So, you have your website built and now you need a spot on the Internet, where people can see your online presence. In order to get a spot, you need web hosting. There are tons of web hosting companies out there, but choosing the right one for you, might be a tough decision. The web hosting business is a fairly large one, and hosting companies have many advertisements floating around. You should never choose a hosting company out of the bloom, because you never know, what you are really getting for the price you pay. Throughout this article, we will be discussing some of the important factors you should consider before choosing a web hosting company for your business.
Allotted Space: Space is the amount of data which you are allowed to host on your account. Hosting companies have many different plans to suite everyone needs. Some plans have very little amount of space, while others would have a fairly large amount. The amount of space you require depends entirely on your website. For example, if you are planning on starting a sharing site where people will share photos and videos, you will need a lot of space to begin with. However, for static sites, such as a business website with minimal traffic, a basic plan would be good enough. You can always increase the amount of space, by contacting your web host.
Allotted Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the total amount of data which can be uploaded and downloaded from your account. If you upload a website to your account, that will count towards your websites data transfer. If you expect a lot of people to visit your website, you will need more bandwidth than usual, and this can be discussed with your web host. If any plan is not suitable for your needs, the web hosting company might be able to create a custom plan for you. They would rather see you become a customer than see you leave for another company. This bandwidth limit is reset at the beginning of every month. If you happen to exceed your limit before the end of the month, your account could be suspended for the period till the end of the month. You may have the option to pay for extra bandwidth usage, which will prevent this situation.
Server Reliability: Your websites will be hosting on a server, which is a computer that is connected to the Internet. All the files on this server will be accessible by anyone who uses the Internet, provided they have access. Some hosting companies advertise that their service provides a 100% uptime guarantee, but essentially this can’t always be true. The reason being that, all servers go down for maintenance once and a while. A server with an uptime guarantee of 99.9% would be more accurate. If you do see a host, with an uptime report of 99% or less, you should be thinking twice about opting for them.
Support: Another important factor you need to consider is customer support. Make sure they have 24/7 phone and/or live chat support. Test out the web hosting company’s support system before you decide in order to make sure their response time is fast and the quality of their techs are satisfactory.