What Is 401 Error Code and How to Fix It on WordPress (Quick Guide)

    What Is 401 Error Code and How to Fix It on WordPress (Quick Guide)

    Trying to access a website only to be met with a 401 error code? This could be happening on your own WordPress website or it could be happening on someone else’s site that you’re trying to visit.

    If your WordPress site is showing the 401 error code to other visitors, it’s important to fix the problem so that your visitors can enjoy your site. And if you’re experiencing the 401 error code when you visit someone else’s site, you’ll want to understand the problem so you know what’s happening.

    In this post, we’ll explain what the 401 error is, what causes it, and how to fix the error 401 message.

    What does the 401 error code mean?

    One example of the 401 error code

    A 401 Unauthorized error is an HTTP status code indicating that the server received an unauthenticated request. 401 error code responses are most often generated because of invalid credentials for a particular page or destination on your website. This status is typically sent with a WWW-authenticate header that contains information on how to authorize properly.

    In human terms, this basically means that your client (e.g. your web browser) isn’t able to authenticate itself with the server and, as such, cannot view the resource. For example, a specific page might require a valid username and password to view.

    The 401 error code, like other error codes in the 400-range, means there’s a problem on the client-side – AKA the problem lies on your web browser’s side (or another client), rather than the website you’re trying to visit.

    401 error vs 403 error

    People often confuse a 401 error with a 403, but the two are different. A 403 error means access to the page is forbidden, whereas a 401 error just means there’s a problem with authenticating access to the page. That is, a 401 means access is not necessarily forbidden, the server just cannot authenticate the request to grant access.

    401 error code variations

    The exact message that indicates a 401 error code varies depending on the server, but here are the typical 401 error code variations that you’ll see:

    • 401 Unauthorized
    • Authorization Required
    • Access Denied
    • HTTP Error 401 Unauthorized

    What causes the 401 error code?

    Here are some common causes of the 401 error code:

    • Incorrect URL – sometimes the 401 error code is because of the wrong URL. Make sure that the URL for the site you want to access has been entered correctly.
    • Invalid login credentials – some pages of a website require you to login in order to access the information. If you’re not logged in, you will very likely get a 401-error. Make sure that the login credentials you are entering are accurate.
    • False login requirement – this occurs rarely but, in some cases, a website that should not require a login will still show a login page. This indicates an issue on the admin side and will often throw up a 401-error.
    • DNS errors – occasionally, domain name system failures may result in a 401 response. DNS malfunctioning is less common.
    • Security/firewall issues – some WordPress security plugins or firewalls can cause a 401 error if they detect malicious activity.
    • Plugin issues – a WordPress plugin on your site might be triggering the 401 error code.

    How to fix the 401 error code on WordPress

    Often, 401-error codes can be fixed by simply hitting the refresh button. If refreshing your page doesn’t work, try the following fixes:

    1. Check the URL for errors

    It is possible that a 401 error occurs because you have typed the URL incorrectly or the login URL has been changed. Alternatively, you may have clicked on an outdated link in your web browser. In cases where a page no longer exists, the server might show a 401 code. Check the URL for spelling mistakes. You can also use a search engine to find the correct URL of the webpage you are trying to access.

    2. Clear browser cache and cookies

    Your browser’s cache helps improve your overall surfing experience by decreasing the loading time of websites. To do this, browsers store local copies of the content you visit most frequently. Your browser’s cache can sometimes overlap with the live version of your application, resulting in a 404 error code.

    To fix this error, just clear the browser’s cache.

    Similar to the cache, there are HTTP cookies which are basically tiny pieces of stored data. Invalid and/or corrupted cookies can cause an authentication error. Clear the cookies and try to open the page again.

    3. Deactivate your WordPress plugins

    Because WordPress plugins can alter how your site functions, they’re a typical cause of the 401 error code on WordPress.

    In the case of WordPress security plugins, sometimes the plugin intends to do this. For example, some plugins will lock down your login page if the plugin thinks you’re under attack, which can trigger the 401 error code when you try to open your login page. Or the firewall in a plugin like Wordfence might cause the issue.

    In this case, once you figure out the issue by deactivating the plugin, you can reach out to the plugin’s support to understand the issue.

    Other times, it could be an unintended compatibility issue.

    To figure out which plugin is causing the 401 error, try deactivating all of the plugins at your site and reactivating them one-by-one. Or, if the error only appeared after you installed a new plugin, try deactivating that plugin first.

    4. Remove server-level password protection

    If you’re using htaccess/htpasswd to protect parts of your WordPress site with an extra username/password, try deactivating this extra password protection.

    Many web hosts also give you a tool to control such passwords from cPanel. Look for a tool named something like:

    • Password protect directories
    • Directory privacy

    5. Flush your DNS

    In rare cases, DNS errors can cause the server to show a 401-error code on your browser. To fix this, you need to flush your DNS. Although this is a fairly unusual cause, it is quite simple to repair.

    For Windows users:

    • Log in to your computer as an administrator
    • Open a “search” window
    • Type in CMD.exe in the search field to open Command Prompt
    • Enter this little code in the CMD interface: “ipconfig/flushdns

    For macOS users:

    • Open the Command Terminal
    • Enter this code in terminal interface: “sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

    6. Try waiting

    Like security plugins, some WordPress hosting companies will temporarily block your IP if they think you’re doing something malicious – e.g. entering the wrong password. In this case, you can try waiting to see if that fixes the issue, as sometimes your site is only locked down for a short period of time.

    Additionally, many WordPress websites need regular downtime for maintenance. If you’re seeing a 401-error on someone else’s site, there may be maintenance or construction going on at the backend causing temporary login issues. Try giving the admins some time and logging in a few minutes later.


    A 401 error indicates a client-side problem with authentication. That is, your web browser is having issues authenticating itself with your WordPress site’s server.

    Before you start digging into any in-depth troubleshooting, try a few quick fixes first. Make sure that the URL you’re using is correct, and don’t forget to clear your browser’s cache and cookies.

    Also consider any security tools you may be using on your site, as well as any server-level passwords you might have added, like a password via htaccess and htpasswd. You can also try deactivating your plugins.
    Improving Website Performance with LiteSpeed

    Improving Website Performance with LiteSpeed

    At the beginning of 2019, Hostinger decided to try LiteSpeed Web Servers (LSWS) as the main web server instead of Apache. LiteSpeed is a drop-in replacement for Apache with .htaccess file support.

    When compared to Apache, it has quite a few advantages:

    But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!


    LiteSpeed supports popular hosting provider panels such as WHM/cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk and more.

    However, bb9host uses a custom hosting panel – hPanel – which has dynamic vhost management based on Redis and Openresty + custom LUA scripts.  This is how it works: vhost data is saved in Redis. Openresty retrieves said data when a web request is received. Then it is passed on to the Apache web server.

    Originally, LiteSpeed is configured using config files. However, we wanted to implement fully dynamic management, which doesn’t need to reload services in order to update the configuration, as we did with the Openresty setup. We contacted LiteSpeed support, explained our current setup and the fact that we want to make it dynamically managed.

    Turns out, we were lucky as they were already developing LiteSpeed version 5.4. They were happy to help and implement it in the development branch. That was great news to us since we didn’t have to reimplement our current vhost management process.

    So we didn’t just replace Apache, but we got rid of Openresty too, reducing the software stack used to process requests which also adds to the performance gain.

    Pace of Development

    When we initially planned to migrate to LiteSpeed we thought this should take about a month. After we discussed how it should be implemented, LiteSpeed engineers developed a working version with dynamic vhost management in about a week which is really fast for such software. We installed it in our development environment and prepared migration tools to replace Apache.

    Redis support was added to LSWS 5.4RC3. To our misfortune, we didn’t realize how many changes were planned and already done in LSWS 5.4RC3. The stable version release date was still unknown to us. RC4 was on the way too with additional changes that had to be tested. Here at b9host we often experience bad traffic coming to our clients` websites so it was a good environment to catch all unexpected errors. After the first deployment on our production server, we started receiving crash reports. At this point, bug hunting season started. For almost two months since the first deployment, we started reporting bugs to LiteSpeed engineers daily. Good thing is that when LSWS crashes for any reason, only a visitor that hit that bug is affected as LSWS generates a core file and gracefully restarts in almost no time. LiteSpeed engineers were focused on fixing those bugs and we got a new release in just a few hours after reporting them every day. When we stopped receiving crash reports from the first server we increased the server pool running with LiteSpeed, then new bugs started to appear. After about three months of such testing, verifying, reporting and fixing bugs a week came without any crash reports and we could tell that the stable version finally came.

    The Result

    After we deployed LiteSpeed, we saw a noticeable performance improvement compared to our old setup. Most of our clients use WordPress as their Content Management System so we tested it with LiteSpeed on our servers. We saw a great improvement on Time To First Byte (TTFB) compared to Apache.

    openresty apache vs litespeed

    LiteSpeed Cache plugin

    LiteSpeed engineers have developed their own LiteSpeed Cache plugin for WordPress. With this plugin installed TTFB improved even more by a great margin.wordpress with litespeed-cache plugin

    To know more about how the LiteSpeed Cache plugin works, you can read this article.

    Furthermore, the latest LiteSpeed 5.4 release has huge improvements on SSL/TLS, QUIC and integrated security features which are enabled by default on all Hostinger servers.

    After seeing such a performance gain we decided to install the LiteSpeed Cache plugin for all users who install WordPress via Hostinger’s Auto Installer. We also encourage all users using WordPress or other popular CMSs to install the LiteSpeed Cache plugin to benefit from its advantages.

    LiteSpeed has developed cache plugins for most popular CMS like WordPress, Magento, Joomla, PrestaShop, OpenCart, Drupal and more. Check the entire list here.

    At Hostinger we always strive to provide the best experience for our users by allowing them to use the latest technology. We want to make it easy for customers to install, use and maintain their websites.

    How to Buy a Domain Name – A Simple Guide

    How to Buy a Domain Name – A Simple Guide

    Every website needs a catchy address. And to get one, you need to know how to buy a domain name. Luckily, domain registration has become quite a simple procedure nowadays. It’s also one of the first steps you need to take when you start a blog or create a website.

    The short steps to buy a domain name are:

    1. Choose a reliable domain registrar (like b9host)
    2. Find a domain availability checker tool
    3. Run a domain name search
    4. Pick the best available option
    5. Finalize your order and complete the domain registration
    6. Verify the ownership of your new domain

    Below, we’ll overview each step in a more in-depth fashion and present a few tips and tricks to ease the whole process.


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    9 Best Tips Before Buying Domain Names

    Before you purchase a domain name, consider doing some proper investigation. After all, the name of your website is one of the first things that visitors will see. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

    1. Do your research. It’s important to study your niche and to know what the user wants. Being aware of the most popular keywords and search terms will help you find a domain name that’s best suited to represent your project.
    2. Make it catchy and easy to remember. Don’t go for something that is absurdly long or difficult to pronounce. A catchy and short domain name will greatly increase the chances of visitors remembering your website name.
    3. Go with .com if possible. Currently, .com is taking a stand as the most popular domain name extension. Thus, it’s a good priority when buying a domain name, as most web users will easily recognize it.
    4. Check for trademark infringement. To avoid any legal issues, it’s best not to register a domain similar to popular, well-established brands. You can use various online tools to look up trademark information and avoid such situations.
    5. Avoid numbers and hyphens. While numbers and hyphens let you create more domain name variations, they can sometimes do more harm than good. For example, people can mistake the number zero (0) with the letter (o) or the number (2) for a word (two). Therefore omitting numbers and hyphens may be a good idea.
    6. Look for close alternatives. If you already have a domain name in mind, think of possible mistyped variations to make sure all the potential traffic reaches you. A great example would be amzon.com which takes you to the main Amazon website, or fb.com which goes directly to Facebook.
    7. Research social media platforms. Once you have a rough draft of your domain name, look it up on popular social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Even if you’re not planning to do anything with them at the start, reserving a page for your project will ensure it’s not taken by someone else.
    8. Think future-proof. Websites and domains are a long-term investment. Hence revolving the name around the most overhyped thing at this very moment might not be the best approach in the long run. So don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
    9. Discuss your ideas. If you feel like picking the right name for your website is the hardest choice of your life, perhaps you need some help. Present your ideas to friends, family, colleagues. Who knows, they might give you that golden nugget of advice that you’re looking for.

    How to Buy a Domain Name (In 5 Steps)

    Now that you know how to pick a proper domain name, you might be wondering how to purchase one.

    To get a domain name for your website, you’ll need an ICANN accredited registrar (such as b9host). Depending on your chosen domain extension, the registration fee can range between $0.99 to $92.99.

    Below are 5 steps that cover the domain registration process in more depth.

    Step 1 – Find a Domain Checker

    The journey of buying a domain name starts with an availability lookup. In fact, we have the perfect tool to check domain vacancy here on b9host.

    Step one of how to buy a domain name - looking up availability


    FAQ: What if my desired domain name is taken?

    If the domain you wish to buy is taken, there are a few different approaches available:

    • Go for another domain extension. In case .com is unavailable, you may opt for others such as .xyz, .net, .org, and many more.
    • Try a longer version. Adding a simple word such as “the”, “my”, “a” and other similar words can help get the result you want.
    • Reach out to the current owner. However, in most cases, you will need to offer a fairly high sum of money. 

    Step 2 – Run a Domain Name Search

    Now enter your desired name in the search field and take it for a spin. The domain checker tool will present you with a list of available options that you can register. Use the Domain extension filter to search for the exact extension that you’re interested in.

    Step two of how to buy a domain name - finding the right option

    Step 3 – Pick Your Domain

    Once you locate a name that you like, proceed with the registration by pressing Add to Cart.

    Step three of how to buy a domain name - adding to shopping cartIf you’re not planning to look for more variations, proceed with the checkout and you’ll be able to choose a payment processor and complete your transaction.

    Payment gateways on Hostinger

    Step 4 – Complete the Domain Registration

    As soon as you complete the domain payment, you’ll be redirected to the control panel. Inside, you’ll find the setup box to complete your domain name registration.

    Step four of how to buy a domain name - completing the registrationMake sure to fill in all the fields with the correct details, as they will be stored in the official domain ownership database called WHOIS.

    Domain name registration formAfter you submit your details, the domain registration will be processed and you’ll only need to follow one last step.

    FAQ: Can I modify the domain ownership details?

    Yes, you’ll be able to do it using the domain management section within your control panel. Once the changes are made, you will have to confirm them via email. Keep in mind that it may take 24-72 hours for most WHOIS databases to display the updated details.

    Step 5 – Verify the Ownership of Your New Domain

    The final step of your journey is to verify the domain ownership through the email address you used while registering. It usually arrives within a few minutes after finishing the domain setup.

    In the case it doesn’t arrive, you can re-send the request from your control panel. We recommend doing it immediately, as waiting for 15 days or more will lead to a temporary suspension from the registry.

    Congratulations! You now know how to buy a domain name and complete the initial registration process.

    FAQ: I forgot to verify the ownership of my domain. What do I do?

    In case your domain got suspended, simply visit the email you used during registration and complete the verification process. Keep in mind that it may take 24-48 hours before the domain is back to full functionality due to DNS propagation.

    Domain Name Pricing Table

    You cannot say that you know how to buy a domain name without knowing where to get the best deals. On b9host, we offer over 100 unique TLDs (and that number is always rising) with prices starting as low as 99 cents for the first year.

