In this review, we’ll introduce you to GoDaddy hosting. We’ll discuss what can make it a solid option, and also mention what it lacks. Then we’ll explore three GoDaddy alternatives you might want to opt for instead. Let’s jump right in!
In case you’re in a hurry, here are the highlights of our findings:
Although most hosting companies offer a pretty similar service, each one tends to carve out its own niche. GoDaddy positions itself as a cheap, beginner-friendly way to get a website off the ground very quickly. For this reason, it’s a popular choice with first-time website owners, and is a frequently recommended option.
If you’re looking for something beyond a simple shared hosting service, GoDaddy also offers VPS and dedicated server plans. More recently, GoDaddy has also offered a WordPress-specific hosting option, with three separate tiers priced from $8.99 per month. This is a managed hosting service, which means the provider will handle certain tasks (such as installation, backups, and updates) for you.
Overall, this is a pretty solid list of services. Now, let’s explore the reasons you might choose to opt for GoDaddy or look elsewhere, before introducing a few GoDaddy alternatives.
The pros and cons of using GoDaddy for your WordPress site
In the past, we’ve conducted several in-depth reviews of various hosting companies. For example, we sent out a survey to almost 5,000 of our readers, asking about the hosting companies you use, and soliciting ratings and opinions. GoDaddy was overwhelmingly the most commonly-used host, and the average review score for the service was a 7.64 out of 10.
Now, before we start, I should address some of the common objections and questions that most people have about how to start a blog:
FAQ on how to start a blog
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions by people who are thinking about starting a blog:
Can I do it all by myself without anyone’s help?
There really is not much more to say here … you really can learn how to start a blog and then execute on that knowledge by yourself. Plus, the final effect won’t necessarily be any worse than if you had a pro designer or developer on the payroll. The tools have evolved a lot over the years – they’re very user-friendly and easy to grasp nowadays.
What do I need in order to get started? Do I need to know how to code?
You need a computer and a fistful of dollars. All the other stuff is optional.
There’s no coding knowledge required, no website-owning experience, and no design skills or whatnots.
The reason why this is the case is because of what I mentioned above – we simply have more functional and easier-to-use tools at our disposal these days.
In short, here’s what the steps are involved in starting a blog (we discuss them more in depth in the following chapters):
Sign up for web hosting (we recommend SiteGround).
Pick a domain name for your blog.
Complete your hosting registration.
Select a checkbox to have WordPress installed automatically.
Log in and write your first blog post.
Can I create a blog for free?
In a word, yes. But that’s not the best path to take.
While there are blogging platforms out there that allow you to build a blog entirely for free, they do carry a number of limitations:
You’re stuck with the platform’s subdomain and can’t get your own domain name without paying a fee.
You’re often not allowed to do much in terms of customization or installing new features.
Your options to monetize the blog are limited – not all platforms allow you to sell your products or promote other people’s stuff via ads.
You can be forced to host the platform’s own ads on your site.
At the end of the day, if you instead choose to shell out a modest fee, you can do away with all of the above issues and create a fully functional blog on your own.
People say blogging’s dead. Are they right?
“Blogging is dead” is something people have been saying for years now. It’s hard to even pinpoint when the phrase appeared for the first time.
There have been a number of supposed killers of blogging. First there was social media, Twitter and Facebook, then YouTube, live streaming services, and who knows what else.
The data says otherwise.
Raw data has one advantage, it doesn’t take sides.
Let me show you two things:
According to WordPress.com, more than 400 million people view more than 21 billion blog pages each month. On top of that, users create nearly 90 million new posts and nearly 50 million new comments each month.
WordPress – undoubtedly the biggest blog and website engine of them all – now powers more than 32% of all websites. Again, that’s all websites.
So no. Blogging is far from dead.
After I learn how to start a blog, can I then turn that blog into a business and make money from it?
Yes, of course.
Just look at what we’ve done here with this very blog.
When we started, the blog was making $0, understandably. But within ~3 years, we’ve grown it to ~$20,000 per month in revenue.
How does it make money exactly and how have we achieved it? We’ll get to that later on. But let’s just say that it took us some trial and error to get to that level. We try to boil it all down in this guide and present you with a structured, systematic approach.
