We both found Wealthy Affiliate Web Hosting pretty much by accident but it has turned out to be one of the best things both of us have ever done. Not only did we discover a fantastic web hosting solution but we discovered each other, formed a business partnership and learned how to build an online business from scratch!
We’ll talk more about the business side of things later in this article but first of all let’s take a look at the hosting side of things. In the past we have used both Siteground hosting and Hostgator hosting and had mixed experiences with both.
Hostgator is often promoted as a great value hosting solution for new start-up digital marketers for it’s competitively priced introductory offers. This was the main factor in our decision to choose them for our first hosting package. The problem with Hostgator was that we experienced really poor customer service with this company when we had problems with our site and the response from their technical support team was often very slow in coming and not particularly helpful.
When you are running a digital marketing business you can’t afford to make a bad impression on visitors by having your site unavailable for long periods of time due to hosting issues. Website’s going down for whatever reason is something that happens but when it does happen you need quick reactions from site support to put things right. In our opinion, competitive prices are no substitute for poor service.
We moved our sites to Siteground hosting. This was a relatively painless experience and Siteground were very helpful in offering a site migration service which saved us from having to do any technical stuff. In fairness to Siteground we had a relatively hassle-free year of hosting with them. Our sites had very good up-time and on the rare occasion we had to contact technical support we found them to be very helpful.
The sting in the tail however was felt, when it came time to renew the hosting package. The initial price for their Grow Big package was about $70 for the year but when it came to renewal the price shot up to about $240!! There was absolutely no negotiating with them. It was very much a case of take it or leave it which we felt was a pretty poor way to treat a loyal customer.
So we once again looked for a new web hosting solution and that’s when we discovered Wealthy Affiliate Web Hosting. We had heard of Wealthy Affiliate but never really checked it out as neither of us were thinking of doing affiliate marketing at that time. But a chance meeting with an existing member led to us learning all about the incredible web hosting package that comes with Wealthy Affiliate membership.
Let’s be clear – the web hosting package with Wealthy Affiliate is a premium product and costs more than even the renewal price with Siteground. You can pay monthly for it or get a discounted annual subscription for $299. As a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate you can host up to 50 websites in your account. You also get access to an amazing site support team who are available 24/7, no matter where you are in the world. The Wealthy Affiliate Site support team will also migrate all of your current websites onto their servers completely for free.
So far this is comparable to the package you get from Siteground so why would you choose Wealthy Affiliate web hosting?
The web hosting service from Wealthy affiliate is among the best currently available online but as a member you get so much more than just the hosting and site support. You also get access to an amazing community of fellow members with a wide array of talents and abilities who are all keen to share their experiences and help other members overcome problems. You also get access to some of the best training we have ever seen online which will take you step by step through the process of how to build an online business from scratch.
Let’s now take a look at each of these things in a bit more detail!
All About Web Hosting
Do you have a website? Are you thinking of creating a website? Perhaps you’re wanting to dive into this world of online entrepreneurship, but you don’t know where to host your new site. Maybe you already have a host for your site. There is a chance that now is a good time to look for a new one if you’re unhappy where you are. What if we told you that we know of a platform that will more than likely check all of the proverbial boxes you’re looking for when searching for a hosting platform?
You can pop over to your favourite search engine and do a quick search for the most popular web hosting platforms and come up with pages and pages of reviews, ideas, recommendations, and advertisements. However, what if we told you all about what’s working for us and why we have chosen the platform we recommend? If you’re on a hunt for the best hosting website, please at least hear us out.
We’re not here to make you select our choice. We don’t want you to leave the services you enjoy. Subsequently, if you’re searching, allow us to cut your search time in half. We invite you to not just take our word for it either. Please just check into it yourself and if you like what you see, awesome! If not, that’s great, too! We just want you to make an informed decision before diving into a host platform and it not going well for you.
Why Do You Need A Host?
When you fly to your vacation destination, what happens to your luggage when you enter the airplane? Specifically, your large luggage is stowed beneath the carrier and your carry on bags are stored in the cabin in compartments above your head. Is it necessary? Of course! There would be no room for many people on the plane if there was no place to store the luggage.
Look at your website in a similar way. When you think of a hosting website, think of it as storage space for your content. It’s like renting online real estate. The web server you choose will store your website files (or baggage). It is absolutely necessary to have a host for your website. Simply put, you cannot have a live website on the internet without web hosting. It’s not something that is up for discussion; it’s a must.
What’s The Difference In The Hosting Platforms?
In our research, we’ve found that most hosting websites offer the same amount of services and support as its neighbor. While we did find some differences, we’re happy to report that as a whole, there were no substantial differences between them. What’s that mean? They all pretty much offer the same things: bandwidth, security, reliability, and customer support, just to name a few.
One of the factors that can vary among the hosting platforms is the price. Some people make this decision solely on price alone. While price should be a consideration, we wouldn’t recommend it being the sole reason for choosing your hosting platform. The reason most people (especially rookies) overlook is that the cost of the hosting platform varies based on the services it provides. Prices vary based on packages and types of services people opt for.
From our past experiences with web hosting, we have landed on one that we would recommend to anyone, especially someone who is new to building a website. We very much value the services and hosting benefits to the platform we belong to. At Wealthy Affiliate, we pay $0.82 per day.
