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Every website must be hosted for you to see it.
Purchasing a domain is not enough, for the content must reside somewhere that is connected to the world wide web. When you create a blog using a free platform, such as blah.blogspot.com or blah.wordpress.com, you relinquish control. In these circumstances your readers will only be able to see and do what the platform allows.
After migrating this blog from Google’s free platform to a self-hosted WordPress platform in the fall of 2008, I followed Chris Brogan’s blogging advice and contacted Tubu Internet Solutions (affiliate link) to host my blog for $10 a year.
Because more people visited my WordPress blog (due to better search engine optimization tactics that Blogger prevented me from doing), I quickly approached storage and bandwidth limitations with that $10 plan. So did other bloggers.
“We found that many blogs grew so fast that they needed the resources of our unlimited plans,” says Tubu’s founder and chief executive Andy Quayle on the eventual elimination of their popular plan.
I now pay the equivalent of $3 a month for up to 10 gigabytes of storage space (I’m using 250 mb/day), 100 email accounts (I’m using 8), 10 MySQL databases (I’m using 2), and unlimited bandwidth (I’m using 4500 mb/day).
While you can find similar costs at GoDaddy, BlueHost, DreamHost, RackSpace, and other web hosting companies, Tubu’s customer service is top-notch and second to none. Andy can attest to my numerous issues of frustration with this and that going down but their customer service, whether by phone or email (or more recently on Facebook), is always courteous and helps me quickly and efficiently.
I’ve thought about switching hosting companies but I’ve always stuck with Tubu. The fact they’re a small business is a plus, as popular web hosting companies are very large in staff. Size isn’t the best qualification for service.
Most customers are like me, registering multiple domains with the company and paying annual hosting fees for each domain. Adventuroo, Nachos NY, Secret Agent L, Mr. Bacon Pants, Ugh!!’s Greymatter Honeypot, and the Affogato Coffee Bar are among Tubu’s customers.
Andy — who maintains his own blog called TechBurgh — tells me his staff includes five employees and numerous freelancers, contractors, and third-parties scattered around the world. “Because websites are 24/7 businesses it behooves us to have staff in different time zones. It makes for better personal lives and for better working relationships.”
Named after the Korean word for tofu, Tubu has powered this blog for nearly three years and I encourage you to visit my affiliate link and sign up for service the next time you need domain registration or web hosting.