    Domain extension Registration fee (12 months) Renewal fee (12 months)
    .com $8.99 $10.99
    .xyz $0.99 $11.99
    .online $0.99 $25.99
    .store $0.99 $40.99
    .tech $0.99 $35.99
    .website $0.99 $19.99
    .space $0.99 $19.99
    .uno $0.99 $17.00
    .site $0.99 $20.99
    .fun $0.99 $17.00
    .host $0.99 $67.00
    .press $0.99 $51.00
    .ru $3.99 $9.99
    .eu $6.99 $8.99
    .live $3.50 $4.05
    .world $3.50 $4.05
    .pl $3.99 $15.99
    .com.pl $3.99 $11.99
    .net.pl $3.99 $11.99
    .info.pl $3.99 $11.99
    .biz.pl $3.99 $11.99
    .nl $4.99 $5.99
    .co.uk $6.99 $8.99
    .de $5.99 $6.99
    .com.ru $5.99 $6.99
    .com.de $5.99 $5.99
    .me $6.45 $15.99
    .es $6.99 $11.99
    .net.ru $6.99 $7.99
    .org.ru $6.99 $7.99
    .co.in $6.99 $9.99
    .be $6.99 $8.99
    .ch $6.99 $20.99
    .li $6.99 $6.99
    .in $7.99 $14.99
    .pw $7.99 $9.99
    .fr $7.99 $15.99
    .in.net $7.99 $7.99
    .us $8.99 $8.99
    .me.uk $8.99 $10.99
    .name $8.99 $9.99
    .net.in $8.99 $9.99
    .gen.in $8.99 $9.99
    .firm.in $8.99 $9.99
    .org.in $8.99 $9.99
    .re $8.99 $8.99
    .dk $8.99 $8.99
    .cat $8.99 $26.99
    .mobi $9.95 $13.99
    .net $12.99 $13.99
    .org.uk $9.99 $10.99
    .tf $9.99 $9.99
    .pm $9.99 $9.99
    .jp.net $9.99 $9.99
    .yt $9.99 $9.99
    .wf $9.99 $9.99
    .info $3,79 $15.00
    .cc $10.99 $10.99
    .com.se $10.99 $10.99
    .org $11.49 $12.99
    .com.co $11.99 $15.00
    .at $11.99 $11.99
    .biz $15.99 $16.99
    .lt $11.99 $11.99
    .se $12.99 $12.99
    .asia $12.99 $12.99
    .ca $12.99 $15.00
    .cl $12.99 $12.99
    .com.mx $12.99 $23.00
    .ws $22.99 $22.99
    .com.es $13.99 $14.99
    .nom.es $13.99 $14.99
    .gr $15.99 $15.99
    .nu $15.99 $15.99
    .lv $15.99 $15.99
    .gr.com $15.99 $15.99
    .cx $16.45 $18.99
    .it $16.99 $16.99
    .ist $21.99 $21.99
    .cn.com $17.99 $37.99
    .ae.org $18.99 $18.99
    .pt $18.99 $18.99
    .lu $18.99 $18.99
    .com.pt $18.99 $18.99
    .istanbul $27.99 $27.99
    .bz $21.99 $21.99
    .ar.com $21.99 $21.99
    .lc $22.99 $22.99
    .co $23.99 $31.00
    .cz $26.99 $26.99
    .vc $31.99 $31.99
    .tv $31.99 $31.99
    .la $31.99 $31.99
    .mx $32.99 $32.99
    .frl $37.99 $37.99
    .mn $43.99 $43.99
    .am $43.99 $43.99
    .fm $80.99 $80.99
    .xxx $84.99  $84.99
    .ag $92.99 $92.99
    .sc $92.99 $92.99


    FAQ: I want to buy a few domain names and have them display the same content. Is it possible?
    It surely is! If you’re using our web hosting platform, parking the domain through your control panel will be enough. In case you want to host different content, use the addon domain section instead. In both cases, you will need to point the domains to b9host.


    Final Word

    In this guide, we have learned how to buy a domain name on b9host. Though buying domain names is the easy part. The real challenge is thinking of a good name and picking the right extension. And once that’s done, the whole website building journey awaits.

    We hope the tips highlighted in this tutorial have eased the process. In case you have any additional questions, drop us a line in the comments.

    b9host vs Bluehost: Choosing the Best Web Hosting

    b9host vs Bluehost: Choosing the Best Web Hosting

    Whether you’re new to owning a website or you’re a seasoned pro, you want your hosting provider to be both reliable and affordable. b9host and Bluehost can certainly offer such services. However, which one should you choose?

    We’ll compare the following factors between b9host vs Bluehost:

    • Shared hosting plans and pricing
    • VPS and WordPress hosting options
    • UI features and customer support

    Hopefully, this article will help you make the right decision. With that in mind, let’s get started.


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    b9host vs Bluehost: Shared Hosting Plans and Pricing

    Shared web hosting is a popular option for beginners and professionals alike. In short, it is when numerous websites share the same physical server and receive a set amount of resources, such as memory, and bandwidth.

    It’s great for building your first website because it’s affordable and an ideal option for those who are just starting out.

    Hostinger and Bluehost provide top-tier shared web hosting services with excellent security, so let’s take a detailed look at what shared hosting plans they offer.

    b9host – Powerful Yet Affordable

    b9host offers affordable hosting, without sacrificing the quality of features offered.

    Our shared hosting plans start at $0.99/month for their Single plan. It comes with a free SSL certificate, 100 GB of bandwidth, 10 GB of disk space, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This plan is ideal for those who are just starting out.

    If you need more processing power and memory, you can opt for the Premium plan at $2.89/month. It comes with unlimited bandwidth, a free domain name, unlimited number of websites, and email addresses for all your different projects.

    If you’re a small business owner, our Business shared hosting plan is just $3.99/month — the plan comes with all the features mentioned above, plus daily backups and four times the processing power and memory to ensure your site runs smoothly.

    What’s more, we include the 30-day money-back guarantee with all of your purchases so you can try it out to see if you like it.

    Bluehost — Scales With YouBluehost web hosting landing page

    Bluehost has shared hosting plans for each step of your project needs.

    To begin with, the Basic plan starts off at $3.95/month, providing 50GB of SSD storage for one website, unlimited bandwidth, and a domain name included. This is suitable if you’re only planning to work on a single project.

    Their most recommended plan, Choice Plus, is $6.95/month and comes with unlimited bandwidth, storage, websites, and domains. You also get site backups, domain privacy and protection, and a free 30-day subscription to Office 365 mailbox for your emails.

    If that’s not enough for your project, you can upgrade to the Pro plan at $13.95/month. It includes all of the above, plus has high performance, Spam Experts, and a dedicated IP. This plan is more suitable for small to medium-sized businesses.

    All Bluehost plans come with a free SSL certificate, resource protection to ensure fair use of memory and processing power, and lots of options to help your site scale if needed.

    b9host vs Bluehost: VPS, WordPress Hosting and Other Plans

    For more power and resources, b9host vs Bluehost each have different kinds of web hosting plans for you, including:

    • VPS hosting — virtual private server for more storage, bandwidth, and other resources for their websites.
    • WordPress hosting — hosting service designed specifically to work alongside WordPress.

    Now, let’s compare what b9host vs Bluehost has to offer.

    b9host Has a Plan For Everyone

    b9host has different web hosting services to suit your needs. For instance, our WordPress plans range from $2.15/month for their Starter plan to $14.95/month for their WP Business plan.

    The main differences between these are the amount of available disk space, backups, storage, and bandwidth.

    Our WordPress plans come with Cloudflare protection, LiteSpeed’s cache engine, and a free SSL certificate so you can be sure your WordPress site is secure. You’ll also get access to a dedicated WordPress support team that offers live chat, and tons of articles to help you if you run into any trouble.

    VPS hosting plans range from $3.95/month to $29.95/month depending on CPU power, RAM memory, and SSD disk space needed. To help you choose the right plan for you, we have a handy plan comparison tool to make your decision easier.

    Other web hosting services that we offer include:

    • Cloud hosting — uses different servers to maximize uptime. This is perfect for large scale projects.
    • eCommerce hosting — works well with eCommerce platforms such as WooCommerce, Magento, and PrestaShop to get your online store up and running.
    • Minecraft hosting — play with others on your own dedicated Minecraft server.

    Bluehost Has Dedicated HostingBluehost VPS hosting plan

    Bluehost’s VPS hosting services start from $19.99/month to $59.99/month per month. With VPS plans, you get at least 30 GB of SSD storage, up to 8 GB of RAM, and terabytes of bandwidth. Plans also come with your own IP addresses, which is great if you’re planning on building a business

    For WordPress hosting, Bluehost offers plans that include unlimited websites, and domains in case you have more than one project. They also have marketing tools to help you grow your site. You can unlock these features with their WP Grow plan at $29.95/month.

    Finally, Bluehost offers dedicated hosting services, perfect for large scale projects that need lots of resources such as RAM and storage. For the highest available options in performance, security, and control, Bluehost dedicated hosting plans range from $79.99 to $119.99/month.

    b9host vs Bluehost: Which One Has the Best Performance?

    When choosing a web hosting provider, specs like speed, uptime, and security are important as they affect the overall performance and visibility of your website on search engines.

    Let’s see how b9host vs Bluehost compares with performance.

    Hostinger Has a 99.9% Uptime and Fast Loading SpeedsHostinger uptime

    Here at b9host , we guarantee 99.9% uptime for our users. This is made possible by having data centers across the globe, so you can be sure wherever your visitors are, they will enjoy fast loading speeds.

    Each plan comes with LiteSpeed Cache on the latest Cloud Linux server platform as well, to further increase efficiency, stability, and uptime.

    We also offer incremental backups, predictive monitoring via Prometheus to prevent incidents before they even occur, and a WAF on each server to protect against data theft.

    Bluehost Has a High Average UptimeBluehost uptime when looking at hostinger vs bluehost

    Although Bluehost does not have a guaranteed uptime, it still delivers a high-average uptime. It also has data centers around the world, however, most of them are focused in North America and Europe.

    To further improve the performance of the service, Bluehost also employs Cloudflare content delivery network to increase the performance of your site. On top of this, they use resource protection measures to ensure you always have the memory or bandwidth needed.

    Bluehost also offers features to increase its overall security — these include CodeGuard to backup your information daily in case of any disasters, and SiteLock to defend against malware and threats.

    b9host vs Bluehost: Overall User Experience and Support

    Let’s face it — when you’ve got a project on your hands, time is of the essence. It’s important to have a hosting service that both is easy to use and that saves you time, even if you don’t have a lot of technical skills at hand.

    You also want a great support team to have your back in case you run into any problems.

    Both b9host and Bluehost offer a user-friendly experience with great customer support, so let’s compare them head-to-head.

    b9host — Made for Any Skill Level

    b9host was made for everyone. Whether you’ve got some technical skill or you’re just starting out, it’s super easy to set up your web hosting service with b9host .

    Simply choose your desired plan, register your domain name, and complete your payment.

    You’ll then be taken to our hPanel — it’s simple and modern design makes it easy for anyone to navigate. You can then install the applications you need, such as WordPress, with their one-click installer. Don’t want to use WordPress? You can try our website builder for free.

    If you need help, check out their knowledge base or tutorials. Their global support team has a very live chat team to answer any questions, at any time.

    Bluehost Has Phone SupportBluehost chat support for hostinger vs bluehost

    Bluehost is always ready to answer your questions. You can have a live chat with their support team or call them directly. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also try their knowledge base which has hundreds of tutorials and FAQs about everything that is hosting.

    There are lots of step-by-step video tutorials on Bluehost’s YouTube page as well.

    How to Move from Bluehost to b9host?

    If you’re ready to make your decision, here are some ways you can migrate your website to b9host .

    If your WordPress site is less than 500 MB in size, here’s an easy way to extract your files using the All-in-One-WP Migration plugin.

    Before you do that, it’s important to delete any caching plugins you might have. This is especially important as we use our own caching software called LiteSpeed Cache, so using your own may result in incompatibility issues.

    Once this is done, go to Plugins and install All-in-One WP Migration. Once you see it in your WordPress dashboard, go ahead and click Export. Go to Export To and click File, then Download the file to your computer.

    You can then go onto your new b9host account, set up WordPress, and install the All-in-One WP Migration plugin again. Once you have it on your WordPress dashboard, just click Import and upload the file you downloaded earlier.

    All that’s left to do is to point your domain name over to b9host and you’re done.

    If your website is larger than 500 MB, you’ll have to do it manually.

    Firstly, check the type of site you have:

    • Not using MySQL databases — upload your files to the public_html folder on your server.
    • PHP-based website — check that the domain name or path to the files can be set.

    If your site does use MySQL databases, here’s what you need to do:

    1. Backup Your Website on Bluehost

    You can do this by using the MySQL backup tool or logging into phpMyAdmin. 

    Simply select your database and click on the Export tab.

    Now Save the files to your computer as a compressed zipped file, wait for it to load, and you’ve successfully backed up your database.

    More information about this can be found in this tutorial.

    2. Import Your Website Files and Database Into Hostinger

    The next step is to create a database on our system. Once you’ve done that, enter your website’s Control Panel and click MySQL Databases. Create a new database and user there, and remember to write down your MySQL details.

    Once that’s done, click on phpMyAdmin on your control panel and go to the Import tab. Upload the backup file from your computer and click Go.

    The database restoration process will now begin and may take a while depending on the size of your file.

    For more information about this, you can check out this tutorial.

    3. Update Configuration Files

    When the database has successfully been restored, open the configuration file (e.g., wp-config.php).

    Remember the MySQL details you wrote down earlier? Use it now to update the following:

    • Database host
    • Database name
    • Database username
    • Database passwords

    b9host  MySQL host is mysql.b9host.com

    To finish off the migration process, all you need to do is point your domain name to b9host .

    You can do this by finding the domain nameservers for your Hostinger account, then logging into your domain registrar’s control panel. 

    Go to the DNS Zone Editor and delete all the values from the nameserver fields, if there is any. Then input Hostinger’s nameservers and save your changes.

    If you want to fully transfer your domain name to b9host , make sure you meet these requirements:

    1. You have full ownership and control over the domain name you are transferring to Hostinger.
    2. The domain name is older than 60 days and is unlocked at the current domain registrar.
    3. The domain was not transferred between registrars within the last 60 days.
    4. Privacy protection is disabled.
    5. You have a vail EPP/Auth code from your current registrar.
    6. Your domain is pointing to b9host (as mentioned above).

    Transferring your domain name isn’t necessary, but it may simplify the process later on since your site is already on b9host .

    In Conclusion, Which Web Hosting Suits Your Needs the Best?

    In this article we’ve looked at b9host vs Bluehost on these features:

    • Shared hosting plans and pricing options
    • VPS, WordPress and other types of plans available
    • Performance, overall user experience, and customer support

    Bluehost offers a great user experience with great performance. However, the starting prices may be a little steep if you are just starting out. For that reason, Bluehost may be better suited for small to medium-sized business owners.

    We, on the other hand, offer great performance and customer support — without breaking the bank. b9host  is perfect if you’re looking for an affordable option that does not compromise on features.

    We hope this article has been useful to you when deciding between b9host vs Bluehost.

    What do you think of these two options? Let us know in the comments below.

    How to Make a Website – The All-in-One Guide

    How to Make a Website – The All-in-One Guide

    How to make a website is one of the first questions that pops up to every new webmaster. After all, the foundation used to create your site will dictate the flow and growth of your online project. So, it’s important to make a solid plan and study every available option.

