Comparing Hosting: How to Find the Right Hosting Provider For You

Posted on October 16, 2013 by
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When it comes to web hosting, you want only the best. Your web host is responsible for a lot of the success of your business. If your web host goes down, you lose valuable traffic and business. If your website gets popular, you want your web host to be able to handle the traffic. So, how do you know if a web hosting provider is right for you? Take a look at the following considerations to find out the best fit for your needs.

Availability and Support

Guess what? Websites don’t operate on a 9-5 schedule, and neither should your hosting provider. Is your provider available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? Your hosting provider should be able to offer support when you need it, even if you need help at 3 in the morning on Christmas day. When your website goes down, you lose business. Your web host should be able to provide the support you need no matter what.

Bandwidth options

If you have a modern website, you probably have many multimedia tools, including audio, video, a blog, and perhaps an online shop. All of these things take bandwidth. Your provider should provide you with enough to support everything that you need from your website, as well as the ability to support all of the people who want to visit your website at once. An average static website uses about 5 gigabytes of bandwidth per month, but a website full of streaming music and videos needs much more than that. Your hosting provider should be able to make recommendations and help you find the right amount for your unique needs.

Hosting options

Typically, there are three hosting options. Free hosting, shared hosting, and dedicated hosting on a Xeon dedicated server. Free hosting is extremely limited, and most businesses do not use free hosting. Many small to mid-sized companies used shared hosting. This is a hosting provider that offers server and hosting support to many websites at once using the same server. A dedicated hosting server is exclusive to you and your website content. This is the safest option for large websites. Most of the largest online websites use dedicated hosting for added protection and reliability.

Security

Your provider should be able to ensure the safety and privacy of your customers and visitors. Know the limitations on the security of each host as well as what restrictions they may have on file size, file type, or other restrictions. This will help you make an informed decision.

Tools

Make sure your host can support all of the interactive features that you want. Many websites have interactive features like user uploads, online forms, online shops, forum discussions, or chat capabilities. Only choose a server that offers the tools you want.

Cost

Quality is always more important than cost. However, it is still possible to find a quality host for an affordable cost. Typically, larger hosts will be cheaper. Dedicated servers are more expensive because of their exclusivity. The more support they offer, the more you will probably have to pay, but the better the service will be. Keep that in mind as you make your decision, and choose the highest support level possible for your budget.

Follow these tips and you will find that it is easy to choose what hosting provider to use.

 

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