When I began The Simple Dollar, I honestly didn’t know if it would be a success or not, so I didn’t want to invest a lot in hosting. I signed up with DreamHost based on the recommendations of a few friends. Their service was very easy to set up and my site was running very quickly after opening my account.

As time wore on, my site gradually became popular and they facilitated a seamless upgrade two different times, finally resulting in my current dedicated serving setup (meaning The Simple Dollar has a high-end computer all to itself to serve information to you). During this entire time, I experienced what I consider to be exceptional service for the price paid and have no qualms about recommending them.

Undoubtedly, you may be able to find a better provider if you want to shell out the cash, but if you’re thinking of dipping your toes into blogging and don’t want to invest significant funds before you figure out if it’s right for you, DreamHost is a great way to go.

If you use the promo code simpledollar when you sign up, Dreamhost will kick in a free domain registration. This means that you will be able to reserve any available domain name for your site for free – during the process, just type in the dot-com address you want and if no one else has it, it’s yours – for free.