Things to Consider Before Choosing a Hosting Service

Choosing a web hosting company for your website can be surprisingly daunting. Sure, virtually all companies offer 99 percent up-time, full tech support, unlimited resources and they are all incredibly cheap. What’s more, you are bombarded by tech buzzwords like shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPN servers, but no one is there to explain them to you. So how can you cut through this tech jargon and make the right decision for your new web project? Let’s take a look at this guide and see what you’ll need to consider:
 
1. The price
 
The price is, quite possibly, the first thing you’ll want to know about hosting. And it’s perfectly normal; after all, hosting is a fixed cost, you’ll have to pay for hosting no matter what. The price is also used as a marketing tool; there are a lot of special offers, discounts or coupons available, and web hosting providers know how to advertise them. So there’s no easy way around this metric – you’ll definitely know how much you’ll pay. Jumping on the cheapest offer, however, is not ideal. Keep in mind that, in most cases, the price does reflect quality, so you shouldn’t go for the lowest hanging fruit. Simply put, a hosting company which advertises $1.99 per month plans as ideal for anyone is not to be trusted. Take a closer look at what the plan has to offer. Compare offers from multiple hosting providers and check reviews from other web entrepreneurs.
 
2. Focus areas
 
Every website is unique and has its own special needs, so you’ll have to choose a hosting provider which can help you. Firstly, you’ll need to assess your needs: how many visitors do you expect? Is your website just a small blog? Do you want to create an online shop as well? How will you manage growth? These are some of the questions you’ll need answers to, before looking for the perfect provider. Once you know the basics of your future website, you’ll have to contact at least 3 different providers and ask them questions on their offer. Most of them will be willing to help you choose the best plan according to your needs.
 
3. Support
 
Having a good support team to help you when needed is extremely important. A hosting provider should have excellent 24/7 tech support teams for virtually any situation. A lot of providers offer forums, support groups, chat rooms, instant messenger support, toll-free phones lines and more. Make sure your hosting company makes customer support their number one priority.
 
4. Exclusive features
 
After going over the main things you’ll need to consider, it’s time to look at what makes each offers special. What are their exclusive deals, extra offers, discounts, tools or add-ons? Look for any special offers like Google Ads credits, tokens, regular data backups, domain privacy settings or any other unique feature that makes the offer stand out. Keep in mind that a lot of companies offer regular coupons, special offers and discounts to attract new customers.
 
5. User interface
 
Having an intuitive user interface is great for the not-so-tech-savvy users around. Look for hosting providers which offer cPanel interface, where you can easily install WordPress or Joomla, simple to use e-mail settings, and intuitive FTP accounts. A good interface helps you backup files and data easily, modify or update the site with minimal manual work.
 
Conclusion
 
Choosing a good hosting provider is important and you’ll need to do your homework before picking the right plan. Luckily, there are tens, if not hundreds, of good providers on the market, and most of them offer packages for any web project imaginable. You’ll just have to pay attention to what’s important for your website.

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