What To Look for in Web Hosts

Web Hosting Providers – Are They All Equals?

Finding a reliable web hosting company to host a website, which offers an adequate plan reasonably priced, is not easy. There are many hosting providers with different levels of quality in their hosting performances, but also in their customer support. So, how can someone decide to use one hosting company instead of the other?


Someone starting his first blog or website should at first register a domain name on his own. Many registrars like Go Daddy or Name Cheap that have the same service at the same price are available. The difference is mainly in their user interface and additional services. Like this, as the user is not only the registrant but the owner of the domain, it is easy to move to another web hosting provider later on without problems.

After the domain is registered it is time to start searching for a hosting company that offers not only a good package reasonably priced, preferably on a Linux shared server, but also comes with a Network Uptime Guarantee and a very responsive customer support. It is also best to search for a company that has its own Data Center together with technicians available to help if the need arise.

When searching for a reliable hosting solution, there is no need to hurry and jump on the first provider that offers everything unlimited. It is more judicious to look for a plan that provides enough disk space, transfer bandwidth and domain add-ons for what is needed. A simple new website with a few pages or blog will use below 100 MB of hard disk and less than 2GB of bandwidth, and the standard package should suffice in most of the cases.

How to decide on a web hosting company that will prove to be reliable? There are many hosting review sites with unbiased user reviews that can be visited to read what people think of the different providers. There are also Forums where webmasters discuss their experience and give valuable technical advices. And the last possibility would be price comparison websites that can give a good idea of what the best deals are.

All web hosting providers have nearly the same features with some offering much more than one will ever need. The difference between a good and a bad hosting company is in their Network uptime and customer support. Nobody would be happy to have a website on a server that is frequently down, so it is important to make sure that network uptime is guaranteed. A very efficient and fast customer support is the second most important quality to look for.

After the web hosting provider is finally chosen, the two name servers provided upon registration will have to be set-up through the domain registrar interface in order to point the domain to the shared server. This can be achieved easily but if difficulties are met it can be the chance to test the hosting company’s customer desk.

About the Author: Michel Gerard is a freelance author based in Asia. His expertise is wide and varied in a number of topics. Visit Dmak.net for information on web hosting solutions and other Internet services => http://www.dmak.net

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