Hosting is the foundation of your website. If it is not strong enough, your website will reliability will be affected. So let’s look at some things to consider when choosing hosting.
1. Hosting prices
Price is the first thing you’ll be looking at. It is an essential motivator in decision making when it comes to any product, but it should not be the key factor in choosing hosting. Sometimes a cheaper hosting plan can be better for your needs than an expensive one. Other times, you will have to spend more on hosting to make sure your site is stable. Renewal price is also a thing to be mentioned as well as many hosting providers offer very cheap plans for first year that can become very expensive in the future.
2. Domain names
Besides hosting you will need a domain name. There are manyhosting providers who offer free domain name together with hosting so you should look into this.
3. Bonuses you can get with hosting
How do hosting providers make their business more attractive? They offer free bonuses, for example, one year free domain name, which was mentioned above. Check the hosting plan description, take a look around and find out what features are available for free. For example, some hosting companies offer some dollar amount that you can spend on marketing offers to promote your website. Or they can offer free SSL certificate, backups…
4. Technical Support and Documentation
That’s a very important feature. If a hosting company does not have technical support, forget about them. If technical support is available, check how you can contact them. most cheap hostings offer just email contact, some also chat or phone contact.
5. Hosting control panel (cPanel)
Once you purchase hosting, you will work with it by a hosting control panel. Most often cPanel software is used to power control panels but some hostings have their own control panels. Check them, try how they behave, what options they offer you…
6. Hosting server location
It’s always recommended to take hosting that is close to your location or to the location of your customers. That improves speed of the site.
7. Technical Specifications
Different hosting companies, as well as hosting plans within the same company, have different hosting specifications. Disk space storage, email accounts, disk space per email account, bandwidth, RAM, and other specifications vary depending on the specific plan. Normally each hosting provider offers a few types of hosting plans, each one having specific features with a certain amount of RAM, disk space etc. An important distinction is which operating system is installed on the hosting servers – Linux or Windows.
Most providers offer Linux based solutions by default because they are cheaper (the hosting companies don’t have to pay Microsoft for the license) and better compatible with popular content management platforms.
Windows hosting is necessary if you have a custom-built site based on a programming language developed by Microsoft, such as ASP.net or C#. It also works well with purely HTML sites, but not with popular CMSs like WordPress or Joomla and Shopping Carts like Prestashop or Magento, which are all based on the PHP programming language. Unless you have your site custom-built in ASP.net, get the default Linux hosting.
8. Customer Reviews
Don’t forget about this one. A hosting company can advertise itself as the One, but customers’ reviews will speak for themselves. Google the hosting company’s name and you will find a slew of websites with reviews.However, even if there are bad reviews (and you will find those for sure), check whether they are replied to. Reliable hosting companies check review websites and reply to negative ones, offering solutions like advising customers to contact techs, etc.