    In this guide, we will cover how to create a website using:

    • Content management systems (CMS)
    • eCommerce scripts
    • Website builder

    Each path is unique and carries a set of pros and cons. Which is why we’ll try to highlight the most important website building aspects to ease the decision-making process.

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    1. Establish Your Website Idea


    First things first, you need to decide what your website will be about. There are lots of website ideas out there for the taking. And with the right execution, they have the potential to make solid money online.

    Start by deciding the primary purpose and functionality that you wish to have. Some of the most popular website types include:

    1. eCommerce. Online shops are some of the most visited sites nowadays. With the popularity of drop shipping increasing, everyone has the opportunity to start an online side business. You can sell both digital and physical goods to audiences from all over the globe (which wouldn’t be as simple with a physical store.)
    2. Blogs. Many successful webmasters started their journey with a simple search query: how to start a blog. Covering a wide variety of topics, blogging can be both a business (for example affiliate, review, niche blogs) or a leisure-oriented activity (travel, food, music, books).
    3. Educational. Are you well seasoned in a particular skill? Why not create digital courses or a membership type website. If you’re a fan of a particular hobby or skill, creating an educational site can help you establish yourself as an expert in the niche.
    4. News. In this era of online chaos, starting a news site is easier than ever. People seek information every day throughout various sources. If delivering groundbreaking stories is something that you fancy, making a website will make it easier to get your message across.
    5. Online communities.  The sheer amount of thriving online communities is a clear message that the most important thing is the start. Since building large audiences takes a lot of time, the sooner you begin – the better.
    6. Portfolios. Displaying your skills and strengths can greatly improve your online presence and visibility. Furthermore, online portfolios can give you the advantage in job interviews, competitions, and business deals.

    Once you have a clear goal in mind, picking the right hosting and website building platform will be easier.

    2. Register a Domain Name


    Before you make a website, you’ll need to come up with a catchy name.

    To get a domain name for your site, you should:

    1. Brainstorm potential website name ideas.
    2. Find a domain checker.
    3. Run a domain name search.
    4. Pick the best option(s).
    5. Finalize your order and complete the domain registration.

    service to check domain name for your website

    Finding the right name can be quite challenging. Here are a few great tips that will aid you:

    • Go for .com. Being the most popular TLD, a .com domain will be easier to remember for your visitors.
    • Check for close alternatives. Registering mistyped and similar versions of your domain name will ensure that all traffic reaches your website.
    • Try to keep it short. The easier and catchier your site name – the better. Long domain names can be difficult to memorize.
    • Avoid hyphens and numbers. Only do it if you really have to, as they may increase the chance of your address being mistyped.


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    For more in-depth coverage, check out our complete guide on how to buy a domain name.

    3. Acquire Web Hosting

    The next step in your website creation journey is picking a proper host. While there are various types of web hosting out there, the one that you need depends on the size of your online project.

    Here on Hostinger, we offer three unique options that cater to websites of all shapes and sizes. Let’s do a quick rundown to see which one hosting plan is right for you.

    Shared Hosting


    Best suited for small and medium-sized websites, shared hosting is a type of server that houses multiple users. Think of it as public transport, such as a bus or a train.

    All websites use the same pool of resources from one physical server. This unique setup allows having affordable pricing but also comes with stricter limitations. Mainly to provide a smooth ride to every passenger and ensure that a single user does not use up too much power.

    What will you get?

    Shared hosting offers a variety of tools that will help you make a website, starting with:

    • 1-click installer. Easily set up the most popular tools, such as eCommerce scripts, content management systems, blogging platforms, forum software and more.
    • Access manager. When working on a project with multiple people, sharing personal account details may be a delicate matter. Skip the troublesome part and grant access to services of your choosing, without sharing any personal information.
    • FTP/File managers. Conveniently edit your files, directories, and code using web-based file managers. Or use your favorite FTP clients such as FileZilla.
    • Weekly backups. Get automatically backed up files and databases within the control panel.
    • Cache manager. Caching enables your website to bypass many PHP requests by generating static pages. Faster websites, happier visitors, better results.
    • Free domain registration. If you go for an annual Premium or Business plan, we’ll bundle a free domain for the first year.
    • Powerful control panel. We even made a custom panel that will help you manage everything with the utmost efficiency.


    What type of websites need shared hosting?

    Generally speaking, shared hosting is a great start for any website or online project. If you don’t expect a lot of traffic at first, this solution is the perfect place to begin.


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    Cloud Hosting

    One of our newest additions, cloud hosting aims for the simplicity of shared hosting while delivering the power of a virtual server.


    With the help of cloud computing technology, this solution provides the highest available uptime by keeping a copy of your website on several servers that work together in harmony. In case one of the servers goes down, the remaining ones in the cluster ensure that everything is up and running.

    What will you get?

    In addition to every shared hosting perk, you’ll also get:

    • A dedicated IP address. The IP assigned to your server will be unique and solely given to you.
    • Isolated resources. If compared to shared hosting, the resources you get with the cloud will be fully dedicated to you an no one else.
    • A free lifetime SSL certificate. Keep your visitor’s data safe. As HTTPS is becoming the new standard of the web, it’s important to keep up with the latest practices.
    • Cloudflare integration. Add an additional layer of DDoS protection, WAF, monitoring tools, and other advanced features.


    What type of websites need cloud hosting?

    Businesses that rely on their website’s uptime reap the highest benefits. If you expect large traffic spikes right off the bat, cloud hosting is the way to go.

    Aside from that, eCommerce stores, large-scale projects, news websites with lots of new and recurring visitors will find cloud hosting most suitable.

    If you’re looking for power without the technical struggle, cloud hosting is the right pick.


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    VPS Hosting

    Short for a virtual private server, VPS is a unique web hosting alternative that brings more control and freedom to the table. Though it does require server management skills and knowing your way around the terminal.


    Overall, VPS hosting provides the most customizations out of all the options. Everything from the operating system to the software stack will be within your control thanks to root access.

    What will you get?

    • A dedicated IP. Each VPS receives a unique IP address which you will share with no one else.
    • 1-click OS install. Use the right operating system from a wide choice of the best Linux distributions.
    • Server snapshots. Keep your files and server settings secure with automatic backup/restore features.
    • Isolated resources. No other user on the machine will be able to tap into your resources.
    • The freedom to build your own environment. Root access will let you set up custom software solutions and control various server-side settings.


    What types of websites need VPS hosting?

    With shared/cloud hosting, the servers are preconfigured and changing certain things (such as the software stack) will not be possible.

    However, VPS grants root access and the complete freedom to build your own foundation. If you need a custom solution, then virtual servers are something that you should consider.


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    4. Pick a Platform and Build Your Website


    Now the real work begins. The process of how you create your website will depend on the foundation that you choose. The idea that you wish to execute will also play a role in the final decision.

    Keep in mind these different types of sites:

    1. Content Management Systems (CMS). Best suited for blogs and websites that publish a lot of content. Some examples include WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
    2. eCommerce Scripts. As the name suggests, if you want an online store, this is the software that will get the job done. A few of them include PrestaShop, Magento, and WooCommerce.
    3. Website Builders. A simple way to make a site without coding knowledge. Drag and drop interface with lots of customization features included.
    4. Self-Coded Websites. If web development is your friend, then making a self-coded site is also a great idea. While it does take more time and effort, you can implement any feature that is crucial to your project.

    How to Make a Website with WordPress

    WordPress logo

    Holding the title as the most popular content management system, WordPress empowers its users to create any type of website. While a lot of people use it for blogging, you can make anything from an eCommerce store to a review website, using a wide range of customization features and plugins.

    The main benefits of choosing WordPress as a platform include:

    1. It requires little to no coding knowledge. But if you’re able to get your hands dirty with a little code, it will definitely come in handy.
    2. It is one of the most affordable options. WordPress features one of the largest free plugins and theme libraries at no extra cost. Beautiful designs and complex features just a few clicks away.
    3. In-depth documentation and a huge community. With a massive community of developers and passionate bloggers behind WordPress, you can find solutions and answers much quicker.


    With Hostinger, installing WordPress is as easy as it can get. The latest version of the script is available on the hpanel in the Website section, under Auto Installer.

    Installing WordPress CMS with Hostinger's auto installerEnter the required details and your CMS will be ready to use within minutes.

    WordPress setup wizard on HostingerBe mindful during this process, as you’ll have to create your administrative user and enter a few other basic settings.

    Admin Area

    Once the setup is done, navigate to yourdomain.com/wp-admin to find the WordPress dashboard.

    The login screen of WordPress dashboard

    To access it, fill in the credentials that you specified during the installation process.

    The main dashboard view in WordPressWithin this back-end panel, you can control everything related to your WordPress website, content, and users.

    Themes and Design

    One of the many perks of making a WordPress site is the wide range of themes. Whatever design your idea needs, you’ll surely find it.

    The official WordPress theme repository alone holds over 7000 unique options. You can find them all in the Appearance › Themes section of the dashboard.

    Themes section in WordPress admin area to create a websiteIf you select the Add New button, you’ll be able to preview and install all themes from available in the WP theme repository.

    In case you wish to make changes, you can head over to the Appearance › Customize section.

    Customizing a WordPress theme
    Conveniently edit your buttons, menus, widgets and other sections.

    Overall, choosing the right design out of 7000 contenders can get difficult. To narrow down your option, take a look at our collection of the best free WordPress themes.

    Content and Pages

    Essentially, WordPress lets you upload and create three types of content:

    1. Pages –  with this section, you can create static pages that don’t expect a lot of changes. For example: About us, Contact us, Home, etc.

    Creating and editing pages in WordPress dashboard

    2. Posts – a section that allows you to create dynamic content, such as articles, blog posts, and guest publications.

    Creating and editing posts in WordPress dashboard

    3. Media – such as images, videos, and audio files. After the upload, you will be able to attach these resources to your posts and pages.

    Uploading new media files through WordPress dashboard

    Plugins and Extensions

    Another huge perk of WordPress is the sheer amount of plugins that you can use to implement new features and functions. You can get started in the Plugins section, where you can choose Add New to install fresh plugins. All existing ones can be found within the Installed Plugins section.

    Checking installed plugin in WordPress dashboard

    Here is a list of 11 great WordPress plugins that can come in handy when building your website:

    1. Yoast SEO

    This plugin covers the basic search engine optimization needs of every website.

    SEO yoast plugin to help create a websiteIt will let you:

    • Easily add meta titles and descriptions to your posts.
    • See how well your article covers a certain keyword.
    • View text readability information and tips.
    • Get various advice on how to improve on-site SEO.

    2. All-in-One WP Migration

    A reliable tool that makes transferring WordPress websites a walk in the park.

    All-in-One WP Migration pluginUsing this plugin, you can:

    • Generate full WordPress site backups.
    • Restore any backups created with the plugin.
    • Find all backups in a single section.
    • Choose what content/elements should be imported or exported.

    3. WooCommerce

    A powerful plugin that can turn your WordPress site into an eCommerce store.

    WooCommerce pluginWooCommerce will enable you to:

    • Create products and categories.
    • Add a shopping cart.
    • Configure various payment gateways.
    • Set up shipping fees and VAT.

    For in-depth coverage, check out our complete WooCommerce tutorial.

    4. Really Simple SSL

    HTTPS is slowly, but surely becoming a new standard for all websites. For example, Google Chrome marks websites as ‘not secure’ if they use HTTP.

    Here on Hostinger, you can purchase lifetime SSL certificates and install them in just 1-click. But if you want to use HTTPS with WordPress, you will have to do some extra work. Really Simple SSL pluginThe cool part is that Really Simple SSL can do it for you. It will:

    • Redirect all requests from HTTP to HTTPS.
    • Update your site and home URLs.
    • Fix insecure or mixed content warnings.

    5. Jetpack

    An all-in-one toolkit with lots of useful features developed by WordPress creators. Jetpack pluginUse it to gather useful statistics and accomplish other advanced tasks such as:

    • Enable sharing on social media.
    • Receive notifications in case your website is down.
    • Highlight related posts in every article.
    • Image improvements (such as lazy loading or carousels).

    6. Contact Form 7

    Give visitors the opportunity to reach out to you with a neat looking form. Contact form 7 pluginThe plugin will enable you to:

    • Create a custom contact form.
    • Generate a shortcode for easy insertion.
    • Enable reCAPTCHA or Akismet spam filter.

    7. Wordfence

    An extension aimed at hardening the security of WordPress sites. Wordfence pluginWith the help of Wordfence, you’ll be able to:

    • Perform malware/virus scans.
    • Enable a web application firewall.
    • Configure brute-force protection.
    • Block certain countries or IP addresses.

    8. Easy Table of Contents

    Enhance the navigation of pages and posts by automatically generating a table of contents section.

    Easy table of contents pluginWhile the plugin may seem simple, it has a range of configuration options. You can:

    • Choose the headings you want to include.
    • Exclude table of content generation for certain posts.
    • Set a theme and color scheme.
    • Add labels, hierarchies and more.

    9. TinyPNG

    Well-optimized images can speed up your site by a great deal. It’s also one of the simplest WP optimization tasks. tiny png plugin installThe plugin created by TinyPNG will let you:

    • Compress new images upon upload.
    • Optimize existing media.
    • View saving statistics.
    • Resize images based on width and height.

    10. bbPress

    Depending on your project, setting up a forum may be a great idea. And there’s a perfect plugin for this occasion. bbPress pluginUsing the bbPress extension, you can:

    • Integrate a forum board.
    • Assign roles to forum users.
    • Create threads and topics.
    • Send emails upon user registration.

    If that’s something you plan to do, our guide on how to set up a forum with WordPress may come in handy.

    11. Beaver Builder

    Sometimes, you may need to add an extra touch to a page and the default WordPress editor is not enough.

    Beaver Builder pluginBeaver Builder enables an additional interface that will let you design every page the way you want. Easily change textbox positions, apply CSS/JS, and more.

    However, WordPress is planning to change the default editor to the new one, Gutenberg.



    You now know how to create a website with WordPress and understand the basics.

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    How to Make a Website with Joomla

    Joomla CMS logoJoomla is another well-known CMS in the market. Being the second most popular pick, Joomla has been a rival to WordPress for a long time. And for good reason.

    As a content management system, Joomla empowers you to:

    1. Build any type of website. With a wide range of modules, you can create anything from a simple blog or forum to a large scale eCommerce store.
    2. Find quick solutions to problems. Joomla boasts of having on of the biggest online communities. This makes it much easier to find solutions, fixes, and answers.
    3. Implement new features without knowing how to code. The simplicity of Joomla guarantees that even beginner webmasters can create a responsive and eye-catching site.


    The simplest way to install Joomla is through an Auto Installer. Here on Hostinger, you can find it in the control panel.

    installing joomla on hostinerFill in the basic details and create an administrator user to proceed with the installation.

    Joomla CMS installation wizard

    That’s all it takes to set up Joomla CMS. The next step is building your actual website.

    Admin Area

    To find the back-end of your Joomla site, navigate to yourdomain.com/administrator URL.

    The login screen of Joomla CMS dashboard

    Enter the administrative credentials created during the setup to access your dashboard.

    example of what joomla control panel looks like

    And there you have it. A simple layout where you can control every aspect of your Joomla site.

    Templates and Design

    First things first, you will need an eye-catching template to capture the attention of every visitor. Joomla includes two themes by default, but they are quite minimalistic and may not give you all the essential features.

    While Joomla does not offer an inbuilt theme library within the dashboard, you can still find many of them on the web. A few notable places include JoomDev and ASTemplates.

    To install a Joomla template, you will need to navigate to Install Extensions section.

