Choosing a web hosting company has many important aspects. Let’s explore some of them: What type of web hosting should I choose? For the first time, you’ll need to answer the question, “What kind of web hosting do I need?” Shared hosting is the best option if you’re running a single web site. If you own multiple domains, it’s best to buy a reseller account or search around for a hosting plan that allows more domains under a single account. Most web hosting companies only allow you to host one domain, but since web hosting is a highly competitive market, you’re likely to find providers that offer more. If you’re driving an advanced business and require more system resources, then acceptable on shared hosting is your own, dedicated, or virtual private server.
Once you’ve decided which kind of web hosting is best for your project, make sure you’re clear about the features you’ll be using: Does your web site consist of only static *.html files? Do you need PHP or CGI scripts to run your dynamic web site? If you’re a PHP webmaster, you’ll probably need a MySQL database. Most web hosting providers include these features in their base hosting plans. Some very cheap hosts (about $1/month) restrict you to using static pages only. If you decide to use one of these very cheap plans, make sure you know how and at what price you can upgrade to a higher plan with better features. Don’t forget that you don’t need to be a programmer to run a dynamic web site. You can find plenty of PHP or CGI scripts for free on the Internet.
Now that we’ve gone over the features such as PHP, MySQL, and CGI support, let’s look at the disk quote and the bandwidth. Most of the hosts have more disk space than you can possibly imagine, unless you’re running a web site like a photo gallery or an adult web site, in which case you’ll need less than 1 GB of disk space for 80% of your company’s presentations. Choosing ideal bandwidth quotes can be a little more difficult. However, you’ll have to consider the results with caution. When choosing a web hosting program, make sure you set a bandwidth limit that’s at least 2-3 times higher than your bandwidth limit. Don’t forget that during this time, your site will increase in search engine rankings and you’ll get more visitors, which can significantly increase your bandwidth.
Finally, read the web hosting reviews to find out how satisfied the customers are with the web hosting company. Find out how satisfied they are with technical support, server uptime, control panel, etc. Also, find out if the web hosting company offers any features such as web site builder, pre-installed scripts, etc. Finally, compare the prices. You will need to know if there is any setup fee. The setup fee usually depends on the billing period. For example, if you sign up for a 2 years plan, you may pay less than if you order the hosting for 1 month. Don't forget to find out how much the domain name will cost. Some web hosting plans include a free domain name. Finally, look for any promotional coupon codes, or special actions, and pick the best offer.