9 Things to Look for in a Web Hosting Service

Before purchasing a certain product, consumers nowadays consult the Internet for reviews, recommendations, price, and product specifications. In particular, people looking to purchase new laptops or all in one computers often compare different models online, before going to a store to test out the ones they are most interested in. Seeing the actual products in use often makes a big difference – especially for newer technologies like all in one computers. Yet, even after choosing their favorite model in store, many people return home and make their tech purchases online. This situation is where having a business website and a good web hosting service is essential.

Important Web Hosting Requirements

Whether you own a computer retailer or are simply running a family-inherited bakeshop, developing an online presence these days is a must. As a matter of fact, most businesses can’t afford downtime, when consumers can’t view their site. Choosing the right web hosting service is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your business. The host manages your servers on which your business site will run, and therefore has total control of your organization’s connection to its customers. Be an informed consumer; don’t be drawn in by cheap packages, or other freebies. Check out these tips to help you choose the most reliable web hosting company for you.

Customer support

Make sure your web hosting company offers adequate support. When your website goes down or encounters an email issue, you need to have someone who can help you fix the glitch. It is best to go for hosting providers that provide 24/7 phone support, with representatives that can speak and understand your language..

Backup

Find a company that offers adequate backup. The next time you accidentally delete a blog directory for your business, you don’t have to panic. All you need to do is call your host to retrieve a backup copy, and reload your content back online. It is also wise to ask about your hosting company’s disaster contingency plan, to ensure that they are also backing up these files.

Parking service

Determine if you can park your organization’s other domain names with their servers. A lot of firms purchase .net, .com, .org, and even hyphenated versions of their domain name, service names, misspellings, and many more. It is more convenient and efficient for brand management to have all these names in a single control panel without losing traffic.

Guaranteed uptime

You don’t want your clients to experience a blank screen when they go to their URL. Look for a web hosting service with a proven reputation for uptime and redundancy. Choose a company with a 99 percent uptime guarantee or more. Make sure your company has multiple locations or mirrored servers, so that when server goes down, they will have another one ready to go.

Blog-ability

Having a company blog is a staple aspect in your online marketing campaign. But even if you don’t want to start a blog yet, make sure your hosting company meets the requirements for WordPress, the world’s biggest blogging platform.

Accessibility

Find a host that gives you access to the server, so that you can make email accounts, modify server settings, and more. You will need access to your email online, not just through Outlook. Choose a company that lets you login to your company email, even when you are away from your desktop, just in case Outlook crashes.

Add on Features

Before being mesmerized by the quotes that you get from these web hosting firms, make sure you know what you are paying for. There are companies out there who will offer you a low start up rate, but  a basic package without additional features. Do you want an email address? That’ll mean extra purchase. Thinking about a getting a blog? That’s another expense. You get the idea.

Scalability

For now, you might be thinking that your business is only a small business, but when choosing a web hosting service, work with a company that can scale as your business grows. As your retailing business takes off, you need a hosting plan that can be upgraded, too.

Shared hosting or dedicated hosting

A good way to save money is have your website under a shared hosting plan. This means that your business site is hosted together with other people’s sites for as low as $6 monthly. But shared hosting services often suffer hitches and glitches – a problem on one site can undermine and slow the others. Bear in mind too that a quick website response time is important for impatient web users and web crawlers. Think then about getting a virtual private server that gives you faster performance and better quality service overall.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes cast)
9 Things to Look for in a Web Hosting Service, 9.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

33 Responses to “9 Things to Look for in a Web Hosting Service”

  1. Christopher Sullivan

    Sep 24. 2012

    My host 1&1 has excellent uptime. Maintaining a virtual private server I’ve learned of the distinction between a virtual private server and a virtual cloud server. If building from source,web to implement custom modules modules as a database rapper for php the 1&1 VPS configuration is insufficient. The cloud server is a full rot server. It is important to use a root server if ability to upgrade Gnu C library or support OS vendor supplied package repositories is important to your workflow.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  2. Avinash

    Sep 24. 2012

    Thanks Christopher for your excellent comment! I am using several hostgator and goDaddy hostings and currently thinking of migrating all webs to a dedicated private server. Upgradability is always important to stay scalable. Stay tuned 🙂

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  3. Markus

    Sep 25. 2012

    I was impressed with the content here and I think your site is great too. Thankyou – good job, seriously.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
    • Avinash

