Choose the Right Hosting
You are in the right place if you want to know How to Choose the Right Hosting for Your Website.
First of all you need to know your exact needs. One can Never get the best without knowing what he needs. So before you go any further, think thoroughly on your needs.
Just answer some basic questions for example:
- What kind of website are you building?
- Do you want something common (a WordPress blog, for example)? or just need Windows applications?
- Do you need a special version of software (ie. PHP)?
- Does your website need special software?
- How big (or small) can the web traffic volume go?
Think on future needs like how long should your website would be going etc.,
If you are totally new
Then don’t worry more just go for a small shared hosting plan. Its always good to start small and move on.
The Shared hosting account is easy to maintain (even without technical knowledge), cheap, and sufficient for most new sites. You can anytime can Upgrade to VPS or Dedicated servers as your site grows bigger.
Server Reliability/Uptime Scores
You need most importantly a web host that functions 24×7. Your web host should operate on a powerful and stable server. 99.5% and above is the recommended uptime score and if anything below 99% is unacceptable.
Server Upgrading Options
Shared web hosts are pretty powerful these days. On rough estimation shared hosting should be enough if your website or WordPress blog is getting around 30000-40000 monthly unique visits. You are alright if you are having limited number of databases. If not then you should probably go for Server Upgrading Options.
If you are expecting of growing your website in next two or three years. Then you should choose a web host company where there is a room for growing your site. Here Growing means, upgrading your web host from shared to Virtual Private Servers (VPS) or dedicated servers. For more memory capacity, processing power, disk storage and better security features.
Prices: Hosting Sign up vs Renewal Cost
Now a days Hosting deals especially to say shared hosting is offered very cheap on sign up but charge much higher prices on renewals.
So it is always best to compare the sign up vs renewal costs before choosing the web host.
Here are some basic questions to ask before signing up.
- Does the company provide full money return, if you cancel during trail period?
- What is the hosting company’s refund policy after the trial period?
- Is there any cancellation charges?
It’s important to know that your hosting provider handle customer refunds.That way you don’t have to lose your hard earned money or too much money when things go wrong.
An Easy-to-use Hosting Control Panel
And another very very important thing you should be aware of is a user-friendly and functional hosting control panel.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a Plesk or a cPanel or a third party control panels (like what we have at GoDaddy).It is okay as long as it is user-friendly and come with all the necessary functions.
24/7 Live Chat Support?
Personally I prefer live chat over phone support and I prefer web host with comprehensive documentation (so you can just read and solve the problems yourself).
But it’s just me. You might prefer email or phone support instead.
What we want is someone who can help us instantly when it is required ASAP.
Finally include reading reviews as some of hosts can be sorted without even including them on your list.
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