If you are starting your very first blog or website you surely need a web host. Often times choosing the right web host can be difficult. It starts with finding the top web hosting company, goes through their hosting plans, read customer reviews, comparisons and so on. While every single web hosting company is offering 99% uptime guarantee, in some cases, it becomes hard to figure out the who is telling the truth…right?
But if you are just starting, these pointers might help you to decide.
- Price: Often going for the cheapest or free web hosting company isn’t always a good idea. Take a look at what features each one is offering and then decide.
- Tech Specs / Limitations: If you have a small website or a blog then it’s okay to go with a shared web hosting package. But if you are running an eCommerce site then this might cause site loading issues (speed is one of the major factors for conversion) or site downtime.
- Tech Support: Find out how many different ways you can contact the website hosting company. Can you reach out to them via chat, email, phone, support forum? Are they available 24/7? These might save you back in difficult times.
- Customer Reviews: This one is a must! Go through Google, social media and also ask your friends to get some honest feedback.
- Control Panel / User Interface: Often overlooked but control panel UI can be a major differentiator. Does your web hosting provider offers cPanel or Plesk to make changes? Some local providers provide just an FTP account and a database access, in which you lose out from many features.
If you are just a beginner and looking for a web hosting company for the first time this infographic by WebHosting Secret Revealed will help you to ask the right questions.
Once you have all the 15 questions answered, you should get a clear idea about what you want and what you will get, how they treat their customers, and if they are really trustworthy?
I hope this post will help you to pick the right web host for your website or blog.
Now it’s your turn!
What other thing do you consider while choosing a web host? Share your valuable thoughts in the comments section below.