This article will make it easier for you to find the best hosting solution for your needs. Let’s start with this simple question: how to choose web hosting provider? Are you going to blog? Are you planning on starting out in E-commerce? Or you only need a static site for your small business? There are some of you who doesn’t even want a website, only an email address. How should you choose?
Let’s break it down into steps.
Step 1. – What do you need?
If you are just fooling around and want to upload for example pictures for your family and friends, you should consider a free web hosting provider. There are plenty of them out there. Most of them, however, place an advertisement on your site. Sou, if you plan to start a blog or to make money with your site, you probably need a paid hosting provider.
Most of the web hosts provide PHP and MySQL. If you need ASP or MSSQL, you should look closer.
Will your site work on a shared hosting, or do you need VPS or dedicated servers? If your site is going to be huge for a couple hundred thousand visitors, choosing a shared hosting plan will only cause you problems.
Step 2.- Can you build your site on your own?
If you use WordPress, Joomla, or any of the ready-made systems, you have nothing to consider here. But if you want to build a simple site with a few menus and beautiful design, you should check if the hosting provider offers a Site Builder in the plan you are choosing.
Step 3. – Do they have cPanel or other easy to use administration interface?
cPanel is the most used and probably the most intuitive user interface. You can change settings, setup email addresses, subdomains, or use other services through cPanel. I the considered host does not have an intuitive administration interface, you will probably not be able to use their services to its max, or it will be more time-consuming.
Step 4. – Do they offer email addresses? How many?
If you want to have an email address like email@example.com, you want to know if they offer email addresses for you. If you want to have a business site, the number of email addresses are important as well, so your colleagues can use personal email addresses.
Step 5. – Do they offer FTP?
With FTP you can upload your files much faster than on the administration panel. It can be a time saver. If you have multiple people editing your site, the number of FTP accounts are important too. It means that you can give your cooperatives a different access, for example for a particular library to upload, so they only have access to only that one library.
Step 6. – Space and traffic available
If your site grows quickly, you will need more space and traffic. If your provider doesn’t give you space to grow, you can find yourself in a situation when you have to move your site. That can be a lot of work, but you can save it if you choose a good hosting company at the start.
Step 7. – Customer service
This could be the number one of the steps. If your site becomes unreachable, you want to have it fixed immediately. Imagine that you cannot reach your Host§s customer service. You can lose big time.