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.