How To Choose The Best Web Hosting For Your Website
Every webmaster, web designer or beginner find a difficulties to choose the best web hosting service to run his/her website.
Once you are ready, it's time to find a good web hosting service that can put all your website's data (files, images...) on the web, the necessary tools to manage your website, bandwidth and storage space you need.
Fortunely, there are a lot of great companies and we will give you on this article some tips to choose the best free hosting company for your business.
Define Your Needs
Before looking of a list of best web hosting companies, reviews...etc You have to define your hosting needs by answering to this questions :
- The website you build :
- Your website data and traffic volume ?
These are a basic questions but you have to think about your website's Future! In order to choose between Premium and Free Hosting.
Web Space Amount
You have to check if the free web hosting service you will use provide enough space for your needs. If you think that you will expand your site by adding more images, videos...etc so you have to take this in consideration.
The more important is having a 24×7 operating web hosting service. the web host must have a stable network connections and powerful servers.
You can use Pingdom service to check any web host uptimes.
Data Transfer (Traffic/Bandwidth)Data transfer (sometimes loosely referred to as "traffic" or "bandwidth") is the amount of bytes transferred from your site to visitors when they browse your site.
To give you a rough idea of the typical traffic requirements of a website, most new sites that don't provide video or music on their site use less than 3 GB of bandwidth per month. Your traffic requirements will grow over time, as your site becomes more well-known, so you will need to also check their policy when you exceed your data transfer limit: is there a published charge per GB over the allowed bandwidth? Is the charge made according to actual usage or are you expected to pre-pay for a potential overage? It is better not to go for hosts that expect you to prepay for overage, since it is very hard to foresee when your site will exceed its bandwidth and by how much.
For the same reason as bandwidth, watch out also for those "unlimited disk space" schemes. Many new sites (that don't host videos or music) need less than 20 MB of web space, so even if you are provided with a host that tempts you with 100 GB (or "unlimited space"), be aware that you are unlikely to use that space, so don't let the 100 GB space be too big a factor in your consideration when comparing with other web hosts.
FTP, PHP, Perl, SSI, .htaccess, SSH, MySQL, Cron
If you are paying for a web hosting account, you really should make sure you have all of these.
Multiple Domain Hosting and Subdomains
For those who are thinking of selling web space or having multiple domains hosted in your account, you should look to see if they provide this features, if there is a free domain name possibility and the amount that they charge for it.
Email, Autoresponders, POP3, Mail Forwarding
Does its technical support function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (often abbreviated 24/7), all year around? Note that I will not accept a host which does not have staff working on weekends or public holidays. You will be surprised at how often things go wrong at the most inconvenient of times.
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