Without further ado … the first step to starting your own blog? That would be picking a topic:
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Writer and WordPress blogger at ThemeIsle, wordpressupload, and Revive Social. Occasionally, I share content marketing tips on my personal blog. When I’m not creating content, I’m either on a mountain trail, at a metal concert, playing tennis, or reading.
Figuring out which are the best fonts for logos might not be the easiest of tasks. For instance, even the directory at DaFont.com alone lists a staggering 36,000+ total fonts. And that’s surely not all that’s available out there. You can probably find just as many fonts in other places, or even more.
So, how to make your way through all this abundance and find the best fonts for logos that are the most likely to work for your project? This is where the post we have for you today comes into play. We go through all the different traits that make a quality logo font, and list a number of recommendations to get you started.
And, okay, I know you might be skeptical about the idea as a whole. After all, a company’s logo is a very individual and original project, so looking for a generalization like “best fonts for logos overall” seems odd, but please bear with me, we’ll talk it over.
On another note, as much as it can be tough to call a selection of the best fonts for logos, calling the worst ones is pretty straightforward. Comic Sans much? Or maybe Impact? Papyrus? Please don’t use those typefaces. Ever! 🙈
How to start searching for the best fonts for logos?
Let’s begin with what you don’t do. And that is don’t get a font purely because you like the way it looks. This is a trap that’s easy to fall for. Instead, try thinking of it this way:
What you’re looking for is not a font for you but rather for your customers or clients. The font needs to resonate with them even more than it needs to resonate with you.
Even though I will give you some font examples along the way, it’s still a good idea to first focus on defining what that perfect font “feels like” for you.
Start by listing the primary values that your brand wants to embrace, the main characteristics of your niche, and also define your perfect client/customer persona.
This might sound like an unnecessary step for the more “action-centered” among you, but the goal here is mainly to have a couple of things written down – just so you can make a quick decision when looking at a particular font and wondering, “does that font fit my business?”
Some helper questions 🤔
Do you want to send off a vibe of professionalism?
Do you want to look modern?
Calm and relaxed or energetic and lively?
Feminine or masculine?
Original and unique?
Fitting in with the competition?
Selling to businesses or individuals?
How old is your customer?
Men or women?
What sort of values are they looking for when deciding who to work with?
Do you want people to identify with your brand (e.g. Apple) or do you just want to give them what they want (e.g. Google)?
With all these answers lined up, let’s now look at some options and browse through some of the best fonts for logos.
1. Decide on an emblem logo or wordmark
Some fonts fit better with an emblem-based logo (e.g. Harley Davidson), and some with a wordmark or text-based logo (e.g. Visa).
If you’re going for an emblem logo, your font probably needs to be more toned-down so that it doesn’t overpower the emblem.
Starbucks is a good example here. Even though the company has shifted away from having any text in their current logo, for 24 years (1987-2011) they used this:
The font is simple, a bit heavy, showcasing the company name and main product in all caps. Even though the text is relatively massive in comparison to the emblem, that two-legged mermaid is still the focal point.
Had there been a more flashy font, it would have overpowered the emblem and made it less visible. You can employ similar principles when looking for a font for your emblem logo.
Similar font choices:
When opting for a text-based logo or wordmark, your font should be more representative or distinct. In other words, this time the font itself is the focus, and that needs to show.
You’re essentially making your logo the brand identity in itself – so there’s no need for an emblem. Here’s an example from one company:
At this point, it’s also worth considering getting a completely custom logo design, which somewhat includes building a custom font.
For example, basically any feature film ever came with its own title font. Actually, those were more like partial typefaces. I’m calling them partial since it’s hard to believe that the designers prepared entire fonts, rather than just working on the letters that would appear in the title. That being said, due to the popularity of those films, other designers stepped in later on to build entire typefaces.
Here are some examples of custom logo fonts used in films: Alien, Apocalypse Now, The Avengers.
So, the question to ask yourself with a text-based logo is whether you want to invest in designing the thing from scratch or use any of the more representative ready-made fonts.
If it’s the former, you can find some great designers to help you out at Fiverr.
For the latter, here are some examples of unique fonts that can be used for logos:
2. Stay in tune with the niche
Every niche or market has its own set of rules, expectations and somewhat of a general vibe that’s noticeable.
You should essentially aim for the same vibe – to make the vibe of the font fit that of the business and niche.
