Web hosting is a tricky business. You want to find something that’s both affordable and reliable. There are plenty of web hosts that have server space for less than $5 per month, but their reliability is questionable. And there are plenty of web hosts that have a 99.99% uptime guarantee, but their rates can be $20 per month or more.
What you need is a web host that offers both a low price and high reliability. And as you’re looking, there are a few things you want to watch out for.
- What is their uptime guarantee? A good web host should have so many contingencies and failsafes built into their system, they’ll have a 99.99% uptime guarantee. But be sure to do a Google search to see whether they actually fulfilled it.
- Large data transfers. Watching videos and looking at photos on your website constitutes data transfer. If you see a photo or video on our site, however big the photo is in terms of MB, that much data was transferred. Find a site with a transfer rate big enough to handle your traffic.
- Do they have WordPress installation? WordPress is the most popular blog platform in the U.S., and is robust enough to actually serve as a website. For 90% of the websites in this country, WordPress is more than enough for most small business owners. If you need it, make sure it can easily be installed.
- Do they have a dedicated help line? There are times you just want to speak to a real person for some help. Find out whether your web hosting provider has real people who actually know what they’re doing and can help you.
- Do they have 24/7 help? Check the hours to make sure they have what you need.
- What do they use for their hosting control panel? Is it a homegrown solution, or something like Cpanel? You might want to look into this, as the control panel is what you will be working with to manage your web files.
There are a lot of good Web hosting companies out there — and taking a look at your own needs will ensure that you make a good decision.