Web Hosting Options – How to Evaluate a Package and Choose the Right One for You

There are countless web hosting companies around the world.  Each one seems to offer different packages for website hosting, but most of the time, consumers aren’t sure which package to go for. Oftentimes they end up simply choosing the cheapest option out of ignorance. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”

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Fortunately, you can easily familiarize yourself with the terminology and associated benefits of what web hosts offer you as a customer. Doing so can help you save a lot of money. I’ve taken some time to review packages from different hosts (and I’ve sure worked with a lot of them over the years), so here are different variables involved outlined below.

There are several types of web hosting services, two of which are called single hosting and clustered hosting. Single web hosting features a single sever on which the web pages of the domain are hosted. All the CPU resources belong to the owner of the server, and .php files of the website decide how resource intensive the web pages are. Easy enough, right?

Clustered hosting, on the other hand, makes the website dependent on multiple servers, which may be located at a single or multiple locations. In clustered hosting, if one of the server goes down, other servers keep on running, offering a better uptime for the domain’s web pages.

Here are some of the other key factors to consider when buying web hosting;

1. Bandwidth

Websites that are expected to receive high traffic should opt for packages that offer a high bandwidth. The bandwidth limit depends on the type of package. For example, a basic package may offer bandwidth of 500 GB per month, while on dedicated server packages; it can easily go up to 10 TB per month.

2. CPU resources

CPU resources depend upon certain scripts and platforms that go into making a website. Some websites that use images and videos will require more CPU resources, as they’re likely to include more scripts. Packages that offer a server with high RAM and good processors would be idle for resource intensive websites.

3. Disk space

Disk space varies in web hosting packages, but most of them feature ample disk space for websites that have a major reliance on content management systems. Image, video and infographic-based websites would require more disk space.

4. Reliability

It’s very important to choose a reliable web host provider. A bad host can result in several problems, ranging from the server being down (which decreases the rankings of the website) to the whole cPanel files being deleted.

5. Backup system

Those who are not willing to spend extra on a backup service but want a regular backup of their website can choose a hosting service that includes automatic backups in their package. The service provider may also restore the backed up files if needed.

Considering these factors will help in choosing the right web host service provider. What other things have you learned in working with web hosts? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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