    Install Joomla template

    You can choose three unique set up methods, which are:

    1. Upload Package File. Drag and drop your compressed template file and Joomla will do the rest for you.
    2. Install from Folder. The process involves uploading your template file to a specified location within your web hosting account.
    3. Install from URL. If you have a direct link to the template file, you can use this section to add it instantly.

    Joomla fitness template example

    Important! Be cautious when using templates from 3rd party or untrusted sources. We recommend sticking with the communities that you know and trust.

    Articles and Content

    Joomla CMS lets you create three types of content straight out of the box:

    1. Articles – the basic publication units of Joomla (such as WordPress posts). You can attach every post to a certain category and add tags, which can help keep things more organized.

    Article management section in Joomla dashboard

    2. Categories – will let you group your article publications based on certain criteria. This will keep your visitors more engaged by letting them find related content much easier.

    Category management section in Joomla dashboard

    3. Media – the section where you can upload pictures, videos, audio files, PDFs and other types of visual content. Later on, you can add them to individual articles.

    Uploading and removing media files in Joomla

    Extensions and Modules

    Joomla offers a wide range of free and paid extensions that you can install directly from the dashboard. You’ll only need to install an extra module that pops up when entering the Install Extensions tab.

    Enabling the install from web section via Joomla admin areaOnce done,  you’ll see a library of plugins that are grouped in categories.

    The extension library in Joomla admin area

    Here’s a list of the eight best Joomla extensions that will enhance your workflow.

    1. Akeeba Backup

    A powerful Joomla tool that will take care of all your migration and backup needs. By using this extension, you’ll be able to:

    • Create a full website backup.
    • Restore it on any server that supports Joomla.
    • Exclude certain files/folders or database tables.
    • Pick from several compression formats.

    2. Breezing Forms

    Depending on your website type, letting visitors get in touch with you is a great way to find new leads and opportunities. With the Breezing Forms plugin, you can:

    • Create and insert a contact form.
    • Protect it against spam with CAPTCHA.
    • Set up a form for feedback gathering.
    • Use a variety of predefined examples.

    3. J2Store

    Once your website builds a loyal audience, you may want to monetize it or introduce a product. With the help of J2Store, you’ll be able to:

    • Use the article interface to add products and product types.
    • Set up various payment gateways.
    • Implement one-page checkout.
    • Configure zone-based taxes and multi-currency.

    4. DJ-ImageSlider

    High-quality images can help you impress and capture the attention of visitors. A great way to display them is by using sliders or slideshows. DJ-ImageSlider is a free extension that will aid you in this task.

    • It’s compatible with all major browsers.
    • You’ll get a drag and drop building interface.
    • Lots of customization options.
    • Implementable on any section of your website.

    5. JCH Optimize

    Having a fast website can go a long way. In addition to happier visitors, a speedy site can improve your rank in search engines. The extension will boost performance by:

    • Combining CSS/JS files into one.
    • Applying minification and gzip.
    • Adding background images into a single sprite.

    6. sh404SEF

    An extension that will let you squeeze the highest SEO potential from your Joomla website. Some of the major features include:

    • Meta title/description management.
    • Google Analytics and Tag Manager integration.
    • Automatic redirection of 404 error pages to the closest alternative.
    • Customizable error pages (such as 404 or 500).

    7. EasyBlog

    Since Joomla is a content management system, many people use it for blogging. If the default features are not enough, this extension will contain most of the missing parts. Set up EasyBlog for Joomla and get:

    • A new and improved article interface.
    • Google AMP and Facebook Instant Article support.
    • A migration tool to ease the transfer from other platforms (e.g. WordPress)
    • Social media integration (such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest).

    EasyBlog does not offer a free version and is only available for purchase.

    8. JFBConnect

    Social media platforms are some of the most visited places around the web. And your site can use them to greatly improve the user experience. With the JFBConnect extension, you’ll be able to:

    • Set up user accounts using their social network data.
    • Enable 1-click login using the largest social media platforms.
    • Implement commenting/liking/sharing via Facebook/G+/Twitter.
    • Schedule automatic article sharing.

    The extension does not have a free version and only provides paid options.



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    How to Make a Website with Drupal

    Drupal logoDrupal is another big player in the world of content management systems. Though it’s slightly different.

    While WordPress and Joomla boast that you need no coding knowledge to create a website, Drupal does it the other way around. As of today, it is one of the most powerful and secure CMS in the hands of developers.

    A few notable pros of choosing Drupal CMS include:

    1. High flexibility and scalability. The perfect platform for small and large projects alike. If web development is your strong point, Drupal will empower you to make any type of website.
    2. A huge variety of free modules. Whatever features your site needs, you’ll surely find them in a library of 40000+ free modules and extensions. Less time consuming and more results.
    3. Major focus on content creation and publishing. Since Drupal is a CMS, managing your publications will be a walk in the park. Find everything you need within a single dashboard.


    With b9host, you can start your Drupal development journey in the shortest timeframe possible. Set it up in just 1-click using our Auto Installer.

    Installing Drupal CMS using Hostinger's auto installer

    Fill in the basic installation details along with your administrator user information and you’re ready to go.

    Drupal CMS installation wizard

    Admin Area

    To enter the back-end dashboard of Drupal, navigate to yourdomain.com/user/login URL.

    The login screen of Drupal back-end

    Within this panel, you’ll be able to control and manage every aspect of your Drupal website.

    The main view of Drupal dashboard

    Appearance and Design

    First up, you need a good look. With Drupal, you won’t have to go look for a theme. The official theme repo offers over 2800 unique options.

    Picking a website design in the official Drupal theme repository

    You can look for templates based on your Drupal version, the theme’s status, stability, and many other filters.

    An example of a free theme for Drupal 8 when creating a website

    To install a Drupal theme you should:

    1. Navigate to the Appearance section in the upper navigation menu.
    2. Select the install new theme button.
    3. Paste a theme URL or select an archive from your local machine.
    4. Click install and finalize the Drupal theme setup.

    Drupal theme installation

    Content and Pages

    Adding posts, writing articles, building landing pages – you can do all these tasks relatively easy with Drupal. All the action takes place in the Content section.

    The content section in Drupal dashboard

    Straight out of the box, you can create:

    1. Content, where you can add articles (time-sensitive publications) or basic pages (such as ‘About Us’).
    2. Comments, which is a section where you can moderate the messages left by your visitors.
    3. Files section is the place where you can find all your images and other media files that you upload while creating content.

    Overall, Drupal is packed with quite an impressive amount of functions, which is one of the reasons why it stands strong among other top content management systems.

    Modules and Functionality

    Last, but not least, let’s talk about Drupal modules and adding new functionality to your website.

    If you navigate to the Extend section from the upper menu, you’ll be able to install lots of cool features.

    Extending a Drupal site with modules

    There is a handful of core modules included in every fresh Drupal installation. Additionally, you can find over 40000+ Drupal modules in the official repository.

    To implement a Drupal module you should:

    1. Click the install new module button.
    2. Paste a module URL or select the archive from your local computer.
    3. Click install and complete the Drupal module setup.

    Installing a Drupal module



    You’ve now learned how to make a website using Drupal CMS.

    Want to give it a go?


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    How to Make a Website with Website Builder

    Website builder logo

    Website builder is a quick and easy to use way to design and publish a site when you’re not a developer. Everything from the theme to SEO and cart functionality can be controlled within a single dashboard. It also has a drag-and-drop functionality that lets you build everything the way you want.

    To build a site, no additional setup is required. All you have to do is access the Website Builder tool in your control panel.

    Hostinger's website builder tool when creating a website

    Make sure that all other scripts are backed up/removed before use. If you publish your site with a website builder, it may override some of the existing files.


    Layout and Design

    The first step will be choosing a look. You’ll be able to pick from around 200 free templates or import any type of website using an inbuilt migration tool.


    Depending on what you wish to build, there are categories for every type of site out there. From simple landing pages to hotels and eCommerce stores.

    Once you’ve found the perfect theme, you’ll be taken to the website builder interface.

    Tools and Development Process

    Now the real fun begins. In the upper section of your screen, you will see a menu with all the tools at your disposal. Let’s see what website building features are on the table.


    First up, you’ll see some basic functions, such as:

    • Publishingsaving, and back up tool.
    • Website preview feature.
    • Undo/redo buttons.
    • Resetting the current project.
    • Adjusting responsiveness based on the device.

    Website builder tools - section 3

    Then you’ll find a handful of advanced features that will help you design and structure your site, such as:

    • Shopping cart functionality.
    • Various payment gateways.
    • Social media integration.
    • Location service via Google or Bing maps.
    • Adding videos via YouTube.
    • Tools to create buttonsblocks, and menus.

    Website Builder Tools - section 3

    Last, but no less important, is the section in the upper-right. Using it, you can control even more technical aspects, such as:

    • Creating pages and navigation.
    • Setting a language.
    • SEO factors (such as meta titles, descriptions, keywords, permalinks, forcing HTTPS.)
    • Site identity (favicon, background, style.)

    If you’re doing a small/medium-sized project, this option is definitely worth a try. Plus, there are many great website builders in the market. And most importantly, anyone can use them.



    You can now use our website builder to make a basic site.

    Want to build it today?


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    5. Plan Your Website’s Growth


    You now know the various kinds of web hosting and the best tools to build a site. But the journey does not end here. In fact, it’s just the beginning.

    Here are eight tips that will help you turn your project into the greatest website ever:

    Know Your Niche

    Perhaps one of the most important things that you must do is to decide your niche and the direction that your website will go. Without proper planning, things can start going wrong very quickly.

    A good place to start would be:

    • Knowing your passion. You’ll always get better results if you enjoy what you do. Plus your chances of succeeding will increase. For example, if you’re a huge fan of reading, starting a book blog may be the perfect start.
    • Evaluating the market. Seeing what people search for can give you a rough idea of what kind of content/product you need to develop. Use tools such as Google TrendsKWFinder, and Answer The Public to view the most prominent search terms and questions in your niche.
    • Checking out the big fish. Competitors can be a great source of inspiration, especially the strong ones. You can get some fresh ideas and get a glimpse of how your website could look once it expands. What’s more, many of them offer affiliate programs, where you can earn by bringing new users to their platform.
    • Brainstorming unique ideas. Finally, open up a simple document and write down all your ideas, no matter how weird or impossible to execute. Creating the perfect plan will take a lot of time and dedication, so every little step counts.

    Overall, you’ll reach the best result if you create a website about a topic or niche that you’re highly interested in. This will give you a chance to produce top-notch content and ensures that you’re always fired up.

    Implement Google Analytics

    It can be difficult to make important decisions without having any data to back it up. This is why gathering statistics is crucial if you want to succeed. One of the best tools to do the job is Google Analytics (GA).

    You’ll get useful insights about your audience, such as how the users found your website, whether they made a purchase, how long they stayed on a certain page and more.

    An example of a report generated using Google Analytics


    These great resources will provide you with all the tips and tricks that you need.

    Monitor Resource Usage

    Ensuring the well-being of your creation will help you avoid unnecessary downtime and issues. Which is why it’s important to check how much resources your site uses from time to time.

    With Hostinger, you can view this information directly from the control panel. All you have to do is access the Order Usage section.

    Checking how much resources your website uses

    If more and more people start visiting your site, and you start to notice unusually large spikes – it may signal that you need more power or to reduce resource usage through optimization.

    Set Up a Staging Environment

    An important website growth factor will be updating it from time to time and adding new features. To do that efficiently, you’ll need two core ingredients:

    1. Visitor/user feedback. In most cases, your site users are the most important thing you should be concerned about. The changes that you make should aim to improve the quality of time spent on your pages. What better way to know than to ask by gathering customer feedback?
    2. A staging environment for development. Testing out new stuff on a live website is not the best approach, as you may end up with an error on your screen in case something goes wrong. To overcome that, you can create a local testing site with XAMPP or use our Add Website feature to make a staging subdomain.

    Making a staging website using a free subdomain provided by Hostinger

    There’s no website in the world that made it big without failing and retrying over and over again. The most important thing is to draw the correct conclusions and move forward.

    Use HTTPS Protocol

    HTTPS encryption is slowly, but surely, becoming a new standard of the web. If your site handles sensitive information (such as passwords, personal details, payment information), then it’s a MUST.

    Furthermore, there are many benefits of using SSL/TLS, such as:

    • Improved SEO rating. Search engines such as Google favor HTTPS sites over HTTP.
    • Boost of trust. Your visitors and users will know that their private information is secure.
    • Avoiding the not secure warning. Since Chrome version 68, websites that use HTTP will have a “not secure” warning next to the URL.

    Website with and without SSL/TLS

    To use HTTPS, you must first set up an SSL/TLS certificate. We bundle a free lifetime SSL with all our annual Business hosting plans and have them available in our Power Store as well.

    Buying a lifetime SSL/TLS certificate from Hostinger's Power Store when creating a website

    For a free alternative, you may follow our manual SSL installation guide.

    Harden Security

    Safety always comes first. Nowadays, you can never be too safe, especially with the various threats lurking around the web. The most common things that can affect your site are:

    • DoS/DDoS attacks. A type of cyber-attack where a site is flooded with an enormous amount of requests. As a result, pages become extremely slow or unresponsive.
    • Spam. If your site allows comments or has contact forms, people can abuse them to overflow your site with junk. Make sure to implement safety measures for those sections (such as captcha).
    • Brute-force attempts. This type of attack involves a person submitting lots of different password combinations (usually by using special scripts) with the aim to guess it.
    • Injections and vulnerabilities. One of the worst type of attacks, where malicious code or malware is “injected” through a security flaw.

    To protect your creation from all these dangers, you can set up security measures, such as:

    • Use captcha. A simple, yet highly effective tool to battle against spam and contact form abuse.
    • Limit login attempts. Set up 5-10 minute timeouts after multiple incorrect password guesses.
    • Install a security plugin. If you use WordPress, you can use plugins such as Wordfence or Sucuri to add an extra layer of protection (may increase CPU usage).
    • Keep things up to date. Outdated scripts often have security flaws. Most of them are addressed through updates, which is why you should regularly check for them.
    • Implement CloudFlare. Setting up CF will not only protect your site against various attacks but will also speed it up by making it accessible quicker from various geographical locations.

    CloudFlare module in Hostinger's Power Store when making a website

    Lastly, it’s important that the website hosting platform you choose is secure. For example, here on Hostinger, we utilize custom firewall rules and real-time monitoring tools to block brute-force attempts, DDoS, XSS, and other online threats. This ensures that every website is up and running at all times.

    Improve Website Speed

    There’s nothing more frustrating than a sluggish site. Page speed and load time play a major role in user experience. As a result, faster websites not only have a higher SEO rating, but their visitors are much happier and convert more.

    To see how well your site performs, use tools such as GTmetrix or PageSpeed Insights by Google.

    Website performance report generated using PageSpeed Insights by Google

    You may also find lots of great advice by querying the received site performance recommendations in Google Search.

    Plan Your Next Steps

    Last, but not least, try to be a few steps ahead. If the website that you make is business-related, decide what pages you should include. In case your plan is to build an eCommerce empire, think about your product and how to convert as many users as possible.

    Try to store all your brainstorm sessions and ideas into a single spreadsheet. That way, you’ll be able to see how you progressed over time. In addition, you’ll be able to introduce everything to other people once your project gets large enough.

    Final Word

    Congratulations! By finishing this guide you’ve explored the various ways of how to make a website.

    You’ve also learned a few growth tips and introduced yourself with several awesome tools that will make you stand out in the crowd. So…what are you waiting for?

