Think of the Internet. Whats up Websites, websites, and more sites. And what drives them? For the most part, its hosting company. In the same way as the internet, hosting companies have come a long way. In the 1990s, there were some web hosting services on the Internet, and you would pay a lot for domain registrations and hostrelated services. You can pay 9.99 a month for 15 MB of disk space and 1.5 GB of bandwidth. But it was in the 90s.
Today there are millions of hosting companies out there. For 6.95 mo you can get 5GB of space with 250GB of transfer. The host industry has grown and is getting cheaper. But choosing a hosting company has become much more difficult than it was in the 90s. You ask helplessly, Which host should I choose?
In this article I will tell you how to choose a good web host.
Part 1 What do you need?
A mans meat is another mans gift. This statement is true when it comes to hosting. What works for someone else may not work for you.
We all have different needs. Some of us need 500 MB of space, some need 1 GB, and some need 15 GB of space.
Before choosing a hosting company, it is important to know your needs. Do you need PHP? Do you need PERL? Do you need MySQL? Or is your website just a simple HTML CSS site? Think about what you need and your budget. Think of this for a while. Only then can you make a good choice that meets your needs.
Part 2 Looking for standards
In todays web hosting, standards have become higher. Beware of the higher standards. Hosts today offer 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, some kind of technical support not necessarily 24x7 and automatic payment processing. Many hosts also offer a refund guarantee 15 to 60 days or a free trial.
Todays web hosting company will offer something in line with the mentioned standard features that I have written about. When researching web hosting, it is important to ensure that they meet the standards of web hosting. They can offer a little less, for example, instead of 99.9 percent uptime, they can offer 99.7 percent or 99.8 percent. Select displayed. Stay away from hosts who do not meet the standards if you want a good experience.
Part 3 Smell a rat
When choosing web hosting, its important that you know how to smell a rat. You know youve melted a rat when you encounter offers like unlimited web space, unlimited bandwidth or very large amounts of space and bandwidth at low prices for example offers 1TB space and 5TB bandwidth for 5.95 USD mo.
Hosts offering these are generally unreliable although there are exceptions very few though. This practice is called transfer. Overselling refers to selling more than the supplier can handle. When a customer falls for an unlimited space offer, and really uploads many files, web hosts can not afford to continue adding hard disks just to serve the specific client. In most cases, the clients account is canceled. In some cases, the account can be deleted.
Another way to say that unlimited offers do not work is that there are no unlimited hard disks, and it will never happen. Unlimited bandwidth is impossible unless the host is their own Internet service provider, and it would cost them a lot of money and is simply not practical.
Part 4 Do your homework
You know what you need. You know what the standards are for todays web hosting. You know how to smell a rat. Now its time to do your homework.
Research is the key here. Go to directories, and look at hosting companies. Choose a few, then read their customer reviews. This is a great way to tell if the values are good or not.
Stop by a host with mostly negative reviews. Some hosts can give fake impressions the owners of the hosting companies write positive reviews of the host in the directories. Although this does not happen very often it happens sometimes and when it does, it may not be easy to tell.
When doing research you should take into account some factors uptime, speed, honesty, support and reliability. These factors are important for good service, and all hosts should have them.
Once you decide on a particular host, take your research even more. Google is your friend. Google hostname reviews for more customer reviews. If the host has mostly positive reviews, you have a green light.
Part 5 Settlement
You have selected the values. This is your almost final decision. You have decided that the values are for you, and its time to settle down. But before you go down, there are some last steps to take before you press the Pay Now button in PayPal.