A web hosting is a service provided to the webmaster to host their website via World Wide Web (www). Web hosting companies provide a space on their server which they own and lease for use by the client for providing internet connectivity, storage and services necessary to serve files for a web site. Deciding a right web host is very important because you are going to launch your website their and should be secure enough to handle your data and information. Basically, this way you are going to host your website, put your company name, sell products and services and also interact with customers.
Trying to choose a good and reliable web host can be quite confusing for most of the people especially when there are so many web hosting sites. Make sure you have some basic idea about what you expect from a web hosting company before you choose to buy one.
Below I have discussed some points on how to choose a good web hosts in details:
1) Windows or Linux Hosting: If you are using PHP and MySQL to build your website then i would recommend using Linux Hosting as it is more stable and more programming scripts can be run on that. If you are using asp and .net then go for Windows Hosting. Anyway, i have found Linux Hosting comes at a cost cheaper than Windows Hosting.
2) Uptime and Downtime of Web Host: It is the most important factors when choosing a web host.
What is Uptime ? An Uptime is the time during which the website the fully operational (viewable and usable).
What is Downtime? Conversely, it is the time during which it is not functional.
So a web host should have a good uptime percentage. Generally it is told in percentage. Therefore, a web host should have an uptime guarantee of 99.5-99.99% which is realistic and considered to be very good in most cases.
3) Free or Paid Web Hosting: The thumb rule says that a web host charge fees to provide better services, customer support and superior web reliability. Whereas, a free web hosting do provide you lots of webspace but they may charge you to upgrade services and facilities. You may have limited facilities like limited databases, sub-domain, e-mail configure etc. They charge you nothing for hosting your sites on exchange of back links and ads supported pages on it. I recommend to go for paid hosting click here.
4) Look for features in Web Hosts: The most important features a good web host should have are Email Features (with anti-spam, virus filters), Programming/ Software Support, Free Website Plugins Scripts, Fantastico (Pre-Installed Scritps like wordpress, joomla, photogallery, commerce shopping cart), Sitebuilder feature to help you build your website quickly, 24 hrs customer support, Dedicated servers and SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for those who plan to run retail website online for accepting payments and exchanging of financial information, secure server is a must.
5) Check the support system: Before buying a host or domain, try mailing them asking for more information from sales department. Check how fast they reply and what technical details they provide you.
6) Beware of Cheap Web Hosting: If you want to start a business online, retail website or blogging purpose whatever may be. Don’t get fooled by cheap web hosting because you are going to start a website, try investing in a good web hosting which is having all important features discussed above with affordable prices.
7) Money back guarantee: Also try and check if the web hosting company gives you the refund facility incase you are not satisfied with the web host features and facilities. Make sure that if you are not satisfied, you can always get your money back, or at least, the unused portion of your fees. Cheap hosting companies, and even the reputable ones, are notorious for not providing refunds. If you pay them, assume your money to be gone. Make sure you they have an initial refund period if you aren’t happy.
These are some guidelines you should consider before buying a webhost. Also share your ideas in regard to this post.
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