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How to Choose Best Web Hosting

Updated on August 14, 2012

Things to notice while buying a hosting

Caution: This article is for newbies. :)


Speed

Now search engines are taking loading speed of a page as one of the many ranking factors. It will be a good idea to check the loading speed of currently hosted websites on a certain host before purchasing the hosting from them. Also, if your website don't load quickly, you might lose some potential buyers.

Control penal

If you are a newbie, then it is important that the control panel of your hosting should be user friendly and have some important one-click installs including WordPress.

Help & Support

Before you buy a hosting service, please make sure that they provide 24/7 support. Live chat and phone support can be a real bonus.

SQL Databases

Check the limit of SQL databases, they must meet your requirements. You know what will happen if your websites need more databases than the available limit.

FTP Accounts

Normally you might not need much FTP accounts in the beginning but still it is better if you make sure that you have plenty of them in case you need them later on.

Email Accounts & Mailing lists

This depends on your requirements.

Number of hosted domains

Some web hosting companies allows you to host as much as a 1000 domain names on regular hosting plans which can be bought for around $100.

Bandwidth and disk Space

Many top hosting providers are offering unlimited bandwidth and disk space, but do confirm this before purchasing because this really is not unlimited and can't be unlimited. But I am sure that unless you run something like Google or Wikipedia, you won't run out of disk space or bandwidth and these websites are always hosted on private servers.

My Recommendation

I tried dreamhost and bluehost, but they both suck, especially BH. Now I am trying my luck with hostgator and let's see what happens.

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    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Speed. What a nice word. When it took me so long to log on today for some reason that would be number one on my list if I were jumping in to a project!

      Great advice, Ultimate Hubber!

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