      Oct 10. 2012

      You’re welcome Markus! Thank you

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
    • Yuda

      Oct 18. 2012

      Webhosting is a big topic nowadays. Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips on what to take care for blog web hosting services

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
  4. chris

    Sep 25. 2012

    These tips could really help those who are looking for a web hosting company find one. Those who are new to the internet should find information first before they agree to work with other people for their website.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  5. Thorley

    Sep 25. 2012

    hi!,I like your writing very much! percentage we communicate more about your post on AOL? I require an expert in this area to unravel my problem. Maybe that is you! Looking forward to see you.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  6. linux hosting

    Sep 25. 2012

    Hey There. I found your blog the use of msn. This is a very well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra of your helpful info. Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
    • Rosa

      Apr 27. 2016

      Webhosting is huge now. Thanks for the quality article information!

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
  7. Salman

    Sep 27. 2012

    I’m no longer certain where you’re getting your info, but good topic. I must spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  8. Avinash

    Sep 29. 2012

    Thanks a lot guys for your comments. Truly appreciated 🙂

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  9. Muck

    Oct 02. 2012

    I really like your blog avinash and read it frequently. Great article here again!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
    • Avinash

      Oct 10. 2012

      Thank you Muck 🙂

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
  10. Gregorio Tolosky

    Oct 04. 2012

    Valuable info avinash i was searching for and bookmarked it. want to change my web hosting..

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  11. Web Hosting

    Oct 04. 2012

    Thanks for the web hosting tips. Was searching for advantages and disadvantages of web hosting services and various hosting packages. Thanks for sharing

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  12. vikram

    Oct 07. 2012

    did anyone knows that google is closing feed burner.its really very sad news that feed burner is going away…its helps a blogger in a great way..can anyone please tell me any subtitute for feed burner which i may use in future…

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  13. Avinash

    Oct 07. 2012

    Hi vikram, thanks for commenting. I heared that google will not provide Google Adsense for Feeds anymore from mid of Oktober. Are you sure they will also totally close the feed burner service? That would be an issue of millions of blogs who use the free feedburner service?!

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  14. Seo

    Oct 09. 2012

    Hi there, I found your website by way of Google whilst looking for a similar subject, your web site came up, it looks great. I’ve added to favourites|added to my bookmarks.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  15. Internet Marketing

    Oct 09. 2012

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention that I have really enjoyed surfing around your weblog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more soon!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  16. view more

    Oct 09. 2012

    Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to know so much approximately this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you simply can do with a few p.c. to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is magnificent blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
    • Emily

      Apr 27. 2016

      Great Article! 🙂

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
  17. Carol Georgis

    Oct 09. 2012

    I just want to mention I’m newbie to blogs and truly liked you’re blog site. Likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You definitely come with remarkable posts. Regards for sharing your website.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  18. kelly

    Oct 09. 2012

    I was just about to buy the hosting. but thank god i have read your post. it will be helping me a lot to take care of everything. thank a lot for sharing such an knowledgeable post with us. it is really helpful to me. keep on sharing great posts.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  19. Avinash

    Oct 10. 2012

    Great feedback Kelly! Thanks a lot for the appreciation 🙂

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  20. internet based business

    Oct 10. 2012

    Was searching for my web hosting requirements and read your article, just letting you know, that helped a lot. Thanks for the web hosting tips! Cheers

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  21. Kenyon

    Oct 12. 2012

    Thanks for the good work! Web Hosting is great and really easy today. Thanks for sharing!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
    • Avinash

      Oct 12. 2012

      Thanks for commenting Kenyon 🙂

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
  22. Web Hosting

    Oct 14. 2012

    As a web hoster this question became really a question of choice. There are so many web hosters and webhosting services that it is hard to find the most effective and affordable web hosting

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
    • Avinash

      Oct 15. 2012

      Thanks for your feedback! Very appreciated 🙂

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
      Reply to this comment
  23. Jamey

    Feb 11. 2014

    I like your web hosting guide and tips, thx avinash

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  24. OrenI Hennies

    Sep 01. 2016

    Great post 🙂 Thank you!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment
  25. Meckler

    Sep 01. 2016

    Hello, Neat post. There is an issue with your web site in web explorer, might check this… IE still is the market chief and a big section of other people will pass over your excellent writing due to this problem.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
    Reply to this comment

Leave a Reply to Jamey