    How to Start a Blog – The Complete Guide

    How to Start a Blog – The Complete Guide

    How to start a blog is a question that a lot of people encounter. This guide will be about answering all the questions that you might have.

    In fact, starting a blog is one of the best things you can do nowadays. Whether you own a small business, an online shop, or simply feel like doing something new, blogging can bring lots of benefits:

    • Personal growth. Many people start blogging as a way to express their ideas and deepen their knowledge. A well-established blog can be a showcase of your skills and expertise whenever you’re looking for a job or freelance work.
    • Brand awareness. If you run a business, big or small, increasing your brand awareness is going to be an important part of the journey. With the right execution, a blog can take your business to new heights.
    • Potential to be a user acquisition platform. When it comes to attracting new users, many premium channels require you to invest money (for example GoogleAds). While growing a blog may take time, once the traffic starts to kick in, you’ll have a solid platform that can drive new sales and grow conversions.
    • Increased visibility in search engines. Blogging is one of the top ways to get more out of organic searches. Remember, maintaining a steady flow of traffic is a vital part of any online project.

    In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know on how to start a blog and how to make it successful. A blog that brings a consistent stream of organic traffic and is able to get your name out there. Questions like:

    • Which blogging platform is the best for a new blog?
    • How to choose the right web hosting.
    • How to set up your blog and succeed.


    Before that, let’s talk deals. If you’re eager to start your blogging journey right away, claim this special discount and launch a blog with Hostinger today. 30-day money-back guarantee included.



    Let’s see what it takes to start a blog from scratch.

    We’ll go over each of them in more detail and provide you with tips that will make your new blog stand out from the rest.

    1. Choose your blog niche


    If you’re running a project or business, blogging about the services, products, and company goals is a great approach. That way, you’ll attract the people that are actually interested in what your blog is about. A win-win for everyone.

    In case you’re looking to start a personal blog, a more extensive choice for a niche is at hand. The options are endless, from travel, technology, and news, to food, music, and shoes – there are many choices that you can pick as your primary blog topic.

    Since it’s one of the most important steps, try to avoid rushing your decision. Take some time to research your options, that way, finding your blog niche will be easier.

    Ultimately, your best bet is to create a blog about something that you like. When doing something you enjoy, the results are always better. And your audience will undoubtedly notice.


    If you’re not yet sure what to blog about, don’t worry. Most successful blogs tried numerous approaches and topics before they reached their goal.

    Our best advice is to dive deep and never look back!


    2. Find a web host

    Next, you need to choose a blogging platform. This is the software or service that you will use to publish your content. But before you do that, you need to decide if you will use a free blogging platform or a self-hosted plan. Below we will tell you a little more about each one.

    Free platform

    The idea of a free blogging platform is often tempting for new bloggers wanting to try out blogging. However, when you start a blog on a free platform you will have restrictions and rules that you will have to follow. Not only will you have the platform’s website in your URL name (yoursite.blogplatformsite.com) but you may also have ads placed on your blog that either don’t fit your style or niche or that you won’t be able to monetize. Our recommendation is to go with a self-hosted platform.

    Self-hosted platform

    Self-hosted platforms let you run your blog with your own domain name. Meaning you won’t have another website at the end of your URL. You’ll also have the choice of a Content Management System or CMS. The most popular are WordPressJoomla, and Drupal. These CMS help you create your dream blog.

    Having a blog that is self-hosted isn’t free though. Because you are using your own name and webspace you will need to pay a few bucks a month to a web hosting company. Then, you can use your CMS of choice, which is usually open-source and free, with it.


    When it comes to choosing a blog hosting platform, there are a few things you’ll want to make sure of:

    • How much traffic do you expect?
    • How quick is the setup?
    • Is there a support team?
    • What features will help your blog stand out?
    • What is the cost?



    Here at Hostinger, we’ve extensively perfected the server infrastructure over the years to provide the best blogging experience.

    Empowered with a handcrafted b9host control panel, you can set up your blog platform of choice with just 1-click. And whenever you need help, web experts will be at your disposal 24/7.



    Not only that, but there are plenty of options to choose from, depending on the scale of your blog project. Let’s see what’s on the table.

    Shared Hosting


    One of the best places to start your first blog or website will be using shared hosting.

    It houses multiple websites within one physical server. All the resources (such as disk space, RAM, and bandwidth) are shared among each site.

    Nevertheless, the servers are neatly optimized and monitored around the clock to make sure each website is up and running at full power.

    Here’s what you need to know if you plan to start a blog with shared hosting:


    • It is affordable and easy to use.
    • Uptime and server updates are handled by the host.
    • 24/7 live customer support.
    • It features a 1-click blogging platform installation.


    • You’ll share server resources with others.
    • There are limited configuration options.
    • There is no root access.

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    Cloud Hosting


    Catered towards business owners and larger projects, cloud hosting aims to provide the power of a virtual server while maintaining the simplicity of shared web hosting.

    It’s a solid and reliable platform for starting a blog, as you’ll have loads of resources to handle whatever traffic is coming your way.

    In addition, all the resources are dedicated to your blog, and no others, thus you’ll have plenty of room for growth.


    • Dedicated resources and IP address.
    • 24/7 live customer support.
    • Resources are fully dedicated to you.
    • Features a 1-click blogging platform installation.
    • Seamlessly upgrade from shared hosting.


    • Higher pricing per month compared to other solutions.
    • There are limited configuration options.
    • There is no root access.

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    VPS Hosting


    VPS, short for a virtual private server, is a unique solution that brings more freedom and control.

    However, if you’re not familiar with server management, this solution may be a bit tricky.

    If your aim is to only start a simple blog, picking another solution would be better.

    But, if you plan to launch several different projects, in addition to your new blog, having a virtual server will let you set up the perfect environment.


    • It grants root access.
    • There are dedicated IP and resources.
    • It offers the highest flexibility out of all solutions.
    • It gives you the most control.
    • Has the ability to change any server-side settings.


    • It requires technical knowledge.
    • Server management skills are a must.
    • It is unmanaged.
    • It has a higher learning curve.

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    3. Register a domain name


    Every website has a URL address otherwise known as your domain name. However, choosing one can be tough as there are many elements to consider. If you need help deciding check out these domain name generators.

    Once you have figured out the perfect domain name, be sure to check it on a domain checker to make sure that it is available. After that, choose which extension you would like, and you’re done.

    If you’re not sure which domain extension is the best for you, check out this tutorial here.

    Choosing a domain name for your blog

    Take a look at how to buy a domain name guide for more in-depth coverage.

    4. Set up the blogging platform


    The next step is choosing your blogging platform. Since blogs are mostly made up of content, you should consider using a Content Management System (CMS) for your first time.

    With a CMS as your blogging platform, it will help you:

    • Create a blog without previous coding knowledge.
    • Easily publish and create new content.
    • Allow you to focus on writing rather than technical aspects.
    • Add new features easily with the help of plugins and modules.
    • Find gorgeous website designs from libraries of free themes.

    The top three blogging platforms that we recommend are:

    • WordPress
    • Joomla
    • Drupal

    The best part is that you can install all these platforms with just a single click on Hostinger.

    Let’s look at each blogging platform in more detail to find the right pick for you.


    wordpress CMS slogan

    Holding the title as the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress is a solid platform to start blogging. It’s easy to set up, use, and requires no coding knowledge.

    In fact, we use WordPress to power our blog and tutorials here at Hostinger.


    • It is beginner-friendly.
    • Choose from a huge library of free plugins and themes.
    • There are easy SEO options and management.


    • There are frequent updates.
    • It requires maintenance from time to time.


    The slogan of Joomla CMS

    Joomla is another open-source platform that powers many blogs around the world. It’s also one of the biggest WordPress blog competitors.

    Setting up the CMS is quick and you can do so without having any coding knowledge. Some even argue that publishing content is easier with Joomla than it is with other platforms. But you can be the judge of that.

    With a large collection of free extensions and plugins, Joomla is a reliable place for starting a blog.


    • It is beginner-friendly.
    • It has an intuitive admin dashboard.
    • It is multilingual (over 70 languages).


    • It’s less flexible compared to WordPress or Drupal.
    • It has had security flaws in the past.


    The slogan of Drupal CMS

    One of the more advanced content management systems, Drupal, holds a special spot in the heart of every web developer.

    It offers some of the best customization options when it comes to implementing complex features. Though you will need the knowledge of how to do it.

    If you like coding and want to have a highly flexible blog, Drupal is the perfect match to create a blog.


    • It is developer-focused.
    • It has the potential to add complex functions.
    • It is flexible and secure.


    • Has a harder learning curve.
    • Requires technical expertise.
    • Has a smaller blogging community.


    Once you have your web hosting and domain name ready, you’re just a few steps away from reaching your goal of starting a blog.

    Since we outlined three platforms to start your blog, let’s see how to perform the initial setup with each one. If you don’t need this section, skip down to the next step.

    How to Install WordPress

    Setting it up is quite simple. Especially if you’re using Hostinger. All you have to do is navigate to the Auto Installer section in the control panel.

    install wordpress on hostingerSelect WordPress and follow the setup wizard to install WordPress.

    Filling WP installation details

    Admin Area

    To make your blog management easy, WordPress provides an intuitive WordPress dashboard.

    You can access it by typing yourdomain.com/wp-admin in the browser.

    example of wordpress dashboard


    In the Appearance section, you can find many free WordPress themes and easily choose a stylish look.

    example of wordpress theme

    If you are having difficulty choosing a new theme, check out our collection of the best free WordPress themes.


    The Plugins section offers a large library of free extensions. View them as add-ons that extend the functionality of your blog.

    WordPress plugin directory

    Here is a list of three essential plugins that every blog must have:

    1. Yoast SEO – this will let you optimize your posts easier with the latest SEO practices.
    2. Akismet Anti-Spam – this will keep your comment section clean and spam-free.
    3. Jetpack – offers a bundle of features related to security, performance, statistics, and more.

    Creating blog posts and pages

    The Pages section lets you create more pages on your blog (such as About us, Contact us, etc.) Easily add new pages with a simple click.

    Add new WordPress blog page

    Meanwhile, the Posts section will be your most visited area, as all new blog posts will be created there. Simply click Add New and edit your new post inside.

    Add new WordPress blog post

    For a more detailed approach, check out this WordPress tutorial for beginners.

    How to Install Joomla

    On Hostinger, setting up Joomla is a walk in the park. All you need to do is follow the installation wizard found in the Auto Installer section.

    installing joomla on hostiner

    Admin Area

    Once done, navigate to yourdomain.com/administratorURL to access the Joomla administrative dashboard.

    Joomla admin panel main view


    If you head over to the Templates section, you’ll be able to customize the look and design of your pages and pick a new theme.

    Joomla templates menu in the dashboard


    In case you want to manage functions or features, the Modules section is the place to go.

    Joomla modules menu in the dashboard

    Here are the top three plugins recommended for Joomla blogs:

    1. K2 – an extension that aims to improve article management with extra features and enhancements.
    2. EasyBlog – another extension, which aims to replace the default article system with a more efficient one.
    3. Komento – helps you manage and moderate comments more effectively.

    Creating blog posts

    The most important part for every fresh blog – adding new posts. You can easily create a new post by using the Articles section.

    Creating blog posts in Joomla CMS

    For a closer look at Joomla and how to use it, check out this Joomla tutorial for beginners.

    How to install Drupal

    On Hostinger, you can set up Drupal with no fuss using the Auto Installer tool available at the control panel.

    installing drupal on hostinger's hpanel

    Admin Area

    Head over to yourdomain.com/user/login to reach the Drupal admin dashboard and get started right away.

    The main view of Drupal admin panel


    To change the look and design of your blog, navigate to the Appearance section.

    Theme menu in Drupal dashboard


    In the Extend tab, you can implement new features and functionalities with modules.

    Modules menu in Drupal dashboard

    For every Drupal blog, we recommend these extensions:

    1. Admin Toolbar – replaces the existing toolbar with a more flexible one.
    2. ShareThis – lets you easily share posts on various social media platforms.
    3. Image Effects – allows you to add eye-catching effects to images in your blog posts.

    Creating blog posts

    And finally, the Content tab is the place where you can create new blog posts, pages, and everything else content related. From your first blog post to every single one after that, you can manage it all here.

    Creating a new blog post in Drupal CMS

    For more in-depth coverage, check out this Drupal tutorial for beginners.

    5. Publish content and grow your blog


    You now know how to start a blog using three of the best CMS platforms. Let’s move on to the next step, your content.

    What should your content do?

    Once you figure out who your target audience is, your content should provide them with the information they value. Your content shouldn’t feel demanding or ever give the impression that you didn’t care enough while writing.

    Keep your content easily accessible so readers stay on your blog. Your readers should be attracted to the content you present and want to come back. Add photos, graphics, or other visuals, if it fits your style.

    Also, encourage your readers to interact with you and with other readers through comments. Ask them for their thoughts and opinions about your blog posts, or what they would like to see in future posts.

    Since content management systems help you create posts without much effort, your main focus should be posting as many good quality articles as possible.

    Remember that it usually takes a while before new publications start showing any notable results in search engines and so the sooner you start, the better it will be for you.

    Ideally, you want your blog to generate traffic and grow over time. To reach that goal, you’ll need to think outside the box and be prepared to work hard.

    Pre-launch content

    Before you start posting to your blog, it is good to have your static pages ready. These are the pages that never move and are always available for your readers. You’ll want to include:

    • About us – This is where you can tell your story, who you are, and why you have this blog. Depending on your blog, it can be personal, fun, or business-focused.
    • Contact – This helps the readers stay in touch with you. It can be a simple page with your email, social media accounts, mailing list sign-up, or any other ways of communication you have.
    • Sidebar/Menu – This is either a column or a bar along the top. Include your blog categories, ads, other static pages, etc. here.

    Post-launch content

    • Blog post – This is your breadwinner. Where you post your content that is either text, photos, videos, or a combination of anything you like.
    • Evergreen content – This content will stay relevant to your readers even after the publish date has passed. You should keep these up to date and make sure the information is correct.

    What is a blog content strategy?

    A content strategy is a plan on how you’re going to manage your blog in the long run.

    Without one, it can be tricky for you to upload posts regularly and attract readers. Standing out from other bloggers will also be challenging since over 4.4 million blog posts are published daily.

    An effective blog content strategy should answer the following questions:

    • Why are you blogging and creating content?
    • What kind of content should you create?
    • How can you reach your goals with your content?

    How to set up a strategy

    Here’s a guide on how to come up with a killer strategy:

    1. Define your goal. What is it that you want to achieve with your blog? Remember to be specific. For example, a start-up goal could be to get 3000 visitors by the end of the month or rank two posts on the first page of search engines within two weeks.
    2. Perform audience research. Who are your target readers? Find out what kind of content they like, the problems they’re facing, and which social media platforms they use.
    3. Brainstorm topics and keywords. Decide which keywords you want to rank for. Use tools like Google Keyword PlannerAhrefs Keyword Explorer, and SEMrush Keyword Research to ease the process. Remember to focus on your niche.
    4. Create an editorial calendar. Make a timeline on your calendar for the days you’ll be writing, publishing your blog posts, and for your deadlines. It can help you be productive and consistent.

    Publish, promote, and measure. Share them through social media, mailing lists, and implement backlinks. Plus, measure how they affect the performance of your blog through Google Analytics.

    6. Promote your blog

    Now that you have captivating content that your readers will love, what’s next? Well, how are you going to reach an audience if they don’t know about your blog? Word-of-mouth will happen when people read your blog but there are other ways to promote as well.

