Picking the right web hosting company can be one of the most daunting tasks ever. This is because every hosting company understand promise everything under the sun, so it can be difficult separating the contenders and pretenders. But rather than rely on what these companies are saying, you should rely on what you need. Here are some key things to consider when choosing a Hosting Company or provider.
Understand your Needs
This is very important as getting this right or wrong can make or mar your decision. Here are questions that you need to ask yourself.
- What kind of website are you building?
- Do you need Linux or Windows Hosting
- How huge is your traffic going to be?
- What is your budget?
If you are a newbie and/or you don’t need anything complicated, you can start with a regular shared hosting account that usually goes for cheap.
What is their UPTIME
To optimize your full potentials, your website has to be up most of the time. That is why you need to pay attention to the uptime that a host is offering. Most of them claim to be offering a 99.9% uptime. Don’t believe them. Find out for yourself. Here are tools that you can use to monitor your uptime.
Do you want to host more than one website?
You can host more than one website with a hosting plan. Just make sure you check how many addon domains they allow for a particular hosting plan. If they don’t display it on their package page, then ask them personally through one of their support systems. It’s a great way of saving money especially if your website traffic isn’t going to be bringing the roof down.
An easy to use control panel and Software
cPanel is the most used control panel in the world because of it’s ease of use. I’ll advise you stick with a host that uses cPanel.
Depending on the kind of website you want to run, you will need to know which software they have. If you want to run a blog for example, find out if they have pre-installable WordPress through third part services like softaculous,
Test their Support strength
One of the things you need to do to make you live longer is to choose a host that has an efficient support system. Don’t just go for a host just because their plans are cheap and everything seems good. You need to test their ability to resolve issues. Do they have an email support system? Ticket system? Live Chat? The more the better. You should specially look out for hosts that have a live chat system so that you can have your issues sorted out while you wait rather than send mails that may take some time to be attended to.
Read their Reviews
This is the most important part for me. Reviews are the surest way to know if a hosting company fits the bill. Nothing beats finding out from people who have had experiences with them. All you need to do is go to Google and type for example “ABC hosting reviews” and you will see tons of links with reviews about them. You can also visit web hosting forums such as webhostingtalk.com to read reviews and ask questions as well.
Author: Afam Orji
Afam Orji is the founder & Owner of Internetvisa. An IT specialist and blogger with over 10 years of experience. He has a degree in IT & BIS from the Middlesex University, Mauritius.