If you are looking out for a suitable web hosting package, you would definitely be having a hard time choosing because of the fact that there are many web hosting companies wanting your business with their offerings of different packages.
In determining what is the best and suitable hosting package for you, here is a simple checklist that you can follow to help you to get started...
A Simple Checklist For Choosing Your Web Hosting Company
1. Determine The Goals You Want For Your Website
You will need to set goals for your website before you start considering for your web hosting packages. Common Goals include:
- Traffic Goals (The Amount Of Traffic Or Target Audience)
If your intention is to create a site that attracts huge traffic (or is suitable for the public) you would definitely need to know if your web hosting package can cater to that. Some web hosting companies may shut down your site temporarily because of resources hogging so as not to affect other hosting customers who are in the same hosting server as you.
And on top of that, you would also need to know if your web hosting company can support you in determining and understanding the amount of traffic that is coming to your site.
- Monetization Goals
How you intend to generate income from your sites is another cause to consider. For example, you have an online service that cater to some specific communities in a certain country. Therefore a suitable web hosting package for you is one that has data centers located near to them so that when your visitors land on your site, the site is able to load fast and be stable enough when your site visitors grow over time.
- Type Of Content
If your intention is to create an eCommerce site, you would definitely need a hosting package that can cater to that, such as, a hosting company that can support straightforward SSL installation (a type of security certification like what you see from those https:// sites) or offer dedicated IP address services.
Or how about your own social network site? You would definitely need a special hosting package for that. Therefore the type of content that you intend to have on your sites would be a good consideration to decide on your hosting package.
2. Research Different Types Of Hosting Services
There are many different types of hosting services for you to research on and each types have their own benefits and features included. For example:
- Shared Hosting
- Business Shared Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
- Cloud Hosting
If you have decided on the type of goals for your web site, you can better find the suitable type of hosting service for your site.
3. Figure Out Your Price Range
Hosting is never free (and even when it's free, it does come with its many restrictions and limitations). Therefore the next step for you to consider is the price range that fits into your current and future budget.
For example, you may have enough budget to start off your site on a shared hosting package. But your sites have grown in traffic or in other areas (which your online income may not have grown at the same rate) which your current package may not have the necessary features to handle, therefore you would definitely need to upgrade to work properly.
As such, you will need to know if the web hosting company, that you intend to sign up with, allows you to have easy transition to a better package and at a suitable (usually higher) price range that you will be comfortable with.
4. Read The Terms And Services (Especially The Fine Print)
It is advisable that you spend some time reading the terms and services provided by the Hosting Company because in times of disputes, both parties can fall on the terms and services to settle the issues.
For example, some hosting companies may claim that they are offering "unlimited" hosting which in fact may have a few restrictions. Some of these include:
- Hosting Unlimited Domains is not the same as Hosting Unlimited Sites (With Content)
- Unlimited Bandwidths and Unlimited Diskspaces are not really unlimited
- cPanel and PHP are installed but they are not the latest versions and may not be upgraded because you have requested for it or your site is not running properly
- and much more...
5. Read Online Reviews
If the hosting company is not the latest to come aboard, you will be able to get reviews about their packages online. Remember that every hosting companies come with their pros and cons and if you do come across sites that only talk good about them it only means that these are affiliates who are promoting these packages so that they can get some commissions out from each sale.
6. Check Out The Support
One good way to check out the Hosting Companies is to check out the level of their Support. This is important because if your site experiences any hacking, malfunctions or downtime - you will need their support team to get your site back online. You will definitely not want to send in a support request and get a respond 48 hours later. Likewise, when you are checking out the online reviews, do check out the reviews on the support level.
7. Getting Familiar With The Common Terms
It is good to get familiarize with common terms like Bandwidth, Disk Space or VPS. This is because when these companies correspond with you, they will be using such terms to explain or clarify some situations. If you know these terms well, you will never be in any losing end.
8. Making An Informed Choice
If any of the above checklist are done, you are ready to make an informed choice on a suitable web hosting company.