    • Friends and family – tell everyone in your life about your new blog. Ask them to share a link on their social media accounts, let others know about your great content, and add their email address’ to your mailing list.
    • Submit your blog to search engines – this helps your blog get indexed, meaning they add your blog to the list of sites. Sign in to your Google Account and go to the Submit URL option in the Webmasters Tools. You can also submit it to Bing and other search engines.
    • Be active in your niche – check out relevant blogs, social pages, forums, etc. Blogging communities are a great way to grow your audience and connect with other bloggers.
    • Be active on social networks – this has become a popular and common way to get your word out. Follow pages that fit your niche, comment on other posts, and build connections.
    • Guest blog – offer to write a guest post on someone else’s website. Make sure the site has a good reputation and is in the same niche as yours.
    • Mailing list – start emailing your readers about new articles or upcoming offers. The more people look forward to your content, the better they will be about responding to your promotions.
    • Ads or paid traffic – there are always ads to help promote your blog. Either on Google AdWords or on Facebook. But if you are looking to stick on the cheaper side of things, skip paid ads for now.

    7. Monetize your blog

    Now that your blog is up and running with great content and an awesome audience, you can turn your hobby and passion into money. You don’t have to monetize your blog, but if you are looking for some ways to make money blogging, check out the tips below.

    • Ads featured on your blog – you can choose ads that are specific to your audience or to what you are writing about. A good place to start is by checking out Google Adsense.
    • Affiliate programs – this is when you team up with retailers to promote products and services for them. You receive money through commission. You need to have a high number of visitors, be credible, and may want to include a link that says you use affiliate links on your page.
    • Selling products and services – if you have your own products and services, you can easily sell them from your blog. Add an eCommerce plugin, like WooCommerce, to allow your audience to search your products, add them to a cart and securely pay.
    • Sponsored posts – when your blog begins to increase in traffic you might be approached to place an ad on your blog. These advertisements are looking for exposure and will pay you to sponsor their ad on your site.

    How to Run Ads on Your Blog

    There are two ways in which you can run ads on your blog — Google AdSense and directly selling ad space.

    To monetize your blog with Google AdSense:

    1. Start by signing up and creating an account.
    2. Connect AdSense to your blog and wait for an approval email.
    3. Create an ad unit and embed its code on your blog through a widget.

    For a complete tutorial on how to add AdSense to your WordPress blog, check out this article.

    How to sell ad space directly to businesses:

    1. Make an attractive media kit by showing your blog’s stats and key information.
    2. Email it to potential advertisers. Inform them that you have space for ads and offer a partnership.
    3. Manage your ads with Google Ad Manager.
    4. Keep your business partners happy by giving precise reports on ad performance or offering discounts.

    Affiliates Program

    You don’t need to have your own products to sell items online. As a blog owner, you can earn commissions from merchants that sell products or services related to your niche. To do that, you must join an affiliate program.

    Once registered, you will get various marketing materials, such as affiliate banners and links. Feel free to display them anywhere on your blog or insert them into posts. You’ll get paid every time visitors click on the ads or when they make a transaction.

    If your niche is about web development and you have posts discussing web hosting, you can sign up for Hostinger’s affiliate program.

    It’s free to join, and signing up is easy. Besides marketing materials, you will get an affiliate control panel, be assigned an affiliate manager, and earn at least 60% of every eligible sale.

    Amazon Associates is another popular choice that blogs of different niches can benefit from. There are affiliate networks as well, such as CJ Affiliate and ShareASale. You can browse through their groups of merchants and choose an affiliate program that fits with your blog.

    Writing/Selling an eBook

    For those who are experts in certain fields or who like to write, why not write and sell your own ebooks to earn some extra money?

    Yes, it takes time and effort to plan and write a book, but you can use your blog posts as a starting point and go in-depth on a particular subject you’ve blogged about.

    To make an ebook, follow the guide below:

    1. Pick a topic and write your content.
    2. Choose an ebook format — PDF, EPUB, AZW, or MOBI.
    3. Select the right software to create your ebook —  CalibreAny eBook ConverterGoogle Docs, or any other word processors.
    4. Publish your ebook on your blog or platforms such as Kindle Direct PublishingKobo Writing Life, and eBooks.com.

    For a complete tutorial on how to create ebooks, feel free to visit this article.

    If you don’t have the time to publish one, join affiliate programs. By reviewing and recommending other people’s ebooks, you’ll get commissions every time your readers make a purchase through your affiliate link.

    Ebook retailers such as eBooks and Free-Ebooks have affiliate programs that you can join for free with their own commission system.

    There are also established bloggers such as Remez Sasson (Success Consciousness) that also offer an affiliate partnership for ebooks.

    Best Blogging Tips That Will Bring Results


    No matter what you’re doing, having a well thought out plan is essential. Not only will it make your work and results more efficient, but it will also give a clear vision of where you’re headed.

    Most blogs generate new users through organic traffic. And the best way to do it is through quality posts. Hence, you’ll need to remember one golden rule: content is king.

    Here are some of the top blogging tips that are sure to bring positive results:

    1. Learn basic SEO

    While search engine optimization may seem tricky, it’s one of the best skills you can acquire before you start a blog.

    Proper SEO can put you miles ahead of the competition while ensuring that your content stays relevant and noticed.

    Here are some of the best resources to learn SEO:

    2. Do keyword research

    Ideally, your blog posts should use target keywords and phrases that people look for while using search engines.

    Pumping out content without proper keyword research is like shooting in the dark. Even though you might hit something, you’re not exactly sure what you’ll get.

    Understanding keywords, search volume, and the content that currently ranks the highest can give you a pretty good idea of the search intent. Once you know that, creating a solid blog post will be much easier.

    Luckily, there is a plethora of free tools and resources that can help you. Here’s where you can start:

    • Google Keywords Planner – how to start your research.
    • Google Trends – helps you see shifts in the popularity of phrases and search terms.
    • Answer the Public – see what questions and queries are the most frequent in a search term.
    • KWFinder – free tools that let you see search volumes and other useful statistics.

    3. Research your competition

    New bloggers can find it difficult to set off in the right direction. Though it’s often easier with a good example in front of you.

    Researching the best performing blogs in your niche is a great way to find new ideas for your own site.

    First, gather a list of 5-10 blogs or websites that perform well in your niche. Then, use tools such as SimilarWeb to generate a report.

    Website report example from SimilarWeb

    While the free version provides limited statistics, you can still see the reports on the top 5 organic and paid keywords. Once you’re done with the research, you should be able to see a much clearer view of what content your blog needs.

    4. Create a content plan

    Open a spreadsheet and brainstorm potential article ideas. Start with broader topics and make your way down to more specific branches. If you’re well-seasoned in a particular area, prioritize it.

    Notable results will not come immediately, so patience will be your new best friend. Try to set deadlines for publishing articles and monitor your overall progress.

    Aim to find the balance between quality and quantity. Then, stick to your plan and leave some time to reflect on the results.

    5. Set up social media platforms

    Building an online presence is important and sometimes daunting, luckily social media platforms make this task much simpler.


    Firstly, social media platforms will increase user engagement. You can notify people about new articles, plans, and updates.

    It’s also an amazing way to get acquainted with your readers. A crucial mistake that many new projects make is ignoring their audience and their needs.

    But with Facebook and Twitter profiles in place, you can receive feedback from your readers directly. And as you continue to grow, you may run into business offers or similar opportunities.

    Depending on the content that you provide in your blog, social media platforms may even attract new readers. It’s not only about gathering your existing audience. As people share your content, more and more people will be tempted to check it out.

    6. Do guest posts

    After you launch your blog, one of the toughest tasks will be making people notice it. Numerous competitors will stand in your way and you’ll need time to make it to the top search results on Google.

    However, there are ways to make this journey less bumpy, and doing guest posts is one of them.

    The basic idea is to publish a content piece with a link to your blog on another website. The biggest benefits that you will get are:

    • Boost in SEO due to links from other websites.
    • A slight increase in direct/organic traffic.

    If that’s something you’re willing to try, check out this in-depth guest blogging case study by Ahrefs.

    7. Implement Google Analytics

    Monitoring your traffic is an essential part of building a successful blog.

    Knowing your audience and what they want from your site will put you a few steps ahead.

    And the best tool to take care of this job is Google Analytics. It tracks your visitors, their habits, various social metrics and more.

    Google Analytics in action

    What’s more amazing is that this software is free. This means that every web user can easily find out more about their readers.

    If you plan to start a blog using WordPress, our detailed guide on how to set up Google Analytics is ready to go.

    8. Submit new content to Google

    Thousands of new websites are created daily. And the number of new posts and articles are in the millions.

    With that much action going on, it may take time before Google and other search engines start indexing your new content. But there’s a shortcut you can take to speed things up.

    Adding your site to Google Search Console will give you the opportunity to:

    • Monitor your blog performance.
    • Get alerts in case of sitewide errors.
    • Use various testing tools.
    • Access in-depth learning material.

    And most importantly, you’ll be able to submit new blog posts and force Google to crawl them.

    Fetch as Google example

    9. Build backlinks

    If you want to reach the top results of Google search, backlinks are something that you’ll need to take seriously.

    In fact, it’s one of the most important ranking factors that Google takes in mind when evaluating websites.

    While new blogs should focus on producing content and improving existing pages, there will come a point when you’ll have multiple top-notch content pieces at hand.

    More often than not, even the highest quality content may not see the light of Google SERPs if you don’t work on your backlink profile.

    Luckily, there are many proven ways to get them. Here are good resources to start with:


    10. Patience is the key

    One important thing to remember is: starting a blog is a long-term investment. Just as with any new activity, you’ll need effort and time to see any notable results.

    First and foremost, it will take time before Google starts recognizing the existence of your blog. Many SEO specialists claim that there’s a period of time that needs to pass before your content starts making an impact (also called Google Sandbox).

    So if you really want to succeed, arming yourself with patience is the way to go. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst, and you’ll surely get there.

    11. Add CTA (Call to actions)

    This can be anything that you want your readers to act upon. Whether it’s subscribing to a newsletter on your mailing list, reading another post, buying a product, an upgrade, etc.

    Each blog post will benefit from having at least one CTA. Even if it is something as simple as asking your readers to comment on the post.

    12. Check your blog’s load times

    You want to make sure that your blog’s page is loading in an acceptable amount of time. Load times are not only a factor in ranking in search results but its a quick way to lose potential audience or readers if your site won’t load, or loads too slow.

    You can see how fast your blog loads using page speed testing tools like Pingdom or GTmetrix.

    If you need to optimize your page to speed things up, check on your image sizes, consider a caching plugin, or pick a faster web host.

    13. Maintain your site

    Keeping your site up to date can make or break a successful blog. When given the choice of reading an article on a site with errors and plugins that don’t work, or a flawless working blog, most will go for the better.

    Make sure to update your CMS software, as well as your plugins and themes. Create a schedule to back up your site and check for broken links in your older posts. Optimize your database and keep your articles up to date with the correct information.

    14. Content Audits

    In addition to maintaining your site, content audits are a great way to give your blog a facelift. It is a good idea to check your past blog posts on a regular basis. Keep improving them so your reads can have the best and correct information at all times.

    You can consolidate posts that are similar, as well as delete posts that you don’t want anymore. Setting up 301 redirects or other error pages can be done as well. And don’t forget about removing all dead links.

    Blogging Tools and Resources

    Uploading blog posts regularly can be a tedious job, especially when you are looking for images, editors, or organizational help. But don’t worry, there are a number of blogging tools and resources that can help ease the process.


    Images are beneficial for your blog. Other than giving visual appeal to your posts to lure in readers, they can also help with SEO.

    Depending on the platform you use to build your blog, you can add titles, descriptions, tags, and alt text to your images. Don’t forget to insert relevant keywords in order for search engines to pick them up.

    If you have a limited photo library, Unsplash has over a million high-resolution images that are free to download and use. The photos are all available for personal and commercial use. No signup or paid-plan upgrades are needed.

    The same goes for Pixabay and Life of Pix. You’ll be able to go through all three websites and find the relatable images for your blog.

    One disadvantage of using free photos, however, is that other websites might use them as well. If you prefer authentic premium pictures, Death to Stock is the place to go.

    You can buy individual photo packs ranging from $99 for personal use to $299 for a commercial license. Or, subscribe to the Brand plan for $12/month paid annually with a 14-day free trial. You will get different packs every month and a do-what-you-want license.

    Design resources

    Having a visually attractive blog is essential if you want to grab your reader’s attention at first glance. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t need prior skills or knowledge in design to build a stunning and engaging blog.


    A recommended design tool that is free for you to use is Canva. Before you start, visit its design school where you can find free courses and tutorials on the basics of design and brand building.

    The admin dashboard and editor are user-friendly. Various templates are also provided — posters, logos, infographics, websites, social media posts, and more. You can also start from scratch if you want.

    Every element is customizable and you’re given creative freedom, so the possibilities are endless. You can also use Canva anytime and anywhere as it has a mobile app. However, the editing options are not as expansive as the desktop version.

    If you ever need help using Canva, whether on your computer or mobile device, there’s a support page with complete explanations.

    The free plan comes with 1GB of storage plus thousands of templates, photos, and graphics. You can also export your designs as PDF, PNG, and JPG formats. Team collaboration is possible as well.


    Visme is another content designing tool alternative. It’s versatile and lets you create engaging posts within minutes, from infographics, blog banners, social graphics, charts, videos, and more.

    Thousands of customizable templates, icons, and millions of stock photos are provided. Plus, the editor is intuitive. Visme uses a simple drag-and-drop feature and granular control. Embedding external content and animating your designs are possible as well.

    You can make up to five projects with the free plan and get 100MB of storage. Templates are limited, and you can only download files as JPG. The premium plans range from $14 to $25/month paid annually if you ever need additional resources.

    The Noun Project

    For icons, the Noun Project is a great place to start. It has a pool of over two million icons. No sign up needed. Simply search the type of icon you need.

    You can download black and white icons with a Creative Commons license for free. Or, purchase the icons you want for $2.99 each, to get the royalty-free license.


    Pixlr is an online photo editor with AI-powered tools, giving easier and faster edits. One example is the AI Cutout that can remove backgrounds and unwanted parts from your images in just one click.

    The platform comes with two types of editors. Pixlr X is for those who are new to photo editing and prefer a straightforward interface with playful and quick edits.

    For advanced and detailed image editing, you can go for Pixlr E. It is sleek with intuitive navigation.

    mobile version of Pixlr is also available so you can edit images on the go. It has a free plan with limited resources, basic editing tools, and ads. Upgrade to its Premium plan for $3.99/month to get advanced features and no ads.


    PicMonkey is not just a premium photo editor but also a design tool. It lets you touch up your images, add text, and apply filters or effects. All changes made are automatically saved online.

    It also has thousands of design assets such as graphics, fonts, and textures, which you can use to create logos, ads, announcements, infographics, and more. If you don’t want to create them from scratch, there are customizable templates and pre-set blank canvases to start with.

    PicMonkey is also available on iOS and Android, making it accessible anywhere and anytime. The tool will cost you at least $72/year with a seven-day free trial. It comes with 1GB of cloud storage, a vast library of top-tier fonts, plus premium effects, tools, and templates.

    Google Docs and Google Calendar

    It can be difficult for a team to manage and contribute to a single blog. A useful collaborative tool is Google Docs. It’s a free online word processor where you can create, edit, and share documents.

