Are you looking to start a blog soon? Are you going to establish a small website for your business? Do you think you can find the right web hosting for your website?
Read this post as you will know 5 major things to look for in a web hosting company before making a decision to let them host your soon to be launched website/blog.
Hosting is a very important part of the Web, as it is this service that allows us to have websites online in the first place. Without good web hosting service providers, we would have to build and maintain our own equipment, which would serve the web pages and scripts of our sites to the viewers, and that is a very difficult (and more importantly, expensive) thing to do.
Anyone who has ever tried to get into an online business or simply build a presence on the Internet has gotten to a point where he/she needs to choose a web hosting company, and a lot of the times, people are simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of providers, as the industry is a very competitive one.
But there are some very simple things that you can base your choice on, and if you take them into consideration, you are sure to get the best service for the money you pay.
The security of your data is the most important factor, that’s why you should consider this point first. I’m sure you don’t want to get to a point where your site has been broken into by some unscrupulous hackers. You should always see what other people have to say about a hosting company before choosing it. Their Terms of Service can also tell you a lot about their commitment to your security, that’s why you must read it before placing an order.
I know that web hosting company can’t help you in your website security alone. You also have to take security precautions on your own to be as safe as possible.
But hey! Haven’t you read how due to lack of security in GoDaddy servers resulted in many sites being hacked. GoDaddy web hosting has been compromised many times. Just Google it and you will find all those news.
The hosting package and company you choose must also be reliable. They must have a record of good service online and an acceptable service level agreement, which means they should be active for at least a couple of years and have clear-defined rules about any data corruption, backups and troubleshooting times.
For example, if it takes them longer than an hour to replace a failed hard drive, you should simply move on to the next provider on your list.
The performance of your website or application is directly related to the machine it is hosted on. If the hosting provider uses outdated equipment or a slow connection to the Internet for their data center, it will definitely be a bad choice, no matter what their pricing is.
Be sure to check the server hardware specs on their site before choosing a web hosting package, or ask their sales team to provide it to you.
There are tons of technologies on the web nowadays, and you never know what your site might need. That’s why the rule here is “the more, the better”. You should always search for a hosting package that has MySQL, PHP, Zend, IonCube, PostgreSQL the latest Apache server and unlimited bandwidth and disk space.
That’s not a hard thing to do, as most companies nowadays offer unlimited web hosting packages with all those features installed and configured.
And of course, you should consider the price. If it’s too high and you can’t afford it, no amount of features and security will help you, which is why you’ll have to go with the company that has the best features vs. price ratio.
If you find a great cheap web hosting company that conforms to all of the above points, there’s no reason not to choose it.
By simply taking the above points into consideration, you can really reduce the number of options you’ll have to choose from, and you’ll easily be able go with the best hosting company possible.
Do let me know if you consider more points to look on while choosing a web hosting company. This will really help those people decide just looking to choose a web hosting for their website.
Also, do let me know the point you think is the foremost important according to you when choosing a web hosting company.