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Vote for Happily Blended?
I entered a contest for a blog growth grant. $750 of it is based on my blog post entry and the $250 is based on votes. You can vote daily but I don’t expect that as I won’t ask daily – but if you are up for it today can you please go to the National Association For the Self Employed website, scroll down to the Rafflecopter form, sign in with Facebook or your email & enter HappilyBlended.com under vote for your favorite blogger? Much appreciation for those who can take time to do that today!
I must admit that when I first switched from a free blog platform to self hosted WordPress I jumped on the most affordable web hosting plan I could find. I did little research and just based my decision on what worked for others who had multiple websites or blogs. I knew that I would always be a person with more than one blog so I wanted to be certain my plan would cover more than one self hosted WordPress blogs.
Now that I have “lived and learn” through the years with my current website hosting company, I have figured out that you should do better research before jumping on the plan that appears to be the most affordable. Plans that say they are “unlimited” are not always truly unlimited, there are limits to everything in life. While you may never go over this invisible limit servers have in your hosting account, it could happen, and in that case the website or blog can be shut down forcing you to either 1) lose all of your information or 2) move to a separate server (pay for another hosting account) or worse.
What I can tell you about web hosting plans is to do your research, think about the future, will you be a person who really will just have one blog or website for the rest of their life? Do you plan to go big and have lots of content, images and more within your website? Whatever your plans are regarding your current decision to get a self hosted website, be sure to check out the Best Web Hosting Awards and research each company to ensure they are offering what you need now and will meet or exceed your long term goals.
I have been using HostGator for my website hosting account ever since I switched to a self hosted WordPress blog. I became an affiliate with HostGator after I realized 1) I could do such a thing and 2) I really loved this hosting service.
You see, I can become an affiliate with almost any company or represent almost any product, so can most other bloggers and people, however, I only wish to promote products and services that I can fully stand behind. My hosting company is one of those companies I can stand behind and feel good about promoting. I have promoted HostGator without using my affiliate code and with using my affiliate code.
Today I decided that I should offer all of my readers discounts off their hosting account if they purchase with HostGator using this code made specifically for those who read this blog post. Using code HBfriend2012 you will receive 25% off a hosting account. If you wish to save $9.94 you can use code Rainforest which I personally created for a local friend who runs Rainforest Encounters & was looking into a hosting account (you can connect with them on Facebook if you wish).**
With tax refund season nearing and most people looking to find a great hosting company I thought I should simply offer you all my advice on who I use, create a coupon code promo for you all and see if you all have any questions after looking at HostGator for your hosting account.
**coupon code does not have an expiration date, but may be removed towards mid year 2012. I am not held responsible for late readers getting this HostGator promo code and it not working, however, if you do read this and the code doesn’t work leave a comment below or contact me to notify me.