Setting up a website is daunting. As if designing and tweaking your website isn’t enough, choosing the right web hosting provider can be a real headache.
In today’s competitive market, many hosting providers offer different types of services and packages, leaving you bombarded. It can either be an expensive mistake or an investment. The latter is much more enticing, so we have compiled some factors you have to consider in order to make an investment of a lifetime.
The Right Web Hosting Package
Choosing the cheapest package can be tempting, especially when you’re just setting up your website or business. If you are checking various service provider, then you’ll know that these packages are everywhere! However, you should reconsider. The cheapest hosting might cost you even more down the line, for it might exclude necessary features, causing you to shed ka-ching for other services. Unless, of course, if they offer the right package at an affordable price. Then, give it a go!
To start, make sure that your package includes: 50 – 100 domains, basic web statistics support for every domain, private email address, email protection, one click apps, latest PHP and MySQL, 24/7 technical support, 24/7 site monitoring and guarantees 99.9% server uptime.
Anything else added may be unnecessary for a growing businesses, for it may add to the cost. However, some features may be included that add benefits rather than an empty pocket. If your host provides file backup, DDoS protection, web tracking, and 24/7 site monitoring then you are in good hands.
Usability of the Service
The right host should have a cPanel, Plesk, or ISPConfig. These allow you to set up and customise your website without using FTP (file transfer protocol). This is ideal for startups who want technical freedom. If you are unlikely to code or tinker with your site manually, then this is for you.
Bandwidth Limit is the amount of data transferred to a user’s browser from your server. A visit to your site means bandwidth usage. This should be the least of your problems, given that bandwidth usage signals that your website or business is doing well.
On your end, make sure that your host provides unmetered or unlimited bandwidth on shared hosting packages and high bandwidth that is unlikely to be exceeded for the dedicated server.
Hosting packages have webspace limit. In this case, you will have to carefully consider your future needs and requirements before you make the choice. You don’t want to run out of storage, or waste money buying storage you will never need. For a small business that runs nothing but a website, you don’t need a huge webspace. However, if you want to run powerful applications or collect enormous amounts of data, then you certainly need massive space.
When you started growing, your business needs grow. In this case, your provider should have multiple services offered other than web hosting to save you a headache. These services may add up on your monthly bill, but it saves a lot of hassle and time.
Who would want to Google another service provider, rather than reaping the benefits of their success, spending time cruising the Pacific, beach bumming or catching up on your favourite Netflix show? No one.