Top Qualities in a Webhosting Company

choosing your webhost

Whether or not you are a novice or an expert website owner, there are some things we take for granted or overlook when choosing or webhosting. After making the decision of starting a new website or blog, immediately, there is one more decision that you will have to make. Which shared hosting company and plan is best? There are literally dozens out there to research. The following is a few suggestions of things we should consider in choosing a webhosting company.

 Customer Service

When doing your research, you need to understand what qualities are important for you. Customer service should be on the top of that list. A good hosting company must have excellent customer service. Buying a new domain and hosting plan is usually a straightforward process. At times, some technical issues that are hard to understand may arise and if you do not have a technical background, quality assistance will be invaluable. Make sure that their customer service reps are easy to talk to and to contact.  If, for some reason, there is a problem with your site you should feel comfortable that it will fixed in a very timely manner.


Another important aspect of a good hosting company is by the applications that are offered to the customer. WordPress has become almost a necessary staple in creating new websites and blogs. Look for available and easy installs by each hosting company. Some other popular apps that are used in creating websites (so you don’t have to bother yourself with learning codes) are Drupal and Joomla. Using the above-mentioned apps requires a bit of a learning curve, but it can save you thousands of dollars in paying web site designers and programmers to create a website for you. All of these apps should be free for you to download after you buy a hosting plan.

Check Version

Another thing to look for in purchasing a hosting plan is to make sure that the PHP version is 4.3 or greater and the MySQL version is 4.0 or greater. Generally, the plans already meet these requirements, but it is something to look for.

Popular Webhosting Companies

  1. GoDaddy
  2. Blue Host
  3. Host Monster
  4. DreamHost


When you do decide to buy a domain name and a hosting plan, be aware of what kind of privacy options your plan allows. After buying your domain and hosting plan your personal information (i.e. name and home address), become accessible to anyone. A thorough examination of the privacy options is something you may want to do while setting up your new website.


Finally, Pricing made it to the list of things to look for. Sometimes we do not have a choice and we need to get a website up at the cheapest price available. You should never just go on price (if you can help it). It is possible that the security, bandwidth, and disk space will suffer…

Most hosting plans cost around $3.00 to $12.00 per month.