Not so long ago anyone would bother whether a business owns an online domain or not. The online existence never matter much to most consumers. Now, an online footprint matter even more than the actual physical existence. The customers today don’t even mind if there’s no actual physical existence as long as they get to visit the website and make an order from there.
Since web hosts have become extremely popular these days, it is important to emphasize more on the web hosting providers. There are many crucial factors to judge before purchasing some company’s service and we have focused on these factors.
How Good is the Support?
A support might not look important unless something goes wrong. And trust us; many things go wrong in a web hosting service. The service uptime may go down by a huge percentage overnight, or your domain could stop working without any good reason. Whatever it is, if a web host doesn’t offer a reliable customer support, their service is a big NO.
How Good is the Parking?
Not a literal parking spot we are talking about. In web hosting, parking means being able to spend all the domain names that’s close to your brand name. Many people will misspell the brand name while typing your website address, will end up putting .net instead of .com. If you purchase all the possible domain names that may resemble your brand name, you can have all the traffic towards your website. This is called the parking space in web hosting terminology.
Backup and Restore
Make sure your web hosting service backs up the website data for you. Deletion of all the files of a website is very rare and unlike to happen, yet there’s nothing wrong in being safe. If the files ever go missing, the users may still be able to restore if the host regularly backs up the data for their users.
In papers and promotions all web hosting companies offer 99.9% uptime. This can’t be true, because all human-made system is susceptible to errors and there will be a downtime way more than they promised. Ask them for the actual picture, or ask the users of your desired web hosting company.
All the features on a website must be easily accessible and alterable. Non-user friendly interfaces will take time to get used to. Unless you are highly expert on dealing with technology and difficult interfaces, choose an easier web hosting service.
If the sole purpose of purchasing a web hosting space is blogging, make sure the host provides adequate support for it. Having an easier CMS and wider range of blogging plugin support will be the smartest move. Make sure WordPress works without any issue.
Shared or Dedicated?
The first and foremost dilemma every newbie in website hosting goes through. If you require an infrastructure that’s totally yours – then dedicated hosting is for you; well fit for business websites. And for personal websites and blogs, a shared hosting will provide all necessary support because you don’t need dedicated bandwidth and storage space for such.
Support for Add-Ons and Plugins
Third party add-ons and plugins add many interesting features to a web site. But they must be supported by the respective web host in the first place. Make sure your web hosting service allows most of the popular plugin services.
Websites eventually get bigger, the successful ones at least. A website that is growing in an exponential pace will require more hosting space and bandwidth. A scalable website hosting company will allows its users to upgrade to higher plans, anytime.
Pricing, Entry and Exit Strategy
Pricing should be competitive in the current market’s standard. Hosting coupons are good ways to attract customers but the customers don’t like the service, there should be a favorable exit strategy as well.
Above mentioned are the base qualifications a web hosting service should have. For a good deal, don’t settle for anything less.