When you break it down into daily costs, we realized that we can’t even purchase the local newspaper for that price. It’s also almost impossible to buy a morning coffee from your favorite cafe for less than $1.00. Once we put the price into perspective along with all of the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate, we jumped on board and don’t plan on ever walking the plank. We’re sticking with Wealthy Affiliate.
We’re so glad you asked! Please bear in mind that these are our experiences and our opinions. While we don’t think you’d find your experience much different, it’s important to remember that we are only sharing what has worked for us. Allow us to walk you through what we think are 7 main advantages of Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting platform and features.
Wealthy Affiliate welcomes you to try out a free account. With your free account, you’re able to host two (2) websites. Yes! Both for free! There is no catch! However, if you jump to the premium membership, like us, you’ll be able to have up to 50 websites hosted on their servers! We know, you’re wondering what you would ever do with 50 websites. You could keep your free account and host your 2, or when you build your business and work with others, you can upgrade to a premium account and host websites for your clients! You’d be surprised how many you can have up and running simultaneously!
We were more than impressed at the levels and the amount of training offered within the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Not only are there two separate pieces of training that will walk anyone through the entire process of laying a solid foundation for a website, but there is also so much more. There are 52 live classes each year (that’s one each week)! Members within the community have created training modules as well. There are video tutorials and classrooms full of additional lessons. We’ve been around for a while and feel as though we haven’t made a dent in all that is offered within Wealthy Affiliate. Simply put, you have at your fingertips, step-by-step, task-oriented training.
3- Profit-Ready Websites
As we have already mentioned, Wealthy Affiliate will host up to 50 of your websites. Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting platform is called SiteRubix, and is robust and powerful. Wealthy Affiliate partners with WordPress to allow you a unique, pain-free website build, from the bottom up.
4- Excellent Site Speed Rating
Wealthy Affiliate boasts an incredible average page load time of 1.3 seconds. If you end up with slow site speed, it will undoubtedly hurt your ranking and authority. Visitors to your website don’t want to wait for your website or pages to load. They’re expecting almost instant access to your content.
5- Double Hosting
One perk Wealthy Affiliate offers its customers is the idea that their websites will be double hosted. What that means is that there is a ‘mirror’ of your website running at all times. If for some reason something should happen to your website, site support will swap in the back-up immediately. No issue or trouble at all!
6- Site Support
We can attest to the fact that site support within Wealthy Affiliate must be a true set of brilliant minds. Whenever we have had a question or a minor snag, one quick note to site support and usually within minutes, our hiccup has vanished. They provide extremely timely and effective service to support members in any way, shape, or form. We’ve never witnessed anything like this support. It’s readily available 24-7.
Have you ever been a part of a platform that welcomes you regardless of your experience, race, gender, or opinions? This is not a social media platform, but it is a network of like-minded entrepreneurs who only want to share their knowledge and expertise with everyone, including the rookies! We are all newbies at some point. When we joined the community at Wealthy Affiliate, we didn’t know such a place existed. It’s real, friend. There are more than 1.4 million members and they’re actively participating in all that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer!
How To Build An Online Business From Scratch
There are of course many people who will tell you that only they can tell you how to build an online business from scratch and will probably want to charge you a tidy sum to teach it to you also.
This was the unexpected bonus that came with Wealthy Affiliate Web Hosting. You see, you can join the platform as a free member (this doesn’t include hosting but does include 2 free websites) and get a great introductory training course on how to set up a WordPress website.
This is a really useful training course and even if you don’t want to take up the full premium subscription it’s worth signing up with Wealthy Affiliate for this training alone. However if you do decide to become a Premium member (which you will need to do to get access to the web hosting) you will unlock access to what we think is the best training available anywhere online, on how to set up your own affiliate marketing business.
The Training Covers:
- Building your own traffic producing website
- How to make money with your website
- How to master social media and get engagement with your site
- How to create content that get’s ranked in search engines and attracts and maintains visitors
- How to master all the strategies of Search Engine Optimisation
- Free traffic strategies
- Paid traffic strategies such as pay-per-click
On top of all that there are weekly live training webinars with Jay – one of the founders of the platform and an excellent teacher! These webinars cover lots of cutting edge strategies to give you an almost unfair advantage over any competitors in your niche.
Following the training at Wealthy Affiliate, we have built 3 brand new websites and online businesses between us. There is truly no better feeling than knowing you are building a prosperous future for yourself and your family.
We are telling you now – There is No Better Training Course anywhere online for learning how to build an affiliate marketing business than the training which is included with Wealthy Affiliate Web Hosting.
Combine the top-rated web hosting and the unrivalled training and you have what is without doubt the best value package on the internet for learning how to build an online business from scratch.
We know that it is imperative to have an online host for your website. We trust you see the necessity as well. While we would never force you to choose Wealthy Affiliate or leave a host you enjoy, we are here to help. It is our mission to help others on this journey toward building financial freedom via the power of the internet. Wealthy Affiliate provides us with a stress-free hosting experience and we feel safe running our business on its platform. We really feel that if you check it out, you’ll feel the same.
All the best for Now!
David and Heidi