The success of your website or blog site is greatly dependent on the type of hosting company that you decide to do business with. Selecting a professional hosting company is crucial, first of all because the hosting company is the main determinant of the overall user experience on your site or blog and secondly, should the web hosting provider prove incompetent, it can be very hard to change service providers. Here are 5 things to put into consideration when selecting professional web hosting.
This is the main factor when selecting a hosting provider. While bandwidth and disk space will contribute when some people are making their decision about a company, the two are important yes, but not as important unless you’re dealing with a very popular site or blog, which isn’t the case for a newbie. In reality, a newbie will use utmost 10% of the bandwidth on a typical hosting package. Thus, the main feature that you have to look at is the reliability of the host i.e. uptime and server speed. The other thing you need to factor in as your online business starts to grow is the features available and whether the company will be able to increase your features as your business grows.
This is highly recommended, use search engines such as Yahoo and Google to find out what others say about the company you wish to do business with. Visit online forums such as web hosting talk to find out how reliable your choice of company is from people who have previously dealt with the company
Be cautious of over-sells
A lot of hosting companies today will provide a lot of Gigabytes of disk space as well as bandwidth, and unlimited domain at less than $6.00 a month. It sure is a great offer indeed that will make a lot of people sign up for the offer. However, if you think critically, the product has been oversold hence the company wouldn’t be able to guarantee quality.
Still on point, even though the promotion says it’s less than $6.00, you’ll have to pay for a period of 1 or 2 years up-front. This is where lies the problem, you’ll be tied down to a product for 1 or 2 years regardless of whether the service is of good quality or not. Look for a professional web hosting company that will give a very rational specification.
Technical support service
Look at the support service of a company before you sign up. This you can do by sending an email inquiring something to the company and see how long it will take them to respond to the mail. The other option is to call and see how long they’ll put you on hold or how friendly they’ll be on phone and the level of technical know-how the telephone operator has. Needless to mention, a poor customer service reflects how poor the other departments will be.
Low price isn’t always good
Seek a professional web hosting company and if you get an affordable one, the better, if you don’t, just pay what you have to pay to ensure your blog or website is stable.