Website Hosting For Schools

I get asked a lot about who I use and / or recommend for school website hosting… but first this important disclosure.

Some of the links below are affiliate links which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with these companies and I refer them because they are helpful and useful (not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something). Do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Truth is, there’s not one perfect web host that I can recommend. Sorry 🙁

That said, the web host I use is DreamHost. I’ve been using them for years, they’re extremely reliable, affordable, and their customer support is among the best I’ve experienced.

All of my websites are hosted on DreamHost. Here’s why:

  • They make it incredibly easy to set up new website hosting for schools with their one-click automatic WordPress blog installation.
  • You can use your DreamHost account to host multiple domains so there’s no need to pay more for hosting when you’re ready to start another website.
  • They offer your own IP addresses which is important for promoting a school and getting your site found on Google.
  • Unlimited email addresses, email forwarding, and email catch-alls.
  • Finally, they provide outstanding customer service!

I highly recommend using DreamHost for your first website, your hundredth website, or pretty much any site that doesn’t require super specific hosting needs (and you can get started now at only $7.95/month, which is a SMARTER CLICKS reader deal)!

That’s not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way…

The one issue I have had with DreamHost is with their email system. It used to be great (now it’s just ‘alright’).

It just doesn’t run as efficiently as I’d like (i.e., sometimes when I delete messages I’ll get an error and it doesn’t always delete).

Setting up a emails for new team members is also a royal pain.

Are these deal-breakers? For me they’re not but if you’re constantly creating new email accounts for new teachers, etc., then maybe you should look into hosting your school’s emails with Google or Microsoft.

Other good hosts, but in my opinion not as great as DreamHost, are Host Gator and Blue Host.

I get asked about GoDaddy hosting all the time. DO NOT USE GODADDY HOSTING. EVER.

They are great for registering and managing domain names (I use them exclusively for this) but not good at all for web hosting.

The reasons they’re not good for hosting your school website are plenty but mostly, GoDaddy simply doesn’t offer the add-ons DreamHost, Host Gator, or Blue Host provide for free.

They offer some, but you have to pay for them and once you add everything up, you’re pretty much priced out of the discount / affordable web hosting market though still getting a discount service.

Imagine getting expensive steakhouse accompaniments with your fast-food value burger. Who does that?!

Confessions of an analog man in a digital world

I turned 56 last week. I’ve written for Digiday (the leading source for all things digital and tech in advertising, marketing and publishing) for a year and a half. This is my 100 percent truthful confessional: I don’t know if digital advertising is more or less of a scam than traditional advertising, and I know next to nothing about ad tech. Also, I don’t Snapchat or Instagram.

—Confessions of an analog man in a digital world

Workaholic’s Guide to Relaxing on Vacation [Infographic]

There’s a big difference between having a strong work ethic and being a workaholic.

When you have a strong work ethic, it means you have a strong sense of responsibility, you put in your best effort, and you care about the quality of your work — but you also cut yourself a break every once in a while to recharge. Workaholics, on the other time, have a hard time taking breaks, cutting themselves off from work, and relaxing.

But using your vacation time to relax and recharge is important for your physical and mental health and for your overall productivity at work. No one can operate on high all of the time without eventually burning out, and that’s neither good for you nor your team.

So if you find yourself having trouble relaxing and not working when you go on vacation, take a look at the infographic below from OnlineHealth. It’ll walk you through how to prepare for your vacation so leaving work won’t be as stressful, how to avoid the temptation to work when you’re supposed to be relaxing, and how to settle back into work again afterward without feeling guilty.

Follow this advice and I’ll bet you’ll feel happier and healthier in your personal life, and happier, more productive, and more creative at work.

See the infographic…