    Team members can leave comments or suggestions on the same document in real-time. There’s also a revision history feature where you can see all changes made to a document and by whom. Plus, it has an offline mode and is available on iOS/Android so you can write on the go.

    Google Calendar is also handy for creating an editorial calendar and timeline. You can set up deadlines or other schedules and share them with your teammates. It’s also integrated with Hangouts and organizing a meeting is just a click away.

    Screenshot apps

    When writing reviews or tutorial blog posts, there are times when you need to take screenshots to back up your explanations.


    Lightshot is a free screenshot software available for Mac, Windows, Chrome, and other popular browsers.

    It’s very straightforward to use. You can take screenshots of any size with just a couple of clicks and copy them to the clipboard or save them. The tool comes with an editor as well.

    FastStone Screen Capture

    If you need a screen video recorder, FastStone Screen Capture might be of use. You can record on-screen activities with speech and mouse movements and save them as compressed WMV files.

    Screen captures can also be saved into eight formats, including PNG, JPEG, PDF, and GIF. The tool provides a feature-rich editor that can add annotations, watermarks, apply effects, and more. Uploading your files straight to your blog is possible as well.

    However, FastStone Screen Capture only has a 30-day free trial, and the lifetime license costs $19.95.    


    Snagit is also a premium solution. It has a unique scrolling screen capture that you can use to capture a vertical or horizontal scroll of long web pages or messages. The tool supports screen, webcam, and audio recording. You can trim the clips or turn them into animated GIFs.

    Not only can you extract text from screenshots, but editing the text is also possible. Replace the words, plus change the colors, size, and fonts without redesigning the image.

    This screen capture and recording software offers a free trial for 15 days and a one time fee of $49.95. 

    Spell check and grammar

    To attract people to read your blog posts, you need to provide readable and high-quality content. It is important to be sure you are free of spelling and grammar mistakes. Long and hard to understand sentences should be simplified as well.


    Grammarly is one of the most popular writing assistance programs out there. Its AI-powered tool can correct your mistakes and improve your writing style in minutes. Grammarly is very simple to use, just copy and paste your text and it’ll do all the work for you.

    From simplifying wordy sentences to missing articles, it can notice even the tiniest fault, and you’ll be able to see suggestions on how to fix it. Explanations are also given with the intention for you to understand and not make the same mistakes again.
    The tool can be integrated with any word processor, and you can install it on your web browser to use for your email and social media.

    You can use the service for free, but it only checks spelling, grammar, and punctuation. By upgrading to its Premium plan for $11.66/month, you can have your clarity, engagement, delivery of content, and plagiarism checked.


    Ginger checks your spelling, grammar, punctuation, and gives suggestions on different ways you can phrase your sentences. Word predictions will also pop up as you write.

    To get a different perspective, listen to how your content sounds using the text reader. Practice sessions based on your mistakes are also provided so that you can improve along the way.

    Other than that, Ginger can translate your text to 40 languages. It’s available on Safari, Chrome, Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android keyboard.

    You can use its grammar and spell checker as well as its proofreader for free. But there’s a 450 character limit. To use the full software, it costs $7.49/month billed yearly.

    Hemingway Editor

    Hemingway Editor is a great site to make sure your post is readable and understandable.

    Its free online version detects adverbs, passive voice, phrases that have simpler alternatives, plus hard and very hard to read sentences. A readability score based on grades is also displayed at the top-right corner of the page.

    There’s a desktop Premium version priced at $19.99. It lets you use Hemingway without an internet connection. You can also publish your edited posts straight to Medium and WordPress, or export it to any word processors.

    Online Correction

    OnlineCorrection is another free tool that highlights basic and simple grammar errors. It offers suggestions on how to edit them as well, or you can set it to auto-correct.

    Other than English, it supports seven other languages such as German, French, and Russian. It even includes their dialects. However, keep in mind that there’s a character limit.

    Organized with Team

    If you have a team working on your blog, it’s essential to communicate regularly with them and track their progress.


    Slack is a great communication tool that has a web, desktop, and mobile version. It supports instant messaging either for private chats or team channels. However, the interface may take some time to get used to due to its many settings and options.

    Through Slack, you can share various files from your computer or Google Drive. Screen sharing plus audio and video calls are available as well. Notifications can also be personalized based on your needs.

    What’s more, Slack can be integrated with over 2000 apps, including Gmail, Trello, Google Calendar, and Office 365. Your data and information is protected using two-factor authentication and SAML-based single sign-on (SSO).

    The free version has enough features to get you started, such as unlimited channels, one-on-one calls, and file sharing. If you need extra storage, group calls, security, and more, the Standard plan costs $6.79 per person/month.


    Asana is a collaboration tool with a visually appealing dashboard. It supports real-time communication and multiple workspaces. The drag-and-drop feature is also used for easy navigation.

    The platform lets you create a to-do list and assign tasks on boards. To make an editorial calendar and track progress, you can use the Timeline and Calendar. There’s also Workload, where you can see each member’s tasks.

    It supports integration with many apps such as Slack, Office 365, Power Bi, Tableau, and more. Automation is also used to save time by simplifying processes and reducing errors. For security, Asana is SOC 2 Type II certified.

    You can collaborate with 15 people, at most, for free. However, to get advanced reporting and management tools, upgrade to the Premium plan for $10.99 per user/month with a 30-day free trial.


    If you’re looking for a project management tool with online collaboration, Trello is the solution. It’s based on boards, lists, and task cards with a drag-and-drop feature. Also, the user interface is intuitive.

    You can create boards from scratch or use a template. They can be set to private, team, organization, and public. Moreover, you can personalize your boards’ background and color. Team members can be invited through their usernames, links, and emails.

    Cards can be labeled, have checklists, attachments, and due dates. Assigning members to cards is just a simple click. There are add-on integrations and power-ups as well. Connect Trello to your Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, and more.

    It has a freemium version with unlimited personal boards, lists, and cards. For unlimited team boards and power-ups, you will have to sign up at least for its Business Class that costs $9.99 per person/month.

    Online groups

    As a blogger, it’s smart to engage with your readers and followers. Creating online groups for your blog is an excellent method to start a community and interact with them.

    At the same time, you can share your blog and encourage people to visit them. Plus, you might get more insights about your target audience.

    Facebook Group

    Kick things off with a Facebook group. By 2021 it’s expected that the number of global Facebook users will rise to 1.69 billion. So, if your group is active and engaging, it’s more likely that your posts will show up on other people’s feeds.

    Keep in mind that there are three privacy settings for Facebook groups. You’ll either want to make it Public or Private and Visible.

    With Public, anyone can join or see the group’s posts and activities. There’s a chance that your blog will attract new readers and followers. However, you’ll have to keep an eye on what’s happening in the group and make sure that the discussions are about your niche and blog.

    If you choose Private and Visible, you will have to manually accept members, and only they can see what’s happening in the group. There’s more control, but don’t worry, your group will still pop up on searches.


    LinkedIn also lets you create groups. Though the platform is not as big as Facebook, LinkedIn has around 690 million users and is still growing.

    Since it’s a professional platform, not only will you get potential readers, but companies in the same industry might also be interested in collaborating with you.

    Other than that, LinkedIn offers community management features. Once every week, you can send an update email to your members. Plus, they will get a daily or weekly digest of the group activities.

    There’s also the Manager’s Choice, where you can pin certain discussions to the top of the group.


    Reddit is an excellent place to share your blog posts. With over a billion monthly visits, it’ll give you the exposure that can generate traffic to your blog.

    The platform consists of millions of communities of various topics called subreddits. Anyone with an account can start one, but do remember to follow its content policy.

    As a moderator of a subreddit, you can filter the types of posts that are allowed on the sub. Removing inappropriate content and banning users from the community, if needed. What’s more, you can even personalize the sub’s appearance.

    However, keep in mind that unlike other social media, Reddit has a downvote system. It can be disadvantageous as many can dislike your content as well.

    Social Media Scheduling

    One way to promote your blog posts is through social media platforms. However, it can be quite overwhelming if you’re also managing several social accounts in addition to your blog.


    Hootsuite is a solution where you can manage various social profiles on one platform. It lets you schedule and publish posts to the right channels at selected times. With this tool, it’s also possible to track social ad campaigns and monitor their performance.

    There’s a free plan, but it only allows you to manage three social profiles, schedule up to 30 posts, and integrate Hootsuite with basic apps.

    If you have ten or more social accounts, you will need to upgrade to one of its premium plans. The price starts at $19/month with a 30-day free trial. You can publish unlimited posts and performance metrics for insights.


    Buffer is an alternative. You can create content for various social networks and publish them from one simple admin dashboard. It lets you set a schedule for each social account, and get a glance of your timeline through the calendar.

    This tool is also useful for Instagram marketing. You can include a first comment while scheduling posts, and it can help drive traffic to your blog from your Instagram bio. Reminders will also pop up when it’s time for you to publish.

    Though it doesn’t have a freemium version, you can try it for free for 14 days. No credit card needed. The basic paid plan will cost you $12/month billed yearly. With it, you can manage eight social accounts and schedule 100 posts for each.

    Stay Focused

    Writing can be a tedious job when done for a long period of time. You can get sidetracked from your schedule or original plan due to various distractions. Not to worry, some tools can help you manage your time effectively.

    E.gg Timer

    E.gg Timer is a free and straightforward online countdown timer that is handy for time management.

    When writing, it’s important to take break intervals. This tool lets you set custom timers or use the readymade ones — one hour, the Pomodoro system, morning routine, and more. Options are also available for alert types, volume, and pop-up boxes.


    For a comprehensive time management and productivity tool, Toggl is an excellent choice. It not only tracks time, but it can also be used as an editorial calendar.

    With its freemium plan, you can set one-click timers for efficiency, fix reminders, and integrate Toggl with over 100 online apps, including your calendar. It also has a reporting system that lets you export your tracking data to PDF, Excel, and CSV files.

    There’s a project dashboard as well where you can create project timelines and track their progress. What’s great is that, other than for desktop, Toggl is also available for iOS, Android, and Chrome.

    Why Should You Start a Blog


    Other than being a platform where you can express yourself, starting a blog has numerous benefits. You can improve your writing as well as learn new skills like web development and content management.

    A blog is a creative outlet to channel your uniqueness and creativity while building a community along the way. Furthermore, it can also generate income either by displaying ads or affiliate programs. Your blog posts can be your portfolio to land freelance writing jobs as well.

    As you can see, starting a blog can help with self-development. Plus, it creates many opportunities along the way.

    Whenever you do something new, this is the first question that you should find the answer to. Why?

    Once you uncover the reasons why you want to start a blog, the entire process will become more enjoyable. And you might just learn a couple of new things along the way.

    Here’s some food for thought to get you started:

    1. You’ll build niche related knowledge. To create quality blog posts, you’ll need to study your niche and research many new areas. During this process, you will gather valuable knowledge that can help you in the future. Who knows, you might just uncover ideas great enough to start your own online business.
    2. It’s a great way to express your ideas. Do you ever have one of those days where many great ideas start flowing in, but there’s no way to act on them? Well, if you start a blog, that’s more or less taken care of. Share your insights and opinions with everyone around the world.
    3. You will build a consistent stream of traffic. Many new projects and businesses often struggle to find an audience to showcase their fresh ideas or products. This can cause slowness in growth and expansion. But with a blog in place, you can build valuable traffic and convert it into potential customers or users.
    4. New opportunities will show up. While the journey may be a little tough at the beginning, once your blog starts growing, you will stumble upon many new opportunities. As you establish your online presence, more and more people will join your circle. And you might just become the next big expert in your niche.
    5. Show the world what you’re up to. In this age of modern technology, the written word is still the most powerful way to get your message across. If you’re running a side project, starting a blog may be of the best ways to showcase your achievements to the world. Using the internet, you can reach every corner of the globe instantly.
    6. Become the next big influencer. Every new blog post will get you one step closer to greatness. If you have lots of expertise in a certain area, blogging will help you establish yourself in the market. Build an audience, make new connections, present your ideas, and break all boundaries.
    7. Work towards a dream. There’s no better feeling than working your way up towards a goal. Though a lot of times, we end up not knowing because we simply don’t try. If you’re passionate about something, making a blog will give you the perfect environment to start working towards your real passions.

    Years ago, blogging wasn’t viewed as something serious. But now many people have turned their blog into a solid business.

    If freedom is something that you’re striving for, running your own blog is a small step in the right direction.

    What is a blog?

    Still unsure of what a blog actually is? Well, it can be a digital magazine, diary, showcase, place to learn, etc, anything you want.

    Typical blogs these days combine text, images, videos, and other pages on the internet. People can leave comments and communicate with the author of the blog.

    A type of website with posts or articles that consist of written copy, videos, photos, or a combination of them all. The newest posts are usually displayed first or at the top.

    What is a niche?

    Most searches on the internet are for a solution to the problem, that’s where a niche comes in. They are popular because they can be about any topic. If you want to stay up to date on fashion trends, you follow a fashion blog. If you are looking for new music, you follow blogs about up and coming artists. So how do you choose a niche?

    A niche is a topic or area that your content will focus on. For example, if you’re a musician, your blog’s niche might be more inclined towards music.

    However, it’s recommended that you should be very specific. Depending on your interest, you might want to concentrate more on hip-hop song reviews, or pop music production.

    How to choose a niche?

    Picking the right niche for you can be a bit time consuming, but it’s not a complicated process.

    Here are steps that you can take:

    1. Find out what you’re interested in and passionate about. It can be your work, hobby, or everyday life. Gardening, for instance.
    2. Research your competition. Search for blogs related to a topic. See if there’s a potential market and if there are areas that can be improved. Take notes of the content they’re putting out, such as glossaries, tutorials, or projects.
    3. Be specific. Gardening is too broad of a topic. You might find lots of established blogs already taking over the field. Narrow it down to sub-topics like vegetable gardening for beginners, or gardening for kids.
    4. Make sure the niche is profitable. Check if there are AdWords on products related to your niche and see if competitor blogs have ad space or banners.
    5. Pick something you know and love. Readers love to see passion and excitement in the blogs they read. If you aren’t willing to up in the time and effort or really care about your niche then it isn’t for you.
    6. Look for a hole in the market. Think about the blogs you read and what is missing from them. Then, if it is something that you are interested in, write about that.

    How to do keyword research

    Keyword research is a critical process when it comes to managing a blog as it’s part of SEO. So your blog posts will likely rank high on search engine results pages if they are written based on target keywords.

    The first thing that you want to do is familiarize yourself with your niche. Join online communities and read many different blogs related to the topic. You will find common or recurring pain points that people are experiencing. List them and start brainstorming from there.

    Another way is by using Google Keyword Planner. It’s free. You just need to have a Google AdWords account. The tool will give you a list of other keywords and ideas based on your niche.

    You can use premium tools as well, such as Ahrefs Keyword Explorer and SEMrush Keyword Research, if you need comprehensive keyword analytics. They will give you tons of keyword suggestions as well as their search volumes and SEO metrics.

    Which blog site is the best

    Picking the best blogging platform for you all depends on a couple of factors. You need to consider the level of your technical skills, plus how much effort and time you’re willing to spend to build and manage your blog.

    The platform should have features that support your blog’s goals and purpose. Last but not least, there’s also the amount of creative freedom you need and if you have the budget or not.


    For those with a bit of prior technical knowledge and budget, you can go for a content management system. WordPress.org is a popular choice, and it’s free to use. However, you will need to have a custom domain and web hosting to use the platform.

    The learning curve to use this platform is a bit high. It can take some time and effort before you can finally publish your blog. However, there are a lot of online resources committed to helping WordPress users.

