While choosing a good and affordable web hosting company isn’t as hard as it used to be, all of the options available to you can be overwhelming. But here are some things to consider that will make your search for a webhost a little easier.
Find out what “unlimited” really means.
Today, most webhosts offer “unlimited” hosting. But that’s mostly because the average customer won’t come close to using all of the bandwidth, disc space, or other resources allotted to them. In truth, there are limits to how many resources you can use. And, if you go over that hidden limit, your site could be shut down until you pay for an upgrade. So, before signing on the dotted line with a webhost, try to find out what their definition of “unlimited” is.
Consider the price, but choose for quality.
There was a time when good, reliable webhosting would cost you an arm and a leg. Now, you can get a month of webhosting for the price of one lunch at your favorite fast food restaurant. However, while there’s nothing wrong with shopping around for affordable web hosting, don’t choose a host just because it’s the cheapest. Sometimes, the cheapest option isn’t the best, and can end up costing you more in the long run in terms of hassle and inconvenience.
You can find quality webhosts that cost a few dollars more a month than bargain basement services. And using a coupon codes can help you save on hosting. For example, if you want to save on GoDaddy web hosting, a godaddy promo code probably won’t be hard to find.
Check forums for customer feedback.
Do you want to find out what customers, and former customers, are really saying about a webhost? If so, check message boards and forums. Most webhosts have their own forums. There are also general forums where people ask for and share information about the different webhosts.
Spending some time on these forums will give you a good idea of how customers feel about specific webhosts. You are unlikely to find any host that someone somewhere isn’t unhappy with. But if the feedback about a particular host is mostly positive, that’s a good sign.
Do a trial run before paying the annual fee.
With most hosts, you can save a lot of money by paying for one, two, or even three years of hosting in advance. However, if you’re dealing with a new host, consider doing a one or two month trial run first. This will allow you to check out the service before being locked into a long-term contract that might be hard to get out of.
The webhost you choose should be fast.
Many people will leave a website if it takes too long to load. And, for some people, “too long” can be as little as 10 seconds. While your web design has a big effect on load time, your web hosting provider is another factor. If they have to many accounts on a shared server, it can slow down the load time of your site. Customer feedback can give you a feel for what the website loading times are for a given webhost.
There are hundreds of web hosting companies out there, all claiming to be better than the rest. But keeping these tips in mind will help you find a webhost that’s right for you.
Todd H. Bennett is a software developer and spends a lot of time working with computers and has been doing so for more than a decade.