For example, for a dentist office logo, it’s important to convey the feeling of safety, cleanliness, professionalism, friendliness. It just doesn’t make much sense to use this for your dentist office logo:
What I’m trying to say is that as attractive as the concept of standing out might feel, it’s not always the right choice for many niches.
We’d probably all want to “disrupt” whatever niche we’re in, but that’s rarely done through the logo itself.
Don’t be the outlier that needs to be different no matter what. Fit in, but improve.
Pro tip. If you’re going for an emblem logo, that emblem can be partly disconnected to avoid boredom. For example, I’m sure you’ve seen countless real estate logos featuring houses, buildings, skyscrapers, and whatnots. Use something different.
Take the logo of Domino’s Pizza, for example. See any pizza in it?
Here are some interesting choices among the best fonts for logos in different markets and niches:
Health and wellness:
Apps and tech:
Barbershop, but also whiskey:
Childcare, kindergarten, baby products:
3. Pick a font that’s unique enough
As we all know, one of the key qualities of a logo is that it’s original and unique. After all, you want people to identify your business by its logo.
For that to happen, you can’t pick a font that’s too popular. You simply don’t want to come across your font in the wild as it’s used for something you’d really not want to associate your business with.
On the one hand, popular fonts are popular for a reason – they’re quality creations that appeal to a lot of people. But popular fonts are a double-edged sword when searching for the best fonts for logos.
What you want to pick instead is something that’s “unique enough.” A quality font is always going to be popular to an extent, so you will probably stumble upon it somewhere eventually; you just don’t want the whole world to be using it.
Here are some examples of original fonts:
4. Pick a font that scales well
Not all fonts are built to look good in all sizes. Nor in different mediums. Some fonts basically look good only in their demo sheet, and nowhere else.
Take this one, for example:
It looks awesome when big enough. But scale it down, and it loses its magic.
Always test your font in multiple scenarios. Resize your logo to make sure it’s readable and interesting in all sizes.
Some examples of fonts that scale well:
5. Use a font that translates well to low contrast
Some fonts might be tough to read in low contrast scenarios.
The thing with company logos is that you don’t always control the situation in relation to how and where your logo is going to be used.
Maybe you’ll sponsor an event and your logo will be placed in a poster that you don’t have creative control over. Or maybe you’ll use your logo as a video watermark, with a lot of stuff moving in the background.
In any such situation, if the font you’ve chosen isn’t universal concerning low contrast scenarios, the logo might be difficult to distinguish.
Fonts with thinner letters or elaborate handwritten design might share these problems.
6. Pick a font that fits in with your other website fonts
Fonts are like beers. You’re rarely good with just one.
In a classic website scenario, you will need at least two more fonts apart from the logo font:
your website headline font
your website body font
All those need to fit in with each other.
You can use a tool like Fontjoy to help yourself out here. It will point out cool font pairings based on a starter font.
7. Choose between serif or sans
Sans-serif or serif is the oldest font-related question of them all.
Here’s what serifs look like:
Generally speaking, serif fonts are more decorative, official, classic, better for the readability of long texts. Sans-serif is more modern-looking, easier to digest for a younger audience, arguably better-suited to on-screen text.
At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong answer here. Both typestyles can work well among the best fonts for logos, but that all depends on how they fit with your business and brand.
Some examples of interesting serif and sans-serif fonts:
8. Be careful with handwritten and script fonts
Handwritten fonts can be an awesome choice for the right business and logo, but they also carry some risks. Many of them we’ve already discussed above – wonky behavior in low contrast situations, or not clear enough when scaled down a lot.
At the same time, to play devil’s advocate, this type of fonts can be awesome at sending an emotion-rich message or creating a particular vibe.
Here are some examples of handwritten and script fonts that don’t suffer from the common downsides:
9. See what popular startups use
Whenever working on your own logo, it’s a good idea to do wider market research and examine what the other companies in the space are doing – how they manage to stand out, what they do vs not do, etc.
However, it’s also a good idea to go a bit wider – outside of your niche – and get inspired browsing through the font choices among popular startups.
Here’s a really interesting tool by Icons8 analyzing the fonts that the greatest startups from ProductHunt use.
10. Don’t expect to stay with a font indefinitely
Even the biggest brands out there change or refine their logos over time. You really shouldn’t expect to stay with that one font for years to come.
Take Apple, for example. This is their very first logo:
If you can’t see it there, it’s Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree with a shiny apple hanging over his head. How far is that from the current Apple logo?
