Google Blogger introduced the highly popular custom domains where you can purchase your own domain for your environmental blog and they can even host it for you for free. However, not hosting your own blog has its disadvantages. For example, if you want to have a favicon (short for favorites icon, also known as a website icon, shortcut icon, url icon, or bookmark icon), a small graphic image favicon.ico need to be uploaded to the root directory of your web server. However, bloggers with blogs hosted by Google Blogger do not have access to the root directory of the web server hosting the blog. For access to the root directory of the web server, a blogger have to host the blog himself.
However, there are so many web hosts. Which one to select? This is where web hosting ratings comes in useful. Before you commit yourself to any web host, it will be fruitful to read as many web hosting articles as possible to familiarize yourself with various aspects of web hosting.
If you are doing your blog on a shoestring, perhaps you can consider cheap web hosting. Want to save money on software, why not use Linux and get Linux web hosting? No time to manage the web server? Then managed web hosting may suit you, especially if you opt for full management where all the headaches are taken care of by the web host and you just concentrate on the content.