How to find a web hosting
A primer for non-technical people who need
a web hosting company for their blog or website
|"I like your argument why
blogging should be a marketing tool employed by all
small and mid-size companies and also found your blogging
guide helpful. But now I am confused how to find
a website hosting company. They all look the same
and make the choice so difficult. Any tips on how to
find a web hosting company?"
Think of your web
hosting company as the backbone of your blog/website. Not
only do you need a web hosting company to host your website on the
web, it can play an important role in determining if all the users
will be able to surf the website without any problem (or at the
right speed) and access will not be denied if too many users flock
to your blog or website at the same time, particularly if you are
blogging for dollars. In this article,
let me provide you with tips on how to find a web hosting company
and what to look for.
How to find a web hosting company?
Web hosting is
literally a commodity now, so as long as you go with a company
that does business honestly, you should not have any
problem. While it is always a good idea to ask for
recommendations, you will also see a lot of advertisers. In
our opinion, if a company is advertising on a website like
iProceed and other respected business websites that are targeted
at business professionals, chances are that you can pick any one
of them. On the other hand if you find a web hosting company
listed on a get-rich-fast website, I would say "think
hard" even if they are half the price. You can also do
a simple search to find a website
What to look for in a website hosting
services have become so inexpensive that for the type of readers
on this page, $10 a month is the most that you should expect to
pay. What should you look for:
Very high reliability (the closer to 100%
the better it is)
Unless you plan on having an images-rich
blog or website (it is best to have pages that do not have
many large size images so that they can load quickly), 100
MB of disk space is generally sufficient. You can
always add more space later if your website becomes
large. Another feature to look for is FTP capability
(you will need this if you want to have a blog or you want
publish your website using the FTP feature).
Monthly bandwidth should be at least 1 GB
though higher is better. Also check if there are any
limitations on daily/monthly visits/hits. No limits is
best because then you can be sure that all your visitors
will be able to surf the website without any glitches.
Web-based email should be a must.
Even if you do not want to use it all the time, it is much
better to send a message from @iproceed.com than @hotmail.com.
A control panel is the interface that you
will have with the server to manage your website.
Unfortunately, most control panels seem to be designed for
technically savvy folks. However, most website hosting
company will have a demo of the control panel on their
website. So prior to signing up, make sure you like
the control panel and it is easy to understand and use.
For non-technical people like me, a simple
manual is a must. In most cases you should be able to
read the manual, technical support documents, and help/FAQ
without being a customer. If they look like a manual
on rocket science, you know what to do.
Technical support should be 24X7X365 by
telephone. This is key for people like us. I
think it is even worth some extra expense because email or
online chat support service does not compare to telephone
What else to consider when signing up?
- To start off, sign up for the monthly
payment option. That way you can test the company
before getting the discounts available if you pay in advance
for a quarter or a year.
- Most of you will not use a lot of other
bells and whistles that they might want to push. So
unless you are a technically savvy person, don't bother.
- If you don't know anything about PHP, then
it is too early for you to worry about it and check if they
support PHP. However, PHP is an excellent language to
use for providing certain functionalities on your website,
for instance, content
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