One of the toughest and most critical decision when you are making your website is to select the best web hosting. It is vital that you choose the right web host because otherwise your complete hard work which you put in to make a website will be wasted or in the worse case even lost. So how do you select the best web hosting from a huge number of web hosts? It might become a challenge to find the reputable and reliable web host out of this number. However, if you know your needs very well, do your thorough research and test hosting before committing long time, you will be moving in the right direction.
1. Know your needs
It is important that before you choose a web host, you are clear about your requirements. Is your website personal one which is just for your family and friends for sharing life’s beautiful moments or you want to make a business website for making money online? If you just want to play around with a small personal website then even free web hosts can be good enough but you will want to have best web hosting if you are going to build a business website.
2. Easy Website Builder
The web host must offer a free and graphical website builder which will make creating website a piece of cake. Most web hosts provide one click installers but still you may like to check with the web host that they offer free one click script installers like Fantastico or Softaculous.
3. Easy graphical control panel
The web host must offer an easy to use graphical control panel like cPanel, ISPConfig or ispCP. This allows you to perform your hosting related tasks in a few clicks. cPanel is the most popular hosting control panel and with this you can also change hosting without any hassle if the other host also offers cPanel.
4. Scalable Space and Bandwidth
The storage space offered by a web host will become of importance if you site grows out of that allowed by it. However, do not go for overbuying. For 99 percent of the websites, you can be fine with even 5GB storage. Therefore, do not fall for unlimited disk space because you will not be using so much space anyway at the start. Most of the websites generally occupy around 50MB space.
Same goes for bandwidth because it is related to amount of traffic your website will get. Most websites do not cross 10GB bandwidth initially. So anything over 25GB bandwidth initially should suffice.
5. Web Host network speed
Test the speed of the web host’s network by going to Start>run> and then enter “command” and hit enter. On the next screen type “ping domainnameofhost.com” and see how long the ping takes. Lower pings mean better speeds. If your best web hosting is in the same country as you are, then ping should be about 80. Pings above 100 are considered bad, except when your web host is in a different country.
6. Good Support
While selecting the best web hosting, try to go with that company which offers a lot of help and knowledge-base articles along with FAQ pages, phone support and same day email support. Chat support is also critical. Avoid any host which has a reputation for poor customer support. Average response time and uptime guarantee should also be checked. Try calling in their phone support before signing up to test. You will be surprised that in many cases no one will attend the phone number they have given on their website.
7. Type of Hosting
Most of those who are starting their website will go with “Shared Hosting” which is the least expensive and most widely used. Bigger and active websites whose storage space is more than 10GB and thousands of visitors a day would either have to go with “VPS hosting” or “Dedicated Hosting.” With VPS and dedicated hosting, your website will be the only website on the server which would of course give you huge performance boost.
8. Difference b/w Linux and Widows Hosting
Linux hosting is considerably less expensive than Windows hosting and is also more secure, stable and speedy. Linux hosting also has many free open source applications like WordPress, Joomla etc.
9. Read Customers Reviews
Good the name of the hosting company and read customer’s reviews. If the hosting company has been in business for more than one year, you will easily find many honest customer reviews which will give you an idea about their service level. Another good place to find reviews is to visit the forum of web hosting company but it is likely that they will moderate any negative views there.
10. Do not Base Decision on Price
As a general rule, less the price of a web hosting is more the websites will be on that server. Best web hosting companies will not cram their servers with too many websites. But their price will then be higher than cheap web hosts. Do not shop for web hosting based on price alone. Your decision should be based on reviews and recommendations.
Also make absolutely sure that you have selected the best web hosting before paying upfront yearly. It is always better to pay monthly because in that case you will not be locked in to host and can change web hosting if you will not be satisfied with the performance.
11. Check WHOIS of Web Host Site
In order to get an idea bout legitimacy of web host, check their WHOIS information and creation date of the website. If the date of registration of website is less than one year, simply ignore that web host.
12. Up-time Guarantee
Best Web hosting companies ensure that they offer 99.9 percent up-time guarantee and compensate the user for any downtime over this. It is not possible to give 100 percent up-time because of the possibilities of maintenance and upgrades of hardware and software occasionally.
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