What to Look for When Choosing a Web Hosting Plan

By May 2, 2017Business

Got no idea how to choose a good hosting plan for your website? Then read ahead to find out what things you need to consider to choose just the right hosting plan for your website:

Cost

Obviously, the first consideration many businesses have when it comes to hosting plans is cost. Regardless of the type of hosting plan you choose, you will have to do additional research to find out if the prices are actually reasonable. For example, if you choose cloud web hosting, browse through the different plans offered by cloud hosting companies to get an idea about average prices. If you see free hosting plans, run. These are highly unreliable, possibly unsecure, and require you to post on-site ads. You will have to pay for hosting one way or another, so compare prices to find out which plans are the best.

Bandwidth Limits

Hosting plans may often come with bandwidth limits. You should know what amount of disk space would be allocated for your company. Compare this against the traffic you anticipate before purchasing a plan. It’s crucial that you choose a plan that allows plenty of bandwidth for your site to operate at optimal speed with no downtime. Some plans offer unlimited bandwidth, but there are certain terms and conditions associated with these plans. Know them before you go for the “unlimited” part.

Good Reviews

You should never evaluate a hosting plan based on what the seller or the marketing material says. The best evaluators of the hosting plan are the other people who have paid for it. You can search online for genuine customer reviews for the type of plan you are considering. Read through both the good and the bad reviews. While plans with the highest number of good reviews are the best, you should definitely browse through the negative reviews as well to see whether you have anything in common with them. For example, a web hosting plan might get rave reviews from bloggers, while online retailers might hate it. Look for which types of websites the plan works for best when reading through the reviews.

Excellent Customer Support

Customer support is necessary for any web hosting plan. Even if you have experienced web masters, the company that owns the server can only solve some hosting issues. Support is necessary especially for things like security and hardware maintenance. Good hosting plans are only offered with exceptional customer service with 24/7 phone or live chat support, email responses, and at least online feedback. Do not choose a hosting plan from a company with a reputation for being terrible with customer service. You will not get your money’s worth in case there are issues (in the long run, there definitely will be issues).

Support for Web Scripts

The hosting company must support the web script your site is built on, such as MYSQL. For example, if you built your website using WordPress, the hosting company must offer support for WordPress script with the plan. Some plans will come with software packages to install the web scripts you need. However, not all plans do so. Therefore, you must find out in advance if your site script is supported for certain.

In addition to the above, you may want to take security into consideration as well. Double check what type of encryption, firewall and antivirus applications protect the server that will host your website.

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