Choosing the best web hosting company for your website can be a very troubling task, especially if an individual is new and do not know more about web hosting that would fit his or her needs. Indeed, failing to choose the best service can be one of the expensive mistakes. This may cause them to spend a lot of funds on features the website doesn’t need. Besides, they may also end up losing website visitors for lack of website features or uptime. Here are the 10 factors to consider when selecting the right website for you:

  1. Hosting Plans Price

This is the first thing that most people look for when deciding on a web host. However, this should never be the deciding factor. There are certain things you should know about free hosting. there are low or no security measures taken.They don’t offer enough support. Plus you usually don’t have any control over ads and where they are placed. So unless you don’t cost you much these days.

Shared hosting is capable of hosting low to average traffic websites. If your website is demanding heavier traffic, then you may wish to consider dedicated servers. Before selecting a particular hosting company, you should confirm that it offers everything that you will need.

  1. Technical Support

It is essential to choose a web hosting company that has dedicated and friendly customer care representatives. Getting stranded in the middle of the night when your website crashes and losing your files is the last thing you want. There are a few things you should look for on how support is being provided.

Does the web hosting provider offer live chats, a ticket (email) system and phone support for all plans? And are these support services 24/7?

This is important especially if you live in a different time zone from the hosting providers. Does the hosting provider engage themselves to respond to you within 24 hours?

  1. Customer Reviews/ Satisfaction/ Reputation

Web Hosting Reviews is another source of information. Hosting providers can claim on their websites and what customers are saying about them. Granted there are customers who are pretty vocal, you should also read reviews about what customers like and dislike about the service. Listen to your friends and family for recommendations. Then you can use your judgment here.

  1. Email Features

Without a doubt, any business requires dedicated email addresses that can be used for different activities of the business. Therefore, before choosing a web hosting firm, it is paramount to check email addresses availability. Besides, one should check the automatic responding ability of the email addresses. The hosting company should have an adequate solution to stop spam problems.

  1. Features/ Add-Ons

There are some features that you have to consider depending on what are your website’s goals. If you plan to have more than one domain then you should look for a web hosting company that is offering various or unlimited add-on domains.

Also, you should look if the web host offers free trial or money back guarantee. Though not every hosting, but most often those who offer such features are web hosts who also provides reliable services.

  1. Security

Every now and then you read about websites being hacked and data being stolen.

Therefore it is essential that you go for a web host that places security as one of their top priorities. Some of the questions that you should ask are whether their data centres are really protected, if the servers are working on the latest software version or if they support SSL certificates etc.

Despite the fact that a website should load faster, it is useless if it is not secure. A fast loading website will always attract more visitors to the site. However, if it has no security, then, of course, most of them will have to leave the site. Any host should ensure that the safety of the website is guaranteed regarding financial, private and personal data.

  1. Hosting Hardware

A hosting provider’s hardware determines hosting performance which in turn affects your website loading speed. It is important to check the hosting provider’s hardware background. What kind of hosting hardware does the hosting provider you have in mind uses? Are the servers brand new and tested and do they develop their own data centres with state-of-the-art technology? Or is it a one-man-show garage-based setup with 2 servers?

You have to do a bit of reading or inquiring to get the information needed.

  1. Scalability

Some hosting providers have various products and hosting plans. This can come in handy if your website is experiencing higher traffic that requires you to upgrade to a different hosting plan, these might be from shared hosting to VPS or dedicated server. If a hosting provider does not offer such plans, then  this would incur the hassle of moving your website to another provider which gives you the upgrade needed.

It would be best if you go with a web hosting company which allows you to scale easily in the future when your website grows.

  1. Control Panel

The web hosting control panel is where you administer most of your website configurations and customizations. Look for a hosting company which provides a control panel that you are able to use without causing you much confusion. Providing essential hosting account information, building a website, setting up emails, maintaining security and domain management are just some of the options available in a control panel. Without this interface, you would need to manually configure your website on the server, which would be tough especially for a beginner.

  1. Essential Features

Hard disk space, bandwidth limit, and numbers of domains allowed are some basic features that you need to check out prior to signing up.

Hard disk space is your website’s storage space. These days, most shared hosting providers offer “unlimited” hard disk space. Take note that this is really limited. What they meant is that you would get higher space that an ordinary website would need. If yours is an e-commerce site or a forum, then you may need more space. So, refer to the TOS. Make sure you have more than enough to accommodate future growth. And you would need some space for back-ups.

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