marketing, January 14, 2008
I opted for the 1and1 developer package and have Wordpress installed on the domains. It was very easy to set up, and it has been easy to maintain and post.
Thanks for your comments
written by Michael Woo, January 15, 2008
Top choices for web hosting is GoDaddy for cheap and alright services and 1and1 smilies/shocked.gif
good plugin
written by iCalvyn, February 11, 2008
i am looking for contact form long time ago... cos some time my reader cant reach me real time... i only left email at my blog... now my reader can reach me more easily
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written by kljs, February 24, 2008
But, how good are the hosting plan in the first place? I was told godaddy's hosting plan aren't really reliable or something like that...
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written by Michael, March 14, 2008
Hi, I've been using GoDaddy for like 1 year plus now and I did have 1 minor incident in the past and it was resolved in a single day.

So I rate them A service.
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written by Michael, March 14, 2008
About the problem:

I bought like 20 domains that day and only 1 domain had error propagating my registration details and name servers. I emailed their service center and they resolve it ASAP within that day itself.

Name propagating through servers took a day but it was ASAP service.

Hope you enjoy it. cheers!
Good Info
written by Sahara, March 18, 2008
Thanks for the reviews. It is definitely helpful information.
Computer goddess
written by OCStandard, April 06, 2008
I love Godaddy, I hav had far more good experiences with them than any other.

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