How To Choose The Best Web Host That Provides Your Needs
It is most important when setting up a website or blog that you carefully research all the web hosting options available to you and what you really need. Every web host out there promises great and wonderful things, but not all of them can actually deliver what they promise. Some may actually be missing very important things you need to run your business, such as PHP/MySQL. Researching the right web hosting can also save you money. For example, there is no sense to get a dedicated web hosting server for a site that might only expect to receive 10,000 visits every month. So, in these cases a shared web hosting package is all that you would need.
Things To Consider When Choosing A Host:
1. How Much Does it Cost? Price is not the most important thing concerning web hosting, but you will want to keep in mind that operating a website is a long term investment, even if that investment may only be USD10 to USD20 per month.
2. How Much Traffic Does A Web Host Allow Me To Receive? Most web hosting providers allow unlimited amount of traffic to your site, others will put some restrictions on your traffic, causing the sites to go down. Other web hosts may charge you extra money, in addition to your monthly fee, if you happen to exceed your traffic quota.
3. MySQL: MySQL is required for running a blog or website that has more functionality than just basic HTML code. Many content management systems (CMS) need MySQL database to function on your web hosting space. You need to know if the host you have in mind offers this feature.
4. File Access: Most web hosts provide clients a way to upload files to their server spaces, though not all them make this provision. Being able to upload files to your server space on your own with an FTP software can make life much easier for you when you want to make changes and update your website.
5. Domain Names: Many web hosting companies include at least one free domain name with every hosting package. However, not all web hosts offer that, and if you have more domains you will need to pay for each yearly annual domain registration. You will also want to consider a host that offers domain registration privacy option, since that will prove your personal information, such as name, address and contact information from showing up on the Whois search of your domain name.
6. Windows versus Linux Hosting: I personally like Linux hosting, but some people decide to use Windows hosting instead. Learning about the differences can make it much easier for you to set up and run your website. It's important to know that just because you have a Windows-based PC doesn't mean Windows hosting will be your best hosting option.
7. Special Bonuses: Most web hosting providers provide special bonuses along with their services to entice their clients. These may include Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising credits from Internet giants like Google, Bing or Yahoo. Some web hosting companies provide clients easy and quick installations of popular scripts, such as Drupal, Joomla, OSCommerce or WordPress or even website templates through their control panels. These special incentives shouldn't be the main reason you choose a web hosting provider, but they can be nice added bonuses that would make you want to consider such web hosts.
8. Admin Panel Interface: If you've ever used a web host with a horrible control panel interface, you'll understand why a good one is so important. Being able to navigate to the different options and settings for your site and make changes quickly and easily makes all the difference. A confusing control panel will make updating and changing your website slightly more difficult.
There are numerous web hosts available out there. Taking some time to research what the different features are and comparing them side by side can help you make the best decision for you and your website.