Author Topic: How to choose a Good Web Host- 6 Most Important Factors - Part 1  (Read 384 times)

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Make a Google search for online reviews of the web hosting provider you’re considering for your website and you’ll realize one thing before even making your website live for the first time- There is no single web host with unanimously positive reviews out there.  Not even those who charge  humongous price for their services. Ask any three customers  who have used the same Web hosting company and chances are very high that you’ll get extremely different opinions. Why?

Because there is no such thing as a ‘Perfect Webhost’. Every web host has it’s own pluses and minuses; what matters is how good it is for you-and that totally depends on the kind of website you want to host and the kind of services you need.  To help you find the right web hosting provider for your website here are some of the most vital features you should look for.

Know yourself. Decide what you want.
There are a gazillion web hosts out there and each one of  them has their own characteristics. So to take the first step, think of your requirements- what do you want from a web host? What is your budget? What can you afford- a high,  medium , or  low price hosting? What kind of support do you need from the web host?  Do you want a website only to have fun and share ideas with your family/friends or you  want one for your  business? Free web hosts will be fine to have fun,  but if you want a website for business, you need quality, and for quality, you need money. After all, you cannot expect  top-notched support if you only pay around 7$  a month.

If you’ve a  small businesses which attracts relatively  light traffic and sales , you should go for shared web hosting.  If  you run an ecommerce business, you may want to check out a Virtual Private Server. And if you’ve a high traffic ecommerce site that gets heavy traffic and does thousands of dollars of business per month, dedicated hosting is the way to go. This infographic will give you a better idea on the type of web hosing service that is best suitable for you.

Customer Service
As I said before, all web hosting companies are more or less the same- their real litmus test is their ability to put things back in place when they go haywire.  An ideal Web hosting company provides good, fast, reliable customer service, 24/7, via email, telephone and live chat.

But then again, every company will say it does. So how do you know which one to trust? Take them for a test drive.  Call their help desk and see how long you’re kept on hold, what’s the quality of online chat, how knowledgeable and friendly their staff is  and how much their response time is  for emails. Go for a web hosting provider you can call at 3 in the night and expect to have your problems rectified.

How is their interface?
You don’t want to find yourself your host every time you want to add/change something on your website. You should be able to manage all the facets of your site at a single place, and for that, you need a good online management system. Every single company out there offers at least a month of trial period (if they don’t, it’s a red flag). So before you buy, see how comfortable you feel with their user interface, control panel etc. And as I said before, you cannot expect to make changes to your website yourself if you wish to pay only 6-7 $ a month.