The number of individuals attempting to induce an online passive income contributes to increased website creation. Other people just simply want a website on their interests, for their offline business, or otherwise. Further, a website is now considered a necessity for companies. Consider its importance, finding the right hosting company for your needs is just as important. With so many hosting companies out there offering an array of different services, how do you pick the “best” one? Or does a “best” one even exist? This will be examined in the following paragraphs to help you narrow down your hosting search and find you the alternative that suits you most.
Determine Your Needs
Do not assume a larger purchase will cover you better; while that may be true in some cases it is simply a waste in regards to hosting. Generally a basic website will use very little in GB bandwidth and minimal storage space. A large website with masses of traffic will require more space and data transfer. Start with what you will use and a good host will allow an easy upgrade process as your needs increase. Consider the features you will want to include, security certification and script language (HTML, WordPress, etc.) you will be using. Also check database limitations along with their server and connection speeds. These are all important factors in choosing a high-quality web hosting package.
Do comprehensive comparisons. Begin by searching for the package that best fits your pre-determined needs; do not worry about your budget just yet. Make a list of the web hosting services you would like to consider. Compare the features and add-ons. Narrow your list down to your top six or ten choices. You should plan to re-visit this step a few times for modifications as you begin to narrow down to your top three (and then finally the winner!).
Research and Seek Advice
The internet is a constant source of information… however the key is to determine what information you should actually follow. Customer reviews provide an insight to issues within operations and customer support. Do not focus on the number of complaints or even the praise. Use the reviews as a basis to form a list of questions to post in forums and for a customer support ‘interview’. Use forums and discussion sites to talk to people who actually use the services on your list. Subscribe to a number of web hosting newsletters as they can contain valuable information.
Learn the Companies
While the forums and newsletters can provide insight to a companies’ reputation, you will still need to do more research. Learn where they are located and how long they have been established. This will give you clues as to the reliability and stability you require. It is always best to go with a long-standing business. Check the terms and conditions of the contracts on the company’s website. Valuable information on limitations, billing and additional rules can be found here. Run a general web search on their IP address (chances are if they are considered spam, you will be too).
Refer back to the list of questions you have hopefully developed. Place a number of ticket submissions, e-mail inquiries and telephone calls to determine the level of professionalism and knowledge. A great way to evaluate support services is to email a question to the wrong department. A reliable company will forward the email to the correct representatives. Search the support database and forums to verify solid information is present.
With the exception of determining your needs, the above stated steps may require you to “rinse and repeat” several times. When you have diligently completed your research you should then take the top five choices and research the plan prices. Never exchange cost for quality. And now you’re off! With this information you should be ready to make a final decision on your eventual web hosting plan.