How To Choose The Right Web Host
Web hosting is big business. Just try Googling the term ‘web hosting providers’ on Google and you’ll see over 13 million results. There are many web hosting services littered all around the internet landscape.
We fully appreciate how confusing it is for a beginner, and making the right choice can be very difficult. That is why we have written a free ebook on the topic where you can learn everything you need to know about web hosting and make the right choice first time.
After all, every website needs a host. So, which will you choose when you’re spoilt for choice?
To make things more exciting, some web hosts are excellent and many are atrocious. Choosing the wrong one will mean a loss of money, time and a ton of technical issues that you’ll need to solve.
Therefore, it’s crucial to choose wisely. Like Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Your sharpening your axe will mean doing the necessary research on the web hosting service before choosing it. If you do this well, you’d pick a hosting service that will suit you and your online business will not be at risk.
1. Always look for testimonials and reviews
This can be a dangerous swamp to traverse. The problem here is that many affiliates for web hosting companies, setup websites that “review” the different hosting services. The truth of the matter is that these reviews are often biased and the affiliate makes a commission on whichever hosting you choose from their site. Now making a commission is only fair as it is their marketing that has caused the sale, you just need to make sure it is a fair and honest review first.
To further worsen the situation, hosting companies have been known to pay for favorable reviews to guide the potential customer into their sales funnel.
If you really want honest reviews, you should go to an online marketing forum such as the Warrior Forum and ask around or search their threads for hosting reviews. This will give you a clearer picture of what is really going on.
2. Check the customer service
Customer service is crucial and all the best web hosting services offer 24/7 round the clock service. A website could crash at anytime without notice. It could happen to anyone around the world. That is why it is imperative to choose a hosting service that offers 24/7 customer support.
After all, you could lose thousands of dollars in potential sales if your site is down.
The hosting provider should have phone support, email support and even an online chat support if possible. These are signs of a reputable webhost.
Before choosing the host, send them a simple enquiry and see how fast it takes for them to get back to you. If they reply to your enquiry within anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, they’re good. If they don’t reply, you should look for another hosting service.
3. Length of time in business
Never choose a new startup web hosting company. Countless new hosting companies offer a ton of add-ons, perks, and data storage benefits, etc. just to get more customers. Finally, it reaches a point where they have too many customers and not enough resources to handle them all.
Once this happens, the entire hosting service starts crashing and in many cases, the people who setup the hosting company disappear and are nowhere to be found
Choose hosting services that have been in the business for years. The fact that they have lasted so long in a highly competitive and demanding market is testament to their quality and reliability.
4. Check how much data and bandwidth you’re allowed
How much disk space are you allotted? The more disk space you are given, the better. Ecommerce sites require much more disk space (minimum 4 GB) than a normal site or blog. Know your need and look for hosting that meets them.
Do a price comparison among the top hosting services and see what you’re getting for what you pay. This analysis will help you choose a service that is value for money.
Now it is time to make a choice for your Web Hosting
Adhere to the 4 points mentioned above as a guideline to choosing a reliable and reputable web hosting service and you will be off to a good start.
These 4 factors are not the only factors you need to consider though. You also need to be very concerned about the term “unlimited” when applied to disk space, bandwidth, traffic etc.
In our free guide we discuss the additional factors you need to take into account and explain what unlimited really means.