How do you choose the best web hosting provider? Do issues of price, bandwidth, server upgrades and disc storage matter nowadays? In this article, we have outlined things you must look for when deciding if a web host provider is good or not. We have divided this article into easy to understand checklist.
Step 1: Understanding Your Site Hosting Needs
Before choosing a web host, you must ask yourself what kind of services you need from a web host. You must know the kind of website you are building, determine if you need window application or a special version of the software and how much traffic you are targeting. If you are a newbie, the general rule of thumb is to start small with a good shared hosting account because it is easy to maintain, affordable and sufficient for new sites. You can also upgrade to dedicated hosting or VPS at the later stage.
Step 2: Consider Sign-Up Fees, Renewal Prices and Refund Policy
Some web hosts offer attractive hosting packages when signing up with them but charge higher renewal fees. You should avoid enticing package sign up prices and consider the entire picture of costs associated with that web host. Unless you want to switch to another hosting company after a year, which is unlikely, you should try as much as possible to avoid companies that charge higher renewal fees.
Another thing to consider under price is the refund policy. A good hosting company should live up to its promises. If you sign up with them as a trial user and decide to cancel your subscription, a good company should return your money in full. Always check if that company is charging any cancellation fee. If yes, how much are they charging?
Step 3: Hosting Control Panel
You should choose a web hosting company with an easy to use and functional hosting control panel. It doesn’t matter whether it is a Plesk or cPanel control panel, the one you choose must come with all functions and be user-friendly. Without an easy to use control panel, you will be left with no choice but to seek help whenever you are performing even a simple server change.