Guides to choose web hosting service for beginners
Here's how you can choose the best web hosting service for you
Can I just say that the number of web hosting services offered these days are just so overwhelming?
I know it feels like to look up "best web hosting service" on the Internet only to find out that there are over a hundred "bests" out there.
So, if you're having the same dilemma I am, here's a quick guide on how you can choose just the right web hosting service for you.
1. Decide on what type of service you will need.
Will you need a shared web hosting or a dedicated server line? Take note of that. But I suggest, if you are a beginner, go with shared web hosting first and then upgrade your facilities once you need it. Starting small is the best way to go because you don't want to overwhelm yourself with so much work by jumping into a big range of options immediately.
How many numbers of sites are you going to make? Some plans only offer management of one site so you'd have to make that clear. However, you can upgrade this as time goes by.
How much traffic are you expecting? If you're setting up a site wherein traffic is expected to be numerous, you would want to get a higher plan for that in order to handle those without crashing. It's important that your site is up 24/7 with at least 99% uptime so you could get the best out of it.
What is your site's content? Is it going to be exported from WordPress, launched from Linux or created from scratch via HTML? You're going to have to consider that so you can choose which platform could deliver your site at the best quality and price. Some sites offer managing WordPress (which will be helpful for you if you think you’re going to need all the extra help when it comes to managing your site), so you might want to consider that.
2. Go for a service which vouches for at least a 99% uptime.
Uptime is basically the duration wherein your site will be operating. So, choose a web hosting service that can deliver your site 24/7. Remember that every second on the Internet matters, for it can be accessible at any point in the world. The last thing you would want is to lose your audience just because of an unreliable web hosting site
3. Choose a service that could deliver your page quickly.
If you think your page doesn't need to be loaded as soon as possible, then you have to think again. Remember that fast delivery of page is important to keep your audience. The longer your audience wait, the more chances of you losing them so you might want to invest in a web hosting site that could deliver your site at this speed.
4. Check if how can your initial plan be upgraded in the future.
It's good that when you are starting, you have the basic tools that you will need. But as time goes by, you would have to expand. May it be an increase in bandwidth, storage, speed, number of email accounts, SSL certificates, and the like. You might not need it at the moment but you don't want to go. You may also want to consider looking for a shared web hosting site that has phone support.
5. Compare pricing plans.
With the vast options of shared web hosting out there, competition is really stiff. However, some web hostings take advantage of this competition by overpricing some of their plans. So, you would have to be extra cautious in matching the quality of service offered to its price. Aside from the
basic tools, look for the prices of the add-ons. More often than not, add-ons are more costly to run than the site itself.
Aside from that, some sites will offer a huge discount on your first month so you will opt to choose their service. But don't be misled by the first month prices; take a look at the regular prices of the plans so you know what's really the price of the service for the whole stretch of your stay.
6. 24/7 customer support is just as important as any other feature.
If you're just starting out, you won't know when will you encounter problems when it comes to your site so it's best that you get all the help you need. Web hosting is not exactly as easy as one- two-three, and you cannot have the exact same problem as everyone else on the Internet so you'd have to hear from the company itself for a solution. A 24/7 customer support should be a must for these kinds of businesses so
7. When in doubt, go for Money-Back Guarantee!
Yes, some web hosting sites have this kind of feature. Sites will have to really be sure of the services they offer to have enough confidence to advertise this so most likely, their services will be up to par with what they have promised to deliver. Although, it doesn't mean that once a service has this, means that they deliver quality work. It just gives you the assurance of not wasting any money or lessening the risk.
8. See what other people have to say.
If you're still unsure of the company's performance, research on their user reviews. The credibility of the reviews cannot be assured 100% legitimate but at least, you can have a general overview of what's the average rating for the services delivered. You can also go to any technical- related review sites you know are credible enough to trust them for their words.
These are the 8 basic tools you can work with when you’re looking for a shared web hosting site. Again, these are just some of my recommendations based on what I’ve experienced. My site’s needs would be completely different from yours so this is just a general outline of the things you can consider when you look for the right hosting site that can cater to your needs.