How to Choose a Hosting Provider for Your Needs

Modern mass-media and social networks impose the necessity of a personal page on internet users. However, don’t dive into the issue in case you can’t swim. It is easy to sink in loads of information and offers and choose the most inefficient hosting conditions for your project.

Decide business or fun

First of all, think carefully about your needs. Owning a website is like owning a pet. Once you get it, you either put time and effort in taking care about it or you neglect your duties and get what you deserve.

In other words, answer the question: are you ready to invest time and money to get the functional and reliable website? Or you just want to have a personal page just to have an opportunity to share the link with your friends?

Make it functional

For those, who are not interested in attracting clients and involving a wide audience on the website, free hosting is preferable. Have fun and use numerous free of charge side-builders to help you.

Hosting
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If your aim is to promote your business idea or launch your online shop, you’d better include hosting costs in your budget. The total price is determined by the range of technical and functional abilities of the hosting.

Here is the list of the most prominent issues to cover:

  1. disk capacity (about 30-50 mb – for a one-paged info landing, app. 100 mb – for a standard site)
  2. traffic (limited or unlimited)
  3. ability to transfer the web-site to another hosting (in case you change a provider)
  4. FTP access (make it possible to manage the folders on the server)
  5. Email servers
  6. data security and DDOS-attack control
  7. regular backup

Customize

Customization options are integral to making your website unique and meet the requirements for your business. If you are a beginner and lack the technical expertise, search for the hosting package with designer and software services.

Whether you run your page by your own or delegate it to the professionals, make sure your hosting provides the following capabilities:

  • script support, such as MSQL, Python,PHP, SHS-access, etc.
  • CMS (Open cart, WordPress and others)
  • convenient operating panel (ISP panel, Plesk panel).

Another popular option is a site-builder. It can be rather cost-effective, as it cuts your expenses on hiring a designer. What is more, it is easy to run the website personally with no coding experience.

Trust the professionals

There are hosting providers and their resellers. The latter might offer lower prices, but the service quality might not meet the expectations.

Check the reliability of the company. A local office, a certificate or a license, confirmed experience, reviews, uptime level, recognizable brand and share on the market are the obvious advantages you should pay attention to. Some companies offer a bonus like a domain name, SSL-certificate or some add-ons.

Furthermore, 24/7 technical support is obligatory for proper website performance.

Choose the server

The server is one of the crucial parts of the hosting features. Its operation directly influences your reputation and client loyalty. Before paying for a host, test it within a free trial period.

 Big trafficLarge storage spaceSingle userCostCustomizationSpecial features
Shared---low-easy to use, multiuser
Dedicated+++high+offer a hardware
VPS+++high+personalized virtual server
Cloud--+low-Cost varies proportionally used resources,
more reliable
Colocation
(data-center)
personalizedhigh+IT knowledge required, manual settings only

A hosting is vital for a website. Choosing a hosting you either invest your money or waste it. It is up to you to decide.

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