How To Select a Top Web Hosting Provider
Before you choose a hosting provider for your website, it’s important to consider your needs. Anyone and their mother can tell you should choose this host or that one, but do they really know what you need in a provider? For that matter, do you even know what you really need? Well, this article should help you figure that out. In order to determine your own needs, let’s consider some basic questions that need answered first.
How much money do you have to invest in your website?
If you are thinking right about now that the only amount you want to spend is the least amount, you are not alone. However, more thought should be spent on this one. For starters, the cheapest provider is not always the best one, even for someone on a shoestring budget. All provides promise the best this and the best that. Unfortunately, that does not always add up to the best anything and can lead to unreliable service and a waste of time and money. If your objectives are the basic ones such as customer support, uptime, and the ability to grow and add bandwidth and additional sites, then you are starting to think about this decision in the right way. But please do not stop there. There is more to consider.
What type of Hosting Do You Need?
Not all websites are created equal nor do they demand the same performance requirements. If your website receives tens of thousands of visitors each month, then you have different performance requirements than someone with a website with only a few hundred visitors per month. Most hosting providers offer various options of servers depending on your needs. This is a very important consideration. Make sure the provider has flexible options including the popular and affordable shared server. This option meets most webmaster’s basic needs but does not offer many administrative options. For those individuals with a higher budget, a dedicated server may be a better option. A VPS is often used by the larger websites and it offers the advantage of no interruptions or outages that could be caused by other sites.
What Administrative Controls Do You Need?
I would strongly recommend that the provider you choose offer a control panel. This makes functionality much easier. The most common is the cPanel which makes it much easier for clients to make changes to their sites. Do your homework and make sure the application is stable and supported. This factor is vital to your website’s overall performance.
Does the provider offer excellent support and have a good reputation?
Customer support can not be underestimated as an important factor in your decision. Look for 24/7 customer support and a 99.9% uptime statistic. You won’t think about your provider’s customer support until you need them. Then you will find out quickly how reliable they are. Do a little research to make sure there are good reviews and not a lot of complaints in this area.
In closing, remember to build your house on a solid foundation. In this case, that means make sure your website has an outstanding hosting provider. There are many excellent hosting providers to choose from. By keeping the above points in mind, you will be on your way to making the right decision for a solid hosting provider. By doing a little homework and comparing providers, reviews, feedback, and your own personal needs, you are likely to make a wise decision.