Goals change, the market changes, customer expectations change, and so on. You will likely refine your logo at some point in two to three year’s time. So don’t overthink it today. Don’t try to be perfect on your first go.
If some font seems to fit your logo, your business, the niche, and it just feels right, don’t go searching for something better. Settle on what you have. You can improve later on. A company’s success is rarely never based on the logo alone.
When doing these mental gymnastics looking for the best fonts for logos:
Start with a list of 5-10 fonts that seem good-enough, and then make your way down to the top 3.
Next, create your logo with each font individually and compare the results.
Print them out in different sizes.
Use the logos on your website.
See the website on mobile.
Make them huge.
Make them little.
Ask your coworkers to vote on the top one.
After this is all done, you should have your shortlist of the best fonts for logos, and maybe your perfect no.1 font at hand.
📚 Further reading: 20 Awesome Design Portfolios to See Before Creating Your Own, Here’s How to Be the Worst WordPress Designer on the Planet, The Evolution of WordPress UI (2003 to 2018)
Do you have your perfect logo font yet? Which one is it? Feel free to share in the comments.
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The important thing is to expand upon this and find other associations. A simple brainstorming session can really add to your list. Likewise a dictionary dive can help expand your thinking.
Finally, some word clouds will help give the list as much width and depth as possible. My sample list includes “baby”, “toddler”, “kids”, “mummy”, “daddy”, “education”, “teaching”, “activities” and more.
How to find your domain name using a generator
One of the essential rules is to experiment with multiple generators and tactics. All of the so-called best domain name generators have flaws. Experimentation is the way around them to get your result. For example, if you just want to smash your words together to create a portmanteau then you can use a generator like MergeWords.
You can see that the longer the list the more combinations are created by the algorithm. If your list is not strong then your results will suffer. You can see that the results are not great. The words are merged, sure, but that’s it. While you won’t always have the answer handed to you by the generator, you will find inspiration in the results. For example, I think “ToddlerU” is a reasonable domain name.
If you would like to avoid the word mash and try something a little more creative, then you should try Panabee or Domain Wheel.
However, neither of them can handle long lists of words, and you will need to experiment with some word variations. I used “baby learning” in Panabee but, unfortunately, some of the best names were taken. Now, we expect this to happen but Panabee also gave me a bunch of terms related to learning. I selected “wisdom” before switching to “wise” without any stand out results.
I started playing more and more with the words I provided and different generators. Over on Domain Wheel, I paired “baby” with “wise” and got “babywiseowl.info”. Which is a fairly memorable name, and right within the magic number while retaining brandability. I’d also recommend using a name you like to conduct further searches. I was able to find a way to swap to a .com address after searching with “babywiseowl”. 😉
What are domain name generators good for?
When you use any of the best domain name generators from our list, you will increase your possible names exponentially. Quick results are one of the best reasons for using a generator like that.
One of my tricks was using a good name as a seed word in a different generator to get ideas. All of the domain name generators I tested were able to give a good idea of domain availability. Most of the domain generators use Verisign’s Zone file which is published every night with a list of active domains. This is why you might occasionally run into a false-positive or two because not all domains appear on the list.
When looking for the best domain name generator for your needs, also consider social media. I noticed that a number of domain name generators, like NameMesh, are showing social media availability for selected names. This is not a standard feature even among our selection of the best domain name generators. Just be careful not to skip this step.
Should you use a domain name generator?
You know, I’m going to be controversial here and say it is essential to use a domain name generator when picking your new domain.
Why? Coming up with an unregistered name manually is quite a challenge, and you might find a dozen unavailable names without knowing. Even the worst domain name generators filter out unavailable names. Plus they all link to hosting companies for quick purchase.
Pick a good generator by paying attention to how it works and what it offers in the results. You can see that our list of the best domain name generators contains generators that use multiple APIs, NLP, exclusions and custom rules to create unique and brandworthy names.
The other part of it is that you could perform all of the letter substitutions and word relationships yourself, but not in a few seconds. The generators are going to be able to return more results in seconds than you could in 24 hours. The strength of the results comes down to the quality of your seed words. If you approach the domain generator with a range of possibilities then you will be able to find a good domain name relatively quickly.
Just think of the generator as one of your buddies. One who is really, really, good at brainstorming!