Finding the right web host for your site might seem daunting, with so many different providers and levels of service to choose from. But once you have a good idea of what your site needs, how much you want to spend, and what features you should have, you can make better choices.
Here are suggestions that will help you figure out exactly what you need, and how to choose your next web host.
See what kinds of sites you can get through your web host. You need to be concerned with the ability to create dynamic pages. Some free sites don’t allow you to do this. If you can only create static pages, you won’t be able to add scripts you coded yourself, and you will therefore be severely limited in what you can do. If you need a scripting page that is dynamic, you probably need to find a pay host instead.
Keep a list of back-ups when you choose the web host you’re going to sign on with. This makes it much easier to change from a poorly performing host to one that can better fulfill the needs of your website. After all, anything beats losing everything in a server crash or total failure.
Go for Linux hosting unless you need to use certain applications or server-side languages. Linux hosting has a better reputation for uptime, stability, and resource use. Shared hosting that runs on Linux tends to be somewhat cheaper, as well. There are, however, certain applications that need Windows hosting, including Plesk, Microsoft Access, Silverlight, MSSQL, and ASP.net.
When choosing your web hosting service, do not rely on someone’s recommendation, or only on the info you’ve read online. Most services have affiliate programs and the people recommending the service may not have any direct experience with it. You should take more than recommendations into consideration when choosing your web host.
If you are going to have a website that mentions products and services that you offer, you need to have e-commerce hosting available in order for the customers to make purchases. You do not want to push your customers, but at every opportunity, they need to have the ability to make a purchase at their disposal.
Resist the temptation to accept free domain registration from the same company you will be using for web hosting. There are many start-ups out there who may – or may not – be around for very long, and they probably will not give clients advance notice if they are going out of business. You will need to have immediate access to your domain registration if this happens, but may not be able to get it if they are out of business.
Selecting a web host is important to anyone who has an online presence. It’s important to choose a host who will be there when you need them, offer the services you want now and in the future.
Keep these tips in mind as you look for an appropriate web host for your site.