So you are ready to choose the best web hosting for your website or blog?
If yes, that means you have already covered the first 3 steps such as:
So now you are ready to go to the 4th step of choosing the right web hosting service for your blog or business website.
When it comes to choosing a reliable web hosting, most of the newbie bloggers make mistakes of ignoring the need and just go for what others recommend to them or what their favorite blogger is using.
There are thousands of web hosting companies offering various plans to suit the need of different users. You may find it confusing to choose the best hosting for your blog or site.
The key to finding the best web hosting is that you should focus on your own needs and then choose from the most recommended web hosting services.
Now understand the various type of hosting:
- Share hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Managed WordPress hosting
- Dedicated Web Server
- Cloud Web Hosting
Shared hosting is one of the most used hosting. Because it is cheaper, most of the newbies and small businesses rely on shared hosting for their hosting needs.
In Shared Hosting your blog or site is hosted on a shared server. This reduces the cost. By paying just $5-$10 you can get shared hosting plan for your blog or website.
There is a disadvantage of using shared hosting. Your blog or website is at the mercy of other sites on that server.
I recommend shared hosting only for newbies and small business needs.
VPS hosting your sites are hosted on one physical server but it acts like a separate server. VPS is a better option for those who need something more than shared hosting but do not want to go for the dedicated web server.
You can choose VPS hosting between $50-$200 based on memory and CPU.
Dedicated Web Server:
If you are running a business website or you are running a popular blog then you need a dedicated web server. In it you rent a physical server from a reliable web hosting company.
The best thing is that no other site is on your server and you also need a system administrator to manage your dedicated server.
The cost can be more than $100/month.
Managed WordPress Hosting:
WordPress is the most popular hosting platform and because of its popularity, web hosting provider companies have launched their managed WordPress hosting plans.
In short, if you want to run a WordPress blog or want a site on WordPress then WordPress hosting is for you.
Cloud Web Hosting:
Are you not satisfied with the traditional hosting services and want something with the latest technology then Cloud Based Web Hosting is for you?
In this technology, hundreds of servers work together. This is best for your website if you expect the surge of traffic, as it never shuts down your site in this case.
So now you understand the different type of web hosting services.
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First, understand your needs:
- You want to host a blog or website
- What applications do you need?
- Need of special version of software
- Expected Volume of traffic.
Here are the few things that you should take care about such as:
- Understand hosting needs
- Understand your web host better
- Check upgrade options
- Go through every hosting feature
- Check Signup and Renewal price
- Check control Panel
- Check ToS
- Check support features
How to Choose the Right Web Hosting:
Let`s see how to choose the right web hosting service for your blog or site. Always understand that when you choose a web hosting service, you needs to take care about various factors. Here I am covering all the features which you should look for when choosing best web hosting service.
When you are running a website or blog, it is really necessary that it keeps running even when you are sleeping. Always look for the Webhost with 24×7 running and 99.9% uptime.
You can also check your own hosting up time using server monitor tools.
2) Upgrade option:
Most of the times, webmasters use shared hosting for their websites. If your site is getting traffic up to 40,000 then shared hosting is good for you. You should keep the database below 20.
But if you expect that sooner or later your site will start receiving more traffic then you need to upgrade your plan. So make sure that when you choose web hosting provider, it is offering the upgrade option.
3) Multiple domains:
If you just want to run one blog then you may not need this feature, but if you are a blogger like me who is running more than one blog or websites than you need a web hosting where you can host multiple domains or else you need to buy hosting for every single domain name.
So always choose Web Hosting that allow you to host multiple domains on one web hosting.
Cost is the major player when you are going to choose the web hosting for your site or blog. You are not only going to pay signups cost but every year you have to renew your hosting. So it is your job to make sure that you are getting the best offer deal in signup and renewal hosting.
Check the terms and conditions also to make sure that you are able to pay renewal prices also.
Else, you can change the hosting service every year or two.
These days most of the web hosting companies are offering 30-day money back policy. There are chances that you may want to cancel your purchase within the trial period.
In this case, you need to look for the refund policy and also are there any cancellation charges.
Avoid choosing web hosting company with high cancellation charges.
When running a website or blog, you not just need a hosting space but also needs some basic and advance addon such as Cron Jobs, Auto Script Installer, .htaccess, and SSI.
Autoscript installer is necessary to easily install various scripts and get updates. You need .htaccess for redirects, security etc. SSL for site maintenance and FTP for file transfer.
These are the must-have features of any web hosting company.
7) Easy Control Panel:
The quality of a web hosting service shows in its control panel.
If the control panel is not user-friendly then you may not find that web hosting reliable. No matter which type of control panel hosting services are offering, until the time it is user-friendly, you will stick to it.
8) e-Commerce feature:
Do you need a shopping cart on your site?
Do you want to start an e-Commerce store?
If yes, then you need e-Commerce features in your web hosting account such as dedicated IP, one-click shopping cart installation, SSL certification, e-Commerce support etc.
9) Branded email:
If you want to use the branded email with your domain name then you should look for the email hosting feature in your web hosting. You should check if the hosting company is offering email hosting feature or not.
You can never tell when a website crashes due to any reason. Maybe your website hacked by some evil minded person and he has crashed your database or changed your index file.
To avoid headaches in such cases, you should look for a Webhost that if offering the backup feature.
Make sure that you get regular backups and you can also take backup using cPanel. Also, make sure that you can restore backup files easily.
11) 24/7 Support:
A service without support is like service eating your mind.
Always choose the web hosting service with 24/7 support. It will be great if they offer not just email but telephone and chat support also.
Conclusion: Choose the right web hosting for your business
In this complete web hosting guide, I have shared everything from web hosting, its type to how you can actually choose a reliable and best web hosting for your blogging business or website.
So till now you have learned:
In coming days, I will be sharing detailed guides on more topic that will help you to become an a list blogger.