Friday, February 21, 2014

07- The Important Features to Look for Choosing a Web Host

The Important Features to Look for Choosing a Web Host

The Important Features to Look for Choosing a Web Host

What are some of the things you should look for when choosing a web host? You just need to find one that meets your needs in several areas. Below I'll describe some of the key areas for evaluating a good web host and how you can determine what you need for your services.

Amount of Storage 

When choosing your web hosting, one of your primary concerns will obviously be "How much data can I store?" For most small and medium web sites, you'll find that several gigabytes should be plenty of storage. Some hosts may offer "unlimited storage": caveat emptor! If you read the fine print (usually, the Terms and Services) you'll find that it's unlimited until you go over the "normal site usage." If you think you might be close to or over whatever "normal" is, make sure you know what you can use before buying... or go with a host that sets clear limits.

Don't assume that unlimited is better than a limited amount of space. There are always tradeoffs. Determine the costs for extra space so that you can expand when you need to.

Amount of Bandwidth 

Bandwidth is the amount of data that your website can pass to customers over a period of time. Some hosting providers offer unlimited bandwidth, while others charge different prices for the amount you use. Make sure that you know what will happen if your site goes over the allocated bandwidth, and that you've got enough to support the people viewing your site.

Reliability and speed of access 

Not only should the web host be reliable and fast, it should guarantee its uptime (the time when it is functional). Look for a minimum uptime of 99%. In fact, even 99% is actually too low - it really should be 99.5% or higher. The host should provide some sort of refund (eg prorated refund or discount) if it falls below that figure. Note though that guarantees are often hard to enforce from your end - especially if the host denies there was any downtime. However, without that guarantee, the web host will have little incentive to ensure that its servers are running all the time.

Multiple Domain Hosting and Subdomains 

For those who are thinking of selling web space or having multiple domains or subdomains hosted in your account, you should look to see if they provide this, and the amount that they charge for it (and whether it is a one-time or monthly charge, etc).

Database Support 

Now-a-days, even small websites seem to have a database on the back end. You'll want to make sure you can use the type of database you're comfortable with. Most hosts today offer MySQL; that's probably enough for most people, but if you'd prefer PostsgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, or another flavour, don't settle for anything less. Remember, if they aren't advertising it, they probably don't offer it!

Tech Support 

This one is very important: find out exactly what your prospective host offers for tech support: can you phone them? At what times? Do they have a support email address? A ticket system? What's their promised response time? How about a live chat? Do they have a wiki or library of help articles / tutorials? Don't choose a host until you know exactly what support they offer; you'll be happy for it later, trust me!

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  1. Thanks for giving information.
    Your Article is very useful one.
    I followed your web hosting selection tips and found a reliable web hoster, Recently i hosted my own site using this site.I never had any problem.