    With WordPress, you can customize your blog with free and paid themes using the live editor. For posts and pages, the Gutenberg block editor has many options and features you can explore.

    Plugins are also available if you want to add various features to your blog or if you need extra tools for SEO, security, and blog management. You can start monetizing your blog as well since you have full control over it.


    WordPress.com, on the other hand, is the hosted version of WordPress. You don’t have to worry about finding and paying for web hosting to use the platform. The free plan also has enough resources to get you started, including a subdomain.

    There’s a library of its own customizable and responsive themes as well. It uses the intuitive live and block editor, so you will have a blog set up in no time. No technical skills needed whatsoever.

    Managing your blog can also be done on the go as the WordPress app is available on iOS and Android.

    To get extra storage, custom domain, monetization option, plus email and chat support, you will need to upgrade your plan. The Personal package will take a budget of $4/month billed annually. If you want to install plugins, the Business plan costs $25/month.


    If you’re interested only in writing blog posts, and not the building or designing aspects of a blog, then Medium is the place to go. You will also be posting for an already established audience with almost 100 million monthly readers.

    It’s free and very straightforward to use. You can start writing and publishing with Medium in minutes. Due to its clean and minimalistic design, the focus will be on your content. Your articles will also have a chance to rank high on SERP as Medium has a domain authority of 96.

    Earning money is also possible through the Medium Partner Program. Your article will be recommended to subscribed readers if your content passes the quality check from Medium’s editorial team. Payments are based on the number reads and will be sent monthly.


    There’s Tumblr, a blogging platform that is popular among the younger generations. It supports

    interactive content and is a bit similar to social media. People can follow each other’s blogs, and you will find established communities of various niche.

    Signing up is free, and unless you have a custom domain, you can use Tumbr’s subdomain. Navigating through the admin dashboard can be confusing at first, as it also acts as a feed.

    You can upload seven types of posts — texts, quotes, links, chats, photos, videos, and audios. Plus, they are very engaging. People can comment, like, reblog, and share your posts. It even allows you to add hashtags to your content.

    The theme of your blog is customizable as well. You can choose themes that you like from Tumblr’s library. However, there are limitations to how much you can edit.


    Blogger is a simple blogging platform that has been around for a very long time. It’s free to use. You just need to have a Gmail account. Hosting is taken care of, and you will get a subdomain.

    The admin dashboard is so beginner-friendly that setting up a blog can be done in a few clicks. From installing templates, adding widgets, uploading media files, to publishing posts, the process is all straightforward and quick.Google AdSense is also integrated with Blogger so you can start monetizing your blog right away. You can use the built-in Google+ service and sharing button to share your content as well.  Plus, there’s a statistics report feature where you can see the performance of your blog.

    How to Learn WordPress?

    You can learn and get to know the platform from various online resources. Start with the WordPress support page. It has all the documentation you need, from getting started, installing, customizing, to maintaining your website.

    There are also knowledge-based websites dedicated to WordPress as well. A good example is Hostinger Tutorials and HostingWiki where you can find lots of glossary articles and comprehensive guides regarding the CMS.

    If you need visual representations, many WordPress video tutorials are available on video-sharing platforms as well.

    How do Bloggers Make Money?

    One of the most common ways bloggers get extra money is by running ads on their blogs. Specifically through Google AdSense. It uses the pay-per-click advertising model where you will get paid based on the number of readers clicking on the advertisement banner.

    You can also sell ad space directly to businesses selling products or services related to your niche. Depending on the contract, you will earn income based on clicks, visits, or transactions.

    For those who have excellent writing skills, you can offer writing services, online workshops, or become a freelance writer. Turn your blog into an online portfolio.

    Based on their expertise, some bloggers sell digital products as well. The common ones are printables and downloadables. They can be music files, pieces of art, photos, software, and many more.

    If you don’t have your own items, you can offer and promote other people’s products by joining affiliate programs or write sponsored content.

    Can You Change Your Blog Name Later?

    Yes, you can. But changing your blog name has its consequences, so make sure that you have thought it through.

    Here are situations where you might need to change your blog name:

    • The current one is unoriginal or confusing to readers.
    • Unmatching blog name and URL.
    • You are changing your blog niche.

    The disadvantages of changing your blog name are:

    • It can confuse loyal readers, and you might lose your established online presence.
    • External links on other sites directing to your blog will be affected.
    • You need to set up a 301 redirect.

    What is Web Hosting?

    To publish your blog and make it accessible on the internet, you need to have web hosting. You will be allocated a space to rent on a server where you can store your blog files and data.

    This service is provided and managed by web hosting companies like b9host. The amount of space you get depends on the type of hosting you sign up for. Here on Hostinger, we have SharedVPSCloud, and WordPress Hosting.

    Check this article for an in-depth explanation of web hosting.


    Get your web hosting now with Hostinger today. 30-day money-back guarantee included!



    What is a Guest Blog Post and How to Get Your First One

    Guest blogging is when you write articles for someone else’s website, inserting a link or two directing to your blog. It gives the opportunity to expose and introduce yourself to a bigger audience. Plus, it’s a part of the external linking strategy.

    So how do you land a guest post?

    1. Research. Look for influential blogs and authors in your industry and niche. List them. Take notes on their content. Check their guest post terms and conditions. See if they have a specific style, voice, or tone.
    2. Initiate connection. Start with commenting on posts, share their content, subscribe to newsletters, and follow the hosts on social media. Immerse yourself in the community and try to provide value.
    3. Ask to write a guest post. However, don’t come empty-handed. Submit drafts of articles relevant to your target blog’s niche.
    4. Deliver high-quality content. When you receive the green light, make sure your article has valuable information. Format it like other posts on the blog, insert internal links other than the one to your blog, and add a call to action for comments.
    5. Follow up. Once your article is published, you can occasionally stay in touch, answer comments, or submit another guest post.

    How Much Traffic Do You Need For a Sponsor?

    There is no specific answer. As you can land a sponsorship if you have less than 1000 visits. As long as your blog is continuously growing and that you’re serious with managing it, you can start reeling in sponsors.

    Here are some tips to get a sponsor for your blog:

    • Have a well-designed media kit. It should include a short explanation about yourself, your blog, and its mission. Don’t forget your contact information, social stats, the number of unique visitors, pageviews, page-rank, and readers analytics.
    • Proactively seek sponsors. Unless you have a lot of traffic, don’t wait for them to come to you. Show your interest in taking advertisements through a blog post.
    • Create a partnership list. Carefully research and target potential sponsors before you start connecting with them.
    • Join sponsored post networks. Acorn and TapInfluence are just two of the networks you can join. Simply fill in your profile, and you will be paired with companies that are interested in collaborating with you.

    Do You Need to Know Code to Start a Blog?

    Anyone can start a blog these days. You don’t need to have technical knowledge or coding skills.

    There are website builders like Zyro with user-friendly dashboards, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors, and the drag and drop function. You won’t have to create a blog from scratch either, website builders tend to have a library of customizable templates.

    Beginners can also use content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress to build a blog. It might take some time to get used to its interface and all of the features. However, there are many tutorials, forums, and knowledge-based websites dedicated to it if you need guidance.

    For those who just want to post content and don’t want anything to do with the website making process, you can try Medium. Here, your focus will be only on content creation.

    How to Create a Professional Email With Your Blog

    If you want to take blogging to the next level it’s recommended to have a professional email. For this, you need to have a custom domain and web hosting.

    You’ll be using your blog’s domain name instead of the usual free email service you’re using. For example, it’ll be yourname@yourblogname.com rather than yourname@gmail.com. This way, it’ll be unlikely for your emails to be marked as spam.

    Hostinger offers Email Hosting from an affordable price of $0.99. It’s a separate service from web hosting, a solution for those who’s blogs are already hosted somewhere else.

    If your blog is hosted with Hostinger, check out this tutorial or follow the steps below to set up your email:

    1. Access your hPanel, scroll down to Emails, and select Email Accounts.
    2. Under the Create a New Email Account section, type in your name and create a password.
    3. Click Create.

    You can now use your professional email to send newsletters and updates.

    What Makes a Blog Successful?

    A successful blog is one that continues to grow and has high traffic.

    Constantly publishing articles can be taxing. So for the long run, writing what you love and what you’re interested in will make the process enjoyable.

    There will also be times when results are not up to your expectations. So having a sense of purpose or a goal can give you the motivation to keep going.

    When it comes to content, be consistent, and focus on your niche. You don’t want to attract one-time readers only.

    Make sure that you offer value as well by uploading informative, high-quality, and engaging posts. People will want to come back for more. Plus, when you encourage interaction, you’re automatically building a community around your blog.

    Pay attention to the SEO of your blog as well. You’ll want your posts to rank high on search engines. If one of your pages gets number one in Google’s organic search, you will get an average click-through rate of 31.7%.

    The visual appeal of a blog is just as important. Your blog’s design and layout are what people notice first when they visit. Whether they will stay to explore or not depends on first impressions too.

    Marketing efforts also play a part in making a blog successful. You’ll need to be hands-on and active with promoting your blog’s content, from targeting your audience to tracking your blog’s performance for improvements.

    Why Do Blogs Fail?

    There are many different reasons why blogs fail.

    • Lacking passion. Eventually, you might lose the drive to continue.
    • Choosing the wrong niche. It makes moving forward and managing your blog difficult.
    • Focusing only on the writing.
    • Ignoring SEO. And not putting forth the time and effort into driving traffic.
    • Producing low-quality content with no useful information. Hence, not giving readers a reason to return.
    • Promoting content the wrong way. This can be by not targeting the right audience or engaging with existing readers.
    • The blog isn’t mobile-friendly. Keep in mind that 51.98% of internet traffic around the world comes from mobile users.

    By the end of 2020, it’s expected that bloggers in the U.S will rise to 31.7 million. So if your blog doesn’t have a goal or personality to distinguish itself from the competitors, it will be buried sooner or later.

    Final Word

    Congratulations! You now know all the proper steps, tips, and tricks on how to start a blog and be successful. The only part that remains is the execution, so what you are waiting for? Go online with Hostinger today.

    And if you have any other blogging related questions, inquiries, or tips, drop them down in the comments below.

    How to Create or Delete a MySQL Database or User

    How to Create or Delete a MySQL Database or User

    Databases offer a method for managing large amounts of information over the web easily. They are necessary to run many web-based applications such as bulletin boards, content management systems, and online retail shops.

    Note: Resellers can create accounts with usernames up to 16 characters long. Please note that MySQL Databases and Usernames will only include the first 8 characters. For example:

    • cPanel username: lengthyusername
    • MySQL Database: lengthyu_wrdp1
    • MySQL Username: lengthyu_johndoe

    Create or Delete a MySQL Database

    Create a MySQL Database
    1. Log into cPanel.
    2. Under Databases, click MySQL Databases.
    3. In the New Database field, type a name for the database.
    4. Click Create Database.
    5. Click Go Back.
      • The new database will appear in the Current Databases table.
    Delete a MySQL Database
    1. Navigate to the Current Databases section of MySQL Databases.
    2. In the Actions column of the table, click Delete next to the database you wish to delete.Current Databases
    3. Confirm that you wish to permanently remove the database.Database Delete Confirmation
    If you would like to remove a user that has been assigned to a database, click the X next to the user on this table. Please see the instructions below ⤵ on how to assign a database user.

    Create or Delete a Database User

    What is a MySQL User and Why is it Important?

    The MySQL user is a record in the MySQL server created for authentication purposes. This is different from the usernames you use in logging into Windows or even in your cPanel/WHM. Setting up a MySQL user provides more security to your website’s databases as you can assign permissions to each user. Aside from you, the website’s owner, you do not wish to grant just any user all access to your database.

    After creating the database, you will need to create a user and assign privileges. Please note that MySQL user accounts must be created separately from mail and web administrator accounts.

    Create a Database User
    1. Log into cPanel.
    2. Under Databases, click MySQL Databases.
    3. Click Jump to MySQL Users in the top-left corner of the page.
    4. Under Add New User, enter a username.MySQL Users Add New User
    5. Enter a password in the Password field.
      • For help generating a strong password, click the Generate Password button.
    6. Retype the password in the Password (Again) field.
    7. Click Create User.
    Delete a Database User
    1. Navigate to the Current Users section of MySQL Databases.
    2. In the Delete column, click the Delete next to the user you wish to delete.Delete Current Users

    Define a User’s Privileges and How Important They Are

    You need specific users to have permissions to perform website management tasks, like running queries or modifying databases. This is when we grant privileges. Privileges determine how a user is able to interact with the database. For example, privileges will dictate whether or not the user can add and delete information.

    Assign Privileges to Database User
    1. Log into cPanel.
    2. Under Databases, click MySQL Databases.
    3. Under Add User to Database, select a user from the User drop-down menu.
    4. From the Database drop-down menu, select the database you wish to allow the user access to.Add User To Database
    5. Click Add.
    6. From the MySQL Account Maintenance screen, select the privileges you wish to grant the user or select ALL PRIVILEGES.Add User TO Database
    7. Click Make Changes.
    Unassign a User from a Database
    1. Navigate to the Current Databases section of MySQL Databases.
    2. Locate the database you wish to modify.
    3. In the Privileged Users column for that database, click the X next to the user you wish to delete.Priveleged Users

    Using the Database

    Now that you can create databases and users, and assign appropriate privileges, you can use the following articles as references in editing and connecting to your databases.

    • How to Copy or Rename a Database
    • Managing Databases with Applications
    Delete a Database Without Using cPanel

    The steps below are done using SSH. If you know how to use it, follow these steps; however, if you need help, contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.

    1. Make a backup of the database with SSH using the command line below. Use your cPanel password.
      username@domain [~] # mysqldump --password username_database > username_database.db
      Enter password:  (cPanel Password)
      username@domain [~] #
    2. Next, use the DROP DATABASE command, inside of mysql, to delete the database.
      mysql> SHOW DATABASES LIKE "username_database";
      | Database (username_database) |
      | username_database            |
      1 row in set (0.02 sec)
      mysql> DROP DATABASE username_database;
      Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
      mysql> SHOW DATABASES LIKE "username_database";
      Empty set (0.02 sec)

    Go to DROP DATABASE Statement link for further information on this command.

    Drop One or Multiple Users at a Time

    Using the MySQL statement DROP USER allows you to remove user accounts and also their privileges from the database.


    DROP USER ‘user’@’host’;
    • User: The user account you want to drop.
    • Host: The host server name of the user account. Format: ‘user_name’@’host_name’.


    DROP USER ‘snappy01’@’localhost’;

    To DROP multiple user accounts, follow this format:

    DROP USER ‘snappy01’@’localhost’, ‘snappy02’@’localhost’;
    Granting Privileges in MySQL

    To grant privileges to users in MySQL, you are first required to have the CREATE USER and GRANT privileges.


    GRANT permission1, permission2 ON database_name TO 'user'@'localhost';


    GRANT SELECT, INSERT, DELETE ON example_db TO ‘snappy02’@’localhost’;
    Viewing Privileges in MySQL

    To show existing users and their privileges in MySQL, run the command SHOW GRANT.


    SHOW GRANTS FOR 'database_user'@'localhost';


    SHOW GRANTS for ‘snappy02’@’localhost’;

    Sample Output:

    mysql> SHOW GRANTS FOR ‘snappy02’@'localhost';
    | Grants for snappy02@localhost |
    | GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO `snappy02`@`localhost` |
    | GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE ON `example_db`.* TO `snappy02`@`localhost` |