Selecting the Best Web Hosting Service

by | Mar 19, 2013 | Computer And Internet

There are several different factors to consider when choosing a web hosting company. The specific needs of your business will determine the type of hosting you need, ranging from basic shared hosting for a simple site or two to a dedicated server that allows full control of all server details.
Some things you will need to know before you start shopping for a hosting account include:

  • Disk Space
  • Anticipated Traffic
  • Bandwidth
  • Server Management

Before you can sign up with any web host, you need to figure out what your requirements are. Without being aware of your needs, you can easily get confused while trying to select the best web hosting service. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you need to consider while selecting a hosting service.

Customer Support
Unless you are reasonably experienced with building your own website and managing a website, there’s a good chance that you will require some form of technical support from your web host. If you prefer to get your queries answered on a phone call, you should opt for a web host which has a support team ready to answer your call all the time. Some hosts don’t provide 24×7 customer service while some hosts do. Depending on your time zone and how critical quick service is for you, you might want to factor this in while signing up. After all, it won’t make sense to sign up with someone who doesn’t provide 24×7 customer service, especially if you live across the world. Doing so might mean staying up till well past midnight just to get some support to help you solve a problem you might be facing. While evaluating the customer support, find out whether the host charges for support calls. While some hosts offer support over the phone for free, others charge a fee for it.

User Friendly
Another important factor you need to consider is how user friendly the host’s administrative interface to manage your website is. This is especially important for people who aren’t technically equipped to manage websites. This shouldn’t be a problem as most hosts offer a live demo of their control panels so that you can get a feel of how you would have to manage your website should you sign up with them. Apart from the administrative interface, you should look for the availability of features like website builders and website templates which allow you to build your own website without any technical knowledge. Such tools can go a long way in saving you expenses on website development, especially if all you need is a static website which presents information.

Of course, price is a major factor to consider. While I’d never recommend choosing a host on price alone, it is a good idea to compare providers to see who offers you the best deal for comparable packages. Most providers offer a discount if you pay for a year of hosting up front, so if this is in your budget it’s an easy way to save a few bucks in the long run.

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